Albert Gabriel Nigrin
I have conceived, directed, shot, and edited over 30 award-winning short experimental and documentary films and videos since 1983. Most of my works are meant to be poetic primarily using metaphor and metonymy. They dispense with the traditional narrative techniques that drive mainstream prosaic cinema, and seeks out the active viewer who is willing to co-create the work with me. I want viewers to work for meaning and have them connect the images rather than have language do that for them. A friend called my works "swiss-cheese narratives" because the viewer has to fill in the holes with his or her own experience to gain fulfillment. My films and videos are also "dreamscapes" where ordinary places and objects are transformed, juxtaposed, and diffused into dream-like environments which hypnotize the viewer and simultaneously challenge perceptions of reality.
Albert Gabriel Nigrin is an award-winning experimental media artist whose work has been screened all over the world. He is also a Cinema Studies Lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Executive Director/Curator of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.a non-profit organization which screens and promotes independent, experimental and artistic cinema in New Jersey via the New Jersey Film Festivals, and the United States Super 8mm Film + DigitalVideo Festival. Mr. Nigrin has an M.F.A. (in Visual Arts/Film and Video) and an M.A. (in French Literature) from Rutgers University and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Mr. Nigrin has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts/ American Film Institute Mid-Atlantic Media Arts Fellowship Program and the Ford Foundation for his flm/video work. In addition, Mr. Nigrin was awarded a 2002 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Media Arts Fellowship. In 2004 through 2006, Mr. Nigrin's experimental films toured China via art galleries, media art centers and universities.