Mark Bolotin is an inventor, multimedia practitioner, director and the founder and artistic director of the interactive arts company, Synarcade Audio-Visuals (www.synarcade.com.au). Born in Sydney, Australia, he is currently based in New York City.
His multimedia credits include “Demophobic” (Balmain Film Festival), “Reflections” (Cockatoo Island Festival, 2005) and the multimedia show “Emergence: Build Your Own Being” (2007) premiered at the Sydney Opera House, Canberra Street Theatre and Melbourne Arts House, which mixed interactuve cinema with music and giant puppetry . Bolotin was awarded a 2012 New York artist residency through Residency Unlimited and showcased work at the New York Hall of Science, Union Square Park Pavilion, and 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York. In 2013, he showcased work at the Museum of Modern Art in Zagreb, Croatia, He has received grants from the Australia Council, Arts NSW, Creative Copyright Agency and residencies through the Bundanon Art Trust (2010) and Artspace Sydney (2009).
His audio-visual credits as writer, editor and director include “Creator’s Creation” (Grand Prize: Woodford Film Festival; Next Wave, Melbourne), “Land of Honey” (ABC, FTO MMS recipient), “Trials of Flight” (Best Director/Best Screenplay: Newcastle Shootout Film Festival), “Magnetic” (Japan), “Natural Visions” (Qingdao, China) and “Take My Hand” (ABC; Sydney Opera House -live).
Bolotin has also interactive digital work for the Sydney Festival (2006-2010), Sydney Writers’ Festival, Cockatoo Island Festival and many more. He has created live visuals for some of the world’s leading musical acts including Grizzly Bear (US), Jamie Lidell (UK), Buraka Som Sistema (Portugal), Throwing Muses (US), Four Tet (UK), and Shapeshifter (NZ)
Bolotin also works with young and underprivileged people in film and multimedia creation and using interactive art as a form of active empowerment. In early 2012, he ran film workshops for orphans and children living in disadvantaged communities throughout Kenya, Uganda and Mali.