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Gregory Gan
Gregory Gan
Multimedia artist, filmmaker, anthropologist (PhD, UBC 2019)
Indre Alvik, Norway

Summary

I am filmmaker, media artist, and visual anthropologist specializing in printmaking, watermedia, book arts, filmmaking, and experimental media. I received my PhD in anthropology at The University of British Columbia in 2019.

My training as a filmmaker resulted in two acclaimed feature films, Turning Back the Waves (2010), based on seven women intellectuals in the Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, and The Theory of Happiness (2014), in which I became a participant in a radical Ukrainian sect trying to discover happiness through mathematical formulas, and which was nominated for Best Canadian documentary at the Hot Docs International Film Festival (2014).

I have since expanded my practice to encompass multimedia work, and have since toured with a mobile, interactive installation, Still Life with a Suitcase (2017-2019), where audience members were able to decide the narrative flow of the work by manipulating smart objects. As a visual artist, I have worked and exhibited in relief printmaking, watercolours, and bookmaking. I am currently developing an augmented book project focused on the material culture of transnational Russian migrants in New York, Paris, and Berlin. I usually find myself between Toronto, Canada and Berlin, Germany, although I am currently situated in Norway.

Skills

WatercolorsPrintmakingVideo ProductionVideo editingBookmakingScript consultingFilm workshops

Software proficiency

Blender
Blender
Photoshop
Photoshop
InDesign
InDesign
Premiere
Premiere
Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro
Scrivener
Scrivener

Reel

Productions

  • Default
    • Movie
      The Theory of Happiness
    • Year
      2014
    • Role
      Director, Writer, Producer
    • Company
      Drawing Bridges Films
  • Default
    • Movie
      Turning Back the Waves
    • Year
      2010
    • Role
      Director, Writer, Editor
    • Company
      Memorial University of Newfoundland

Experience

  • Workshop leader at Charles Street Video
    Toronto, Canada
    May 2020 - May 2020

    Planning a short workshop on virtual, interactive, and remote filmmaking during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Lecturer at Freie Universit├Ąt, Berlin
    Berlin, Germany
    March 2020 - March 2020

    Conducted a short seminar course on visual anthropology to graduate students in the MA Visual Anthropology program at the Freie Universit├Ąt, Berlin.