Born in 1958 in (United Kingdom)
Lives and works in (United States )
Zoe Beloff grew up in
She works with a variety of cinematic imagery: film, stereoscopic projection performance, interactive media and installation. Her projects are philosophical toys, objects to think with. More and more she finds herself fascinated by phantoms, by images that, "are not there". She would like to think of herself as an heir to the 19th century mediums whose materialization séances conjured up unconscious desires, in the most theatrical fashion. Though lacking psychic abilities she confesses to relying on cinematic illusionism or one could say the cinematic "medium".
Zoe Beloff is engaged in re-invigorating technologies such as stereoscopic imagery and dioramas that have largely been abandoned since the invention of the cinema. Sometimes she uses archaic apparatuses, sometimes, new analog/digital hybrids. Each project aims to connect the present with the past, to create new visual languages where modern media will once again be invested with the uncanny. She has collaborated with artists from other disciplines. In 1994 she created Life Underwater (1994) with composer John Cale. In 1996 the Wooster Group Theater invited her to make her CD-ROM Where Where There There Where (1998), in conjunction with their play House Lights. Sound artist Ken Montgomery performed live in her projection performance, A Mechanical Medium (1999) and composer/performer Shelley Hirsch was the musical director of Zoe Beloff's installation The Somnambulists (2007).
She has been awarded grants and fellowships from organizations that include the Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, NYSAC and NYFA.