Alex Tyson
b. 1985, Lancaster, PA. USA
alextyson @ gmail
+1 717 330 4679
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Selected Film Screenings, Group Exhibitions

2017 DIVIETO 2: Due South, Delaware Contemporary. DE, USA
2016 Mountain Fire Personnel, (documentary). MoMA Doc Fortnight 2016. New York, USA
2015 w/ interview by Herb Shellenberger
         Visions Du Réel. Nyon, Switzerland (Prix du Jury la Mobilière)
         Cinema Verité Festival. Tehran, Iran
         Artists' & Experimental Moving Image. IFI Dublin, IE
         GFFIS. Seoul, South Korea
         Docville 11. Leuven, Belgium
         International House. Philadelphia, USA
         IFS. Los Angeles, USA
         FLEX Festival. Gainesville, USA
2015 3 Minutes in America, Ciné-Roman: New Works. Bowerbird at Rotunda, Philadelphia, USA
2014 Winds of The Mediterranean, Film, The Unnamed Feeling. Trailer Gallery, Umeå SE
2013 New York: A City Symphony, Second Interlude (Troy Herion, Composer). Carnegie Hall NYC
2012 BùXíng, short film, photography, (J. Makary, dir.) ICA Philadelphia PA
2011 Baroque Suite, visual-music composition (co-directed with Troy Herion)
         Brooklyn Film Festival, NYC
         Flaherty Foundation Festival, NYC
         Sonic Festival, NYC
         Wynwood Art Fair, Exhibition, Miami FL
         PDP Motion Pictures Festival, PA
         Wassaic Project Summer Festival Exhibition, NY
         International House Philadelphia, PA
         Princeton University, General's Concert, NJ
2010 Movements for Plants and Camera, Installation. Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, PA
2009 Submersed Songs Documentary, Elektra Festival. Montreal CAN
         Itau Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2009 Charles Cohen at the Buchla Music Easel, Bowerbird AV, Philadelphia
2007 Nighthawks, Independent Festival of Cinema & Technology, Miami
         Boston Underground Festival
         Philadelphia Film Festival of Independents
2006 Ghosts, Songs, Whispers, exhibition. (Susan Dipronio, dir.) Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Selected Film Commissions

2017 Standardized Patient (two-channel video). Editor (dir. Kerry Tribe) SFMOMA
2017 LA 92 | National Geographic Films. Special Photography. (dir. Dan Lindsay + TJ Martin)
2017 Composite (documentary short). Editor (dir. Toby Lee)
2017 Rick Owens/ Process: Michéle Lamy (documentary short). MOCA, Los Angeles
2016 R.H. Quaytman/ Mickalene Thomas (documentary shorts). MOCA, Los Angeles
2016 How to Let go of the World, cinematographer, archival producer. (dir. Josh Fox) | HBO Documentary Films
2016 Don't Look Back, exhibition spot, PBS | MOCA, Los Angeles
2016 The Art of Our Time, exhibition spot, PBS | MOCA, Los Angeles
2015 Prelude, 7 Screen Installation, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980.
         Editor / Post Supervisor. MOMA, NYC
2015 The Music Easel, Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments. Oregon, USA
2014 The Mirage, cinematographer, editor. (dir. Kyle Roper). SBM, Los Angeles
2014 Opening, cinematographer, editor. (dir. Vivian Caccuri). Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art
2014 Artschwager’s Elevators, cinematographer. Whitney Museum/ Hammer Museum
2014 Amnesia Fortnight, Double Fine. 2 Player Productions. Cinematographer. San Francisco CA
2013 Calder’s Circus, editor. Whitney Museum, NYC
2012 Gasland Part II, aerial cinematographer, DIT, assistant editor. HBO Films
2012 We Are The Ones, researcher, trailer editor. Pendragwn/IFP
2011 Gasland, graphic direction, aerial cinematographer, additional/trailer editor. HBO Films
2011 Minecraft: The story of Mojang, cinematography. 2 Player Productions, Stockholm, SE
2011 Shored Up, editor, Mangrove Films, Philadelphia, US
2011 Anderson Monarchs, camera, sound. Philadelphia, US
2011 Driven, cinematographer, graphic director. Sacred Bull Media, Los Angeles / New York, US

Music Videos

2016 Currents, Michael Mizrahi. Director. New Amsterdam Records
2014 Millions, Gerard Way. Editor. Warner Bros. Records (dir. Jennifer Juniper Stratford)
2014 Say Enough, Hooray For Earth. Editor. (dir. Johnny Woods)
2014 No Shows, Gerard Way. Editor. Warner Bros. Records (dir. Jennifer Juniper Stratford)
2013 In Search of The Thangs, Editor. Data Garden Records

