Etan IlfeldThe Publisher
‘Do or do not do, there is no try.’
Etan Ilfeld is a London-based entrepreneur, and the author of Beyond Contemporary Art an image-driven contemporary art book, which spans disciplines ranging from science, design and architecture to new media, film-making and performance art.
Etan 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.
In 2007, Etan founded Tenderpixel Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in central London. In 2008, Tenderpixel began hosting an annual experimental film competition known as Tenderflix. He 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 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. Etan 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. He also produced the sci-fi graphic novel, Binary, based on Chris Hinz’s award winning Liege-Killer novel. 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, and his book, Beyond Contemporary Art, was published in October 2012 by Vivays Publishing.
Etan is a competitive strategy games player having won the World Amateur Poker Championship title at the Mind Sports Olympiad in 2010. He is also the inventor of Diving Chess, 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. He is currently the chief organiser of the Mind Sports Olympiad.
The owner of Watkins Books London’s oldest Mind Body Spirit bookshop (established in 1893) Etan is also the editor-in-chief of the Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine.
In 2014, he acquired Watkins Publishing, Nourish, and Angry Robot from Osprey Publishing. Etan has adored and been inspired by the Star Wars universe for decades and is delighted to publish via Watkins Daniel’s book: Become The Force, on September 4, 2017.