Ian Burns artworks make inventive, innovative and unusual uses of materials and processes to produce viewing experiences that find unique intersections between embodied experience and new-media technologies.
His research collides the expectations of the art viewing experience with expectations driven by the cinematic, gaming, science displays and other technological tropes, establishing highly experiential scenarios that activate curiosity and provide unique aesthetic events. His work advances the understanding of the impacts of new technologies on contemporary culture. Recent research has focused on the role of sound and the tropes of musical structure in amplifying expectation in the art-viewing context when combined with sculptural presence.
He has been awarded numerous commissions including being the Melbourne Art Foundation 2102 Commissioned Artist, and the 2012 Australian Centre for the Moving Image Commissioned Artist and in 2014 was commissioned by the University of Technology, Sydney to produce a site specific installation in the historic goods-line tunnel in Sydney. Some of the major international museum exhibitions and biennials that have featured Burns’s work have taken place at venues such as MoMA PS1 and SculptureCenter, New York, Castello di Rivoli, Italy, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Museum Villa Rot, Germany, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Belgium and in Australia at The National Gallery of Victoria, and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and The Art Gallery of South Australia.
Amongst various awards he has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Australia Council for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and was a recipient of a 3 year Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Queensland College of the Arts, Griffith University, Australia. He has been an invited artist in residence in a number of important international programs across Europe, the United States and Australia as well as participating in a 2009 artist voyage to the high Arctic.
His work is included in important public and private collections across Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand.