Lynn T Lukkas

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E209 Regis Center for Art

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The trajectory of my art practice has taken me from my beginnings in photography to making digitally interactive art installations that responded to the movement of viewers in the gallery or to the biological functions of a users body as they engaged with the work by touching or breathing on a sensor. Since 2007 I have moved away from digital interactivity to large-scale collaborative multi-media works for opera and theater, short experimental films, film and video installations and curatorial projects for media arts. Nearly all of my work is collaborative. Over the past several years I have collaborated with opera and theater directors, dancers, composers, curators and computer programmers on a variety of projects and in a number of different types collaborations. In works for stage I work with the director to understand the overall project concept. I then develop the media concept, design and produce images for projection. In other collaborations I work one-on-one with composers and dancers to develop the concept and in-turn produce the media elements for the project. I also work with computer programmers to realize technical aspects of my work. My recent large-scale collaborations for opera necessitate a hierarchical type of collaboration where each collaborator has a specific role in the production. David Walsh, Director, University of Minnesota Opera Program, has invited me to collaborate on a number of high-profile multi-media opera productions. One of these was the world premiere of, Parables: An Interfaith Oratorio, (2012) by the Grammy Award winning duo of Robert Aldrich (composer) and Herschel Garfein (librettist) for which I produced 60 minutes of moving images. Parables, was subsequently broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television in 2012 -13 and will be restaged in 2016 at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Walsh and I have collaborated on a number of projects, as a director he provides me with a great deal of autonomy and artistic control over the media concepts, strategies and choice of images. This summer we begin work on a new staged production of Bach’s, Saint Matthew Passion and I am also working with composer J.P. Rudoi and the Illumini Male Chorus on, Song of the Sea and Sky, a multi-media work for chorus and moving image to premiere at the University of Washington – Seattle in Spring 2016. In 2007 I began work on, Telling Time, twenty-seven short films on the topic of time for which I interviewed artists, scientists, and scholars from around the world and that use the temporal properties of filmmaking to explore the subject of time itself. The idea for this project began while I was on a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, whose thematic residency brought together faculty from across the University for an interdisciplinary exploration of time; these initial conversations became the foundation for Telling Time. I subsequently continued my fascination with time and film in two short experimental narrative films, Temporal Properties of the World: Passage and Temporal Properties of the World: Order. Each film focuses on a woman at a different stage of life. The films jump around in time reflecting the instability of human perceptions of time and the ability of film itself to re-order and to re-present temporal events. I make video installation works for gallery contexts including, the solo exhibition Telling Time: Tianjin, 2013, Tianjin Museum of Art, Tianjin China. This was a large-scale (2500 square foot) five-screen video and sound installation exploring my own memories of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River that I traveled through and filmed in 1999 and much of which is now lost, submerged by a public dam project. My video installation, Through the Night, 2012, was shot in time-lapse on an overnight train trip from Bodo to Trondheim, Norway. The film condenses nine hours into seventeen minutes as the train makes its way through a liminal landscape illuminated only by the midnight sun. In 2011, Howard Oransky, Director, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, asked me to co-curate an exhibition of films by Ana Mendieta. Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, opens at the Nash Gallery in September 2015 and travels to Nova Southeastern University Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale Florida, and to University of California–Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archives. My essay, “Forever Young: Five Lessons from the Creative Life of Ana Mendieta,” is included in the exhibition catalog. Like many artists today, my curatorial practice is a vibrant and important part of my creative practice.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.F.A.: Media Arts - Photography, Video, Film, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1988.
  • B.F.A.: Studio Art, Minor: Humanities, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1985.

Curriculum Vitae


  • video
  • film
  • interdisciplinary art
Research & Professional Activities


  • Song of Sea and Sky: A collaborative theater work for male choir and moving image with Paul John Rudoi, Composer and Goeffrey Boers, Director Illumni Male Choir. Meaney Hall University of Washington Seattle., May 27, 2015 - May 27, 2016
  • Saint Matthew Passion: Staged oratorio by Johan Sebastian Bach with video and image projection (180 minutes). In collaboration with David Walsh, Director. Lukkas' contribution to the collaboration with opera director Walsh. Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis, MN, May 2015 - March 4 and 6, 2016
  • Parables: A dramatic cantada by composer Robert Aldrich and librettist Herschel Garfien (60 minutes) with video and image projections in collaboration with opera director David Walsh. Ted Mann Concert Hall. Minneapolis, MN , January 2012 - April 19–22, 2012
  • Temporal Properties of the World: Passage: An experimental short narrative film written and directed by Lynn Lukkas, cinematography by Lynn Lukkas and Eric Schlicher and music by Third Coast Percussion. Screened at the Culver Center for the Arts University of California–Riverside May 5, 2011
  • Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta: Co-curated by Lynn Lukkas and Howard Oransky, Director, Katherine E. Nash Gallery. A traveling exhibition of the films of Ana Mendieta; includes 21 films and 26 related photographs, the largest collection of the artist’s films ever presented in the United States on view at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota September 8–12, 2015; Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 20–May 8, 2016; the University of California–Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archives. October 22–December 31, 2016. , March 2011 - December 31, 2016
  • The Audible Edge: An exhibition of sound art, co-curated with Howard Oransky, director, Katherine E. Nash Gallery; David Little, curator of photography and media arts, Minneapolis Institute of Art; and Jim Lutz, Lecturer, co-director MS Sustainable Design Program, IDP educator coordinator. Artists included in the exhibition: J. Anthony Allen, MN; Philip Blackburn, MN; Mary Ellen Childs, MN; Douglas Ewart, MN; Douglas Geers, NY; Beatrix* JAR, MN; John Keston, MN; Abinadi Meza, TX; Ryan Wurst, MN; and Patrick Beseda, CO. Works by Berenice Abbott, Harold E. Edgerton, and Isamu Noguchi loaned from the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; artworks by Joseph Beuys and Katarina Fritsch, loaned from the permanent collection of Walker Art Center. On view at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery,, October 2013 - May 27–July 26, 2014
  • Telling Time: Tianjin: Solo exhibition of a five-channel video and sound installation work at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art Museum, Tianjin, China, , October, 2012 - March 25-April 25, 2
  • Touch Me / Don’t Touch Me, in exhibition, Interact: Lynn Lukkas and Cynthia Patchikara: Two-person exhibition of an interactive video and sound installation work at UNO Gallery, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Weber Fine Arts Building, Omaha, NE, June 2009 - January 15 – Februar
  • Through the Night: A two channel video installation in the exhibition, Time Arts Continuum,Walker’s Point Center for Art, Milwaukee, WI, January 2012 - May 26-June 30, 2012
  • Temporal Properties of the World I: An experimental short narrative film written and directed by Lynn Lukkas. Cinematography by Lynn Lukkas and Shonit Jain with music by Paulo Chagas. Screened in the exhibition, “Media-Scape: The Year We Make Contact,” at the Croatian Artists Association. Zagreb, Croatia October 8 –29, 2010
  • Oculus: Crossing Boundaries in Cyberspace, Art, and Consciousness. Lukkas, Lynn, 2000.
  • Lukkas, Lynn Tjernan, Howard Oransky. Forever Young: Five Lessons from the Creative Life of Ana Mendieta. Katherine E. Nash Gallery / University of California Press, 2015. LinkDownload
  • Jerome Foundation Media Arts Grant, 2001
  • McKnight Photography Fellowship, 1999
  • Bush Foundation Artists Fellowship, 1996
  • University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Research and Artistry, 2001
  • University of Minnesota McKnight Foundation Summer Fellowship, 2001