CROSSOVER CHRONICLES 3, is the third installment of Burns and Martin’s ARK 3 series that is a variable installation, and single-channel video project. The title takes its name from an obscure and short-lived children’s television series named Ark II from 1976 where a group of young scientists accompanied by a talking chimpanzee attempt to bring new hope to a post-apocalyptic world that has been ravaged by pollution and waste. Crossover takes on multiple meanings as another live action series, Land of the Lost mixes into the underappreciated pre-historic caverns in the center of a spectral amusement park. Speculative emissaries greet global destinations of ritual to be shared. Tourists and televisual history co-mingle, vying for their own survival through manifested selfie pics. Other ancestral simulations take the form of Burn’s Wiccan mother and Martin’s gay cop father, both of whom act as spirit guides to the future ARK3 explorers.

Torsten Zenas Burns, Darrin Martin (US)
Burns & Martin both received BFA’s at Alfred University. Burns received his MFA in video and performance from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. Martin received an MFA in media and sculpture from The University of California, San Diego in 2000. Together, they have based their videos and installations on their research into diverse speculative fictions including re-imagined educational practices, appropriated horror genres, animation choreographies, cosplay, and cryptid-human love stories. Selected videos are distributed by VTape, Canada. They have participated in residencies at Eyebeam, Signal Culture, and The Experimental Television Center. Their videos have screened at venues including The Museum of Art & Design, Pacific Film Archive, Aurora Picture Show, Migrating Forms, Video_Dumbo, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Madrid Museum of Contemporary Art, Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media, Oberhausen Short Film and Video Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Krowswork Gallery, and Fosdick Nelson Gallery at Alfred University.