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BIOGRAPHY

Kurtis Lesick is a polymedia artist, painter, writer, researcher and creative consultant. His work integrates over ten years experience as an archaeologist and anthropologist in Canada, England, and Mexico, and blurs genres between painting, video, digital media (web, mobile, gaming), installation and performance. Much of his work hinges on the exploration between the physical, tactile world and the creation of social knowledge. Kurtis’ current focus is with fragmented narrative, immersive interactive experience and issues in historical process.

Kurtis was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. He did his undergraduate at the University of Calgary followed by a Master of Philosophy in Archaeology and Prehistory at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England. Kurtis has worked with several leading organisations including Alberta College of Art and Design, Canadian Heritage, National Film Board of Canada, Horizonzero.ca, Banff New Media Institute, and Union of BC Performers. He has spoken internationally on a variety of topics in social theory, cultural criticism, and philosophy, and has published on the materiality of gender, cultural resources in Canada, and prehistoric ‘design’. Kurtis is currently the AACTI (Association of Alberta Colleges and Technical Institutes) Chair for Development of IT and Digital Media.

EXHIBITIONS

2008 – (January/February) Problems with History – Solo show of mixed media works and installations. Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary.

2007 – Problems with History (Element 12), Perfomances and Audio/Video Installation at ‘Open Spaces’, the Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

- Art Walk, Group Show, The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada

2006 Ghosts of Industry, Locative Media Installation, Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

- Art Walk, Group Show. The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

- 1st Anniversary Group Show. The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2005 – Adieu, Public Art Project/Installation. The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

- Say Goodbye, Co-Curator. Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2003 – Warhospital: Paper Interactions, Interactive Project Lab, Banff Summer Arts Festival, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

SELECT LIST OF INTERACTIVE/DIGITAL MEDIA WORKS

2008/2009 Good Medicine – Experimental Documentary Video with 6 Aboriginal Video Artists. (Co-producer/Director).

2007 – (November) Problems with History (Element 12) – Interviews, performances, and audio video installation conducted/installed at the Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, that explores the creation, exchange and destruction of history.

2007 – (September) Lines of Communication (Analogue Dialogue 2) – 6 X4 foot canvas, communication wire and paint installation/public art project installed at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

- In the Shadow of Progress (multi-platform digital documentary) – personal and subjective explorations of life in the industrial north using web, email, terrestrial phone and locative/timeaccessed mobile media. Developed for the National Film Board of Canada.

2006 – Ghosts of Industry (Locative Media) – location driven outdoor audio and video installation over PDA/ I-Pac and GPS.

2005 – Ongoing Technosaurs/C.I.E. – branded multi-platform educational participatory narrative for ‘tweens’. Co-produced with RocketFuel Inc. and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. Funders: Canada New Media Fund; Virtual Museum of Canada.

2003-04 – Warhospital (web documentary) – intimate observations on life at the largest Red Cross war
casualty facility in Lokichokio, Kenya. Project Developed for the National Film Board of Canada with the assistance of the Interactive Project Lab.

2001-04 – Ghosts of Industry (ghostsofindustry.com) – experiential documentary of the industrial ghost town of Bitumount in northern Alberta. Collaborators: Jeff Dawson, Wayne Dunkley, Leonard Paul.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2008 – Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Multi Media Grant

2007 – First Place – “Pitch-it”, Kidscreen Summit, New York. Project: Technosaurs/C.I.E.

2006 – Telus Innovation Fund. Project: Technosaurs.

2005 – Canada New Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, Project:Technosaurs.

2005 – Virtual Museum of Canada Investment Program. Project:Technosaurs

2003 – Interactive Project Lab, Prototyping Grant. Project: War Hospital

2001 – Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund. Project: Ghosts of Industry.

2001 – Telus Television Fund. Project: Ghosts of Industry.

2001 – Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, Media Grant. Project: Ghosts of Industry.

RESIDENCIES
2007 Thematic Residency/Co-production Lab: Almost Perfect. Projects: Problems with History (Elements
12 and 13). The Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2006 Thematic Residency/Co-production Lab: Almost Perfect. Projects: Ghosts of Industry (locative
media); In the Shadow of Progress. The Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2005 Self Directed Residency. Project: Technosaurs. The Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2003 Interactive Project Lab. Project: Warhospital. The Canadian Film Centre (Toronto), The Banff New Media Institute (Banff), and Institut National de l’Image et du Son (Montreal).

PANELS PRESENTATIONS AND DELEGATIONS (SELECT LIST)
2006 – Digital Media 101: The Value of Digital Media. Banff New Media Institute, Accelerator Program, Banff, Alberta.
- The casualty of War Hospital: Observations for a conflicted documentary genre. Presented at Interactive Screen, The Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Canada.
- Electronic Entertainment Expo. Western Canada Delegation. Los Angeles, United States.
2003 – WAR HOSPITAL: a Study in Being Human. Presented at “IPL day” at the “Festival international nouveau cinema et nouveaux medias”, Montreal, Canada.
- WAR HOSPITAL. Presented at Cyberpitch, the Banff Television festival, Banff, Canada.
2002 – Web Visualisation and the First Philosophy of History. Presented at Interactive Screen, the Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Canada.

2001 – Recontextualising Digital Media: Lessons from Material History. Presented at Unforgiving Memory, the Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Canada.