assume vivid astro focus (avaf) is both an alias of Brazilian-born New York-based artist Eli Sudbrack, and the name of an international group of visual and performance artists, with French multimedia artist Christophe Hamaide-Pierson as a main collaborators. Sudbrack was born in 1968 and moved to New York in 1998.
He exhibited there in 2000, at which time he used the name Superastrolab, switching to assume vivid astro focus in 2001, the name always rendered in lowercase. The name derives from two musical sources: Throbbing Gristle’s album ‘Assume Power Focus,’ and the band Ultra Vivid Scene. avaf’s work includes painting, drawing, photography, film, and digital technology.