About the Book
Characters from soap operas and sequential art are reimagined and recontextualized to consider new potential mutations and cohabitations to thrive in a changing environment. Transformation is unboxed and solicited through multiple puzzle pieces and videos interweaving recognizable characters from television commingled with their new variants. Technologies of science and forecasted ritual suggest ways that characters may merge human and non-human characteristics into new bodies of possibility.
Torsten Zenas Burns is an artist and media arts educator currently based in Helsinki, Finland. He received his BFA in video art in 1990 from the New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and his MFA in New Genres: video and performance art from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He has created video, photo, publications, graphic novels and installations exploring speculative content, including re-imagined educational practices, experimental space programs, eco-fictions, afterlife relationships, Humanimal stories and post-human narratives. He collaborates with Darrin Martin, Monika Czyzyk and Anthony Discenza (HALFLIFERS). Burns' selected video work + Netart is distributed by Vtape, VDB, and EAI. Burns participated in residency programs including Headlands Center for the Arts, Signal Culture, Smackmellon, Eyebeam and LMCC World views studio program.