About the Book
Covering more than two decades of work, I THINK WE ’RE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT SEQUENCE moves beyond the retrospective format to re-examine, interpret, and pay homage to the extensive body of performative video work that the HALFLIFERS (the collaborative team of Torsten Zenas Burns and Anthony Discenza) has produced since the early 1990s. Employing a lo-fi aesthetic that amplifies the qualities of videotape and forms of its playback, Burns and Discenza perform as characters inspired by genres of speculative fiction, producing a sincere absurdity that reflects on the issues of anxiety and identity in our rapidly changing technological age. Included in the exhibition are the HALFLIFERS ’ re-edit of the collaborative ’s entire video history into a new forty-five-minute loop and an alternative self-portrait that catalogs key materials, sources, influences, and other touchstones in a new book entitled THE LAST KNOWN PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HALFLIFERS.
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.