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Michael J Masucci

Michael J. Masucci

Media Artist/Curator/Arts Administrator

Michael J. Masucci is an award-winning American artist, specializing in new media practices, including video, digital, sound and performance. He is a founding member of the seminal Los Angeles-based art group EZTV ( and founder of its online museum and gallery.

Works for which Masucci has been a principal collaboration have appeared internationally at venues including  Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Centre Pompidou Paris, the Institute of Contemporary Art London, the American Film Institute, the University of Helsinki, UCLA, USC, the School of Visual Art, the New School/Parsons, Japan America Cultural Center, and at international conferences in topics ranging from Art History, through Cyber Security and onto Transhumanism.



An arts activist, he has served as Commissioner & Chair of the Santa Monica Arts Commission and currently serves as Chair of the Arts Commission’s subcommittee on Media Arts and the Bergamot Station Arts Center (the largest cultural complex of galleries on the West Coast). He is an artist-in-residence at 18th Street Arts Center (the largest cultural institution in Santa Monica) and is co-founder of DNA, a new annual Digital Arts Festival.

Michael J. Masucci is an award-winning media producer, video-artist, writer, musician, curator and educator.  His collaborative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in places such as the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), American Film Institute (LA), on television (BRAVO, BBC, PBS) and in festivals, galleries, conferences and universities.

Masucci and his work has been profiled in a variety of media including on PBS, the Discovery Channel, LA Times, Variety, Artweek and the LA Weekly.  His original video art has been critically acclaimed in a variety of print media and is in collections including the Institute of Contemporary Art in London.

His writings have appeared in the SIGGRAPH Journal, Computer Graphics Magazine, the Independent Film & Video Monthly, and in several books.  As a founding member and Artistic Director of EZTV, (acknowledged as among the first independent space dedicated to video), Masucci also co-created (with art historian/curator Patric Prince), CyberSpace Gallery, one of the world’s first art galleries dedicated to digital art.   His early video work was included in the Getty Museum’s recent exhibition “Pacific Standard Time” for which he also organized a series of live events, screenings and panel discussions.  Currently Masucci is collaborating with David Frantz, curator at ONE Gallery at USC Libraries to archive and preserve EZTV’s early media works.

Masucci is also an inventor and has created a number of projection platforms specific to his dance and theatrical collaborations, some of which have been presented at SIGGRAPH.   He has taught at Otis College of Art & Design and lectured in places like Parsons School of Design (NYC), UCLA, Caltech, USC, School of Visual Arts (NYC), the American Film Institute, Claremont University, and University of Helsinki. He has presented at conferences such as Digital Hollywood, DV Expo, SIGGRAPH, ShowBiz Expo, the Global Entertainment & Media Summit and Internet World.  Projects for which he has been a principal collaborator have been awarded grants from the NEA, Institute of Contemporary Art (London), City of West Hollywood, Changchun Studios, China, Finnish Foundation for the Visual Arts and has received a Cine Golden Eagle Award.

He currently serves as a City of Santa Monica Arts Commissioner, as well as serving on the boards for the Santa Monica Arts Foundation, and Santa Monica Public Art Committee. He is a frequent contributor to the arts-scholar blog Practice Based Re/Search.

“Fly-By” (2014, premiere) is a multimedia dance collaboration choreographed and performed by “Donna Sternberg & Dancers”, in collaboration with “EZTV”, “Vanessa Blaylock & Co's avatar performers in The Hague, composer *David Raiklin* and physicists  *Prof. Gregory Tarle*of the University of Michigan and *Dr. Brian Nord* of FermiLab. Supported in part by the CCI ARC grant and U of Michigan MCubed Grant.