Starvelab Michael Trigilio

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Michael Trigilio is a multimedia artist living in San Diego. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he received his B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His fear of religion notwithstanding, he was ordained as a lay-ordained priest in the Zen Buddhist Tiep Hien Order (Order of Interbeing) in 1997, a role from which he resigned five years later. 


He received his M.F.A. from Mills College in 2003. Michael’s work is inspired by material that balances sarcasm and prayer, giving rise to works that examine religion, humor, narcissism, and science-fiction. 

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Recent works are sci-fi projects which play with the wisdom, folly, and neurotic obsession found in the discourse of interstellar memory, childhood nostalgia, and political rage. 

5 Michael directed the expansive SESMI & Tell Them Everything / Remember Us (T2ERU) project investigating virtual-reality, LIDAR, 4K cinema, and stereoscopic strategies. His short film, Growing Up Death Star (2015), premiered at the San Diego Underground Film Festival and was included in screenings in San Francisco and New York City. His short experimental animation, Twelve Transmissions from the Occupied States Orbiting the Sun, has been included in exhibitions and screenings in New York City, San Francisco, London, San Diego, and Portland. In 2019 Trigilio completed a large body of multimedia work, Glimmer Exodus Sketchbook,  A made up of digital video works, prints, and 3D-printed objects for exhibition at the gallery@calit2 at UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute.


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