My work is an attempt to describe the cultural and social changes that have occurred in urban space since the end of the industrial era in America. I am especially interested by the crisis this shift has placed on established notions of community and the cultural vocabularies used to navigate the physical and cultural aspects of urban space. The imagery I create is often a synthesis of traditional media and new media technology. This combination is a basis for me to describe the relationships between changes in technology, changes in how people form communities and how we conceive a communal history.
Tim Portlock was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1969, which at the time was one of the more segregated major cities in the country. This experience informed Portlock’s lifelong interest in the dialogue between place and the formation of identity. He received his BFA at Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA at the University of Chicago in 2003. Portlock earned a second MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois and also worked as a community-based muralist and a studio painter. Portlock is presently an Assistant Professor in the Film and Media Studies Department at Hunter College in New York City, where he teaches 3D Animation and 3D Game Modification. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Moore College of Art (Philadelphia, PA), Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN), the Tate Modern (London, UK), California Museum of Photography (Riverside, CA), Vizivarosi Gallery (Budapest, Hungary) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), among others. Other recent projects have been screened or exhibited at the This is Not a Gateway Festival (London, UK), International Guerrilla Video Festival (Dublin, Ireland) and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Portlock has work in the permanent collection at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria).