Reader in Time-based Media
Jordan Baseman is a visual artist and filmmaker. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an MA from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Baseman is currently Reader in Time-Based Media at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, and is also a Lecturer at the Royal College of Art Sculpture School and The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford. Jordan is currently the Artist in Residence Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford.
My most recent work is a synthesis of reportage, portraiture, documentary, creative non-fiction and narrative practices. I work with and record people, in order to produce films that have the interview and editing process at their core. Oral history, first person spoken-word narratives, field recordings and recorded inter-views are all of great interest to me.
My films seek to entertain, to emotionally engage and to challenge audiences. Although the work is placed within a fine art context and positioned within academic research culture, I do not feel that it is restricted to those environments and to those debates alone. It is of the utmost importance to me that my work does not operate exclusively within those realms and solely for those audiences.
Narration, storytelling, personal experience and belief interest me a great deal. The unpredictability of the interview situation excites me. In my films, speculation, opinion, ideas and anecdotes are often interwoven with intimate experiences of empirical, known information.
Visual abstraction, within a moving image context, is something that I have been increasingly interested in trying to manufacture. In addition, I have been hand-processing colour 16mm film, using buckets in a simple but totally blacked-out space, in order to encourage visual breakdown, fragmentation and distortion, and to really push the unpredictable nature of the materiality of film itself at its most fundamental level. This direction in my practice reflects my interest in relinquishing the boundaries of control within a process of image-making: celebrating the collision of representation and abstraction through process.
Recent Relevant Outputs:
In the past few years, Jordan Baseman has presented solo exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery, London; The Photo-graphers’ Gallery, London; ArtSway, Hampshire; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Monash University, Melbourne; Wellcome Collection, London; Aberdeen Art Gallery; and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.
His films have recently featured in exhibitions and film festivals including 53rd Venice Biennale; Los Angeles Animation Festival (where he won Best Film in the Dangerous Experiments category); San Francisco Short Film Festival; Melbourne Underground Film Festival (where he won Best International Short Film); Tatton Park Biennial; Gstaad Film Festival; and London Short Film Festival.
Jordan Baseman has received grants from Arts Council England; The Arts & Humanities Research Council; The British Council; The Henry Moore Foundation; The Wellcome Trust; and London Arts Board. He has exhibited and screened his work internationally in many countries including Australia, USA, Austria, Germany, Japan, Portugal, France and Italy.