Bob Paris investigates mass media, social duplicity and our culture of violence. His first foray into installation art was in 2006 with Disturbance, a sprawling series of video installations that excavate the ghostly remains of the 1992 Los Angeles riots to consider spectacle, social disaster and historical erasure. Paris is currently the director of The Cluster Project, an ongoing, online artwork that explores the thriving universe of cluster bombs, drones, nukes, and other indiscriminate weapons of terror. Since its inaugural launch, the project has released eleven distinct multimedia artworks, with more to come. These videos, animations, illustrations, performances, interventions, and data flow programming works, together with a wry and inventive blog, inspect our culture’s enduring embrace and simultaneous disinterest with weapons, war and civilian casualties. Paris’s videos have screened at venues around the world including the Whitney Biennial, the Image Forum Festival in Tokyo, and the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin. Paris was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and received a master’s degree at its Graduate School of Journalism. He is an associate professor in Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches video production and socially engaged media.
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Sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts, Visiting Artists and Designers Series. Image: Still image from The Children Experiment.
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