Cinematic Arts Professor Does Icelandic Residency

July 10th, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Phil Garrett participated in the Gamli Skóli Old School Arthouse residency. Photo courtesy of Phil Garrett.

Phil Garrett participated in the Gamli Skóli Old School Arthouse residency. Photo courtesy of Phil Garrett.

Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts Phil Garrett recently participated in the Gamli Skóli Old School Arthouse residency in Hrísey, an island off the northern coast of Iceland.

The one-month residency program allows professional artists in all media to focus on their work in a peaceful environment and interact with other artists from around the world.

“The experience was nothing short of life-changing,” said Garrett, who began a creative collaboration with Icelandic composer Jósep Gíslason during the residency.  “Spending time with other artists was a unique experience for me and broadened my perspective on art, design, creative process, and the forces that drive artistic expression.”

Photo courtesy of Phil Garrett.

Photo courtesy of Phil Garrett.

Garrett also collected elements for long- and short-form video projects, continued his research on subjectivity in cinema, and exhibited his video work locally in a solo show titled Overlooked/Kobresia (watch videos from the show here and here).

“Exploring the natural wonders of Iceland as part of my video work was unlike anything I had experienced to that point,” he said. “It was a humbling experience to simply be in the presence of the unique, unspoiled Icelandic landscapes.”

Garrett’s professional experience includes live action, animation, studio, and independent motion pictures, theatre, documentary film, experimental film, visual effects, commercials, and studio experience with DreamWorks SKG Animation and DisneyToon Studios. His films have screened at festivals, been distributed, and garnered awards internationally.

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One Response to “Cinematic Arts Professor Does Icelandic Residency”

  1. Tom Richner says:

    What a trip!