Photographer, film/video maker and interactive installation artist, Lana Z Caplan uses both emerging technologies and traditional media. In addition to single-channel films or videos in essay form, video art and performance pieces, she has made experimental documentaries, virtual reality experiences, public art video installations and published photography books. In many of her works, the technology itself - digitally generated realities, landscape referent projections, historic photo processes, internet images, multi-channel or interactive installations - is used to transform known material into something unfamiliar, tangible reality into virtual reality.
Caplan’s work has been recognized by awards at various exhibitions and festivals, including the Director’s Prize at Black Maria Film Festival and Audience Award at the Crossroads Film Festival in San Francisco. Other notable exhibitions and festivals include Edinburgh International Film Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival (Barcelona), Anthology Film Archives (NY, NY), Inside Out Art Museum (Beijing), National Gallery (San Juan, PR), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), MadCat Women’s International Film Festival (San Francisco), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, (Mexico City), Havana Film Festival. She is the recipient of several grants including from Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, and the Film/Video Studio Program Fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus OH. Her work has been reviewed in various journals and periodicals including ARTnews, The Boston Globe, Hyperallergic, and The New York Sun. She has served on the faculty of several colleges including Massachusetts College of Art and Design and University of California, San Diego and is currently an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.