BIO / Laura Beloff With acclaimed international reputation as an artist, Laura Beloff’s works can be described as peculiar wearable objects, programmed structures and participatory, networked installations. In her pieces she combines technology fluently with various mediums ranging from video to textile, from sound to sculptural and organic materials. Many of her works deal with individuals in the global society trying to adapt to highly complex technologically enhanced world, which is becoming increasingly mobile. Collaboration with other artists, musicians and computer scientists has been one of the features typical for her working methods. Beloff has exhibited widely in various museums, galleries and major media-art events in Europe and worldwide, recently f.e. in Vienna (2011), in Russia and Brazil (2008) and in the Venice Biennale (2007). She has received various grants, residencies and awards; 2009 Prix Ars Electronica Honorary mention in Next Idea-category, 2002 Vida5.0 honorary mention/Spain, 2000 File-festival the 3rd prize/Brazil, etc. 2002-06 she was Professor for media arts at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway. 2007-11 she was awarded a five-year grant by the Finnish state. 2009-2010, 2011 she has been a visiting Professor at The University of Applied Arts in Vienna (AT). Currently (2011) she is on the edge of finishing a PhD within Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth. More information on her works: http://www.realitydisfunction.org
-currently works and lives in Finland.
2009 Prix Ars Electronica / Next Idea, Honorary Mention;
2002 Vida 5.0, Spain, honorary mention;
2000 File-festival, SaoPaolo, third prize; 1995 The Top of the Year -Graphic Desing, Honorary Mention;
1994 Finnish State and Ministry of Culture's Art Award;
Group Exhibitions 2010 Mäntän Kuvataideviikot, Mänttä 2009 Montevideo, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam 2009 Ich Maschine, Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg 2008 Arte:Mov exhibition, Belo Horizonte 2008 Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age / -screening, Kaliningrad 2008 IX MediaForum 2008 / -screening, Moscow 2008 Prototypisieren, Bremen 2007 Enter3 Exhibition, Prague 2007 Urban Interfaces Exhibition, Oslo 2007 Mobile Journey Exhibition, 52. Venice Biennale 2007 Urban Interfaces Exhibition, Berlin 2007 Lab Cyberspaces Exhibition, Gijon 2007 Digitally Yours Exhibition, Turku 2006 Article Biennale, Stavanger 2006 Lofoten International Art Festival LIAF, Svolvær 2005 Wearable Futures / -screening, Newport 2005 International Festival of Computer Arts, Maribor 2004 Trondelag Contemporary Art Center, Trondheim 2004 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz 2004 ISEAexhibition, Tallinn 2004 The Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo 2003 Gallery Otso, Espoo 2003 Russian Museum, St.Petersburg 2002 Parson's School of Design-Gallery, New York 2002 Electrohype-festival, Malmö 2002 Sonar-festival, Barcelona 2002 Baltic Art Center, Visby 2001 CYNET media-festival, Dresden 2001 nic01 conference/exhibition, Copenhagen 2001 Interstanding-festival, Tallinn 2001 Interaccess.org-gallery, Toronto 2001 KuenstlerHaus, Wien 2001 Joensuu Artmuseum Joensuu 2000 UCLA Gallery Los Angeles 2000 Continent Exhibition Helsinki, Brussles 2000 Siggraph conference/exhibition New Orleans 2000 F-scapes Exhibition Brussels 2000 Cluj Art Museum Cluj, Romania 2000 File Festival (third prize) Sao Paolo 2000 Microwave Festival Hong Kong 1999 Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Austria 1999 Borey Art Gallery St. Petersburg 1998 Kiasma, mediatek, Helsinki 1997 SkyLightBooks Los Angeles 1997 California Institute of the Arts California,US 1996 Institut Finlandais Paris, France 1996 DesingCenter, Helsinki 1996 Kouvola Art Museum Kouvola 1995 Lahti Art Museum Lahti 1994 Suomenlinna -Northern ArtCenter Helsinki 1994 Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere 1994 Lonnström Art Museum, Rauma 1993 The Month of the Photography Bratislava, Slovaky 1993 Finnish Artists' Assoc. Exhibition, Karkkila 1992 The National Museum of Finland, Helsinki 1992 Helsinki Art Hall, Helsinki 1992 Main railway station (collaboration) Helsinki 1991 Museum of Photography + various Art Museums Helsinki 1991 "Family"-exhibition in a city apartment Helsinki 1989 Pori Art Museum Pori 1989 Budka-Art Show Turku 1989 Finstation,The Old Cotton Factory Pori 1988 Young Art, Art Museum Rauma 1988 Art Biennale,W.Aaltonen Art Museum Turku
Solo Exhibitions 2011 Angewandte Schauraum, MuseumsQuartier, Wien 2004 Kunstnerenshus, Oslo –“beta-testing” 2001 Passage Gallery Wien 2000 Ars Electronica Center Linz 1999 Gallery Hippolyte Helsinki 1995 Turku Art Museum Turku 1995 Gallery Artina Helsinki 1994 Gallery Luukku Joensuu 1993 Gallery Rantagalleria Oulu 1991 Gallery Finnfoto Helsinki 1991 Gallery Uusikuva Kotka 1990 Gallery Arsenaali Seinäjoki 1989 W.Aaltonen Art Museum Turku
Studies 2006-(2011) PhD candiadate at Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University 1996-1998 California Institute of The Arts, (Fulbright grantee) MFA in Critical Studies & Integrated Medias 1989-1995 University of Art and Design, Helsinki BFA/MFA in photography 1992-1993 Additional Studies in Academy of Fine Arts, Media department (space and time), Helsinki
