Zebbler Peter Berdovsky | Berklee Valencia Campus

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Zebbler Peter Berdovsky

Instructor

Zebbler Peter Berdovsky

Instructor

“I believe in Occam’s razor style of teaching: There should be the shortest possible distance between teaching and learning, and no unnecessary lectures on unrelated topics to fill time. We are all action in class, learning by being practical, by trying things out in a very hands­on way. I show you examples of three types of music video styles, we analyze how they are made and then immediately work on making our own, doing the bulk of the workload in class, so that I can be present to correct any mistakes and help you learn the software and the hardware techniques through constant experimentation and feedback.”

“Teaching exists as a service to the students first and foremost. I find it important to discuss everyone’s interests at the beginning of a semester, to be able to adjust my curriculum or one­on­one meetings to accommodate the ultimate learning goals of the students. It also allows me to be honest: If some other class or professor may be able to do a better job transmitting the knowledge a particular student seeks, I will direct them to the best possible learning tools, setting all ego aside.”

“The bulk of my experience comes from being a touring visual artist. I jumped into the touring world immediately after completing my studies at the Massachusetts College of Art in 2006, following my own philosophy of hands­on learning being the best kind. Since then I’ve done one or more major U.S. tours per year as a VJ (video projection artist) and as a DJ with my own a/v act, Zebbler Encanti Experience. Several years ago I started my own company to create touring video­mapped stages and designs, music videos, and multimedia sculptures for a variety of clients. With all of my experiences, I am positioned very nicely to act as a translator between the musician’s world and the realm of the visual artist. I speak both of these cultural languages fluently and love to share all of my experiences.”

Career Highlights

  • Over 700 performances and exhibits. Major U.S. video projection (VJ) tours include Ozric Tentacles (2006), Shpongle (2009–2011; 2014, 2015), EOTO (2011–2013), and Zebbler Encanti Experience (2011, 2014, 2015)
  • Owner of Zebbler Studios, LLC, a multimedia company Creative director/event curator at Vermin Street Records (2008–2015)
  • Official VJ for RedBull North America (2007–2008)
  • Visual arts manager at Together Festival (2009–2010)
  • 2015 exhibit of selected video works at Venice Biennale champagne reception
  • 2015 Artist Residency at Eagleman Lab in Houston, Texas
  • Best Visual Artist of Boston in 2009 (Boston Phoenix selection)
  • Top 20 International VJs 2007 poll by London­based DJ Magazine (debuted in 12th place)
  • B.A.S., Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art, 2006