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


Jorge Lozano: Reports (Ottawa+Toronto 2018)

Café Ex, Ottawa, June 21, 2018 The Commons, 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto, July 7, 2018 Screening and book launch of the new Canadian Film Institute/Pleasure Dome publication Jorge Lozano Reports, edited by Mike Hoolboom, designed by Alexandra Gelis, with … Continue reading


Enemies Into Music: an interview with Jamie Dunn (April 2018)

Enemies Into Music: an interview with Jamie Dunn (The Skinny, April 2018) Jamie: How did you go about choosing your four subjects for Aftermath? Mike: Each one is an artist, and each has a special relation to illness and mortality. … Continue reading


Jorge Lozano Reports (2018)

Check out the beautiful volume, designed by Alexandra Gelis, here. Published by Canadian Film Institute and Pleasure Dome in 2018. Contents Introduction 12 1970s Theatre of It by Jorge Lozano 16 EVENT 1 by John Greyson 18 1980s Untitled by … Continue reading

On Artists

Dennis Day

Getting It: an interview with Dennis Day (2013) Mike: You’ve been at work in the video fields for so long, watching its many forms and incarnations. It’s hard to imagine that video was once rare, with expensive, difficult-to-use machines requiring … Continue reading

On Artists

Amanda Dawn Christie

Fallen Flags: an interview with Amanda Dawn Christie (2010) Mike: Can you tell me about Helen Hill? Amanda: I met Helen Hill shortly after moving to the big city (Halifax is the big city for anyone growing up in the … Continue reading


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