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 2016/17 have included LIMA Amsterdam, ACMI Melbourne, Castrum perregrini Amsterdam, Alaska Projects Sydney. His work is profiled in Australiana to Zeitgeist: an A to Z of Australian Contemporary Art 2017 published by Thames and Hudson.

In late 2017 he will be working with the Chris Marker archive in Geneva, Switzerland on a performance and screening work made from the filmmakers personal archives. He is currently programming the Experimenta Social series of talks for Experimenta Media Arts hosted at ACMI X Melbourne.


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

  • ‘Liquid Cooled’ LIMA Amsterdam, April 26 2017
  • ‘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