Grants 2010 The Art Council Of Finland -Project grant 2008 The Art Council Of Finland -Project grant 2007-2011 The State Art Council Of Finland / 5 year grant 2005 Kulturråd -kunst og ny teknologi, Norway 2004 Bundeskanzleriamt, Austria 2003 The Art Council Of Finland 2002-2005 The State Art Council Of Finland / 3 year grant 2002 The Art Council Of Finland 2002 AVEK 2001 The Art Council Of Finland 2000 Finland's Cultural Fund 1999 AVEK 1999 VISEK 1999 Niilo Helander's Foundation 1999 Pepinieres-residency/EU 1998 Finland's Cultural Fund 1998 The Art Council Of Finland 1997 AVEK (Audiovisual Art Center) 1997 The Art Council of Southern Finland 1996 Finland's Cultural Fund 1996 Fulbright Grant 1995 The City of Helsinki 1995 The Art Council Of Finland 1993 The Art Council Of Finland 1992 Leo & Regina Weinstein Foundation 1991 The Cultural Fund of Southern Ostrobothnia Region
2001 Air-Haus, Wien/ Austrian State
2000 MagicMedia / Brussels
1999/2000 Ars Electronica Center -Futurelab / Linz, Austria
Lectures / presentations /etc (recent years) 2011: Presentation and panel participation at ISEA 2011 Istanbul (TR) Invited lecture / Media Factory, Aalto University in the context of wearable technology workshop (FI) Invited public lecture at Digitale Kunst-department of Universtität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna (AT) Visiting Professor at Vienna Art& Design University (AT) 2010: Talk at the 11th Consciousness Reframed Conference; part of the Meta.Morf Biennal Trondheim (NO) Invited lecture about wearable technology + art; Body in Posse at the NTNU (NO) Invited lecture at a NTNU organized seminar; Art, Technology, and Dissemination to Children and Youth (NO) Jury member for Live2011 Grand Prix, in the OPEN-category (Turku Capital of Culture program). Participating in a panel and as a moderator in Art & Technoscience Conference, Helsinki Invited Visting Artist at Vienna Art& Design University, Nov 09- Jan 10 2009: Talk at Re:Live Media Art History Conference, Melbourne (AU) Talk at 10th Consciousness Reframed Conference; Art in a Post-biological era, Munich (DE) Talk at Researchers Forum in University of Art and Design, Helsinki,Finland Invited visiting artist at Vienna Art&Design University, Fall semester 2009 Organizing an event, symposium and a project about climate change; collaboration between artists and scientists: partners: Finnish Bioart Society, Kilpisjärvi Biological Station (Helsinki Univ.) and Ars Electronica Center (Linz, AT) 2008: Talk at Arte:Move Symposium in Belo Horizonte and in Sao Paulo (BR) Talk at Consciousness Reframed: New Realities: Being Syncretic, Vienna (AT) Talk at Homo Ludens Ludens Conference, Gijon (ES) 2007: Talk at Researching The Future: Art and Technoetics, Prato (IT) Talk at Mutamorphosis-conferenece, Prague (CZ) Presentation at The Porous City: Art Claiming the Urban Void, Oslo (NO) Presentation at CIANT in Prague (CZ) Artist presentation at HQSparwasser, Berlin (DE) Talk at Revisioning the Future-conference in Montreal (CA) Presentation at Pixelache evening in Helsinki (FI) 2006: F. A. Q: Questions about art, consciousness and technology-conference, Sao Paulo (BR) Interface and Society conference, Heini Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (NO) The University of Art and Design, Helsinki (FI) Waves Festival, Contemporary Art Museum, Riga (LT) Consciousness Reframed 8; Art & technology in a post-biological era, Plymouth University (UK) 2005: Wearable Futures -conference, Newport Art School, Wales Space & Perception symposium, Riga International Computer Arts Festival, Maribor 2004: Matchmaking conference, Trondheim Art+Communication -Festival for New Media Culture, Riga Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo 2003: Ultima Festival-Oslo, The Music Academy in Oslo, Digital Art /Education- Conference in Shanghai 2002: Intermedia department, Oslo University Electrohype Festival, Malmö The University of Art and Design, Helsinki 2000: Siggraph Art Panel Other 2010 Debuty Board member and reserve chair of Finnish Bioart Society 2009 Debuty Board member of Finnish Bioart Society 2007-2008 Board member for PNEK (Production Network for Electronic Art, Norway) 2005-2006 Advisor for Amanda Steggel's fellowship project, Theater Academy, Fredrikstad, Norway. 2004-2006 Second advisor for Kari Beata Tandberg's fellowship project, Music Academy, Oslo, Norway. 2002-2006 Professor for New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo 1999/00 Guest Professor at Linz Art University 1993-2001 Visiting lecturer in various art institutes 1999 Moderating presentations via direct netlink between ArsElectronicafestival/Linz, c3-lab/Budapest and v2-lab/Rotterdam. 1998 curated and organized an exhibition and a seminar at the California Institute of the Arts (invited participants; John Baldessaari, Dick Hebdige, Jalal Toufic, Mary Ellen Solt, David Bunn). -Participation in several public panels organised by conferences, events or media. -Several public appearances or interviews in tv, magazines and other news media. -Various texts about her works in catalogues, magazines and other publications.