Darrin Martin engages the synesthetic qualities of perception through video, performance, sculpture, and print-based installations. Influenced by his own experiences with hearing loss, his projects consider notions of accessibility through the use of tactility, sonic analogies, and audio descriptions. His works have screened at the Museum of Modern Art (NY); Pacific Film Archive (CA); Impakt Festival (Netherlands); European Media Art Festival (Germany), and many others. His installations have exhibited at venues including The Kitchen (NY), Grand Central Art Center (CA), Aggregate Space Gallery (CA), Moscow State Vadim Sidur Museum (Russia) and, most recently, at McIntosh Gallery (Canada).
Martin also frequently collaborates with artist Torsten Zenas Burns, building diverse speculative fictions around re-imagined educational practices and dystopian cosplay paradigms. Their works have been included in screenings and exhibitions in venues including The Oberhausen Short Film Festival (Germany), The Paris/Berlin International, Eyebeam (NY), and Dumbo Arts Center (NY). Their more current works are multi-channel media and sculptural installations. ARK 3: Crossover exhibited last year at Hobert William Smith College (NY), and later traveled as a three-screen media installation to Zhangzhou Art Museum (China).
Martin received his art degrees with an emphasis on video and sculpture from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design (BFA) and new media and installation at University of California, San Diego (MFA). He has held artist residencies at Cite Internationale des Arts, Eyebeam, Experimental Television Center, and Signal Culture. Martin also occasionally curates exhibitions and video screenings. Most recently, he co-curated the Photography and Video Retrospective of Recology Artist in Residence exhibition at SF Camerawork. Born in New York, he currently resides in San Francisco and teaches art at University of California, Davis.