Dr Vince Briffa M.A. (Leeds), Ph.D. (UCLan) - Head of Department of Digital Art
Office: Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, Room 304
Vince Briffa is a practising contemporary multi-media artist and curator and has been researching the integration and application of electronic and digital media within the fine and design arts since the mid 1990s. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Central Lancashire in the UK in 2009 and an MA in Fine Arts with distinction from the University of Leeds in 2000. He was also artist in residence at the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland in 1996. In the last thirty years, he has represented his country internationally and had his work exhibited in major museums and art galleries worldwide.
Vince is an associate of the Electronic and Digital Art Unit of the University of Central Lancashire, and is also involved in research projects with faculty from the Contemporary Art Practice, University of Leeds and the Department of Visual Arts of the University of Ottawa. He is also a founding member of START; and a director of the board of the Fondazzjoni Ċentru għall-Kreattività.
Major works shown at the 48th edition of the Venice Biennale (1999) and the Villa Manin Museum of Contemporary Art, Passariano, Italy and the Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples, Italy; the Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus; the Museum of Young Art and Only Atelier in Vienna, the Palais Liechtenstein and the Johanniterkirche in Feldkirch, Austria; the Palais des Nations, United Nations Building, Geneva, Switzerland; the grounds of the Museum of Modern Art, Vaduz, Liechtenstein; the Galerie der Schwarze Punkt, Konstanz, Germany; the Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Festivals - 1996 & 2000; City Gallery and Matthew Gallery, Edinburgh and the Invergordon Gallery, Inverness, Scotland; the Bretton Hall College Art Gallery, Wakefield, UK; the Harris Museum, Preston, UK; the Nunnery Gallery, the B.H. Gallery, the Fieldgate Gallery and the James Taylor Gallery, London, UK; Galerie d’Art Zero, Barcelona, Spain; Queen Street Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland; the Espace Claudel, Bibliothèque Universitaire, Amiens, France; MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santa Fe, Argentina; Cork Vision Centre, Cork, Ireland; Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Art Prague, Czech Republic and the Cathedral Museum, Mdina, the Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Archaeology and St. James Cavalier, Centre for Creativity in Valletta, Malta.
Selected Curatorial Work
J. Michael Anderson, Museum of Fine Art, Malta 2000
‘I Feel Guilty’, St. James Centre for Creativity, Malta 2004
‘The A to Z of Family Planning’, St. James Centre for Creativity, Malta 2004
Digital Discourse: an international exhibition of electronic and digital art from the Commonwealth countries, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, 2005
Memory & Identity, Malta’s participation at the XP/VideoChannel, Cologne, Germany, 2005
re:public, the Capital of Culture exhibitions, Cork, Ireland, 2005
Artifecture – A START initiative, Malta Today newspaper, January to April, 2007
Analogue: Pioneering Video from the UK, Canada and Poland (1968-88), co-curator with Chris Meigh-Andrews and Catherine Ewes at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, 2007
Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles, Malta’s participation, Arles, France, 2008
Watch, Museum of Fine Art, Valletta, Malta, 2008
Austin Camilleri & Pawl Carbonaro, Münchner Künstlerhaus, Munich, 2009
Selected Writing and Papers
The Art of J. Michael Anderson – Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Fine Art, Malta 2000
‘Memory, Sight and Expectation’ - The Moving Image as Continuous Memory - M.A. Thesis Dissertation, Leeds University, UK, 2000
‘Immigrant’ - Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Fine Art, Malta 2003/4
‘Nixtieq…’ On Fine Art and the Advertising Billboard - Exhibition Catalogue, Attard, Malta 2004
‘I Feel Guilty’ - An Introduction - Exhibition Catalogue, St. James Centre for Creativity, Malta 2004
‘The A to Z of Family Planning’ - An Introduction - Exhibition Catalogue, St. James Centre for Creativity, Malta 2004
Maltese Contemporary Art - Paper Presentation - Artists in Transit Conference; Rotterdam, Holland - Oct 2004
Absence as Presence - Reflections on the body of work entitled Immigrant - The Queen Street Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2004
Contemporary Practice - a Presentation of Work - The Unit for Contemporary Art Practice, The University of Leeds, UK, 2005
Digital Discourse - Curator’s Introduction - Exhibition Catalogue, St. James Centre for Creativity, Malta 2005
Playing God - On interactive database video narratives - Paper Presentation - The Electronic and Digital Art Unit, The University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 2006
Alternative Journeys - Paper Presentation - Crossings Conference - The University of Amiens, France, 2007
The body we own and the body we are - Quoting Caravaggio - Exhibition Catalogue, The Malta Council for Arts and Culture, Malta 2007
Amid the Mundane and the Extreme, NY Arts Magazine, Vol 13 No. 11/12, Nov. 2008, pp. 98-99.
No. 68 Redprints: The house that is destined for memories and the memories that are meant for a house, Alexandra Pace: Redprints exhibition catalogue, 2008.
Ebba’s Sketchbook, Ebba von Fersen Balzan, Choppy Books, 2008, p. 177.
Choosing Malta’s photographers for the “Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles”, Lensculture, Photography and Shared Territories, Summer 2008.
The (inter)national (inter)face of (inter)action – a look at some of the technologically interactive works at the 52nd International Venice Biennale, Art In-Sight: Artists’ Film, Video and Installation, Filmwaves, Issue 35, Obraz Productions Ltd., Spring 2008, pp. 14-18.
Projected Visions - Video Art in Malta - Apollonia, 2009
The Poetics of Poiesis - Austin Camilleri & Pawl Carbonaro exhibition catalogue - Münchner Künstlerhaus, Munich, 2009