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Alex Nathanson is a multimedia artist, designer, technologist, and educator. His work is primarily focused on exploring both the experimental and practical applications of sustainable energy technologies, particularly photovoltaic solar power.

His artistic collaborators have included Dylan Neely, Kid Millions, Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez, Will Owen, Kendall Williams, and Lindsay Packer. His work has been featured at Issue Project Room (NYC), the Climate Museum (NYC), the Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Film Society of Lincoln Center (NYC), Dome of Visions (Copenhagen, Denmark), and the Art Prospect Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia), among other venues. He was one of the long-term artists in residence at Flux Factory, in Queens, NY from 2012 to 2016, and in collaboration with his multimedia performance group Fan Letters was awarded residencies at The Watermill Center in 2017 and 2019. In 2020, Solar Protocol was awarded a fellowship from Eyebeam.

As an educator, he works with students as young as 7 to graduate students and working professionals, teaching engineering skills through creative projects. He is a certified NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate and received a M.S. in Integrated Digital Media from NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2019. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor in the IDM program at NYU Tandon and is writing a book on the history of solar power art and design, which is being published by Routledge.

A full list of past artistic achievements can be viewed here.

If you are interested in my professional CV, you can see it at my Linkedin page.

Selected CV


Notable Fan Letters performances have occurred at Issue Project Room (NYC), The Film Society Lincoln Center (NYC), Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), La MaMa (NYC), Culture Hub (NYC), Flux Factory (NYC), Silent Barn (NYC), Outpost Artist Resources (NYC), Institute of American Art (Portland), Dome of Visions (Copenhagen, Denmark), Oberdeck (Hannover, Germany), Petrohradksa 13 (Prague, Czech Republic), and Kulter (Amsterdam, Netherlands) among other venues.

Additional ensembles I have performed with include Man Forever, Vernous, and Hans Tammen's Dark Circuits Light Orchestra.

Selected Shows

2016 Fung Wah Biennial, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
2015 Art Prospect Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia (collaboration with Flux Factory)
  Strobe Network, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY (Technical Director)
2014 3 Truths and a Lie, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
  New Filmmakers Summer Series, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
  Homecoming, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
  The Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnepeg, Canada
  Exquisite Contraption, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
2013 Flux Galactic, Empire Drive-In/ N.Y. Hall of Science, Queens, NY (Collaboration with Flux Factory)
  Cyber In Securities; Experimental Media Video Screening, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY
  Cyber In Securities; Experimental Media Video Screening, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  DVD Dead Drop, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY (Collaboration with Flux Factory)
  <3, collaboration with Fryd Frydendahl & Ed Doty, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
2012 Ende Tymes Festival, Outpost Artist Resources, Queens, NY
2010 Alex Nathanson & Kris Scheifele, PS122 Gallery, New York, NY
  Elks Club Fire ‘59, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA (solo)
2009 Silent Barn/ Showpaper Video Screening, The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY
  Pluperfect, School of The International Center of Photography, New York, NY


2016-17 Column Shifting, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
2015 Apocalypse Chow, New York Restoration Project/ Flux Factory, Brooklyn, NY
  I/O, MATA Interval/ Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY
2014 Nightlight, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
  Gallows Humor, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
2013 Fake It ‘Til You Make It, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
  Make It ‘Til You Break It, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
2010 Collective Showing I, Brooklyn Fireproof East, Brooklyn, NY
2009-10 The Bat Barn, Great Barrington, MA

Awards and Residencies

2020 Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future, Eyebeam
2019 Micro Research Residency, The Watermill Center
2017 Artist in Residence, The Watermill Center
2012-16 Artist in Residence, Flux Factory
2015 Emergency Grant Recipient, Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  MATA Interval Curatorial and Performance Grant Recipient, MATA
2014 Cuts and Burns Residency, Outpost Artist Resources
2012 Time Based Residency, Institute for Electronic Arts

Selected Press

2019 "Episode 72: Solar Powered Art with Alex Nathanson,", Public Health United
  "Kinetic sculptures and sound circuits: building solar-powered art at Pioneer Works,", The Verge, April 12
2018 "Solar Empowerment,", The Red Hook Star Revue, September 7
2016 "NYC (Episode 1)," Space Jams, WMPG, September 1
  “Alternative Spaces: Fung Wah Biennial,”Art in America, June 2016 (print only)
  “An Art Show on Wheels Highlights Fears of Displacement,” Big Red and Shiny
  “Artists Pay Tribute to No-Frills Chinatown Bus, Discomforts and All,” NPR Morning Edition
  “When Art Imitates Life on a Chinatown Bus,” Next City
2015 "“Legende DIY Performance,”
  "Фестиваль Арт Проспект. Мастера паблик-арта осваивают спальные районы Петербурга", St. Petersburg TV1
  "Apocalypse Chow: Zodiac Dinners and Solar Powered Synths in a Bed-Stuy Community Garden,” Bedford and Bowery
  “New York Today: A Biker Gap,” Listing, The New York Times
  “ArtRx NYC,” Hyperallergic
  “Try Sun-Cooked Meals at Bed-Stuy Garden's 'Apocalypse Chow',” DNA Info
  "Experimental Sound at the Museum of the Moving Image," Omni Reboot
  "This Week's Must-see Art Events," Art F City
2014 "NewFilmmakers Still Makes Weekly Discoveries, 16 Years On," The Village Voice
  "Solar-Powered Art Installation Lights Up Community Garden After Dark," DNAinfo
  "Nightlight presented by Flux Factory and the LIC Community Garden," Artvironmentalist
  "Flux Factory's Garden Party Nightlight," Art F City
  "Exquisite Contraption," Impose Magazine
  "Inside Flux Factory's Rube Goldberg Machine," Animal NY