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Rachel Lin Weaver

Associate Professor of Creative Technologies
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Rachel Lin Weaver is an artist whose work spans video, experimental film, sound, installation, and performance. Weaver’s creative interests relate directly to an upbringing in Alaska and West Virginia, and their projects explore loss, interdependence, ecology, and queer/trans embodiment. They find many useful metaphors in the natural world. Weaver’s work has been exhibited in over 40 countries, and they have held residencies at the Indiana Dunes, the Weight of Mountains Filmmaking Biennial, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the University of Utah Taft-Nicholson Center, the Icelandic Textiles Centre, and Tulane University’s Studio in the Woods. A member of the Tiger Strikes Asteroid network, Weaver is also the Director of Cinema Reset, the XR and Emerging Media program of the New Orleans Film Festival.

Video, sound, ecology, the nonhuman, queer/trans identity

ART 5854G: Advanced Art Theories and Processes
ART 5534: Graduate Art Critique
ART 4804: New Media Art Theory
ART 3504/4514 (Rotating topics: Sound, Installation, Art and Ecology)
ART 3604/4504: Digital Video (Rotating topics: Multi-Channel Video, Narrative, Video Art)

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

MOSQUITO DANCE, Tulane University: A Studio in the Woods (New Orleans, LA)

STRAWBERRY ROAN, Deiglan Gilfélagið, Akureyri, Iceland 

OMICRON, Bangalore Film Society (Bangalore, India) 

BREATH, ギャラリーコレクション展, Poetic Scape (Tokyo, Japan) 

BREATH, SepiaEYE Gallery (NYC, NY) 
 ANIMACY, The Weight of Mountains Biennial (Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada)

ANIMACY, Legion Arts Gallery (Cedar Rapids, IA) 
THE LONG VIEW, Environnementaux Gabès (Gabès, Tunisia) 

GLUE, Media Lab de la Universidade Federal de Goiás (Goiás, Brazil) 

PATHOLOGICAL CONFLUENCES, Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM) 

TRACE EVIDENCE, HMC Budapest (Budapest, Hungary)
SEA CHANGE, Gholamhossein Nami Gallery (Tehran, Iran)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 DEPTH CHART, New Members Plus 1, Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Greenville, SC)
2023 KOYUKUK, Kerala Short Film Festival (Kerala, India) 2023 LA AMPLIA VISTA, Reto por el Mundo / Erronka Munduan (Guipúzcoa, Spain)

2023 KOYUKUK, Festival de Cine Amazonia del Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2023 KOYUKUK, Theta Short Film Festival (Campania, Italy) 2023 ETAH, Fargo International Film Festival (Fargo, ND)* awarded first prize
2023 SLOUGH, Bizarrya Short Film Festival (Porto, Portugal) 2023 SLOUGH, Cortomontagna - Premio Leggimontagne (Tolmezzo, Italy)
2023 KOYUKUK, Alibag Short Film Festival (Alibag, Iran)
2022 SLOUGH, Balkan Can Kino (Athens, Greece)
2022 ORISON, Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC) 

