BIO

Sue Slagle (stage name SUE-C) is a video and light artist currently living and working in Portland, OR. For the past 16 years she has created handmade videos and live media performances, traveling extensively in Europe and the USA. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation "instrument," she synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, hand-made papers, fabrics and miniature lighting effects. 

In addition to solo performances, installations and recorded works she has collaborated with musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Luc Ferrari, Laetitia Sonami, Antye Greie (AGF), Golan Levin, Joshua Kit Clayton, Wobbly and Vladislav Delay at a variety of national and international venues including the SFMoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco International Film Festival, REDCAT (Los Angeles), EMPAC (Rensselaer, NY), Ars Electronica (Linz), MUTEK (Montreal), SONAR (Barcelona), the MonkeyTown (NYC), and Activating the Medium (San Francisco). Her solo performances combine live imagery with a live soundtrack using her own voice, small sound effects devices and assorted electronic instruments.


LIVE FILMS

  • This is Happening (2015-present), improvisational live film with live electronic music by Shawn Trail.
  • Art Kit Puncture (2013-present), a two part live film, including a re-mix of Gordon Matta Clark’s “Conical Intersect” and a handmade counterpart; 20 min
  • If I Tell You a Thing (2012 - 2013), live film and sound performance, including vocals; 22 min.
  • Occupy My Mind (2011-2012), a live film inspired by audio recordings of the Occupy Oakland movement, sound and video by SUE-C; 16 min.
  • Infinite Jest (2012), an installation with a performance component, based loosely on the novel by David Foster Wallace; commissioned by Marco Museum for Active Presence, a group show curated by Kathleen Forde and Sergio Edelsztein; in collaboration with musician AGF.
  • Sheepwoman (2011-2013), a live film based loosely on the writings of Haruki Murakami; in collaboration with Laetitia Sonami; made possible by a MAP Grant award, in conjunction with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). www.sheepwoman.com
  • Until Spring (2008-2011), an audio-visual surround sound performance with electronic music composer, Morton Subotnick. Released in DVD format by Mode Records.
  • I. C. You (2006-2011),  a live film shot and scored from two suitcases, a bowl of water and a piece of ice; in collaboration with sound artist, Laetitia Sonami, and poet Tom Sleigh. Made possible in part by a residency at Montalvo Arts Center, CA. 
  • Lives of Ordinary Things (2005-2007), a live, hand-made film exploring the intimate goings-on of small objects, paper products, shiny surfaces and other treasures. These ordinary things are animated into living landscapes with the assistance of a live camera, lightpad, flashlights and a computer-based compositing machine. With sound. Running time: 25 minutes. Solo.

Recorded works

  • "A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur (Revisted)", color multi + single-channel digital video, sound by Morton Subotnick / 9 min / 2011
  • "Dekalog", color digital video for Defchild Records 10th anniversary DVD release / 60 min / 2010
  • "99 Famous Views", color digital video / 3 min / 2006 (for the group show "East Side Story" at YBCA)
  • “Mini Movies”, a DVD/CD release featuring a 27 minute short film and 7 audio-visual collaborations with AGF, on Asphodel Records:
  •     ”fourtythousand3hundred20 memories, color digital video / 27:34 / 2005
  •     "99 famous views on garage doors, color digital video / 1:27 / 2005
  •     "99 long eyelands, color digital video / 1:30 / 2005
  •     "naturestille", color digital video / 0:33 / 2005
  •     "directly beside you", color digital video / 2:26 / 2005 
  •     "who wants to grow up?", color digital video / 0:22 / 2005 
  •     "sonic pollution", color digital video / 3:16 / 2005
  •     "dancing maschine", color digital video / 2:06 / 2005
  • "still.not.still", b&w digital video / 5 min / 2004
  • "amp, swell", color digital video / 4 min / 2004 
  • "film me", color digital video / 3 min / 2002 
  • "live at the lab", color digital video / 8 min / 2002

