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Mike Celona is an Artist, VJ and Video Editor from Rochester, NY who in 2005 graduated from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Video with concentrations in Cinema History.  His video artworks have been shown at numerous festival, museum and gallery exhibitions around the world over the past 15 years.  He has also collaborated on projects with musicians such as The Van Allen Belt, Freizeit98, Suplex The Kid, MediaThief, Ethonomite Pux and Production Unit Xero as well as DJ Skanntron and Thromb of RIPROC.  His live video mixing performances have also become a fixture of the Western New York electronic music scene through his work with RIPROC, Igloo Music , Riled Up Productions and various other regional DJ crews. 

In addition to exploring the unique aesthetic and technical properties of the video medium itself through image synthesis and live signal manipulation, he also firmly believes in remix culture as a unique form of media ecology with roots in 20th century ready-made and collage art which should be delved into with greater depth  rather than dismissed as an amateurish practice of the YouTube generation.   In this instance, the artist's role as a creator of original imagery  is combined with that of a curator or librarian unearthing and then adding new meaning and context to images otherwise long-forgotten or meaningless in isolation.  Furthermore, advances in video encoding, data storage and mixing software have enabled a whole new level of performative latitude to conjure up surreal improvised stream of consciousness cutup narratives across the often 4+ hours of continuous music at a typical DJ show which often provides perfect de facto musical accompaniment to such performances.

More recently Celona has begun to experiment with the possibilities of 360 video to create immersive meditative virtual environments with his abstract productions and VJ mixes through commonly accessible platforms such as Google Cardboard, Vimeo 360 and the VeeR app.   He is also currently learning to mix audio simultaneously with his visuals in order to create a more unified live A/V experience.

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

-  IVAHM Video Art Festival - Madrid, Spain (2017)

-  Here Comes Everybody - Los Angeles Public  Access TV (2016/17)

-  The Wrong: New Digital Art Biennale - London, UK (2015/16)

-  FONLAD Online Digital Art Festival (2015)

-  FILE: Electronic Language International Festival - Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015)

-  24th Annual Members Exhibition - RoCo - Rochester, NY (2014)

-  The Other New York Biennial - Everson Museum - Syracuse, NY (2012)

-  Lucca Film Festival - Lucca, Italy (2012)

-  25th Instants Video Festival - Marseilles, France & Beirut, Lebanon (2012)

-  Videoholica International Video Art Festival - Varna, Bulgaria (2012)

-  CNY Video and New Media Festival - Utica, NY (2012)

-  VideoBites 08 "Berlin, Berlin" - Berlin, Germany (2012)

-  B-Link Festival of New Communications - Belgrade, Serbia (2011)

-  Aesthetica Short Film Festival - York, UK (2011)

-  Simultan Festival 7th Edition - Timisoara, Romania (2011)

-  CologneOFF VII: Art in Global Context - Beirut, Lebanon (2011)

-  BYTE Gallery - Summer 2011 International Exhibition - Lexington, KY

-  New Experimental Sounds & Video / JC Fridays - Jersey City, NJ (2011)

-  Exploding Cinema - The Others Art Space - London, UK (2011)

-  Arte Natura Exhibition - Limner Gallery - Hudson, NY (2011)

-  Trashed Urban Install. - Rogue Video/Walsh Gall. - Newark, NJ (2011)

-  Relevant Exhibition - Lower Mill Gallery - Honeoye Falls, NY (2011)

-  Cronosfera Festival - Iridescent Worlds - Belgrade, Serbia (2011)

-  Synthetic Zero / (S0NiK)Fest 3 - Bronx Art Space - New York, NY (2011)

-  23rd Instants Video Festival - Marseille, France (2010)

-  1st Annual Vimeo Festival - New York, NY (2010)

-  7th Autumedia Arts Showcase - Semantics Gallery - Cincinnati, OH (2010)

-  Systems Failure Exhibition - Target Gallery - Alexandria, VA (2010)

-  Cronosfera Festival: Visions From the Future - Turin, Italy (2010)

-  TEMPO Exhibition - Manifest Gallery - Cincinnati, OH (2010)

-  Family Matters - Sushi Gallery - San Diego, CA (2010)

-  Zeros + Ones: The Digital Era - Climate Gallery - New York, NY (2010)

-  Zero Film Festival - Los Angeles, CA (2009)

-  dokumentArt Fest - Neubrandenburg, Germany / Szczecin, Poland (2009)

-  Busan International Video Festival - Busan, South Korea (2009)

-  Oblo Film Festival - Lausanne, Switzerland (2009)

-  Yoveo International Video Festival - New York, NY (2009)

-  PI (Performance Intermedia) Five Exhibition - Szczecin, Poland (2009)

-  Odds & Ends: A Night of Light & Shadows - Portland, OR (2009)

-  Iowa City Experimental Film Festival - University of Iowa (2008)

-  Abstracta Int. Abstract Cinema Exhibition - Rome, Italy (2008)

-  OCULI: Exper. Film Showcase - Bottega Gallery, Wilmington, NC (2008)

-  5th Autumedia Arts Showcase - Cincinnati, OH (2008)

-  Give Up The Ghost - Austin Figurative Gallery - Austin, TX (2008)

-  Lies Exhibition - Another Roadside Attraction Gallery - London, UK (2007)

-  2:13 Festival - Athens, Greece & London, UK (2007)

-  "Project" Series - Another Roadside Attraction Gallery - London, UK (2007)

-   NY Exp. Constructions & Constrictions - The Tank - New York, NY (2006)

-  Hell on Reels:  Astoria Moving Picture Fest - Astoria, NY (2006)

 

 

Student Exhibitions

 

-  SPARK Contemporary Art Space - Syracuse, NY (2002-2004)

-  Lightwork Photography Center - Syracuse, NY (2004)

-  Syracuse University Diversity in Art Show - Syracuse, NY (2003)

-  1st Annual Rochester Young Filmmaker's Festival - Rochester, NY (2001)

 

 

Selected Live Performances

 

-  Technovision - The Bug Jar - Rochester, NY (8/27/2016)

-  RIPROC monthly @ The Bug Jar - Rochester, NY (11/2015 - 12/2016)

-  Mark Farina @ Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY (4/2/2016)

-  The Legendary Mr. C @ The REC Center - Rochester, NY (8/22/2015)

-  Back to the Roots - The REC Center - Rochester, NY (8/14/2015)

-  Street Light Festival - Village Gate - Rochester, NY (7/17 & 7/18/2015)

-  Electronic Underground - BLU - Rochester, NY (5/31/2014)

-  Whirly Wednesdays - Flying Squirrel Community Center & other venues

   (10/2013 - 5/2014;  5/2017 - )

-  Pure Whirl - Love Nightclub - Rochester, NY (4/4/2014)

-  Reunion - Love Nightclub- Rochester, NY (3/28/2014)

-  Cult Influence - Love Nightclub - Rochester, NY (3/21/2014)

-  Confluence - Secret Location - Rochester, NY (2/22/2014)

-  Igloo Vortex - Love Nightclub - Rochester, NY (2/21/2014)

-  Igloo Love - Love Nightclub - Rochester, NY (1/17/2014)

-  Riddims & Rollers - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY (11/9/2013)

-  RIPROC Thursdays @ Dubland  Underground - Rochester, NY (2013)

-  Haunted Breaks - Brickwood Grill - Rochester, NY (11/1/2013)

-  Flower City Beats - South Wedge Colony - Rochester, NY (9/27/2013)