Floris Schönfeld (1982) is a visual artist currently based in Amsterdam. He works mainly with film and performance. The focus of his work in the last years has been the relationship between fiction and belief. In his work he is constantly trying to find the line between defining his context and being defined by it. This has led him explore and interact with many different worlds ranging from Star Trek fan communities, Hatian Vodou gatherings to the personal world of an intergalactic movie star.
He holds a BA in Time Based Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and an MFA studio practice degree from the California College of Art in San Francisco. He was a graduate fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the San Francisco and has done residencies at Rupert in Vilnius and most recently at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Schönfeld’s work has been shown at many film festivals and exhibitions including the Amsterdam Film Biennale, Rencontres International Paris/Madrid/Berlin, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the 12th International Shanghai Biennal, the International Ghetto Biennale Port-au-Prince, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, the Kassel Documentary & Film Festival and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco. His work has the subject of a solo shows at di Rosa Napa, the Kadist Foundation in San Francisco, Nest The Hague, CAC Vilnius and most recently at the Oakland Museum in Oakland California.
Floris is currently developing The Miraculous Breakdown of PUK*, his first feature film project project centering on the story of a new, neurodiverse form of artificial intelligence.
Personal website: http://www.florisschonfeld.com/