Emile Zile is an artist, filmmaker and performer.

Gesture, mimicry and the voice form a central core of his performance work. In re-using and re-encoding media broadcasts, communication protocols and online platforms his work reflects a distributed humanity, a yearning for transcendence and the limits of language.

Emile received a BFA degree from RMIT Media Arts Melbourne before relocating to Amsterdam in 2007 to commence an MFA degree at the Sandberg Institute. In 2012 he began a two year studio residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Exhibitions, screenings and performances in 2015/16 have included Castrum Peregrini Amsterdam, Fort Delta Melbourne, Sydney Contemporary, Channels Festival Melbourne. He is currently programming the Experimenta Social series of talks for Experimenta Media Arts hosted at ACMI X.


b. 1979, Melbourne, Australia

Education and research

  • 2012-2014 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2007-2009 M.F.A. Sandberg Institute. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2004 B.F.A. Honours Media Arts. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Melbourne, Australia
  • 1999-2001 B.F.A. Media Arts. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Melbourne, Australia

Selected Solo Performance

  • ‘Desktops’ Fort Delta, Melbourne November 21 2015
  • ‘James Cameron’s Avatar’ Mes56 Jogjakarta November 21 2014
  • ‘DVD Burner’ Netherlands Institute for Media Art, Amsterdam October 19 2012
  • ‘Subtitle Kino’ Fargfabriken, Stockholm Sweden August 18-19 2012
  • ‘*Best*RapidEssayNSFW!!’ Video Vortex, Amsterdam March 12 2011
  • ‘Post-It Kino’ Today’s Art Festival, Den Haag September 26 2009
  • ‘One million Paradiso Guitar Solos’ Palais Paradiso, Paradiso Amsterdam September 18 2009
  • ‘Post-it Kino’ Bandit Mage Fesival, Bourges France May 7 2009
  • ‘0 Views. 0 Comments. 0 Responses.’ Mediamatic Amsterdam March 25 2009
  • ‘Phantom Mass’ multi-channel sound performance, Melbourne Arts Festival October 2008

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • ‘Desktops’ Fort Delta Melbourne 5-21 November 2015
  • ‘Mildura Listening Project’ 2-5 October 2015
  • ‘Manual Tracking Control’ Footscray Arts, Melbourne Australia. August 31-September23 2012
  • ‘Five production company logos in 3D’, Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne Australia. April 2-23 2011
  • ‘The audience is listening’, Fette’s Gallery, Los Angeles January 8 – February 8 2009
  • ‘Steve Irwin, DVD Video and the stink of the future’ Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL. April 13-14 2007
  • ‘Emile Zile: Art and the Mutation of Mass Media’ Spielraum, Berlin. March 16-April1 2007
  • ‘Springer Audiences ’84-’04’ Kings, Melbourne. Next Wave Festival 2006. March 2006

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Three Artists Walk into a Bar, De Appel Amsterdam May 2012
  • B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beamer), Athens October 2010 curated by Angelo Plessas
  • B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beamer), Berlin July 2010 curated by Anne de Vries and Rafael Rozendaal
  • Splitscreen One Minutes, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009
  • OMFG C3 Contemporary Arts Melbourne November 25 2009
  • Rietveld/1mins Arsenale, Venice Biennale 2009 4 June – 19 July 2009
  • Hard Party, Sydney Australia Curated by Lara Thoms 15 January 2009
  • ‘You can miss things you never had’ Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen China October 2008
  • ‘Fama_Fame’ Kunstlerhaus S11, Solothurn Switzerland 12th – 27th of July 2008
  • ‘Metal Heart’ Planet Art, Amsterdam. March 1-22 2008
  • ‘The Leisure Class’ Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia. 13 October 2007 – March 2008

Selected Screenings

  • ‘Jack’ screening at Contemporary Art Singapore 2015
  • Boo Australia, Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile April 24 – May 27 2012
  • Rojo Nova Audiovisual Sessions, Sao Paulo Brazil July 1 – August 15 2010
  • Far East A/V Socialisation, Osaka Japan 2009
  • Videotage Kowloon, Hong Kong. October 7 2008
  • ‘Hijacked Video Zine Exhibition’ June 2008 Fluctuating Images Gallery Stuttgart Germany ‘Happenstance in sound/video and performance’ Loop Bar Melbourne October 2007

Artist Talks

  • ‘Remix’ Studium Generale, Breda/Den Bosch Art & Design Academy, October 7 2009
    Flat/Station artspace, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost June 2009
  • ‘Remote’ Next Wave Festival video art panel discussion, May 2008
  • Willem de Kooning academy, Rotterdam. B.F.A. Students. 14 March 2008

Residencies, Grants, Festivals, Art Fairs, Support

  • May 2010 Mike Figgis Masterclass, Cinema Rialto Amsterdam May 2009
  • Art Amsterdam fair, 1minutes pavillion August 2008
  • House Proud Melbourne Art Fair February 2008
  • Projector Art Fair, Rotterdam Netherlands January – April 2007
  • Artist in Residence. Het Wilde Weten Studios and Gallery. Rotterdam, Holland 2006 – 2007
  • Artist in Residence Park19 Contemporary Art Studios. Guangzhou, China

Curatorial Projects

  • Electric Cinema Screening program of feature film and video. Ot301 Amsterdam.
    Sandberg at N.I.M.K. Curated screening of Sandberg Institute M.F.A. student work, Netherlands Institute for Media Art 2009-2010
  • Sun Stroked ‘new Australian video, film and animation’ screened at Videotage Hong Kong, Noass Latvia, P.A.C.T. Sydney 2007