Obsessed with the overlap between analog visual effects processes and modern technology-aided tools, his work draws from disciplines as diverse as photography, filmmaking, programming, performance art, user experience design, and hardware prototyping.
Anthony spent his early career as an interactive art director at advertising agencies in Chicago. As an outlet for personal interests in music-related works, he founded the artist collective Scenic Studio and grew to direct and produce film projects for musicians like Son Lux, and indie labels like Alpha Pup and Ghostly International. Within a few years, that work expanded to include live tour projection and lighting with Deru, Shigeto, Prefuse 73, and a residency at legendary bass music sanctuary Low End Theory (SF).
In 2011, during the production of a feature-length travel documentary about a group of filmmakers and photographers meeting in a foreign locale to spontaneously collaborate on a series of audiovisual works (Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland), Anthony met and began regularly working with Los Angeles-based composer Benjamin Wynn (aka Deru).
Together, they led a team of artists and engineers to build the first album released on a handheld, LED video projector crafted from walnut – a modern-day time capsule. Dedicated to themes of nostalgia and the ways we preserve memory, “1979” featured nine audiovisual collaborations between the two artists, and was surrounded by a rich mythological backstory as well as community-sourced web archive of submitted memories. Their vision extended into the realm of live performance with the 1979 live a/v experience being hosted at over a dozen media art venues and festivals worldwide, including Decibel (Seattle), Mutek (Mexico City), Gray Area (SF), Day For Night (Houston), and Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival.
Based in Los Angeles, Anthony Ciannamea continues to focus on projects which challenge ideas about how we experience music on stage, at home, and out in the world. In 2016, he continues work with modern chamber music collective, The Echo Society, as well as launching 79Ancestors, with partner Ben Wynn and acclaimed Adobe experience designer Yaniv De Ridder.