Micah Schmelzer is a new media video artist whose work looks at violence as a metaphor for systems of control that exist within the frameworks of interactivity and technology. He earned his BA from Columbia College in Chicago where he studied Graphic Design and Photography, and his MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon. He has worked with organizations such as Ditch Projects (OR), PICA (OR), Disjecta (OR), and UPFOR (OR) as a tech consultant and preparator. Along with working on many projects assisting artists as a consultant and project manager. He has shown his work in both Chicago and Portland at gallery’s and festivals including Duplex (OR), Disjecta (OR), HOLOCENE (OR), DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND 2014 (OR), PICA TBA at Bronco Gallery (OR), BLACK CLOUD (IL) among others. His current interests revolve around the interactive distancing and use of screens as control mechanisms for the conditioned viewing of violence.