Writings on Mike Hoolboom

Seduced by Spectacle – Where the Night is Going by David Finkelstein (October 2018)

Near the beginning of Where the Night is Going, Mike Hoolboom’s sophisticated eight minute essay film, a subtitle announces “On the other side of the camera Guy Debord told me this secret: Form is Violence.” We’re looking at a splashy … Continue reading


Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (November 2018)

Mike Hoolboom is one of Canada’s most prolific filmmakers. Since 1980, he has made over 100 films and videos, working with a variety of lengths and formats. For Kurzfilmtage, he compiled a retrospective of his most prominent works. Ventriloquisms explores … Continue reading


And Belonging (Winterthur, Switzerland 2018)

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur Nov. 6-11, 2018 Program 1 Threads of Belonging Those who have been refused have created new forms of beauty, new ways to say yes to these broken bodies that have never stopped inventing ways to resist. Each … Continue reading

On Artists

Pawel Wojtasik

The End and the Means by Pawel Wojtasik (116 minutes 2018) Shot primarily in Varanasi, India’s oldest and holiest city, the film’s theme is work, but work as understood as devotion. Five years in the making, it consists of meditative … Continue reading


Doclisboa Festival, Lisbon (Oct 2018)

Over the years, the New Visions section has dedicated a large part of its program to films in which the artists themselves question their practice, as well as the policies and institutional methods associated with contemporary art and cinema. Throughout … Continue reading


Niagara Falls of Fear (October 2018)

Delivered for University of Guelph MFA Creative Writing Class Dundas Square, Toronto I’ve just come back from Russia, and the best part of the trip was that I stopped having a recurring fantasy. You see there is a man in … Continue reading


Message to Man (September 2018)

Message to Man, Saint Petersburg, Russia September 15-22 2018 “Meeting Mike Hoolboom – through films, criticism, or projects he has curated – is encountering sensitive, complex and deeply humanistic thinking about the body, memory, perception, and experiences of interaction. Hoolboom … Continue reading

On Artists

Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko

Communication is Masochism: an interview with Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko by Alexandra Gelis and Mike Hoolboom Feb. 4, 2018 Ryan: We don’t have a collective name, though at the beginning we thought we should because it can … Continue reading

Guest Speakers

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman (1992)

Invisible Women The real conditions of women’s lives were hidden in the sphere of the personal, in private life. The cherished value of privacy rendered women’s reality practically invisible. Women did not have a name for the tyranny of private … Continue reading

Guest Speakers

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Stuck in the Past When he returned for his appointment, I eagerly asked Tom how the sleeping pills had worked. He told me he hadn’t taken them. Trying to conceal my irritation I asked him why. “I realized that if … Continue reading


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