Eileen Botsford is a New Media Public Artist living between London and Athens and working internationally. She was born on 13 February 1979 in Athens, Greece. She holds a BA hons in Public Art and Design from Chelsea College of Art & Design and an MFA in Theatre Design from The Slade School of Fine Art. She works as an artist on a vast spectrum of on-site and on-line projects and commissions, and has exhibited on an international basis in group and solo exhibitions. Public Art projects include the Public Screen at the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007), new media window displays such ones for Vivienne Westwood at Selfridges, London, and New Media Video displays for the play Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Elliot, Saint Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London.
Within 2006 and 2007, her award winning piece Cycle was broadcasted internationally on SKY TV seven times. Eileen Botsford has accepted a number of sponsorships for her work including that of DESTE Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the GNTO and has won 2nd Best Experimental Video Award at Strange Screen VI, Salonica Cinema Museum (2005). Publications and interviews include Vogue Hellas, Greek Modern Pioneers (2006); The British Council, Kathimerini Newspaper, Gynaika Magazine and various online publications. Recent inspirational talks of hers include Panorama at Zappeion Megaro, Athens, where Eileen Botsford talked about "the ten golden rules of freelancing" and the International Interdisciplinary Conference Science and Art, Athens, Eugenides Foundation where she talked about 'The use of the natural human form and its existence through digital formats and mass exposure methods, for presentation within the public domain'. Other of Botsford's projects include being the Founder and Creative Director of EBnefsi Design www.ebnefsi.com - new media art collaborative, www.tosoma.org which is working in partnership with Nomadic Collaborations in which she also the Net Art Director. Eileen is currently working towards her next piece to be exhibited in the Florence Biennale(2009) and as the Creative Director of project World 2.5'. Artworks by Eileen Botsford's are kept at the following institutions: The American College of Greece, Athens; and The Syros Center of Contemporary Art Collection, Syros Island, Greece.
Eileen Botsford presented the following personal exhibitions: The Bodymode Show, The Pearlfisher Gallery, London (2007); and The Preretrospcetive Exhibition, Booze Cooperativa, Athens (2008). She also took part in the following group exhibitions: Art Athina, Helexpo, Athens (2005); Cyber Arts (2005); Ars Electronica, Austria (2006); New Media / New Work: Interactive Art, MA, USA (2006); Beautiful Decay, Loose Projects, Sydney, Australia (2006); Heterotopias, Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2007); The Van Brunt Gallery, New York (2007); Fragile in The Loop Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain (2008); First Person Wexter Center for the Arts, Columbus OH, USA (2008); Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time, The American College of Greece, Athens (2008).
Eileen Botsford currently lives and works in Athens and London.
[Megakles Rogakos 02/2009]
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Science & Art 2005 Cyber Arts 2005 Greek Modern Pioneers 2006 The British Council, Athens