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     BIO

BA, Film + Video Production, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, 2005.
MA in Art History, Program in the Humanities, University of Chicago, 2016.
PhD in the History of Art, Ohio State University, tba
Lives + works in Chicago, Illinois.

     Alanna photographs herself. Her images are cathartic responses to ideas, relationships and emotionally charged situations. Currently she is in the process of developing new work dealing with endurance, tension and sexuality by performing for a motion picture camera. Her photo series, Cringe, recreates moments of intense self-criticism, disgust and shame in intimate self-portraits. Everything I can do you can do better recreates iconic and personally significant images of her art-heroes-- the likes of Bruce Nauman, David Bowie, Wolfgang Tillmans and Klaus Nomi.    

    As C + A Projects, Alanna works in collaboration with Carolyn Radlo in both video and photography. The pair deal with social and political situations communicated through sparse text and evocative imagery. They like to work with words, images, and meaning without necessarily relying on narrative or linearity. Many of their projects focus on the exchange of ideas between them, the differences and similarities that show up in their work made side by side, but always guided and supported by chance. Their life-long, multi-faceted collaboration has evolved over the years from mother-daughter to artist-artist.


    Their most recent video, This Is The Place, is a meditation on the location which held the time after a death, the complicated emotions surrounding that event, and letting go.


    Lost off the coast of Brazil since 2008, postcards from their Conversations collaboration can now be purchased online.

    Other previous collaborations include creating the video elements for Seth Eisen's solo performance Blackbird, as well as a video project based on dreams with Heather Lucas, Films That My Mind Makes. In Los Angeles, Alanna performed with The People's Microphony Camerata, a project founded by Elana Mann and Juliana Snapper to explore the emergent phenomena of the People's Microphone and ideas of radical receptivity through sound, voice, and the body. She also co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of the Wanderers Union, an urban exploration society inspired to develop a deep knowledge of distance and terrain in the metropolis through organized long-distance wanders. She is a member of the Chicago chapter of the Degenderettes, a friendly international feminist and genderqueer agitpop club. For two years in San Francisco, she edited Ten Minutes to Midnight, an art blog introducing readers to new artists and exhibitions. In a former life, Simone co-founded The Harmony Project, a music program in Santa Barbara, CA teaching mediation and conflict resolution techniques to at-risk youth through composing and performing. Her earliest curatorial project was The Harbinger, an independent zine of artwork, short fiction and poetry which she self-published starting at the age of 15.


    Alanna has curated an extended series screening and exhibiting the work of artists using the moving image called MIA [Moving Image Art]. The program presented regular screenings at the Armory in Pasadena, CA and at Comfort Station Logan Square in Chicago, IL. For more information about the MIA series and the artists inlcuded, please visit the website: http://miascreen.com

 

     EXHIBITIONS:
     2016

video, KROWSWORKERSWORK Krowswork, Oakland, CA

     2015

video, Water, Water Everywhere Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

video, Water, Water Everywhere Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV

video, Water, Water Everywhere Alexei von Schlippe Gallery at the University of Connecticut-Avery Point, Groton, CT

video, ANFORTAS curated by Sarah Knobel, Outer Gallery, Montana State University Billings, Billings, MT

     2014

video, Animal's Planet curated by Lili White, AXW/online, New York, NY

video, FILMIDEO 2014: day 3 curated by Amanda Thackray and Karl Erickson, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

video, Various aspects of COLOR, Festival Miden 10th Edition, ARTWALL Project Space, Athens, Greece

video, Various aspects of COLOR, curated by: Margarita Stavraki, Festival Miden 10th Edition, Kalamata's Historic Center, Kalamata, Greece

video, Water, Water Everywhere, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

video, PoetryFilm at O Miami Poetry Festival, curated by Malgorzata Kitowski, O Miami, Miami, FL

video, 5th Cairo Video Festival 2nd edition, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt

video, GAZE #7: Generation Loss, ATA (Artists Television Access), San Francisco, CA

     2013

video, Paradise Found, curated by Mark French and Toby Tatum, Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings, UK

video, 5th Cairo Video Festival, Medrar Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt

video, Water, Water Everywhere, Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA

commissioned video, Make Music Festival, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

video, PoetryFilm Equinox: Circles, Cycles, Sequences, Planets, Patterns, curated by Malgorzata Kitowski, Charlotte Street Hotel Cinema, London, UK

video, Water, Water Everywhere, MIA at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

     2012

video, Favorites from AXWFF, curated by Lili White, MIA at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

video, Nurture the Environment Festival, The Expo Art Center, Long Beach, CA

video, Water, Water Everywhere, Upez African Humanitarian Development Projects, Lagos, Nigeria

video, The Picnic and other short films, Peralta Junction, Oakland, CA

video, Sustainability Day Water, Water, Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource, Boedecker Theater and Naropa University, Boulder, CO

performance, People's Microphony Songbook celebration, the Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA

video, Annual 24-Hour Video Art Festival, Gallery 479, UC Santa Barbara, CA

video, Shaped by Water featuring Water, Water, Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource, The History Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA

performance, Radiobreak, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA

video, Masters on Main Street, Catskill Film and Video Festival, Catskill Community Theater, Catskill, NY

