Ceven Knowles

Ceven Knowles works as a visual artist, video producer/director/editor and photographer in Berlin travelling between the UK and Sweden often. He often draws inspiration from nature and through inquisitive experimentation. In approaching music video he thinks in terms of “What will still be interesting to look at 20 years from now?” and enjoys building long collaborative creative relationships with musicians. As a small independent director he embraces the challenges of small budgets and seeks to find new ways to further develop his visual sense of language through them.

Ceven’s improvisational approach during production and in editing has earned him much respect in the international community with clients and exhibitions from all over the world across many types of music genre and digital mediums. He has worked with and made work for several notable people including: Billie Ray Martin, Robert Solheim, Ulli Richter, Princessin Hans, ZeroCrop, Kathy X, Kathy Freeman, Princess Superstar and most recently Ruby and Pauline Andres. During the entire month of December 2012 his 3-part audio-visual sonata, “Hinausgehen” was projected through the windows of the Joenkoeping Laens Museum as the opening act to the Internationell Konstfilm Utstaellning which will also featured his project “Ein Wunder sein” a video installation made with maurus in 2011 about Berliners of all kinds in long-term relationships shown at the Vandalorum Centre for Art and Design.

Much of Ceven’s early works were produced on analogue video Hi8 (up to 2010) and then later shot with mobile phone video (2008-2011), currently he employs DSLR and analogue equipment for both video and photographic purposes.

 

Biography

Born in the U.S. and taking residence in Berlin, Germany in 2004 where he eventually became a naturalised citizen. He ended his school studies of art after a year in exchange for practical experience. From 2006-2008 he produced a popular internet-based variety show, “Anderecast” complete with ensemble cast and crew who working improvisationally. Since then he has been involved with a large number of small independent projects for both internet and live shows. As of 2014 he began producing live audio-visual events in Berlin, “Words” and “Deep Winter” which will evolve into a series of one-off public events that follow the festivals of the Druid calendar. He is also the video director in collaboration with actor/writer Matthew Fennemore and musician Martin Watkins for the performance “You Killed Me First!” inspired by the life and works of 1980’s-90’s NYC artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz.

Notable Projects Selection

in production

Deep Winter  audio-visual performance event_ producer, director, visual artist

You Killed Me First!  theatrical production by Matthew Fennemore, London_ visual artist

 

2014

Combustible!_ music video, music by Mr. Singer and teh Sharp Cookies_ director, editor

Shot to Dust_ music video, music by Kathy Freeman_ director, editor

SIN IN MY HEART II_ exhibition, London UK, PEEPSHOW photo works

Jolene_ music video, music by Ruby_ director, editor

Runde Sachen_video art collaboration with maurus, editor

Tiny Meat Redux_music video, music by Ruby_  editor (original music video by Ben Unwin)

SIN IN MY HEART_ exhibition, Manchester UK, PEEPSHOW photo works

Barricades_ music video, music by Ruby_ director, editor, camera

Words_ feature length film/performance_ producer, director, writer, editor

Inching Is This Machine Recording?_ video art based on William S. Burroughs_ director, editor, camera

Spin_ music video, music by Ruby_ director, editor, camera

Concrete Flower_ advertisment for Concrete Flower_ director, editor, camera

Saviour_ music video, music by Popkissed_ director, editor, camera

2013

The New Evolution_ music video, music by Princess Superstar_ director, editor, camera

Last Life (Rozio Therapy Mix)_ music video, music by Ruby_ director, editor

Lush_ music video, music by Ruby_ director, editor, camera

Highway Landscapes_ music by Pauline Andrés_ director, editor, camera

Ein Wunder Sein 2013_ video installation at Vandalorum Centre for Art and Design (IKFU)

Waiting for Light_ music video, music by Ruby_ director, editor

2012

Hinausgehen 2012_ video installation at Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden (IKFU)

Addis Abeba_ experimental short film_ director (in collaboration with Han Van Acoleyen)

Second Skin_ music video, music by Kathy Freeman_ director, editor, camera

Ulli Richter Show Reel_ video show reel_ director, editor

4-EL_ album_ musician (with Raphaela Gilla)

No Tomorrow_ music video, music by Kathy X_ director, editor, camera

Dualism I: Exposition_ video art, music by Ruby_ director, editor, camera

Syv_ music video, music by Robert Solheim_ director, editor, camera

test-1_ video, music by Throbbing Gristle_ director, editor, camera

Dear Jim_ music video, music by ZeroCrop_ director, editor, camera

Princessin Hans Project_ 5 videos for live show_ visual artist, director, editor

2011

The Opiates Project_ 6 videos for live shows_ visual artist, director, editor:

Odi et Amo – Bis_ music video, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson_ director, editor, camera

Ein Wunder sein_ video art and installation with maurus_ co-director, co-editor, music

Warm Leatherette_ music video_ director, editor, camera, music

Joey_ video art_ director, editor, music

121_ video art_ director, editor

2010

:psa_ video art_ director, editor

:intro_ video art_ director, editor

Ever_ music video_ director, editor, music

Uncertain Equinox_ album_ musician (as Nevec Red)

You Work It_ music video_ director, editor, music

Rote_ music video_ director, editor, music

Nirat_ music video_ director, editor, music

Hinausgehen – An audio-visual sonata_ video art_ director, editor, camera, music

2009

Geräuschkulisse Session #3 – Tribute to Paul Klee_ music video_ director, editor, music

I Want to Be Evil_ music video_ director, editor, music

Cm7_ music video_director, camera, editor, music

bleg ni_ music video_ director, camera, editor, music

dort_ music video_ director, editor, camera, music

Earliest Simple_ music video_ director, editor, music

2008

Die verrückte Teestunde_ short film_ director, editor

2006-08

Anderecast_ internet variety show, 200 episodes_ producer, actor, editor

2000

Other People’s Mirrors_ feature-length film_ co-producer, actor, title theme composer