Curriculum Vita, May 2019

 

Sylvia Toy St Louis May 2019

I am a middle-class Black housewife who greenscreens movies in my livingroom. I have screened internationally in visual arts venues since 2008 & on the film festival circuit since 2014. I am pleased to have received some special recognition: Golden Leaf for Best Animated Feature Film, Hazel Eye Film Festival (2019); Best Fx Design, FICOCC #13 (2018); Nominee, Best Editing, Austin Arthouse Film Festival (2018); Grand Jury Award (2016) & Gold Award (2018), L.A.N.N.E.F.F.; Hon. Mention/Cinematography & Best Director Nominee (2017), Creative Arts Film Festival.

VIDEOGRAPHY

Year of creation: 2014

BEFORE CHILL. Selected for Creative Arts Film Festival and awarded Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography, Online festival, 2016.

THE SOUND OF BEING. Toured internationally in Magmart F.I.V.E., 2014-2015. Exhibited in CCIFabrika “Now&After17,” Moscow, RU, 2017.

QUEEN by Sylvia Toy. Exhibited at Siger Gallery, London, 2018.

Year of creation: 2015

THE BLUE LADY by Sylvia Toy. Exhibited in 1974-1978 UNL Alumni Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE, 2016. Selected for VIOLENCE TRANSFORMED, Boston, 2018.

Passages, a Myth. Excerpt, PASSAGES, A MYTH | DISCOVERY OF THE PREGNANCY OF THE KING, exhibited in Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece, 2016 and at Visual Container, Milan, IT 2017.

KILLER JANE Pre-production videos. 2015-2017. Selected for L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival and awarded a Femmes Fatales Grand Jury Award, 2016.

Year of creation: 2016

THE HARPY by Sylvia Toy. Selected for Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, September, 2016.

VOICE, a performance art movie. VOICE was an official selection of Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, 2017, and received an Honorable Mention from LA Underground Film Forum in 2016. VOICE was part of the “Stimmen” exhibition at schau.Räume (Austria) in 2018. VOICE festival cuttings screened in VisualContainer TV, HearteartH Project, International Video Art Exchange Program, and CM Projects’ Chemcraft Exhibit, 2015-2017. VOICE FESTIVAL CUTTING 3 selected for Underground FilmFest and Black Underground FilmFest.

Year of creation: 2017

THE HARPY Tribunal. Exhibited on Art Web Gallery, La Spezia, IT, online June-July 2017.

KILLER JANE by Sylvia Toy. Exhibited at Klanghaus, Oakland CA, May 2017. Selected for Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Film Awards, November 2017.

AND SO I SAID. Exhibited in Burnt Experimental Video Art and Film Festival, Montreal, December 2017.

SEQUENCE 13. Five Continents International Film Festival, (CIOCC), Chile, 2018.

CREDO: A PILGRIM. Exhibited in “The Democracy Scrabble Project” at Visual Container’s [.Box], Milan and on Visual Container TV, 2018.

DON’T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY, BUT. Exhibited in “The Democracy Scrabble Project” at Visual Container’s [.Box], Milan and on Visual Container TV, 2018.

MERGE. Exhibited on Art Web Gallery, La Spezia, IT, online April 2018.

THE VICTIM. Exhibited in Il Mio Corpo Poetico, Il Mio Politico, Milan, 2018. Selected for Hyperflexion Contemporary Art, South Africa, 2019.

Year of creation: 2018

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SOUL: Scene 6. Exhibited at Hyperflexion Contemporary Art, South Africa, 2019.

CREATION by Sylvia Toy. Best Fx Design, FICOCC, 2018. Best Animated Feature Film, Hazel Eye Film Festival, Nashville, 2019. Excerpts exhibited in The Black Woman Is God, 2018; Immersive Circus/Museum of Future Sports, San Francisco, 2019.

DAY IN NIGHT. Exhibited at Siger Gallery, London, 2019.

