Jeff Guess’ work, be it in photography, expanded cinematic forms, or software-based installations and performances, is concerned with an historically and theoretically informed investigation of the technical image and how it is thoroughly entangled with language. Often this takes the form of an exploration of the conditions of possibility allowing these different practices to produce meaning, and of how this signifying function is a precarious, elliptical and rather ambiguous endeavor.
His work has been exhibited widely, most notably at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), La Maison Rouge (Paris), the American Center (Paris), the ZKM : Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Museet For Fotokunst (Odense), Princeton University Art Museum (New Jersey) and the Filmmuseum (Amsterdam). His most recent solo shows were at Le Mois de la Photo (Montreal) in 2009 and La Criée Centre d’Art Contemporain (Rennes) in 2011.
Jeff Guess has a BFA in photography from the University of Washington, Seattle and studied film history and theory at the Université de Paris III in Paris where he currently lives. He is professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris-Cergy were he teaches digital media and computer programming in his studio Pratiques Algorithmiques. He is currently working on a collective research project, Média Médiums, which explores both the archeology and the speculative future of transmission media (telegraph, radio, television, the Internet, etc.) and their relation to more mysterious phenomena such as telepathy, telekinesis and teleportation.