scopOphilic, a digital media collective, was founded in 1998. Led by cb cooke and Bruce Morrow, scopOphilic focuses on the love of seeing and being seen in the age of digital reproduction. From 1998 to 2006, scopOphilic broadcasted over 45 episodes, on MNN cable TV.
scopOphilic’s artistic practice includes research and data collection, the development of technological tools, and the creation of artistic works that provoke conversations about gender identity, sex and sexuality, racial and ethnic identities, and social justice. Micromessaging Palimpsest, scopOphilic’s most recent series, focuses on the hyper-local conversations of street art, the original social media platform.
The images I show are untouched images. All the work is done in the camera. There is no Photoshop work at all. In addition, the sequences shown are all exactly as they were shot (with very few exceptions). I believe it’s incredibly important to maintain the integrity of sequence in order to convey the experience. –scopOphilic statement from 1997
cb cooke is an interactive digital artist who focuses on combining digital art and real-world objects such as interactive installations, mixed media painting, web-based art, and experimental video. His work has been included in group exhibitions with Creative Time, Sundance Film Festival, Ricco-Maresca Gallery, The Alternative Museum, OutFest, and The MIX Festival.
Bruce Morrow is a cultural worker and an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on digital tool development and storytelling provoke conversations about gender identity, sex and sexuality, racial and ethnic identities, and social justice. He has been developing digital projects since 1996, when he was selected to participate in a two-week workshop with Apple, Inc. He is a founding member of the digital art collective scopOphilic. In the literary field, Morrow is a former fiction editor at Callaloo and co-editor of “Shade: An Anthology of Short Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent.” His writing has appeared in the New York Times, “Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream,” “Freedom in this Village,” “Ancestral House,” and “Imagining America.” He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BS in Biology from Rochester Institute of Technology. As a nonprofit leader, he has worked with The Trevor Project, GLAAD, Girl Scouts of the USA, Bank Street College of Education, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Girls Write Now, and the Economic Hardshop Reporting Project. In 2007, he was a Revson Fellow for Mid-Career Civic Leaders at Columbia University.
Bruce Morrow CV
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Andy Montoya is an archival producer on numerous historical documentaries that have played on the History Channel and Paramount+. He created several segments for the scopOphilic series on MNN.
Roger Schulte has produced and edited feature films and TV shows for over 30 years. His current production is a film about his mentor Louis Draper and the black photographers’ movement Kamoinge. His documentary Gibtown (SXSW, Independent Lens), about a Florida carnival and circus community, was shot on Super 16mm and will soon be re-released on HD. A graduate of SVA in 1989, Roger began working professionally, with film and splicer, cutting From Hollywood to Hanoi (Film Forum, Telluride, Sundance Film Festival, Cinemax). He operated one of the earliest indie AVID facilities and mentored young filmmakers while editing breakthrough LGBT series A Question of Equality and acclaimed documentary Motherland Afghanistan, both funded by ITVS. Other notable work includes Portraits of Grief for New York Times Television and countless programs that have aired on A&E, Discovery Network, Court TV, PBS, and OWN. Always dedicated to work about social change, Roger is committed to bringing his skills and expertise to a new generation of media creators.
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