THE SELF-MADE TRAP: Tre. Toured internationally in Global Videos 2018. Exhibited at PLAY Room, The Netherlands, 2019.

DREAM One. Selected for Dreamtime/Lys d’Or Gallery, 2019.

DREAM Four. Selected for Dreamtime/Lys d’Or Gallery, 2019.

SLEEPWALKER. Selected for Dreamtime/Lys d’Or Gallery, 2019.

SNOW. Selected for Burnt Experimental Video Art and Film Festival, Montreal, 2018.

FLIGHT. Selected for We Make Movies International Film Festival, 2019.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
June 2018, issuu.com/cine.makers/docs/special.edition/74
July 2017, theheroinejourney2016.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/the-heroines-journey-of-sylvia-toy/
July 2016, medium.com/@12Catwoman/artist-retrospective-the-unsung-genius-of-sylvia-toy-2cc3f1a9bd5e
July, 2011, http://vip.newmediafest.org/?page_id=674

MONOGRAPHY:
Aug-Sept 2018, http://www.visualcontainer.net/sylvia-toy-st-louis-monography/

SELECTIONS/INVITATIONS (partial):

2019

We Make Movies International Film Festival, Los Angeles
Immersive Circus/Museum of Future Sports, San Francisco

“F is For” Feminism and the Female Form, South Africa
Hazel Eye Film Festival
Dreamtime, Lys d’Or Gallery
Politics of Moisture, London
Radical 2019 Group Show at Hyperflexion, South Africa
u bent hier/The Netherlands

2018

Global Videos/The Netherlands
Austin Arthouse Film Festival
Directed by Women|NY Shorts of All Sorts
Sylvia Toy St. Louis Monography, Visual Container TV
The Black Woman Is God/US
Il mio corpo poetico, il mio corpo politico/Milan
Underground FilmFest/Munich
“Stimmen,” schau.Räume/Austria
Five Continents Int’l Film Festival/Venezuela
Women Cinemakers
Democracy Scrabble/Milan

2017

Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Film Awards
Burnt Experimental Video Art + FilmFest/Montreal
The Unstitute Projection Room
Clash/London
Now&After17 @CCIFabrika/Moscow
Klanghaus/US
Underground FilmFest/Munich
Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
Video Art Miden @ Visual Container/Milan
The Videoperformance/Art Web Gallery
2016
Creative Arts Film Festival/US
Bucharest ShortCut CineFest
Festival Miden/Greece
L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival
Yami-Ichi, Tate Modern
HearteartH, 2015-17

2008-2014

F.I.V.E. Feelings, 2014-17
PUFF Film Festival/Hong Kong
SKY ARTE HD TV/Italy
STREETVIDEOART©/Paris
CologneOff
Altered Esthetics/US

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By Danish Filmmaker, Danny Germansen: KICKING DOWNWARDS

Available now from Brujo Art Company, KICKING DOWNWARDS.

“Being a victim of bullying while I was depressed and suffering from mental breakdown. I have been hunted by these impressions and has now done two videos about how some people treat another person when they discover that person is weak. I experienced that this is very common and that many people do this.” Danny Germansen.

Actor, Marek Magierecki. Camera, Steffen Graumann.

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My review of this lovely book.

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Novelist, Tess Collins

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Your Skin is the Fourth Wall, Featured Artist: Danny Germansen

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Your Skin is the Fourth Wall, Featured Artist: Danny Germansen

Still: Danny Germansen in Alison Williams’ 2013 film, Tea in a Thundercup

A screening of video art that has strong roots in performance, postponed until a later date to be announced in 2014.

The artists include Pedro Alba, Camille Escudero, Francesca Fini, Danny Germansen & sylviatoyindustries.

Danny Germansen (Denmark). Mr. Germansen is showing INNER PROJECTIONS FROM A BROKEN MAN, a collection of video and film from the last 12 years of his life. This body of work was inspired by Danny Germansen’s own life with disability, depression, and mental breakdown.

“On TALES FROM THE DOWN BELOW OF SOCIETY.

