Sam Heydt, (born April 20, 1986) is an American social practice and new media artist born and raised in New York City. Although currently residing in Vienna, Heydt has lived and worked in Paris, Venice, Amsterdam, Athens, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Udaipur. After completing her studies at Parsons School of Design (as well as Cooper Union, Universidad de Buenos Aires, La Sorbonne and the Universiteit van Amsterdam), she founded Jane Street Studio, L.L.C. in the Meatpacking District. Since established, the company has expanded to provide both design and marketing consultation in addition to photography and art direction. It's growing roster of clients span Europe, North & South America, Asia and Oceania. In addition to this entrepreneurial undertaking, she has attended artist residencies in Iceland, Australia and New Zealand; and has undertaken a range of altruistic, non-profit work - the most recent being in Rajasthan, India where she helped produce a documentary on child prostitution. As a fine art photographer, Heydt has exhibited in a constellation of galleries and museums throughout the world and is in the permanent collection of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. For Heydt, illusion won’t free us from reality, even as the sustained narrative of tabloids becomes history and the myth of progress continues to perpetuate invisible violence. The transformation of the global landscape under the weight of industrialization is central to her work, as is the residual of consumption, the mutability of history and the material inequalities of a world reduced to a bottom line.
Truth is Beauty, beauty is truth- that is all you know. Yet, illusion won’t save us from reality, even as the sustained narrative of tabloids becomes history and the myth of progress continues to perpetuate violence and inequality. Globalization has moved forward unevenly and no one can say where this "New Frontier" is taking us. Our time is marked by deindustrialization and the exploitation of cheap labor, climate change and clean coal, nationalism and a refugee crisis. The skeletons of old factories serve as caveats of a world increasingly reduced to a bottom line. Yet, these portents are drowned out by the white noise of the media, which lure us in with the empty promises it proposes for the future it truncates. The transformation of the global landscape under the weight of industrialization is central to my work, as is the residual of consumption, the mutability of history and the material inequalities of a world reduced to a bottom line. Her photographic work is united by its unconventional exploration of semiology and its role in cementing a cultural phenomenology of consumerism, corporal commodification and a mythology of a fictional past In its inexhaustible invention of deduction and speculation, the medium of capturing moving and still images is nothing more than a chemically processed imprint causally connected to reality- bound to neither truth nor objectivity, but the subjective and universal. The story of my life is the story of the world.
Mennuni | Basel, Switzerland
Bardhol & Scheel | Berlin, Germany
Kunstkomplex | Wuppethal, Germany
ImagoRevolution| Aranno, Switzerland
Sarah Maier | Stuttgart, Germany
Splitgraphic | Split, Croatia
Das Weiss Haus | Vienna, Austria
Noella Lopez Gallery | Sydney, Australia
Milk Gallery | NYC, USA
LoosenArt Gallery, Rome, Italy
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Parsons New School for Design, NY (Magna Cum Laude) 01/06 – 05/11
Eugene Lang College, NY: (Magna Cum Laude) 01/05 – 05/10
SACI: Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy 01/09 – 05/09
Center of Culture & Society, Bangalore, India 06/08 – 08/08
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands 01/07 – 01/08
Cooper Union, New York, NY 01/06 – 06/06
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina 09/05 – 01/06
La Escuela del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina 10/05 – 12/05
La Sorbonne, Paris, France 09/04 – 01/05
Grand IndieWise Convention, Miami Epic Fest, Miami, FL, August 9-12, 2018. ( Officially Selected)
14th Annual 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival, Chestertown, Maryland. September 12, 2018
Video Art Miden, Kalamata, Greece July 5-7, 2018.
Cinema Perpetuum Mobile festival, Minsk, Belarus, April 28 – May 1, 2018
ZVersi di Luce Festival di Cinema e Poesia, Modica, Italy. March 21st, 2018. [05/21]
Film Con Hollywood, LA Convention Center, Hollywood, CL March 24, 2018
STIFF 2017 - San Mauro Torinese International Film Festival, Turin, Italy, January 21-30 2018 [01/21 - 01/30]
Traverse Vidéo 2018, 21st edition, Les Rencontres Traverse Vidéo, March 7 - 31st, 2018
2nd International Ayuryog Film Festival, Ghaziabad, India. Jan 6-10, 2018
Addis Video Art Festival , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. January 22nd, 2018
Cefalù Film Festival 3 edizione - 3rd edition, Cefalù, Italy. May 1 – December 31, 2018.
International mobile film festival velcom Smartfilm, Minsk, Belarus. January 23, 2018
Amarcort Film Festival Short Movie Industry [AFF-SMI] 10th Anniversary, Rimini, Italy. December 10-17 2017.
AFC Global Fest'2017, Asian Film Center Festival, Kolkata, India. November 10- 12, 2017.
African Smartphone International Film Festival, Egbeda, Lagos December 8, 2017
Miami Epic Trailer Festival [semi finalist], Miami, Florida. August 24-27 2017
GEOFILMFESTIVAL and EXPOCINEMA, Cittadella, Padova, Italy. November 9, 2017
Trashxploitation, Transeuropa Festival, Madrid, Spain, October 25 - 29 2017
GreyLight Project, OUT OF THE BLUE, Hoensbroek, The Netherlands. April 19th - 23 2017.
FICCSUR, Southern Cone International Film Festival, Valparaiso, Chile. April, 20-23, 2017.
Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival, Sofia Underground, Sofia, Bulgaria. April 24-29, 2017
39th Elche International Independent Film Festival , Elche Film Festival , Elche, Spain. July 15 – 22, 2016
Second Asia International Micro-Film Festival, 2016 Future Vision, Beijing, China. Sept 18 — October 9, 2016
The 6th International Video Art Festival “Now & After”, The State Darwin Museum, Moscow, Russia. Oct 22 — Nov 29, 2016
3rd International Festival of Experimental Video, Proceso de Error Film Festival, Valparaíso, Chile. May 31— June 4, 2016
L'Atypique Trouble, Festival Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse, France. March 16 — 20, 2016
The 2012 APA Short Video Contest