Hannah Piper Burns operates under an imperative of not “either/or” but “both & yes”. She is guided by the vibrations of her interior life against the forces and instruments of popular culture, and her project-based practice evokes ambivalent embodiment, intimacy with complicity and metaphysical mundanity. She plays fast and loose with the idea of mediums and materials. She conjures narratives that coalesce and collapse through investigation, juxtaposition, re-contextualization, collage and mimicry.
She makes and curates experimental media that is shown all over the US and Canada, including at the Walker Art Center and HAIR + NAILS in Minneapolis, the Nightingale and Tritriangle in Chicago, the University of Wisconsin and Microlights in Milwaukie, the Winnipeg Film Group and the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival in Manitoba, the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, and online at ACRETV.org. Raised in Maryland and forged in San Francisco, Portland has been her home since 2009 and there, she has recently exhibited at the Northwest Filmmakers Festival, the Portland ‘Pataphysical Society, A/V Party at Open Signal, and the Say When mini-festival. Right now, she radically re-edits reality television, gives live multimedia snail facials, co-hosts a semi-annual experimental video game showcase called ALTcade, and over the past five years has co-founded and co-directed both a local film festival (EFFPortland) and a live/work project space (Compliance Division). Her solo show “Venus Retrograde” will be on view at the Portland Art Museum from February - August 2018 as part of the APEX series curated by Grace Kook-Anderson.
She also writes for Fandor.com, practices casual divination, and enjoys Jazzercise.