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Ian Carstens is a writer, filmmaker and curator from the Mississippi River Valley of eastern Iowa. He uses documentary, experimental, and relational modes to create interiorly personal pieces as well as multidimensional collaborative projects. He explores the interplay of viewer and viewed, non-human aliveness, temporality, multiplicity, as well as critiques of the archive, cinema and cultural institutions.
Carstens is currently the lead curator/filmmaker for Glass Breakfast, which serves as an alternative space for the appreciation and conversation of art. His films have screened at festivals and on public television across the Midwest and West. He has written for Ruckus Art Journal, Sugarcane, the Columbus Area Arts Council blog and as well as various local publications.
He has held educational, coordinating and technical positions at IU Libraries, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, the Roxy Theater, the International Wildlife Film Festival, the Montana Film Festival, the Oneota Film Festival and Luther College. Carstens currently lives and works in southern Indiana.