3rd Ae Film Fest - Synesthesia - Accepted Artists Announcement



noun  syn·es·the·sia  \ˌsi-nəs-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə\

  • 1:  a concomitant sensation; especially  :  a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated

  • 2:  the condition marked by the experience of such sensations

Altered Esthetics is proud to announce the following accepted artists to exhibit in Synesthesia, the 3rd season of the Ae Film Festival. Of the following 43 accepted artists, 23 are Minnesota based. Accepted artists are broken down into three categories:

1. Featured Artists

2. Creative Vision Award Nominees

3. Supporting Artists


This year’s program will screen additional supporting artists and host a variety of workshops not listed here. Details will be announced shortly, including how to access tickets to festival events. Follow the festival’s guide here. Sponsors and partners include The Southern Theater, KIND Healthy Snacks, White Cap Creative, and The Food Group of Minnesota.


Featured Artists:

The purpose of this award is to honor and recognize promising artwork from artists who are unique in artistic approach and/or technique. Tokens of recognition and honorariums are given to Featured Artists.


Andrea Shaker (MN)

Adam Dargan (MN)


Creative Vision Award:

Festival curators have nominated seven artists this year for their achievements in creatively expressing and visualizing deep meaning. The final recipient is selected by a team of local jurors and is awarded a token of recognition and an honorarium. The recipient of the Creative Vision Award is announced in early July.



Essma Imady (MN)

Dan Murphy (MN)

Viola Liu (MN)

Christopher Lange (MN)

Anne-Marie Bouchard (Canada)

Ella Mikkola  (Canada)

Eeva Siivonen (New York)


Supporting Artists:

Dane Cree & Claire Strautmanis (MN)

Katayoun Amjadi (MN)

Nate Christenson (MN)

Hannah and Molly Nemer (MN)

John Akre (MN)

Marcie LaCerte (MN)

M. Parker Stuart (MN)

Anna Taberko (MN)

Emily Downes (MN)

Edwin Yang (MN)

Nathan Wold (MN)

Jason Ewert (MN)

Max Landy & Theng Thao(MN)

James Vogel (MN)

Christine Lucy Latimer (Canada)

Ivetta Sunyoung Kang & Ashley Sabin (UK)

Marianne Blicher (Denmark)

Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir (Iceland)

Robert Lyons (New York)

Kate Shults (Florida)

Jillian Acreman (Canada)

Xuan Yang (California)

Jonathan Johnson (Ohio)

Lindsay Greer (Illinois)

Kevin Pontuti (Wisconsin)

Phoebe Tooke (California)

Josh Weissbach (Connecticut)

Edward Ramsay-Morin (Texas)

Rosie Trump (Texas)

Jelena Sinik (Australia)


Exhibition Dates:

July 27 - 29 /Primary Festival Programming / The Southern Theater

July 31 / Community Closing Event / Cellular Cinema


Festival Curators:

Jes Reyes, Ari Newman, Madie Hamilton, and Marcie LaCerte


Creative Vision Award Jurors:

Nadia Honary

Valerie Deus

Cara Deleon


More on Altered Esthetics and its annual moving image festival: 


Over the past ten years Altered Esthetics has hosted over 100 group exhibitions, launched a solo exhibitions program for emerging artists, and have brought the work of more than 500 artists to public view - many of whom were sharing their artwork with the public for the very first time. Altered Esthetics largest program is the the Ae Film Festival (formerly the Ae Art House Film Festival), an annual event dedicated to the organization’s mission to foster an inclusive and sustainable arts community through exhibitions, education, and outreach.

By drawing on a broad range of innovative modes and techniques, the festival exhibits artists who explore the art of the moving image, including artworks that represent experimental narratives, avant-garde poetics, genre expanding documentary, and contemporary art practices. The selections of short film and video work and accompanying panel discussions stretches the notion of what the moving image is and can be.


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