     2011

video installation, Yehudhith and THE GRANDFATHERS, CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies), San Francisco, CA

video, Another Experiment By Women Film Festival, The Millennium Film Workshop, New York, NY

video, AND Shorts, Abandon Normal Devices Festival, The Box at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK

video installation, Summer of Video Art: Oakland Video Vague, Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, CA

video, EyeAM: Another Experiment by Women @ Anthology Film Archive, New York, NY

video, No Dialogue @ ArtPadSF, San Francisco, CA

photocards, Papergirl Glasgow 2011, Glasgow, Scotland
     2010
video, Gone, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
painted photos, Postcard 14, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
video, A Little Something Serious, C + A Projects, Brooks Institute, Ventura, CA
photos, Papergirl, Neurotitan Galerie, Berlin, Germany
video, A Little Something Serious, C + A Projects, 9th St. Independent Film Center, San Francisco, CA
video, Blackbird: Honoring A Century of Pansy Divas, Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, San Francisco, CA
     2008
photos, Post-postcard 12, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
video, Blackbird: A Queer Vocal History, Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, San Francisco, CA
photos, San Francisco Open Studios Group Exhibit, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
photos, Art and Poetry, Evolving Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
     2007
photos, non-grafitti + shadow is you, Sudachi, San Francisco, CA
photos + drawings, Post-Postcard 11, the Lab, San Francisco, CA
photos, Gallery Artist's Holiday Show, Evolving Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
photos, Ephemeral Mailbox Museum, Morgan Lane Gallery, Austin, TX
photos, *Post-Due* Collective Show, Everyday Joe's, Ft. Colliins, CO
     2006
photos + chapbooks, Post-Postcard 10, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
photos + chapbooks, Post-Postcard 10, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
photos, SF Open Studios Group Exhibit, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
text, Free Press, Roda Sten, Gothenburgh, Sweden
text, Free Words Forever, Conflux, NYC

     PUBLICATIONS:
photograph, Degenderette Art Zine 2016, Degenderettes, San Francisco, 2016
catalogue, MIA Catalogue, Armory Press, Pasadena, 2015
catalogue, Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource, Baksun Books, Boulder, CO 2014
catalogue, Program catalogue 5th Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt 2013
profile, Best Art Curators In Los Angeles by Dena Burroughs, CBS Los Angeles, CA 2012
interview, Transferring Art to Video by Katherine Tulich, Pasadena Sun, Pasadena, CA 2012
photograph, The Participatory Museum by Nina Simon, CreateSpace, Santa Cruz, CA, 2010
photograph, Schmap Guide: Seattle 9th Edition, Schmap, Inc., Carrboro, NC, 2009 and 2011
project, Conversations, packets of 16 photocards, C + A Projects, San Francisco, CA, 2008
catalogue, Ephemeral Mailbox Museum catalogue as part of the Ephemeral Mailbox Museum exhibit, Morgan Lane Gallery, Austin, TX, 2007
project, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 + Group 4; four 20 page self-published chapbooks for Fall Open Studios, San Francisco, CA, 2006
zine, The Harbinger, self-published zine, Santa Barbara, CA, 1996-2000


     TALKS + INTERVIEWS:
radio interview, artist interview - Alanna Simone by Georgia Gruzen, Homemade News on KCHUNG radio, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
artist talk, Experience, Memory, and the Challenge of Time: Art and the Holocaust with Elliot Ross, Carolyn Radlo and Tamar March, CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies), San Francisco, CA, 2012

     PROFESSIONAL:
committee member, Curators & Consultants Committee, Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair, 2014

photography portfolio reviewer, Fresh Look portfolio review, Lucie Foundation, 2013

judge, Scholastic Art Awards, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 2013

judge, Scholastic Art Awards, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 2012


     CURATORIAL:
     2016
group screening, Reconsolidation, MIA, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

     2015
solo screening, The Motherhood Archives - Irene Lusztig, MIA, Armory, Pasadena, CA

solo screening, The Motherhood Archives - Irene Lusztig, MIA, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

     2014
group screening, Imaginal Fiction, MIA, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

group screening, Imaginal Fiction, MIA, Armory, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Peak-End, MIA, Armory, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Peak-End, MIA, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

solo exhibition, Paul Barrios, MIA in residence at Outpost@Armory, Armory, Pasadena, CA

solo exhibition, Vienne Chang, MIA in residence at Outpost@Armory, Armory, Pasadena, CA

solo exhibition, Andrew Ellis Johnson, MIA in residence at Outpost@Armory, Armory, Pasadena, CA

group pop-up exhibition, ArtNight Pasadena, MIA, Armory, Pasadena, CA

solo exhibition, Evelin Stermitz, MIA in residence at Outpost@Armory, Armory, Pasadena, CA

     2013
group screening, Moments in Time, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Lucid Streaming, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

solo screening, Peter Bo Rappmund, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Limbic Resonance, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group pop up exhibition, Earth & Arts Festival, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Attentional Shift, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group pop up exhibition, ArtNight Pasadena, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Same Ocean, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Winged Host, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

    2012
group exhibition, Black Friday, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Not Applicable, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group pop up exhibition, ArtNight Pasadena, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Human Animal, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Endless Plain, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Strange Loop, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group screening, Imperium Naturae, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

group pop up exhibition, Make Music Festival, MIA, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA