nathaniel-sullivan-artist

About

Nathaniel Sullivan is a creative non-fiction artist. He makes documentary videos, multimedia lecture performances and site-specific guided tours. He uses these forms of truth telling to combine facts with speculative ideas in order to explore the roots of power and social control. Often, he uses one character and an event from their real life as a way into the story. He has made work about Francois Mitterrand’s rumored last meal, exploring the limits of reason, Wilt Chamberlain’s mythological sex life, in which he wrote a teenaged version of himself into the story to critique the enculturation of young men, and the semi-fictional love letters JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, to retell the story of the current financial crisis.

Sometimes, he takes it to the streets. He has led a guided tour of an abandoned housing project re-imagined as a Richard Serra sculpture, conducted a seminar on desire from the back of a limousine and performed for one person at at Brooklyn Nets game.

Currently, he is creating a corporate entity called Amnelysia, which sells luxury apocalypse bunkers to billionaires. The marketing materials for Amnelysia include speculative post-apocalyptic utopias designed by Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and David Rubenstein.

Sullivan has screened and performed his works at festivals, conferences, and in art galleries and museums in the US and in Europe. Most recently he has shown work at American Medium in Brooklyn, The San Diego Art Institute and in a program of short videos at Documenta 14.  He has received a special mention prize at the Montreal Film Festival, a festival prize at the FilmWinter in Stuttgart, Germany and an audience award at The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His performance work has been written about on Hyperallergic, and an 11 page spread of his latest work, Before the Nation Went Bankrupt about JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was featured in Vice.  He has been an artist in residence at Contemporary Arts Center in Troy, New York, at I-Park in East Haddam, Connecticut and the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES / PUBLICATIONS

2019

May Day Rooms, London, England, July 13, 2019

Nieuwland, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 8, 2019

IIPPE Conference, Lille, France July 3-5, 2019

Wicket Leeks, Flux Factory, Queens, NY June 25, 2019

Itinerant Festival, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, May 24, 2019

2018

Code+ Festival 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 16-17, 2018

IIPPE Conference, Pula, Croatia, September 12-14, 2018

Welcome Neighbors, St. John’s University Art Gallery, Queens, NY, September 2 - November 16, 2018

Itinerant Festival, Staten Island Arts, New York, NY, May 20, 2018

User Error, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona, March 2, 2018

Now & After International Video Art Festival, Moscow, Russia, February 7-16, 2018

2017

SLA307 Gallery, New York, NY December 1, 2017

IIPPE-CPERN-IPE 8th Annual Conference: The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century, Berlin, Germany September 13-15, 2017

Digital BigScreen Trbovje, Solvenia, September 14-16 2017

We Are All In This Together, A Road Map Through A Post-Truth Art World, Transmission Video Art Festival, July 20-23, 2017

  • UND#9,Dragonenkaserne Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Komuna//Warszawa, Warszawa, Poland

  • Documenta 14, KMMN Kulturbahnhof, Kassel Germany

Economia, A Festival on Economy Without The Economists, Eindhoven, NL, April 28-30, 2017

Filmideo, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, April 22, 2017

2016

Jamie Dimon: Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (performance), Dividing Zero, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA. December 16, 2016

Jamie Dimon: Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (performance), Kresge Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. November 9, 2016

Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (video) & Remembering Capitalism (performance) Debt+ , Flux Factory, Queens, NY. June 3-24, 2016

2015

Jamie Dimon: Before The Nation Went Bankrupt, performance at Performancy Forum, Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY October 18, 2015

Hotel Wars, Flux Factory, Queens, NY. October 1-31, 2015

The Artist Plays Basketball, Drain: Journal of Art and Culture, Issue: Athleticism, 2015

Jamie Dimon: Before The Nation Went Bankrupt, performance at Dixon Place, New York, NY, August 19, 2015

A View From Above, Performance at San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, March 27, 2015

Good Morning To My Inbox, To My Penis, To My Impending Demise, performance at Dixon Place, New York, NY January 7, 2015

2014

Prelude Festival CUNY, New York, NY. Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (3 Acts) Multimedia Performance, Curated by Chloe Bass, October 10, 2014

Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY A Modest Proposal, Performance, Curated by Marcy B Freedman, August 30, 2014

American Medium, Brooklyn, NY Good Morning to my inbox, my Penis and to My Impending Demise Multi-Media Performance, Curated By Ann Hirsch, May 27, 2014

Sunview Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (2 acts) Multimedia Performance, Curated by Dylan Gauthier, March 05, 2014

2013

Enclave Series Cake Shop, New York, NY Dating in New York and the Movement of Bodily Fluid Multi-media performance, December 14, 2013

Start the Car: Surprises, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY December 12, 2013

Shifting Identities, SPARK! Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (multimedia performance) November 22, 2013

‘13’ Nuit Blanche, Propeller Center for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario ‘Thirteen’ HD Video, November 5, 2013

Start the Car: Getting Lost, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY Good Morning To My Inbox, to My Penis, To My Impending Demise, Multimedia performance, October 10, 2013

Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Brooklyn NY The Last Meal (multi-media performance) Curated by Chloe Bass July 20, 2013

Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Brooklyn NY Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (multi-media performance) Curated by Angela Washko July 21, 2013

Start the Car: Stories of Change, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (multimedia performance) May 29, 2013

Fake It Till You Make It, Flux Factory, NY, NY May 15, 2013

Performance Heart, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY Dating in New York and the Movement of Bodily Fluid (performance) March 19, 2013

This Red Door, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY Dating in New York and the Movement of Bodily Fluid (performance) January 15, 2013

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS LINKS

Imagining The Life of The 0.01%, Hyperallergic, November, 2017 by Elisa Almino

Review: Economia: Short Films About Finance, May 2017

Writing: The Artist Who Plays Basketball, Drain Magazine, 2015

Project: Letters From A Lost Weekend: Vice Magazine, Wall Street Issue December 2014

Anthology: Emergency Index: An Annual Document of Performance Practice, Vol. 3, 2014, Ugly Duckling Presse; p.58-59

Review: Images From The Final Week of The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Hrag Vartanian,Hyperallergic, July 2013

Review: All That You Desire, David Laggacia, Hyperallergic, October 2012

Review: A Night Of Performance Art Brings Soho Back To Its Roots, David Lagaccia, Hyperallergic, July 2012

AWARDS

President’s Award, Queensborough Community College

RF CUNY Research Grant Cycle 48, 2017

Maurice E. and Dorothea I. Shaffer Fellowship in Fine Arts

Audience Award, 2-minute video festival, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Festival Prize, 23rd FilmWinter, Stuttgart, Germany

Canada Council Travel Grant

Syracuse University Creative Grants

Koerner Foundation Arts Grant

Syracuse University, full scholarship

Special Mention Prize, Montreal Film Festival

Jack Long Award, National Film Board of Canada

RESIDENCIES

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

Contemporary Arts Center, Troy, NY

I-Park, East Haddam, CT