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Deborah Stratman

United States

Biography

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems – and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and the very human struggles for power and control that are played out on the land. Most recently, they have questioned elemental historical narratives about faith, freedom, sonic subterfuge, expansionism and the paranormal. Stratman works in multiple mediums, including sculpture, photography, drawing and audio. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, MoMA NY, the Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Witte de With, Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena Center, and has done site-specific projects with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Temporary Services, Mercer Union (Toronto), Blaffer Gallery (Houston), Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (Yukon) and Ballroom Gallery (Marfa). Stratman’s films have been featured at numerous international festivals including Sundance, the Viennale, Full Frame, Ann Arbor, Oberhausen and Rotterdam. She is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, a Creative Capital award, and she currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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...These Blazeing Starrs!

...These Blazeing Starrs! (Orig.) / 2011 / United States / 14 min

Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured disaster: catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. A short film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination that combines imagery of 15th-18th century European broadsides with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory footage...

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From Hetty to Nancy

From Hetty to Nancy (Orig.) / 1997 / United States / 44 min

Travel journal entries weave a narrative that counterpoises the austere Icelandic ‘frontier' landscape with the banalities of travel circumstances.

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Hacked Circuit

Hacked Circuit (Orig.) / 2014 / United States / 15 min

A single-shot, choreographed portrait of the Foley process, revealing multiple layers of fabrication and imposition. The circular camera path moves us inside and back out of a Foley stage in Burbank, CA. While portraying sound artists at work, typically invisible support mechanisms of filmmaking are exposed, as are, by extension and quotation, governmental violations of individual privacy...

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Immortal, Suspended

Immortal, Suspended (Orig.) / 2013 / United States / 6 min

The idea of suspension is evoked on shifting registers – as levitation, cessation, preservation, and suspense – and located in sites whose identities slip as we track through a space within a space.

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In Order Not To Be Here

In Order Not To Be Here (Orig.) / 2002 / United States / 34 min

An uncompromising look at the ways privacy, safety, convenience and surveillance determine our environment. Shot entirely at night, the film confronts the hermetic nature of white-collar communities, dissecting the fear behind contemporary suburban design...

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Kings Of The Sky

Kings of the Sky (Orig.) / 2004 / United States / 68 min

An experimental documentary about resistance, balance and fame, Kings of the Sky follows tightrope artist Adil Hoxur as he and his troupe tour China’s Taklamakan desert amongst the Uyghurs, a Turkic Muslim people seeking religious and political autonomy. The film gracefully hovers between travelogue, ethnographic visual poetry, and an advocacy video for preserving a traditional art form...

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Kuyenda N'kubvina (Walking is Dancing)

Kuyenda N'kubvina (Orig.) / 2010 / United States / 40 min

Relatively little export, cultural or otherwise, reaches the west from southeastern Africa. Spurred by curiosity about how knowledge of place spreads, Kuyenda N’kubvina looks at how thought and culture propagate in Malawi...

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Masterclass - Deborah Stratman

Masterclass - Deborah Stratman (Orig.) / 2014 / Czech Republic, United States / 73 min

A Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Rather than telling stories, her films pose a series of issues – and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked...

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Musical Insects

Musical Insects (Orig.) / 2013 / United States / 6 min

The temporality of film takes on the temporality of a printed work. In homage to a Bette J. Davis’ illustrated book of the same title, itself an homage to the small music makers of the insect world.

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O'er the Land

O'er the Land (Orig.) / 2009 / United States / 52 min

A meditation on the milieu of elevated threat addressing national identity, gun culture, wilderness, consumption, patriotism and the possibility of personal transcendence. Of particular interest are the ways Americans have come to understand freedom and the increasingly technological reiterations of manifest destiny...

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Ray's Birds

Ray's Birds (Orig.) / 2010 / United States / 7 min

Ray Lowden keeps seventy-two large birds of prey, five deer and some wallabies at his place in Northumberland, England. He’s had ten days off in twelve years and loves what he does. The film is a little homage to his variously coy, imperious, curious, stubborn and comic raptor menagerie.

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The BLVD

The BLVD (Orig.) / 1999 / United States / 63 min

An experimental documentary about the street drag racing scene on Chicago’s Near West Side...

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Village, silenced

Village, silenced (Orig.) / 2012 / United States / 7 min

A re-working of Humphrey Jennings' seminal 36-minute 1943 docudrama "The Silent Village," wherein Welsh coal miners from the village of Cwmgiedd collectively re-enact the Nazi invasion and annihilation of the resisting Czech mining village of Lidice...

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