Associate Professor John Di Stefano

BFA (C'dia) MFA (UCLA) PhD (Massey)
Associate Professor, Moving Image

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1048
Fax +61 2 9351 1199

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Biographical details

John Di Stefano is an artist, videomaker, writer and curator. Before undertaking his role as Associate Professor at Sydney College of the Arts, Dr Di Stefano was Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Fine Arts at Massey University (Wellington), Head of the Video Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Postgraduate Coordinator at the National Art School (Sydney). He has also been a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the University of California, and Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr Di Stefano’s exhibition career spans over 20 years. His studio work is focused primarily in video, photo-based and time-based media, and installation, and has also included performance, bookwork, site-specific and public art projects. His video work has won several awards, including the New Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and has been selected for official competition in international festivals including the Festival International du Documentaire (Marseille), as well as having been broadcast on American public television (PBS). His video HUB, was cited as one of the ‘best of the year’ by Artforum (New York) in their international survey. His gallery-based work has been exhibited internationally in North America, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. His bookworks VITALITY (1988) and Unfold (2011), were published by Artextes Press (Montréal) and Enjoy Public Art Gallery (Wellington) respectively.

Dr Di Stefano’s critical writings have appeared in various international journals and publications including Art Journal (New York), and Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) for which he is also a contributing editor. His curatorial projects include Satellite (Shanghai), Open Cities (Hong Kong/Chicago) and Not On Any Map (Chicago), in addition to programming for the DocNZ Film Festival and the Los Angeles International Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival. He has been the co-convenor of the biennial Expanding Documentary conference (New Zealand), and has been on the editorial committee of the publication Illusions- Journal of Moving Image and Performance Criticism (New Zealand), in addition having served on the advisory board of the Museum of Modern Art-China. He has chaired numerous sessions at international conferences including the College Art Association (USA), and the Art Association of Australia & New Zealand. His video work is distributed by Video Data Bank (Chicago) and V-Tape (Toronto). Dr Di Stefano is currently the New Zealand Editor/Contributing Editor for the publication Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong/New York).

Research interests

Dr Di Stefano's recent works deal with issues of identity, displacement and transnationalism as they relate to concepts of space/place, time and perceptions of memory and articulation of subjectivities. His current research interests and projects include: examining notions of temporality and notions of disappearance; the evolving and hybrid forms of documentary practices in contemporary art; and an inquiry into the essayistic form in current film and video.

Teaching and supervision

Valerie LeBlanc, PhD

Hong An James Nguyen, MFA

Rebecca Shanahan, PhD

Jane Shadbolt, PhD

Associations

College Art Association (USA)
Art Association of Australian & New Zealand

Awards and honours

Official International Competition, and Media Library Prize Competition (candidate). Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille (FIDM), 2010

Research Fund Grant. Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010

Artist-in-Residence / Invited Curator (in conjunction with the Shanghai Biennale). Creative Shanghai, Shanghai. China, 2006

Artist-in-Residence (in conjunction with the Shanghai Biennale). Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai. China, 2004

Asia - New Zealand Foundation Grant, 2004

Artist-in-Residence. Videotage / Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong, China, 2001

Doctoral Fellowship. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2001-2004

Creative Development Grant. Canada Council for the Arts, 2001, 1998, 1989, 1988, 1987

Visual Artist Fellowship. Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, USA, 1996

Media Arts Fellowship. Brody Arts Fund - The California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, USA, 1994

New Visions / Golden Gate Award. San Francisco International Film Festival, 1992

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Di Stefano, J. (2008). Peter Greenaway and the Failure of Cinema. In Paul Willoquet-Maricondi (Eds.), Peter Greenaway's Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema, (pp. 37-50). Lanham, USA: Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2008). You are Here: Moving Image + Performative Acts + Documentary Paradigm. In Dorita Hannah, Olav Harslof (Eds.), Performance Design. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press.

