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Ian Carstens uses the documentary, experimental, and curatorial modes to create both interiorly personal pieces as well as multidimensional collaborative projects. Born along the Mississippi River valley in eastern Iowa, Carstens explores the relationship of viewer and viewed, time, multiplicity of truth, sensation and emptiness. 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. His documentary film work has been part of interdisciplinary collaborative projects such as: Body of Water, Movement Fundamentals Coalescence and the National Water Dance. Carstens has held coordinating and technical positions at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, IN, the Roxy Theater in Missoula, MT, and led the Multimedia Service Point at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Carstens has held educational positions as a teaching artist with the Roxy Film Academy in the Missoula school district as well as a co-instructing a course on poetry and video at Luther College. Carstens also has over eight years of experience with academic libraries related to media, copyright, collections, outreach and public services. Carstens currently lives and works in southern Indiana.