Etan Ilfeld

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Etan Ilfeld is a London-based entrepreneur, and the author of Beyond Contemporary Art,[1][2] an image-driven contemporary art book, which spans disciplines ranging from science, design and architecture to new media, film-making and performance art.[3]


Ilfeld graduated at the top of his undergraduate Physics class at Stanford University and was awarded the David Levine Award. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and holds a Masters in Film Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Interactive Media from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Media and Art[edit]

In 2007, Ilfeld founded Tenderpixel Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in central London.[4] In 2008, Tenderpixel began hosting an annual experimental film competition known as Tenderflix.[5] Ilfeld is also a digital artist and his New Kind of Cinema work was showcased at TEDxLondon in 2011, included in the Apparatjik iPhone magazine and archived in Rhizome's ArtBase.[6] New Kind of Cinema was programmed in Mathematica and inspired by the usage of cellular automata after training with Stephen Wolfram in Pisa during the summer of 2009.[7] Ilfeld was also an executive producer of the feature films Killer Pad (directed by Robert Englund), and Remainder an adaptation of Tom McCarthy's Remainder_(novel) directed by Omer Fast. Ilfeld also produced the sci-fi graphic novel, Binary,[8] based on Chris Hinz's award winning Liege-Killer novel.[9] He has written extensively on contemporary art. His article Contemporary Art and Cybernetics was published in the peer-reviewed Leonardo Journal published by MIT Press in February 2012,[10] and his book, Beyond Contemporary Art, was published in October 2012 by Vivays Publishing.[2]

Watkins Media[edit]

Ilfeld is the owner of Watkins Books,[11] London's oldest Mind Body Spirit bookshop (established in 1893).[12][13] He is also the editor-in-chief of the Watkins' Mind Body Spirit magazine.[14] In the February 2011 issue of Watkins' Mind Body Spirit magazine, Ilfeld launched the 100 Spiritual List, which ranks the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in the world.[15] The 100 Spiritual list continues to be published annually.

In 2014, Watkins Media acquired Watkins Publishing, Nourish, and Angry Robot from Osprey Publishing.[16] Ilfeld launched an additional imprint within Watkins Media called Repeater Books in 2016, which focuses on politics and philosophy.[17]

Mind Sports[edit]

Ilfeld is a competitive strategy games player having won the World Amateur Poker Championship title at the Mind Sports Olympiad in 2010. Ilfeld is a US Chess Federation National Chess Master,[18] and the inventor of Diving Chess,[19] a chess variant played in a pool such that each player can think during their turn for as long as they can hold their breath underwater.[20][21][22][23] He is currently the chief organizer of the Mind Sports Olympiad.


  1. ^ "Have we moved Beyond Contemporary Art?". 
  2. ^ a b "Beyond Contemporary Art: Etan Ilfeld: 9781908126221: Books". 
  3. ^ "Book review: Beyond Contemporary Art". 
  4. ^ "Tenderpixel". 
  5. ^ "Tenderflix 2013 - Tenderpixel". 
  6. ^ "A New Kind Of Cinema". Rhizome. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  7. ^ "NKS Blog". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  8. ^ "Talking Comics with Tim - Jon Proctor on 'Binary' - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources". Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources. 
  9. ^ "Binary: Christopher Hinz, Stephan Martiniere, Stuart Moore, Marie Javins, Jon Proctor, Etan Ilfeld: 9781484862742: Books". 
  10. ^ Volume 45, Issue 1, 2012
  11. ^ Kindred Spirit, Issue 109, March/April 2011
  12. ^ "Westend Extra, April 2010". 2010-04-02. Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  13. ^ "FirstyNews, May 2011". 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  14. ^ Tendertheory Limited (3 December 2011). "Watkins Ebooks and Magazines". App Store. 
  15. ^ "100 Spiritual Power List by Watkins, 2011 | Esoteric News". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  16. ^ "Osprey sells off Watkins, Angry Robot and Nourish". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 
  17. ^ "Watkins to launch Repeater imprint in January | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Introducing Diving Chess!". ChessBase News. 20 August 2016. 
  20. ^ Chess Life magazine, February 2012
  21. ^ "Underwater chess is one of the mind games at Mind Sports Olympiad". 12 June 2012. 
  22. ^ "Board games: bringing the Olympic spirit to the sitting room". 3 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "'I invented diving chess'". 12 August 2016.