Marc Lafia Biography

Marc Lafia is a New York City based artist, filmmaker and information architect whose work explores the expansive possibilities of the photographic image. His varied online works include, This Battle of Algiers a commissioned work from The Tate Modern and The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Memex Engine, or Lara Croft Striped Bare by her Assassins Even exhibited at The Walker Art Center and Georges Pompidou, Ambient Machines which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the SFMoMA and Variable Montage exhibited at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing.

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In his many feature films including Exploding Oedipus, Love & Art, and Confessions of an Image as well as his numerous computational films, he probes what it is to construct an image, to forge systems of representation, to re-write our viewing benchmarks as we move from analog to digital. Many of these works have been exhibited in seminal exhibitions on Net Art and Future Cinema including Net Condition and Future Cinema at the ZKM, Germany, the ICC Tokyo, Node-L, Canary Islands Biennale for Architecture, 2007, SFMOMA Webby Prize and other international museums, art centers and festivals.

Marc has taught in the graduate schools of Stanford University, the San Francisco Art Institute, Pratt Institute of Design, and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He is currently teaching at Columbia University, NYC. He has also won numerous awards as an information
architect including the Silver Medal from ID magazine, the Communication Arts Award for Interactive Design, One Show award, Art Director’s Club Award and SXSW festival 2000.

Early on in his career Marc supported himself as a writer conceptualizing music videos. Among the many award winning videos in Marc’s credit are Madonna’s, ‘Express Yourself’, Michael Jackson’s, ‘Black and White’, and Don Henley’s ‘End of the Innocence’. His commercial direction credits include Dolce & Gabanna, Benetton and MTV. He has also written screenplays for Ed Pressman Films, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures and Marvel Comics.

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