September 20 – October 2, 2021
About the Artists
Joshua Gen Solondz is an artist working in moving image, sound and performance. He’s screened in festivals including Images, Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Onion City, Milwaukee Underground, CAAMFest, Locarno, Mar del Plata, FIC Valdivia, Viennale and New York Film Festival’s Projections. He has also shown at REDCAT, Light Industry, UnionDocs, Harvard Film Archive, MoMA, NYU, Red Room, ATA and Black Hole Cinematheque. Solondz has received awards from Spectral Film Festival, Black Maria, New Orleans Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival and Ann Arbor Film Festival, as well as commissions from Heliopolis, ACRE TV, WNDX, and Microscope Gallery. He has an ongoing collaboration with Jim Supanick as the electronic slime duo known as SynthHumpers. Solondz was a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow.
Jim Supanick is an artist and writer born in Cleveland, OH, and living in Denver, CO. He is a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School, at work on a dissertation about the field and laboratory investigation of nonhuman animal sensoria. His essays on the moving image have appeared in Film Comment, Millennium Film Journal, The Wire, Cineaste, and The Brooklyn Rail; he is the recipient of a Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant and an NYFA Grant for Nonfiction Literature. He is also a member of SynthHumpers (with Josh Solondz), a shape-shifting electronic audio collaborative that explores structured improvisation and instrument building. Jim serves on the Advisory Council of UnionDocs, a Brooklyn artists’ space dedicated to the presentation of non-fiction media. He currently teaches at CU Boulder.
B2 Residency Details
The Synthhumpers (Jim Supanick and Josh Solondz) have been making music together on overloaded power strips since 2009; their current sounds negotiate a split allegiance between dance floor, concert space and house of ecstatic worship. They are each committed to the belief that (in the words of Kodwo Eshun) "the body is a large brain that thinks and feels a sensational mathematics", and an improvisatory ethos that treats machines as co-agents. Their shared background as moving image makers color their sound, as they create soundtracks for car chases where police pursue Steve McQueen driving a stolen ice cream truck through treacherous flooded streets of southern Florida. More residency information to come!