Carnegie Mellon University

Peter Burr

Peter Burr

Visiting Artist 2018-19

Peter Burr (b. 1980) is an artist from Brooklyn, NY. A master of computer animation with a gift for creating images and environments that hover on the boundary between abstraction and figuration, Burr has in recent years devoted himself to exploring the concept of an endlessly mutating labyrinth. His practice often engages with tools of the video game industry in the form of immersive cinematic artworks. These pieces have been presented internationally by various institutions including Documenta 14, Athens; MoMA PS1, New York; and The Barbican Centre, London.

Previously Burr worked under the alias Hooliganship and founded the video label Cartune Xprez through which he produced hundreds of live multimedia exhibitions and touring programs showcasing a multi-generational group of artists at the forefront of experimental animation. His practice has been recognized through grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), a Creative Capital Grant (2016), and a Sundance New Frontier Fellowship (2016).

While at CMU Peter will be working with Motion Capture toward the production of a feature project. While here he is also interested in interrogating different views on artificial intelligence as it relates to systems of control by probing the expertise of both developers and critics of current advancements in this arena with the goal of parsing the overlaps of truth, fiction, and metaphor.