SUE COSTABILE aka SUE.C is a visual and performing artist based
in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her works challenge the norms of
photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an
organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing
a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation "instrument,"
Costabile synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors,
hand-made papers, fabrics and miniature interactive lighting effects.
Dark, moody, textural, and physical, her live films inherit equally
from the kinetic languages of Stan Brakhage's abstract cinema and
Nicolas Schöffer's lumodynamic scuptures. She employs the same
techniques in her recorded work to emphasize the beauty of the banal
street corner, public parking lot, forgotten winter beach, torn
remnant of a found photograph, cast-away super 8 vacation footage,
and other half-forgotten, often-unnoticed, in-between spaces in
Costabile has collaborated with musicians such as Morton Subotnick,
Luc Ferrari, Laetitia Sonami, Antye Greie (AGF) and Joshua Kit Clayton
at a variety of international venues including the San Francisco
International Film Festival, REDCAT (Los Angeles), Ars Electronica
(Linz), MUTEK (Montreal), SONAR (Barcelona), the MonkeyTown (NYC),
and Activating the Medium (San Francisco). Her solo performances
combine live imagery with a live soundtrack using her own voice,
small sound effects devices and assorted electronic instruments.
She currently teaches "Math & Media" at the California
College of Arts (CCA) in Oakland. Her recent experimental film "FortyThousand3Hundred20
Memories" had its world premiere at the Oberhausen Short Film
Festival this past May.
Sue Costabile performed at the Ninth Annual Activating the Medium
festival in 2006.