Performances/SCreenings/installations/coursework

  • Pacific Vortex, PNCA, Portland, OR, January 2016
  • Control Voltage, Portland, OR, August 2015
  • SF MoMA, San Francisco, CA, May 2013, November 2012, April 2010
  • EMPAC, Infinite Jest (live version), April 2012
  • MediaLive Festival, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, July 2012
  • Laboral, Gijon, Spain, October 2012
  • Marco Museum, Vigo, Spain January 2012
  • Transito Festival, Mexico City, September 2011
  • EMPAC, Filament Festival, Troy, NY, September 2010
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA, CA, April 2009
  • Great American Music Hall, SF, CA, July 2008
  • ATA, San Francisco, April 2008
  • La Casa Encendida, Madrid, February 2008
  • EMPAC @RPI, Troy, NY, October 2007
  • Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, May 2007
  • The Game is Up, Vooruit, Gent, February 2007
  • Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco, April 2007
  • Dallas Contemporary, February 2007
  • Live Cinema Nights at ISEA, San Jose, August 2006
  • Montalvo Arts Center, August 2006
  • San Francisco International Film Festival, April 2006
  • Pixelache Festival at Kiasma, Helsinki, April 2006
  • Say It Now Festival at Vooruit, Gent, March 2006
  • Activating the Medium Festival, San Francisco, February 2006
  • REDCAT, Los Angeles, January 2006
  • Sonar Festival, Barcelona, June 2005
  • Hip Chips, NYC, February 2005
  • Ars Electronica, Linz, September 2004 & 2005
  • Milano Film Festival, September 2004
  • Monkeytown, NYC, April 2004
  • Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany, May 2004
  • Dispatch Festival, Belgrade, October 2003
  • Sounds French, Berkeley, March 2003 
  • Sonic Light, Amsterdam, January 2003
  • Mutek, Montreal, May 2002
  • Rooms for Listening, CCAC/San Francisco, September 2000

Selected Screenings:

  • Transmediales, Berlin, in the RML CineChamber, Feb 2011
  • Live Cinema: Realtime Audiovisual Art, produced by the Mediateca of Caixaforum in Barcelona, 2009
  • Colorfield Variations, USA (various), Israel, Belgium, Spring 2007 - Present
  • The Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, March 2007
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts "East Side Story", San Francisco, October 2006
  • Oberhausen Short Film Festival, May 2006
  • Out of Sync/PDX Film Festival, April 2006
  • Sex and Sadness, Rotterdam and Istanbul, (curated by Jan Schuijren), March 2006
  • Forty Winks at EgoPark Gallery, Oakland, December 2005
  • MonkeyTown, November 2005 (curated by Golan Levin)
  • Transmediales Festival, Berlin, Germany, January 2004
  • 7th Video Arte Electronica Festival, Lima, Peru, June 2003 (curated by Kathleen Forde)
  • Austin Museum of Digital Art, Austin, Texas, March 2003 
  • CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, Fall 2002
  • - - (part of Techne: Things in the Making, curated by Marina McDougall & Adi Shami)
  • Reline, DVD Compilation, 2002/3 
  • - - (screened at X-Fest, NYC; Guggenheim Bilbao; AMODA; DV-Cinema, St. Paul; Die-Lounge, Germany; and Transcinema, SF)
  • Video-Sho at EgoPark Gallery, Oakland, September 2002 (curated by Aisha Burns)
  • Air Portugal, Pond Gallery, San Francisco, Fall 2001

Publications:

  • Live performance artist feature in: Programming Media by Casey Reas and Ben Fry, MIT Press
  • Contributor to ‘vE-”jA: Art + Technology of Live Audio-Video by Xarene Eskandar
  • Contributor to A/V: Vjing and Audio Visual Art by D-Fuse

Distributed Media:

  • “Morton Subotnick: Electronic Works 3”, DVD, color digital video / 80 min / 2012
  • "Dekalog", DVD, color digital video / 60 min / 2010 (released on de'fchild productions)
  • "Mini Movies" CD/DVD on Asphodel Ltd. (2,000 copies; released Spring 2006)
  • Contributor to Sonic Acts DVD (10,000 copies; distributed with WIRE Magazine in February 2007
  • Reline 1 and 2 DVDs (500 copies)

College Level Coursework and Workshops:

  • Programming Interactive Video, Portland Community College, Cascade Campus (Portland, OR) 2017-current
    • Developed curriculum for Max 7 based creative coding class
  • Reconstructing Video and Math and Media, CCA Adjunct Professor (Oakland, CA) 2005-2012
    • Two courses focusing on the creation of time based media using Max/MSP/Jitter, Final Cut, Quicktime and other relevant software. 
    • Students learn to author their own computer programs that analyze, convert, effect and manipulate real-time and recorded video and audio streams while building familiarity with fundamental mathematical and technological concepts used in media arts production. 
  • Interactive Video for Performance and Installation San Francisco Institute of Art, Instructor, Center for Digital Media, 2004 – 2006  
    • Developed curriculum for and taught course entitled which focused on the max/jitter software environment as a tool for understanding the digital video signal and means of manipulation, interaction and customization
  • Jitter Intensive Workshops, UCLA, La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Various Dates
    • Customized workshops ranging from one day to one week long focused on teaching the interactive video software Jitter (part of Max/MSP suite)
  • Dis-patch School for New Media Manipulation, Belgrade, Serbia September 2004
    • Co-taught two week workshop on the max/jitter software environment and experimental digital video techniques for live performance, installation and production
  • UC Berkeley, Teaching Assistant Fall 1999 – Spring 2001
    • Assisted undergraduate curriculum development and instruction for two engineering classes; included teaching a lab class, overseeing student research projects and grading papers