Biography and News

Marc Tasman is an Intermedia artist who works in photography, video, performance, and networked media. His research focuses on social tools and their strengths to construct identity and produce narrative meaning, with a particular interest in that range between mediated and performed culture. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies and coordinates the Digital Arts and Culture Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Through teaching and administration, Tasman encourages practices that forge connections to broader learning communities, empowering students to innovate with new media forms and creative enterprises.

To see works samples including a reel of time based media samples, click this.  To view the Marc Tasman TED talk, Future Cultures, click this.
Marc Tasman at the 2016 William A. Kern Conference in Visual Communication hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Photo by A. Sue Weisler.

October 2016
Revolution: CultureJam MKE, the fifth installment of this provocative indie art series, curated by art-scene impresario Jeff Redmon, premiers Friday at RedLine Milwaukee, October 21, 6-10pm. For my pieces in this show, I’ve taken selected lyrics from songs of Leonard Cohen’s 1988 album, “I’m Your Man” and mashed them together in charcoal drawings on paper with contemporary political figures. Among the 30 artists participating in the show with me is Waldek Dynerman, who writes of the theme Revolution, that “artists must be at the frontline of progressive change.” The exhibition runs through December 17, 2016. RedLine Milwaukee, 1422 N. 4th, St. Milwaukee, WI 53212

The following week at the Charles Allis Art Museum there will be an opening reception for the statewide, juried group exhibition Forward 2016: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now. I’m excited and honored to have a photographic print from my Laurentian Internationale series in this show. This one runs from October 27 – February 19, 2016. Opening Reception, Thursday October 27th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Those in attendance will get to cast a vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. Jurors Brent Budsberg and Susan Barnett will speak briefly about their selection process and commence an award ceremony at 7pm. Charles Allis Art Museum is located at 1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

April 2016
I was invited to speak at the the 7th Kern Conference on Visual Communication: Selfies, Self-Portraits, Social Media, hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology, April 14- 16, 2016, where I traced the lineage of the selfie, conceptualizing it within performance and photography practices, to several several daily photo projects, including my own in which I made a Polaroid self-portrait every day for 3,654 consecutive days—Ten Years and One Day—characterizing these works as proto-selfies.


Master of ceremonies at the Battle Royale, Marc Tasman, with artist Felix (Luke) Farley.
Master of ceremonies at the Battle Royale, Marc Tasman, with artist Felix (Luke) Farley.

October 2015
I’m excited to be speaking at TEDxUW-Milwaukee on October 3 from 1-7 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. TEDxUWMilwaukee 2015 presents React Differently to remind us that the way we react can create waves of unknown size and consequence. Fifteen speakers will present a single idea that prompts the audience and the cameras to react differently. To view the video Future Cultures, click here,

Tree At Water (Mosaic) 16 Mar 2014. Archival Giclée Print, 15.3 x 10 in.
Tree At Water (Mosaic) 16 Mar 2014. Archival Giclée Print, 15.3 x 10 in.

It’s an honor and a thrill for me to be the cover artist for “A Guide to Jewish Wisconsin 2015-2016.” For information about limited edition archival prints of the cover art, “Tree At Water 16 Mar 2014,” send an email with the subject line “Tree At Water” to marctasman [at] gmail [dot] com.

August 2015

Felix (Luke) Farley, left, and Skully Skyrocket, right, in the heat of a doubles round at Battle Royale.
Felix (Luke) Farley, left, and Skully Skyrocket, right, in the heat of a doubles round at Battle Royale.

On August 20, 2015 at RedLine Milwaukee, I emceed (and co-produced with Ann Wydeven) Battle Royale featuring resident artists Skully Skyrocket versus Luke Felix Farley in an experimental, engaging event combining live music, live painting, and audience participation. The evening was and is an unforgettable, collaborative, happening with live musical accompaniment by members of Cutlass, and Mark Waldoch offering 15 rounds of random twists and turns, including the chance for audience members to be “tagged-in” to the Battle Royale to help make the painting.

June 2015
June 3 on the radio (and after on the web) you can hear me, Marc Tasman along with Jody Hirsh and Helene Fischman, some of my collaborators in the Jewish Artists’ Lab of Milwaukee, speaking with Bonnie North, host of WUWM’s Lake Effect, about their upcoming exhibition on the theme of “Water.”

This 4th annual exhibit entitled “Living Waters,” runs from June 3-July 31, 2015 with a public reception on Thursday evening, June 4 from 6:30-8:30pm, including a brief program at 7:15pm at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd, in Whitefish Bay, WI. For more information you can contact Jody Hirsh,, 414.967.8199.

May 2015

Sheets are Clean (Bedroom at Auntie Katie’s), 2008. Laurentides, Québec, Canada.

10th Street Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Marc Tasman on view at 628 North 10th Street from April 30 to May 24, 2015. A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, May 17 from 5:30-7 p.m.The show, “Natural Legacy,” which is his largest exhibition in Wisconsin in 5 years (since he exhibited nearly 5,000 Polaroid self portraits in the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial) contains selections from the photo series “Laurentian Internationale,” and is curated by Luke Farley.The twenty one archival color photographs on display offer a glimpse into a curious community and their utopian vision in the mountains of Quebec, and more broadly evokes particular experiences of childhood and friendships, and legacies passed between generations.

Storytelling. Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts
Participating Storytelling Artists: Natalie Schmitting, Blanche Brown, Marc Tasman, Ann Mory Wydeven, Sue Lawton, and Luke Farley.

Also on view in May 2015 is my work in a group show entitled, “Storytelling” at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts during the month of May in the Lynn Chappy Arts Education Wing.

On May 6,  I was a member of the panel along with Barbara Kohl-Spiro, Berel Lutsky, and Helene Fischman at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, moderated by its curator, Molly Dubin. The panel discussion previewed the work and themes in the upcoming 2015 Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Laboratory Exhibition to be held June through August at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in the Marcus Pavilion.

Helene Fischman, Molly Dubin, and audience members at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Helene Fischman, Molly Dubin, and audience members at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee

The Jewish Artists’ Lab brings together nearly two dozen area artists from across mediums and experiences, to discuss, create and elevate Jewish art and offer invigorating forms of Jewish engagement, which culminates in a thematic exhibit displayed at the JCC. Now in its fourth year, the theme for 2014-2015, is Water.