As an ongoing problem in the industrialized world the human race gets more and more lonely and alienated. The world turns faster and faster and people are more busy than ever working, making career, making family, making money and having all the right material stuff and doing all the socially acceptable things that are the norm of society!

It is in this world where the sick and weak humans go under the radar and live outside society. They live on the edge of society in isolation, loneliness and alienation!

These film and videos by Danny Germansen show the humans who are down and out in society without the possibility of saving themselves! It is the mentally ill and physically challenged who are not able to follow the fast modern society!

No one thinks about these people. They are on their own, sometimes caught in a life full of pain. Some choose suicide as their last resort.

It is with inspiration in his own life that Danny makes these videos/films that sometimes might seem embarrassing and ruthless. But these only are true emotions that all humans would capable of feeling if they were in the same situation.”

Your Skin is the Fourth Wall, Featured Artist: Francesca Fini (Italy)

with-an-helmet-3A screening of video art that has strong roots in performance, postponed until a later date to be announced in 2014.

The artists include Pedro Alba, Camille Escudero, Francesca Fini, Danny Germansen & sylviatoyindustries.

Francesca Fini (Italy). Ms. Fini works with mixed media, video and performance art. Her live projects, always addressing issues related to femininity and investigating the relationship between the individual and society and politics, are mixed with lo-fi technology, homemade interaction design devices, live audio and video.

While she is a vanguard artist, creating and touring new work at an astonishing pace, one must take particular note of one of her current, ongoing projects, CIRCUITI (CIRCUITS). Ms. Fini describes CIRCUITI as “a series of mixed-media works that assemble and integrate traditional painting, collage, digital manipulation of video stills printed on canvas or paper, performance art “relics” and digital discs (DVDs, miniCDs) used as design elements in the artwork but also containing an original videoperformance where the artwork itself is part of the picture, like a witness or like a reflection in a mirror. A woolen thread ties and holds together all these elements, creating a sort of “connective” drawing which becomes the signature of the project. The main concept of the works lies in this ongoing shift from analog to digital and back, like a needle going in and out while sewing a fabric, so that the artworks are made for the videos that they hold and the videos are made for the artworks they belong, in a way that you can’t establish what is the beginning and the end of the process.”

The concept is breathtaking. CIRCUITI.

Your Skin Is the Fourth Wall, Featured Artist: Pedro Alba (Spain)

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A screening of video art that has strong roots in performance, postponed until a later date to be announced in 2014. The artists include Pedro Alba, Camille Escudero, Francesca Fini, Danny Germansen & sylviatoyindustries.

Pedro Alba (Spain). “PERFORMANCE & EXPERIMENTAL ARTIST ON THE PROCESS OF COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.” His work is based on the development of ideas and concepts worked from the transmedia and multidisciplinary. Mr. Alba’s work is like an open research laboratory and he believes that “video is not going to be a discipline that will escape.” He uses video in a variety of ways: as the investigation of public participation as an integral part of the film to make it the protagonist experiential of the same; as the creation of short dark films based on action art and post-theater; as reflecting on contemporary society; and finally from a more cinematic aspect, Mr. Alba performs a series of experimental documentary films that sometimes begin with a simple idea and other times through a deeper documentation process.

Mr. Alba is a collaborative artist, working with a larger company that creates transmedia art from original and unique concepts. A recent collaborative work, THE PATATERO, policy and performance in 2013, is an excellent example of the integral nature of public participation in Mr. Alba’s work.

Pedro Alba is the director of the only internet tv, in Spanish, dedicated to action art and performance (TV ElRetreteRosa RR_Tv). He is also the director of the KAPAS / International Performance & Antisystem Itinerant Film Festival, with more than 10 European cities such as headquarters.

Mr. Alba’s show TROIKA, CONTRACOMUNICACIÓN Y POSTPERIODISMO is currently running at The Grey Square in Tarragona, Spain. http://www.pedroalba.com.