Art Residence: Seth Ellis (USA)


06.06 - 30.06.2015

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Program: [Art residence]

From June 6 till June 30, 2015 Seth S. Ellis, the American artist  from St Petersburg is working at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt on the project Placeholders. 

Seth Ellis is an American media artist and designer. He has a B.A. from Yale University (USA) and an M.F.A. from Columbia University School of the Arts (USA). Ellis’ projects have been shown in galleries, streets, symposia and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, and at a few places in the Atlantic Ocean. Now he works as an Assistant Professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan (USA).

His work draws upon local history, allegorical narrative, and experience design to create stories both historical and fictional in new, experiential forms. These narrative, as designed experiences, use both physical and digital tools, including signage, locative media, video, and audio. Artist’s website:

Seth Ellis. The Ford Folly, 2014

Ellis’ work in Kronstadt (working title Ghost Anchors) is a part of the long-term project Placeholders that is an ongoing collaboration with Chris Cassidy in site-specific, historically grounded installation. The project explores the changes wrought to communities and landscapes by the engines of industrial manufacturing, technological innovation and Modernist planning.

VOICE OF AMERICA: Interview with Seth Ellis (text in Russian)


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