Three film projects by Loras College Associate Professor of Media Studies Seth D. Myers, M.F.A., are gaining recognition both nationally and internationally.
“Ribbons 1-6,” a video work by Myers and interdisciplinary artist Sarah Stolar, has received international recognition and multiple awards. Most recently, the work was included in Currents New Media International Festival at the El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico in June.
The work has gone on to win Best Experimental and Best Cinematography at the Central States International IndieFanFilmFest in Rock Island, Illinois and segments of the work have screened at the Freiburg International Screendance Festival at Freiburg Theatre in Germany and the X-Section Film Festival at Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA. The X-Section film festival’s focus was on the interdisciplinary collaboration between dance, science, and film.
A second film, “Bella,” will screen at the 6th International Meeting on Videodance and Videoperformance in Valencia, Spain, October 16-20. The screening takes place at the prestigious Centre de Cultura Contemporànea del Carme museum in Valencia and is curated by Blas Payri and Rafel Arnal.
“Bella” was one of only seven U.S. based works chosen from hundreds of submissions from all over the world. In addition, “Bella” will be screening locally in Iowa. It is an Official Selection at the Alternating Currents Festival at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, August 22nd-25th and at the Iowa Independent Film Festival taking place September 5-7 in Mason City & Clear Lake, IA.
“To have my efforts rewarded with this recognition ultimately validates the overall vision and intentions that went into creating these works,” Myers said. “I believe art is a universal language, and I love when my work resonates across different cultures and borders. The results are a direct result of the collective efforts and hard work of a group of incredibly talented people.”
John Spencer Woerdehoff (’18) was involved in production on two of the films. He was an integral part of the making “Ribbons 1-6” during his senior year at Loras. He also collaborated in a larger role on “Bella” following his graduation.
In addition to the films, Myers and co-creator Stolar have an interactive video installation premiering this fall called “Tripping the Light Fantastic.” Created in collaboration with Heather Marie Bergerson and Enrico Trujillo, the installation will premiere at The PASEO Project, an international interactive festival in Taos, New Mexico, September 13-14. “Tripping the Light Fantastic” invites audiences to engage with cutting edge interactive technology and choreograph their own screen dance experience in achromatic, time-altering, and gravity-free universe of color, light, and sound.
Meyers received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. He specializes in experimental video, motion graphics, digital imaging and digital design. Meyers’ body of work ranges from single- and multi-channel video works, large-scale video installations, digital photography and short experimental films.