A.K. Burns is a filmmaker, artist and educator based in New York. Burns is currently focused on completing Negative Space is a cycle of four multi-channel video installations that takes science fiction as a point of departure. The opening episode, A Smeary Spot debuted at Participant Inc., NY in 2015, followed by Living Room in 2017 at the New Museum, NY. In 2019 the third work Leave No Trace, premiered at the Julia Stoschek Collection in Dusseldorf, Germany and the work was produced with the support of EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
A.K. Burns was 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Interdisciplinary Art, a 2016 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award recipient. Burns’ work can be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.
As a frequent collaborator; Burns was a founding member of W.A.G.E (Working Artists in the Greater Economy) in 2008—an artists’ advocacy group. W.A.G.E evolved into a 501c-3, in 2012 and subsequently launched W.A.G.E certification and the Fee Calculator in 2014. After leaving previous positions as core-organizer and Board member in 2015 to focus on other projects, Burns remains a vocal advocate for W.A.G.E.’s original mission promoting economic equity in the arts. Additionally Burns co-edited Randy—an annual trans-feminist arts magazine—with Sophie Mörner. Randy published four issues from 2010-2013 and a compendium was compiled and distributed through Capricious Publishing in 2016. In collaboration with A.L. Steiner, Community Action Center, a video re-imagining pornographic cinema for AFAB and non-binary bodies was released in 2010. Since 2010, A.K. Burns also maintains an ongoing collaborative practice with partner Katherine Hubbard, producing performance installations, videos and sculptures as well as staging The Poetry Parade…, a series of live literary interventions within museum collections.
A.K. Burns is a Distinguished Lecturer and New Genres Area Head at Hunter College, Department of Art & Art History and serves as faculty in the MFA Film & Video department at Bard College. Burns is represented by Callicoon Fine Arts, NY; Michel Rein Gallery, Paris/Brussels; and Video Data Bank, Chicago.