In his videos, performances, and assemblage, Tara Mateik casts himself as myriad theoretical and cultural transvestites from media culture, competitive sport, and weird science. His practice includes regular collaboration with artists and collectives including Dykes Can Dance, Paper Tiger TV, and The Sylvia Rivera Law Project. In 2002 he founded The Society of Biological Insurgents (SBI), an embryonic cell organization that wages strategic operations to overthrow institutions of compulsory gender. Mateik's work has been exhibited at international venues including MOMA PS1 Greater New York Cinema, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Dia at the Hispanic Society, Dixon Place and Reena Spaulings in New York; Outfest and LACE, Los Angeles, CA; Aurora Pictures, Houston, TX; Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada. He is an Assistant Professor of Digital Cinema Studies in the Media Culture Department at CUNY Staten Island. His videos are distributed by the Video Data Bank. His awards include a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation in film/video and an Electronic and Film Art Grant from the Experimental Television Center.
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