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

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