Journals

  • Di Stefano, J., Hannah, D. (2011). Intermission: Interstitial moments in creative and cruel practice. Interstices, 12.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2009). Javier Tellez: Intermission. A Critical Response. One Day Sculpture Critical Responses online, 13, 1-5.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2009). Sounding the depths: Marcia Lyons' Evolutions. Emergent Subversives.

Conferences

  • Di Stefano, J. (2013). Towards a Poetics of "Homing video". Poetics and Politics of Documentary Film Symposium, Helsinki: Helsinki Film School, Aalto University.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2012). Becoming-Home Video: some notes on Shigeiko Kubota's "My Father" (1975). Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ), Sydney: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ).

Original Creative Work

  • Di Stefano, J. (2013). 1. Field I, 2013 2. Field II, 2013 3. Field III, 2013 4. Field IV, 2013. In: Out of this World. William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2013). 1. Ponte (orizzontale), 2013 2. Ponte (verticale), 2013 3. 'Due Modeste Proposte Per Eliminare La Criminalita' in Italia', 2013 4. GRAM/SCI, 2013 5. Punto, 2013 6. Silence, Please, 2013. In: Please Be Quiet. British School at Rome, Rome, Italy.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2013). We've. In: Inter-Sensorial Threads. University of Wollongong. Digital Media Centre, Wollongong, Australia.

Live Performances

  • Di Stefano, J. (2012). Bubble-and-Squeak. I Am What I Play: Double Jeopardy. Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney, Australia: National Art School Gallery.

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Di Stefano, J., Dyer, K. (2012). I Am What I Play: Double Jeopardy. Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney, Australia: National Art School Gallery.
  • Di Stefano, J., Sangster, G., Dyer, K. (2012). Video Works. Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney, Australia: National Art School Gallery.

2013

  • Di Stefano, J. (2013). 1. Field I, 2013 2. Field II, 2013 3. Field III, 2013 4. Field IV, 2013. In: Out of this World. William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2013). 1. Ponte (orizzontale), 2013 2. Ponte (verticale), 2013 3. 'Due Modeste Proposte Per Eliminare La Criminalita' in Italia', 2013 4. GRAM/SCI, 2013 5. Punto, 2013 6. Silence, Please, 2013. In: Please Be Quiet. British School at Rome, Rome, Italy.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2013). Towards a Poetics of "Homing video". Poetics and Politics of Documentary Film Symposium, Helsinki: Helsinki Film School, Aalto University.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2013). We've. In: Inter-Sensorial Threads. University of Wollongong. Digital Media Centre, Wollongong, Australia.

2012

  • Di Stefano, J. (2012). Becoming-Home Video: some notes on Shigeiko Kubota's "My Father" (1975). Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ), Sydney: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ).
  • Di Stefano, J. (2012). Bubble-and-Squeak. I Am What I Play: Double Jeopardy. Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney, Australia: National Art School Gallery.
  • Di Stefano, J., Dyer, K. (2012). I Am What I Play: Double Jeopardy. Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney, Australia: National Art School Gallery.
  • Di Stefano, J., Sangster, G., Dyer, K. (2012). Video Works. Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney, Australia: National Art School Gallery.

2011

  • Di Stefano, J., Hannah, D. (2011). Intermission: Interstitial moments in creative and cruel practice. Interstices, 12.

2009

  • Di Stefano, J. (2009). Javier Tellez: Intermission. A Critical Response. One Day Sculpture Critical Responses online, 13, 1-5.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2009). Sounding the depths: Marcia Lyons' Evolutions. Emergent Subversives.

2008

  • Di Stefano, J. (2008). Peter Greenaway and the Failure of Cinema. In Paul Willoquet-Maricondi (Eds.), Peter Greenaway's Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema, (pp. 37-50). Lanham, USA: Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Di Stefano, J. (2008). You are Here: Moving Image + Performative Acts + Documentary Paradigm. In Dorita Hannah, Olav Harslof (Eds.), Performance Design. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press.

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