2022 KOYUKUK, Addis Video Art Festival (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
2022 ORISON, Tiger Strikes Satellite, Miami Art Week (Miami Beach, FL)
2022 KOYUKUK, SEMANA ¡VIVA EL CINE! (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2022 THE WOODEN BEAVER ARCHIVE, New Media Caucus Exhibition (Blacksburg, VA) 2022 ANVIK-KOYUKUK, Les Mains Gauches Film Festival (Marseille, France)
2022 KOYUKUK, SEMANA ¡VIVA EL CINE! (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 2022 SLOUGH, Athvikvaruni International Film Festival (Aranthangi, India)
2022 SLOUGH, Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions (Bukinghamshire, United Kingdom & Los Angeles, CA)
2022 KOYUKUK, TULUM.WE Film Festival (Tulum, Mexico)
2022 SLOUGH, Neum Film Festival (Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
2022 KOYUKUK, ELO(KUVA)KUU (Tampere, Finland)
2022 KOYUKUK, Feminist Border Arts Film Festival (Las Cruces, NM)
2022 ORISON, Intangible Heritages, University of Kent (Canterbury, United Kingdom)
2022 THE VOLCANO LOVERS, frontviews (Berlin, Germany)
2022 SLOUGH, An Archive of Loose Leaves, Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
2022 KOYUKUK, Thomas Edison Film Festival (Hoboken, NJ)
2022 KOYUKUK, Splice Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY)
2021 KOYUKUK, Les Mains Gauche (Marseille, France)
2021 KOYUKUK, Canberra Short Film Festival (Canberra, Australia)
2021 ETAH, Frostbite Film Festival (Colorado Springs, CO)
2021 KOYUKUK, North x North, Anchorage Museum (Anchorage, AK)
2021 ETAH, MICRO Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
2020 ETAH, International Film Festival (Kosice, Slovenia)
2019 ETAH, Re-visioning Just Communities, Bangalore Film Society (Bangalore, India)
2019 ANVIK, W.I.T.H.F.F., Palomita Pacifica (Corozol, Belize)
2019 ANIMACY, Hollyhock, Cortes Island (British Columbia, Canada) 2019 SURFACE TENSIONS, SOVA Faculty Triennial, Moss Arts Center (Blacksburg, VA)
2019 THE LONG VIEW, Chimes of a New Moment (Bangalore, India) 2019 STICK, InShort Film Festival, Victoria Island (Lagos, Nigeria)
2019 ANVIK, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University (Roanoke, VA) 2018 5462, Output Sabotage, Noise Gallery (Bloomington, IN)
2018 ANIMAL EMBODIMENT, Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, (Dawson City, Canada)
2018 ANIMACY, Berlin Independent Film Awards, Cinema Babylon (Berlin, Germany)
2018 LA AMPLIA VISTA, Tlachana Festival (Metepec, México) 2018 KENAI, The 4th International Exhibition on New Media Art, CICA Museum, (Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea)
2018 THE LONG VIEW, Peephole Cinema Exhibition (San Francisco, CA) 2018 LA AMPLIA VISTA, Transterritorial de Cine Underground (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2018 LOKURA, Video Lokura, Dorrego Al 500 Exhibition (Quilmes, Argentina)
2017 THE LONG VIEW, Cinema Poetico Videoarte (Medellín, Colombia)
2017 THE LONG VIEW, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
2017 THE LONG VIEW, Arctic Circle Assembly (Reykjavík, Iceland) 2017 TO SEE, (Re)Imagining Science, Grunwald Gallery of Art (Bloomington, IN)
2017 THE LONG VIEW, Moss Arts Center (Blacksburg, VA)
2017 BELKOFSKI, Environmental Forum Dena’ina Center (Anchorage, AK)
2017 HÚNAFLÓI, RVCC Gallery International Video Show (Branchburg, New Jersey)
2017 SHARED ELEGY, Grunwald Gallery of Art (Bloomington, IN)
2016 TRACE EVIDENCE, Galéria121 (Budapest, Hungary)
2016 KENAI, Gholamhossein Nami Gallery (Tehran, Iran)
2016 BELKOFSKI VISIONS, University of Alaska at Anchorage (Anchorage, AK)
2016 HÚNAFLÓI, Foundry Art Center (St. Charles, MO)
2016 HÚNAFLÓI, Zhou B. Art Centeer (Chicago, IL) 2016 HÚNAFLÓI, CICA Museum (Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea)
2016 HÚNAFLÓI, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (Winnipeg, Canada)
2016 THE PLUMMET OF EMPTINESS, (Washington, D.C.)
2016 TRACE EVIDENCE, Texas Commission for the Arts (Dallas, TX)
2015 HÚNAFLÓI, TRACE EVIDENCE, Art Video Riviera (Jerusalem, Israel)
2015 ANVIK, TRACE EVIDENCE, Iranian Art House (Tehran, Iran)
2015 ANVIK, Market House Blacklion (County Cavan, Ireland)
2015 SEA CHANGE, This Red Door (Hamburg, Germany)
2015 PSEUDACRIS CRUCIFER, Arts Council of York County (Rock Hill, SC)
2015 ANVIK, Art Center County Cavan (County Cavan, Ireland)
2014 HÚNAFLÓI, Bíó Paradís (Reykjavík, Iceland) 2014 HÚNAFLÓI, Weight of Mountains Film Festival (Skagaströnd, Iceland)
2014 TRACE EVIDENCE, Gutto, (Sauðárkrókur, Iceland)

Selected Curating and Jurying Roles:
2011 – Cinema Reset, the New Media + XR program of the New Orleans Film Festival.
2011 – Present: Experimental Shorts Programmer, New Orleans Film Festival.
2022 TIGER STRIKES SATELLITE, Satellite Art Fair, Miami Art Week, Miami, FL.
2022 Juror, Virtual Reality, Nashville Film Festival.
2016 Juror, Experimental Films, New Orleans Film Festival.

Selected Grants
2022: “The Arts, Technology, and Social Transformation.” Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Major SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Grant, Virginia Tech, $30,000.

2021: C+I/ICAT/Humanities Major SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Grant, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Virginia Tech, $30,000.

2019: “Cinema Reset: Curating New Media in the South” New Orleans Film Society, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, $100,000. 

2019: “Arctic Media Partnerships” Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, Virginia Tech $30,000.

2018: “Sea Ice Saga: Sea Ice and Indigenous Cultural Memory,” Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech, $20,000. 

2017: “Sea Ice Archive: Sea Ice in flux on the Greenland Sea” Research Summer Funding, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Virginia Tech, $3,000.

2016: “To See: Visualizing the Unseeable” Ostrom Grant for Creative Projects at Indiana University, $6,350.


B.A., Writing & Literature, Berea College

M.F.A., Digital Art, Indiana University