On Artists

Alexander Gelis

Reading Invisible Forces: an interview with Alexandra Gelis (January 2016) Alexandra: I was born in 1975 in Caracas, Venezuela. My father is Venezuelan, his family came from Catalonia and Cuba. My mother is Colombian, from Cartagena, a modern port city … Continue reading


Guest Speakers

After Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor (2015)

The following are excerpts from Stephen’s latest love letter to the Buddha, though in order to write it, he needs to pare away the god-likeness so often called Buddhism. How can I love you if you aren’t human, or at … Continue reading


On Artists

John Porter

John Porter’s Photos (Cinecycle, December 2015) I’ve recently rejoined the board of Pleasure Dome, after a thirty year gap, and I’m grateful to find the fringe movie scene filled with young people who seem interested in difficult movies for mysterious … Continue reading



Making a Name (June 2015)

Before you die, you have to go and live in the graveyard. Never mind cremation or the scattering of last thoughts, the once annual day of the dead has become the everyday of the dead now that we have embraced … Continue reading



Scriptwriting or what do I love? (November 2015)

(York University talk) I’ve never been here before. How I wish I could speak this sentence every moment of my life. But it’s never true. When I watch you step into this room, and take a seat, what I am … Continue reading



Calarts (November 10-13 2015)

“The prolific Canadian artist Mike Hoolboom takes his inspiration directly from the heart. His pictures begin with the innermost secrets, as a whisper, a caress. While the approach is experimental, the sincerity of this humanist quest raises the pulse of … Continue reading



Affections by Laura Marks (2015)

Hanan al-Cinema, Affections for the Moving Image by Laura U. Marks (MIT Press, 2015) Here is a remix of Laura’s stunning study of Arab cinema. 1. In information-based media and in the information era in general, the important invisibilities are databases, … Continue reading


Mike Hoolboom

When Things Fall Apart Sept. 2015

Pema For the next few weeks we’re going to be looking at a book by Pema Chodron called When Things Fall Apart. And just to underline the fact that reading this book is going to be a major bit of … Continue reading


Mike Hoolboom

Getting Hooked August 2015

Contact A few weeks ago Grant gave a series of talks about the five kleshas, the five poisons. They were very practical talks I thought, that offered a description of what happens when we experience something. Whether it’s the smell … Continue reading

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Writings on Mike Hoolboom

In the Theatre by Jean Perret (2015)

(from the book Jeux Serieux by Bertrand Bacqué, Cyril Neyrat, Clara Schulmann and Veronique Terrier Hermann, HEAD Geneva, 2015) In this short movie of Mike Hoolboom’s, we are met with a fathomless crossing of pictures that have escaped from the … Continue reading

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