locations: tijuana, tecate, mexico city & la
Patrick Scott-Napier (formerly known as Thomas Vann Altheimer) is an artist, writer, artist-curator, director of film & theatre, actor and academic of Scotch/Argentinian (German) descent. He holds a PhD in practice-based art from Goldsmiths College, London and a Master of Research from London Consortium (TATE, BFI, AA Birkbeck College). Scott-Napier explores liminality, reality/fiction, centralised and decentralised geography.
Patrick Scott-Napier’s filmmaking has taken centre stage in recent years. Together with David Cotterrell he makes up one half of the Big Bend Film Collective. The BBFC currently has an art film up with the bi-national (US/MX) platform Side Effects Vol. IV “A Yard for Your Thoughts“. His most recent feature doc is The Sun Also Rises (review) which premiered at CPH:DOX 2017. Previous work (Europe for President, 2008, Interview: Art Magazin) has been broadcast with public European broadcasters ZDF/ARTE, ORF and DR. Presently, he has a docu-series, Danishtown, Mexico, in post-production with Fable House in New Orleans. Scott-Napier currently has an adaption of Robert Musil’s The Man without Qualities in production.
Patrick Scott-Napier’s performative autobio-film I Am Fiction (2013), which he co-created with the prolific German film director, Max Kestner, about a real but staged court case won widespread acclaim (a “down-the-rabbit-hole modern fable, one that feels perfectly true and yet perfectly fake – both at the same time”—Damon Wise, Empire).
Scott-Napier is a Research Fellow with the Culture and Creativity
Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He recently held the position of Coordinator of Exhibitions at IMACTE, Tecate (December 2021-August 2022). He has been a visiting scholar research at CalArts (2014-2015). Since 2016 he has managed Pastor Projects in Tijuana as an itinerant platform up until 2022 when Pastor Projects took up residence in its first physical locations in Tecate and Mexico City. The itinerant activity remains and integral element. Lately this has focused mainly on the city of Los Angeles, CA.