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Ethan Spigland


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Ethan Spigland is a Professor in the Humanities and Media Studies Department at Pratt Institiute. He received an MFA from the Graduate Film Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a Maitrîse in Philosophy from the University of Paris VIII under the supervision of Gilles Deleuze and Jean-François Lyotard.

Ethan is also an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, visual artist, critic and curator. He has written and directed numerous films including the feature, The Archive, currently in postproduction. At present, he is working on a documentary about Lafcadio Hearn for Faliro House Productions (The Lobster, Listen Up Philip). He completed two short films in collaboration with renowned architect Steven Holl. One of these, Luminosity Porosity, formed part of an installation at the Gallery Ma in Tokyo, Japan. His ongoing project, Elevator Moods, was featured in the Sundance Film Festival and South By Southwest, and won the prestigious Webby Award in the Broadband Category. His short film, The Strange Case of Balthazar Hyppolite, won the Gold Medal in the Student Academy Awards, and was shortlisted for an Oscar. He collaborated with Malcolm McLaren on several short films, and on the video installation, Shallow, which opened at the I-20 Gallery in New York and was featured in Art Basel. He writes regularly on film and media for The Brooklyn Rail, Film Comment, and many other publications. He is a contributor to the forthcoming book Reading With Jean-Luc Godard on Caboose Press, and was selected to be a fellow at the 53rd New York Film Festival Artist Academy.

B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., New York University; Maîtrise, University of Paris VIII.