REFUGE

Director’s Bio


John Halpern was born in New York, USA, in 1954. He has been making films since 1970. In 1979, he directed and produced the well known documentary Joseph Beuys/Transformer. An initmate portrait of the German sculptor that included complex visual effects that pre-dated digital technology. Halpern called this technique "television sculpture." Transformer is in the collections of New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Tate, London and in most major museums throughout the world. It has been broadcast throughout Europe.

His videos have been exhibited at the Rena Sofia Musem, Madrid, the National Film Theater of London and at the Watari Museum, Tokyo. His early films were shown theatrically in New York’s Millenium Theater, the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland and at Documenta 6, Germany.

REFUGE, his most recent film, has shown at the National Film Board of Canada in Toronto and toured 15 film festivals including Century City International Film Festival and Breckenridge International Film Festival.

 

Writer/Narrator: Les Levine

Les Levine was born in Dublin in 1935. He is a resident of New York City. He is one of the first artists in the world to use video as a medium for art.

Levine's first videos were produced in 1964. Since then he has produced and directed 100's of films that have been exhibited and broadcast throughout the world. His videotape Bum from 1965 is in the collection of  The Museum of Modern Art, NY.

He is responsible for the terminology, "software art," "disposable art," and "camera art" and is a well-known theorist on mass media.

Levine's work in media has been the subject of many major exhibitions. The most extensive entitled, Art Can See, 1997, which also included a major publication under the same title. His work has been represented in several Documentas and Biennales.

Les Levine has authored many articles and books, among them Media: The Bio-Tech Rehearsal for Leaving the Body. The main subject of his work is essentially media and the mind.

His films held in the collections of many major museums throughout the world.