Maile Colbert is an intermedia artist with a concentration on sound and video, relocated from Los Angeles and living and working between New York and Lisbon, Portugal, and teaching at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, and Instituto Superior Autónomo de Estudos Politécnicos. She spent the last five years collaborating with the art organization Binaural, is currently director of Cross the Pond, an organization based on arts and cultural exchange between the U.S. and Portugal, and is an ongoing contributor of articles on Acoustic Ecology and Sound Studies at “Sounding Out”, the award winning sound studies journal.
She holds a BFA in The Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art, and a MFA in Integrated Media/Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts.
She has had multiple screenings, exhibits, and shows, including The New York Film Festival, The Ear to Earth Festival for Electronic Music Foundation in NY, LACE Gallery in Los Angeles, MOMA New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Serralves em Festa in Porto, the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles, The Portland International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Sons d’Hiver Festival in Paris, the Future Places Festival in Oporto, HOERENSEHEN 2.0 in Berlin, Activating the Medium Festival in San Francisco, The Exchange in Cornwall, UK, the Störung Festival in Barcelona, the Teatra Municipal in Guarda, the Observitori Festival in Valencia, and has performed and screened widely in Japan, Europe, Mexico, and the States. She was a part of a featured installation at the 2009 UN Climate Conference, and recently had an audio-visual installation premiere as one of the selected feature artworks at an exhibit in Guimarães, Potrugal for the 2012 European Capital of Culture. She is an ongoing live video artist for Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Orchestra in collaboration with artist Jesse Gilbert.
She was a visiting lecturer teaching Sound Design at UCSD, and guest artist and lecturer at NYU, the New York New School, Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, MassArt, Calarts, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Binghamton, Muhlenburg College, and Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She has designed sound and composed for such works as Irene Lusztig’s feature documentary The Motherhood Archives, Rebecca Baron's film How Little We Know of Our Neighbors, winner of the Black Maria Film Festival Best Film, designed sound for Adele Horne's feature documentary The Tailenders, broadcasted on PBS POV and winner of a 2007 Independent Spirit Award, and Allan Sekula's epic The Lottery of the Sea.
In the past two years she has released two albums, "Come Kingdom Come", an experimental opera on millennialism and apocalyptic thought and theory, to be released 2013 on Two Acorns (US/JP) and performed at the 2012 Activating the Medium Festival in San Francisco and the 2013 Sintoma Festival in Porto; and “For”, an album of dedication, released Winter 2011 on Intransitive Recordings (US). She is currently in production on an epic Interdisciplinary and Intermedia performance of a fictionalized and personalized Portuguese Maritime history grasping towards the definition of "home" and considering human migration; Passagiera em Casa/The Passenger at Home, co-produced by Binaural and Cross the Pond, funded by dgArtes Portugal, and in affiliation with Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, that will run 2012-2015 in Portugal, The States, Japan, Australia, and Brasil.