Christopher Steadman resides and works in Berlin, London and New York. He works in a range of genres including video, sound, photography, text and installation.
His multiple-channel synchronized video pieces have been exhibited widely, including venues throughout Europe, America and the Russian Federation. Steadman's work will be presented at Taiwan's Media Arts Center. Recently he has exhibited at Pulse Art Miami, Berliner Liste Art Fair, Aqua Art Miami, The INDEX Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Berlin's Transartfest Art Biennial, and his work has been included in various festivals throughout America, Europe and the Russian Federation. Selected exhibitions featuring his work 2012-2014 include: Center on Contemporary Art's Annual Show curated by Gary Hill, Seattle; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Autocenter, Berlin; Aqua Art Miami; St. Petersburg Center of Film and Television; Pulse Art Miami; International Center of Media Culture, Krasnoyarsk; National Centre for Contemporary Art, Kirov, and Moscow's International Film Festival. Steadman has received numerous awards and grants, including a British Academy Arts and Humanities Research Bursary and funding from the Austrian Federal Chancellery, as well as fellowships from many international artists' residencies, including The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Chateau La Napoule.
Steadman’s interest in narrative, memory and abstraction lends his work an ability to cross art mediums and transcend categorisation beyond the digital mediums he usually employs, by creating installations in a configured space, while the content instead is often an abstract, fractured, fragmented series of experiences.
Recently Steadman’s subject matter is focused on the centrality of memory, and the articulation of memory as a mutating system functioning within a set of larger cultural and environmental systems. The exploration of subjects claims for solitude and social belonging are themes Steadman expresses across a range of practices, including photographic and video installations, and present in works that are structurally concerned with time, space, and duration.
For it is within the context of these elements that the psyche of the solitary individual must make sense of both their own and other’s existence. Steadman’s interest in the notion of chance and metamorphoses brought about by the weight of memory, allows the artist to communicate a tension between the ephemeral fluidity of the moving images and the physicality of the monitors, heightening a sense of weight by the fixed configuration of the installation.