Live Sound Performances and Installations

2013 Data Garden Quartet, Installation, Communikey Festival. Boulder Environmental Center CO
2012 Live score to 16mm films, Tuesday Tune-Out. PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia
2012 Blind Date, dance collaboration with Christina Zani. Thirdbird / Neighborhood House, Philadelphia
2012 Data Garden Duet, Installation. Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia PA
2012 Data Garden Duet, Installation. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
2012 Data Garden Quartet, Installation. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
2011 The Flower Hunter, The Switched-On Garden, Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia
2010 Live score: 16mm + 35mm Film, Red Channels, Philadelphia International House


2013 A/V Archaeology, Hidden City Festival, Philadelphia PA
2012 The Switched-On Garden 002, Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia PA
2011 Computer Groove, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2011 The Switched-On Garden 001, Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia PA
2008 Bowerbird AV, The Avant Gentlemen's Lodge, Philadelphia PA

Lectures, Panels & Professional Development

2015 Screening and talk, Malmö Academy of Art, Sweden
2015 DOCM lab, film panel, Visions Du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland
2012 Artists U, Development Program, Philadelphia PA
2012 The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia PA
         New Spaces/ New Formats Research Group
         Gamification Research Group
         Engaging Millennials Presentation and Workgroup
         Electronic Music Series 2012
2012 Wide-Eyed Film Festival, Lecture, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster PA
2009 WPPI National Conference, Editing Master Class, Las Vegas NV
2002 National Technology + Learning Conference, Lecture, Dallas TX


2017 Unni mancianu dui, mancianu tri (There’s always room for one more), Samantha Mitchell.
2016 Best of Documentary Fortnight, review. NonFics, Daniel Walber
2016 Collectivism Part 2, screening text. AEMI
2015 Mountain Fire Personnel, Interview, Herb Shellenberger.
2013 Co-Composing with Plants, Interview. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Blog
2012 Data Garden Quartet, Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: Plants.
2012 The Switched-On Garden, Interview. Vice Magazine / Motherboard TV
2012 Interacting with Plants to Create Polyphonic Music, Interview. The Creator’s Project
2011 Future of Audio-Visual, Interview. ModTV/ MTV Brasil
2011 Sound Silence, Photography. Sleek Magazine, Berlin
2011 Just Add Water, Interview. City Paper Philadelphia
2011 Plants You Can Hear, Interview. Jump Magazine


2014 AQUAGLASS, music. Digital: Data Garden / Cassette: Exo Tapes
2013 The People’s Guide to The PMA, Postcard Risograph, Kelly Writers House (University of Pennsylvania)
2012 Ginger Acid, Text, Self-published
2012 Popular Photography, Text, Graphics, Self-published
2012 Days of the Week, Text, Graphics, Self-published
2011 Timelapse in Colour EP, Graphics, Data Garden
2010 Western Meadowlark (Brown Recluse), Sound Production, Warner Brothers Television
2009 Soft Skin LP (Brown Recluse), Art Direction, Slumberland Records
2009 Field Notes LP (Tadoma), Art Direction, Secret Station Records
2008 All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, Photography, SPIN Magazine
2008 3GPL Lens Review, Photography, Text, Studio Photography Magazine

Professional Experience

Technician, 2016- present
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Co-founder / Curator, 2010 - 2015
Data Garden
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Head of Visual Media & Technology, 2012 - 2013
The Fabric Workshop & Museum


Bachelors of Science, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, 2006
         International Board of Advisors Scholarship Recipient
         Best Graduating Portfolio, Digital Media Production

Youth Scholars Institute Program, Lebanon Valley College, 2002
Audio Production and Field Recording

Awards, Grants

2015 Prix du Jury la Mobilière for the most innovative short film, International Competition.
         Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland. (Mountain Fire Personnel)
2013 Knight Arts Challenge, Finalist
2012 Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Development Grant
2012 Pew Fellowship for The Arts, Nomination
2011 Gasland, HBO / CMG International Distribution
         Cinema Eye Honor, Outstanding Graphics & Animation, Museum of Moving Image
         Academy Awards, Oscar Nomination, Best Documentary
         Lennon/Ono Grant for Peace
         Sundance Film Festival, Special Jury Prize
2009 Lensbaby Lenses, Featured/Sponsored Cinematographer
2008 Serene Librarian, Best Experimental Film, Prince Music Theatre Festival
2002 MENC Electronic Music Composition, 1st place, National Competition

Alex Tyson (b. 1985) is an American filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He works with non-linear editing programs, text and multi-channel sound. His first documentary, Mountain Fire Personnel (2015) screened at MoMA Doc Fortnight, Vdrome and Visions du Réel, winning the Prix du Jury La Mobilière. His past work includes creative production for HBO's How to Let Go of the World (2016) and the Oscar-Nominated documentary Gasland (2011), which earned him a Cinema Eye Honor. He has created exhibition media for The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoCA, The Hammer Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and MoMA.