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Open Air Media Festival

May 31 @ 6:00 pm - June 1 @ 11:30 pm

May 31st & June 1st

The 5th annual Open Air Media Festival will take place May 31st and June 1st 2024. This year’s festival is a program in two parts, a friday evening video screening at FilmScene Chauncey Green in Iowa City and a saturday night event of outdoor art projects, performances, and installations. All events are free and open to the public.

May 31st – Film & Video Screenings by:
David Bennett
Jacklyn Brickman
Kamari Carter
Lorelei d’Andriole
Kari Erickson
Billy Friebele
Laura Iancu
Lynn Kim
Allison Leigh Holt
Auden  Lincoln-Vogel
Abinadi Meza
Manny Orozco
Eric Souther
Oona Taper
Johanna Winters

June 1st – Installations & Performances by:
Katina Bitsicas
New Media Good Time Band
Dan Fine
Dana Keeton
Jennifer Kayle
Ellen Oliver
David Hurlin
Jessica Tucker
Gracie Baer
Devlin Caldwell
Emily Berkheimer
Monica Sanguino
Hannah Givler
Heather Parrish


This year’s inaugural artist-in-residence is Katina Bitsicas. Katina Bitsicas is a Greek-American new media artist who utilizes video, installation, AR, and performance in her artworks to explore grief, loss, trauma and memory.

Her project “Linseed and Gardens” is an archive-based projection mapping project that illuminates the front of the Close House in Iowa City, IA. Through history and landscape, this project tells the story of the historic Close House.  This includes the past through present day archives it houses and the land the home inhabits by accentuating the features of its exterior through projected window vignettes and colorful landscapes.

Katina received her BA from Kalamazoo College, Post-Baccalaureate from SACI in Florence, Italy, and MFA from the University of South Florida. She is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Digital Storytelling at the University of Missouri, where she also conducts research with the MU School of Medicine on utilizing digital storytelling as a meaning-making intervention for bereaved family members. This collaborative research has been published in Death Studies, OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying, and the Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life & Palliative Care. She has exhibited worldwide, including The Armory Show, PULSE Art Fair, Satellite Art Fair, Superchief Gallery NFT, Plexus Projects, the Wheaton Biennial curated by Legacy Russell, CADAF: Digital Art Month Paris, Torrance Art Museum, Westbeth Gallery, New York, Eye’s Walk Festival, Syros, Greece, 57th Dimitria Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, HereArt in New York, Art in Odd Places in Orlando, Digital Graffiti Festival, and the St. Louis International Film Festival. In 2022, her artist book Luci: The Girl with Four Hearts was published with Flower Press.

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Exploded Frame (unbound artist book, WIP) digital prints on clear film, magnets. 9.5’ x 12’, 2021. Creative Consultant: Candida Pagan

Zen Cohen, director, founder, and co-curator

Zen is Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Studies at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Her practice as an intermedia artist explores the sculptural possibilities of the moving image through making objects, multi-channel video installations, and digital imaging. She received an MFA in Art Studio at the University of California at Davis. Her work has been exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at the deYoung Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, SOMarts, The Lab, The Montalvo Center, and nationally at ARTSpace New Haven in CT, Vanity Projects in NY, Public Space One in Iowa City, and internationally at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City and Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in the Canary Islands. Her photographs have been published in Hyperallergic, Art Practical, Routledge and Southern Illinois University Press.

“Microdata: Figure 11.5”, 24” x 30”, Screenprint on Yupo


May 31 @ 6:00 pm
June 1 @ 11:30 pm
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