Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation

Shaun Irons

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2007, 2017, 2022

Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty are multi-platform artists (regularly collaborating under the name AutomaticRelease) working in the intersection between interdisciplinary performance, multimedia installation, documentary and experimental film.

Recent projects include "All Over Everywhere" - a live cine-performance conjured through the interplay of otherworldly video and sound, intoned words, movement and spectral glitches. This innovative work is a requiem for an imperiled planet, a hymn to the natural world, and a response to the anxieties and losses of the past two years.

Currently, they are developing "All That Is Seen in Unseen", an interdisciplinary, live performance installation and opera which investigates the boundaries of truth and reality, and the multifarious effects of technology on our collective human consciousness. Shaun and Lauren are also working on "Lessons in Lost Time", a highly visual and poetic feature film focusing on a woman (a psychologically fraying actress) experiencing a neurological breakdown resulting in mysterious bouts of amnesia, mutating identities, and blackouts.

Other works by the duo include their feature-length documentary Standing By: Gatz Backstage about ERS's epic production Gatz, Keep Your Electric Eye On Me, a multimedia performance seen at HERE (2014), as well as a self-generating video installation, Atmospheres & Accidental Ghosts (NY Electronic Arts Festival, 2015).

Their work has been seen in NYC, nationally, and internationally at venues such as BAM, The Brooklyn Museum, Abrons, The Chocolate Factory, Anthology Film Archives, Tokyo Wonder Site, and the Venice Biennale. They have received numerous awards including grants, fellowships and residencies from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, LMCC, Jerome Foundation, Harvestworks, Asian Cultural Council, Signal Culture, Yaddo, MacDowell, BAU Institute/Camargo Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation.



Shaun Irons worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Marian MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman…

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