Mike Hoolboom (Canada)

Mike Hoolboom is a Canadian artist working in film and video. He has made over fifty films and videos since 1980. (Exact numbers vary as Hoolboom notoriously prunes and reshapes his filmography: cutting some films, merging others and completely removing others from circulation.) He has also played a major curatorial and critical role in the Canadian avant-garde film community. He is a founding member of the Pleasure Dome screening collective and has worked as the artistic director of the Images Festival and as the experimental film co-ordinator at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.
Hoolboom employed many traditional experimental film strategies — hand processing; altered found-footage and home movies; charged, often poetic and ruminative intertitles and voice-over. He has also collaborated with some of the foremost experimental film- and videomakers in Canada: Kika Thorne (Two, 1990), Steve Sanguedolce (Mexico, 1992) or Ann Marie Fleming (Man, 1991; The New Man, 1992).
He has published more than one hundred articles on fringe media which have appeared in magazines and catalogues around the world.
Hoolboom’s work includes dozens of films of various lengths and different sensibilities that, according to critic Geoff Pevere, “demonstrated a consuming interest in navigating the outer limits of perception, of language, of self, of mechanical reproduction, of bodily sensation and experience (and most recently, and surprisingly, of the discourse of nationhood.”

Filmography

  • White Museum
    1986
  • Song for Mixed Choir
    1988
  • Now, Yours
    1988
  • The Big Show
    1989
  • Southern Pine Inspection Bureau No 9
    1990
  • Modern Times
    1991
  • Mexico – with Steve Sanguedolce
    1992
  • Indusium
    1993
  • Frank's Cock
    1993
  • Escape in Canada
    1993
  • Letters From Home
    1996
  • House of Pain
    1995-8
  • Panic Bodies
    1998
  • Tom
    2002
  • Imitations of life
    2002
  • In The Dark
    2003
  • The Invisible Man
    2003
  • Public Lighting
    2004
  • Fascination
    2006
  • Mark
    2009
  • Lacan Palestine
    2012
  • Buffalo Death Mask
    2013
  • Scrapbook
    2015

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