Rachel Mayeri

Moving Image, 2001

Rachel Mayeri is a media artist working at the intersection of science and art. Her projects explore topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. The multi-year project, Primate Cinema, explores linkages between media and the primate order. Primate Cinema: Apes as Family is a primate drama created for chimpanzees at the Edinburgh Zoo. Commissioned by the Arts Catalyst and supported by a major arts award from Wellcome Trust, the two channel video installation premiered to human primates in 2011 in Linz, Liverpool and London. Previous projects include Primate Cinema: Baboons as Friends, Stories from the Genome, Soft Science and The Anatomical Theater of Peter the Great. Mayeri lives in Los Angeles, where she is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Harvey Mudd College.

Awards and Accomplishments


Mayeri's Primate Cinema: Apes as Family screens at Sundance, Berlinale and other major film festivals


Mayeri receives Prix Ars Electronica Honorable Mention in the Hybrid Arts category

2008: _Primate Cinema_ is featured in the California Video exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

2007: Mayeri receives a co-production award from the Banff Arts Center in Alberta, Canada