Peter Burr – Impakt Artist in Residence



Peter Burr is an artist and curator from Portland, OR, USA. He is the founder of Cartune Xprez, an experimental cartoon project that is part video label, part live theater, part psychedelic insurrection, and part touring road show.  As the principle organizer of this project he creates platforms for video artists who remix commercial imagery to the extent of anarchy and animate their way out of Sunday Morning Cartoons. His work has become a touchstone of this experimental genre, having released two DVD publications and organized six international tours resulting in more than 150 events in 19 countries.

For his 2010 IMPAKT WORKS residency he is developing a new performance piece entitled “Future Television”. Stemming from his work with Christopher Doulgeris as Hooliganship, this theatrical video show explores the melancholic shadows of cartoon storytelling. Using live video tricks, futuristic office furniture, lo-fi surveillance, and imaginary computer nightmares he is plotting a dystopian meta-narrative through a collection of new experimental animations. During his residency Burr will be presenting a handful of in-progress performances of this new show in cities around Northern Europe including Copenhagen, Nijmegen, and Brussels.

Aside from this collaborative performance work, Burr is creating a small collection of digital images and single-channel videos with IMPAKT WORKS.  This series reconfigures bits of internet wilderness (video torrents, compression artifacts, and obsolete website patterns) with original graphic footage to conjure foggy scenes of violent action. He finds composite monsters in tension between cartoon mice, night-vision hyenas, and lenticular wallpaper buried within a dense stream of video and image files.

In addition to these two wings of his creative practice, Burr is finishing production on new Cartune Xprez DVD compilation featuring cartoons by Jacob Ciocci, Amy Lockhart, James Duesing,  Barry Doupe, and a dozen more contemporary artists to be released this summer.