Elia Vargas is an Oakland based artist and curator. He works across multiple mediums, such as video, sound, and projection. He is co-founder and co-curator of the Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly salon on new media art and digital culture; half of improvisational modular synthesis duo systemritual; board member of Mediate Art Group; and a PhD student in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. He is currently investigating the materiality of crude oil and media transmission in relationship to human time scales, temporalities, and flows.
Vargas recently presented work in Hong Kong as part of ISEA 2016, Kochi, India, as part of Video Vortex 2017, and across the United States. His recent writing has appeared in Vice Motherboard, and he has given numerous talks on elemental media, projection, and the production of meaning. His video work and projection installations have been featured throughout the country, and widely on the Internet, including Vice, NPR, and the Zero1 Biennial. He has exhibited work with the Manchester International Festival, de Young Museum, Gray Area for the Arts, Artist Television Access, Experience Music Project Seattle, Creators Project, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the San Francisco Museum of Art and Design, and others. Vargas collaborates widely and often, past collaborators include Bjork, Vincent Moon, and many others. He holds an MFA from San Francisco State University. More at www.eliavargas.com