Film, Media Arts
Artist StatementMy creative work spans from cinema to video art to interactive media to text-based writing. My films utilize strategies of immersion, verisimilitude and self-reflexivity to engage the viewer at a sensory level and encourage heightened interactivity within a fixed, linear medium. Multi-layered soundscapes combine with distorted visuals to explore vision-versus-deprivation and to evoke a disrupted sensory experience within the viewer akin to the fragmented perspectives of my characters. The cinematic apparatus is presented as a metaphor for the ephemeral, biased nature of human perception. I am creatively inspired by the “non-places” within society – urban ruins, empty lots, highway overpasses, industrial zones – transitory spaces we pass through, unseeing – are the cinematic backdrop for the personal, character-driven stories I explore.
Joe Kraemer is a Baltimore-based filmmaker, media artist, writer and educator whose creative interests lie at the intersection between traditional audio-visual storytelling forms and the hybrid approaches to mediated experience promoted by emerging new media technologies. He received his MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and his BFA in Film from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work has exhibited in festivals, conferences and galleries across the U.S., including Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. He currently teaches as an Assistant Professor within the Electronic Media and Film Department at Towson University. He also works professionally as a cinematographer and writes about cinema theory and aesthetics.