Marina Zurkow is a multimedia artist and designer. After 10 years of work in film, video, graphic design, and photography, she joined SonicNet (www.sonicnet.com) as the Founding Design Director from May '95- April '96. SonicNet was cited by Entertainment Weekly as #5 of the top ten multimedia works for 1995. She currently works freelance on content development, interface design and site prototypes. Her clients have included CBS News, Charged, and WORD. She created the interface and art direction for WORD'S award-winning site, "Guyana". "Guyana" was cited by Entertainment Weekly as #3 of the top ten multimedia works for 1996. She also maintains her own sites (www.interport.net/~marinaz and www.o-matic.com) for which she has won acclaim, including Netguide's Platinum Award in 1997.
After graduating with honors and the Silas Rhodes Award from The School of Visual Arts' Fine Art program in NYC in 1985, Zurkow worked for three years as a production designer for B-Grade horror movies and music videos, including trash cult works: Robot Holocaust, Breeders, Enemy Territory and Matt Riker: Mutant Hunt. She went on to produce and direct documentaries, commercials, and hi-definition specials for Fuji TV and NHK Japan. Throughout, she pursued print work and experimental film, employing low-fi techniques such as collage, rephotography, Super-8.
Zurkow made her first short film, FUNERAL in 1989, for which she won the Prix du Cinema de Demain in Brussels, the New Jersey Film and Video Festival's Best Experimental Film Award, and the Seattle Video Shorts Award. FUNERAL was screened at the Brooklyn Museum and on WGBH's New Television series, among other venues. In 1991 she received a New York State Council Grant to make NAMING THE ANIMAL (now being made as a digital piece). In 1994 she completed BODY OF CORRESPONDENCE, a one-hour film in collaboration with Ruth Ozeki Lounsbury, funded by the Independent Television Service. BODY OF CORRESPONDENCE won the New Visions Award at the 1995 San Francisco International Film and Video Festival.
Music-related work has included 10 years of CD's, packaging design and music video direction for the band Barkmarket; CD covers for the bands Helmet, Vibrolush, Stiffs,inc., and Spongehead; and making music videos in collaboration with Abigail Simon for Throwing Muses, 10,000 Maniacs, and The Supreme Love Gods.
She has been a visiting artist at NYU's graduate film dept., the School of Visual Art's film dept., University of Victoria's graduate art dept., Banff Centre for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Palenville Arts Center. She was a panelist at MacWorld Expo '96, and at Banff Centre for the Arts' "Surf's Up" internet conference in 1996.
contact:Marina Zurkow 636 Broadway, room 1204 NY NY 10012 tel 212 253 1226