HalfLifers

HalfLifers is an ongoing collaborative project created by longtime friends Torsten Zenas Burns and Anthony Discenza. Burns received his BFA in Media Art from New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University in 1990, and an MFA in Performance and Video from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He currently resides in Holyoke, MA. Anthony Discenza received a BFA in studio art from Wesleyan University in 1990, and an MFA in video from C.C.A.C. in 2000. He currently resides in Oakland, CA.

The HalfLifers create videotapes and installations exploring speculative fictions including zombie relationships, rescue rituals and re-imagined slapstick. Their sculptural installation projects and looping projections have shown at Smackmellon Gallery in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum in California, and at the DiRosa's Gatehouse Gallery in California. Single-channel works, including the Rescue, Action, Island, Pioneer and Afterlifers series' have screened at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art in NY, Catherine Clark Gallery in CA, the New York Video Festival, Video_Dumbo in NY, Chicago Underground Film Festival in IL, Pacific Film Archive in CA, Impakt Festival (Netherlands), European Media Arts Festival (Germany), Pleasuredome in Canada. Their work was included in the book, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the Bay Area, 1945 - 2000.

Available Titles by

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Return to Rescueworld 1996 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Rescue Parables 1994 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Mess Hall 1999 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
I.S.L.A.N.D.S. Series 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Homesteaders 1999 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Harvest 1999 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
HalfLifers: The Complete History, 1992 - 2010 2011 Single Artist Compilations, DVD Box Sets order video    add to wish list
HalfLifers: Rescue Series 1998 Single Artist Compilations order video    add to wish list
HalfLifers: Action Series 1999 Single Artist Compilations order video    add to wish list
Fear of Rescue 1997 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Control Corridor 1997 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Aquatics 1997 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Afterlifers: Walking and Talking 2004 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Actions in Action 1997 Single Titles order video    add to wish list