Filmmaker Festival, Milan, Italy (Nov 2019)

2-program retrospective, November 23-24, 2019 A Detour in the Matter of Images by Lorenza Pignatti Mike Hoolboom holds a unique position within the international experimental cinema, his films take us into unknown territories, where light is made up of darkness … Continue reading


Collage and Fear (Nov 2019)

Creative Writing MFA class, University of Guelph, 2020 Fear My work as an artist begins with fear. Fear is the motor. Working is a way of negotiating the feeling, the terror I feel when I have to leave my apartment … Continue reading


Only a Question: Power, Education, Cinema (Nov 2019)

Art Academy of Milan, 2019 I’d like to share a couple of pictures with you, I’m hoping you can imagine them. Here goes. You get a phone call, wait, what’s happening? Where? You have to leave right away, it’s a … Continue reading


Shorts and Shortages (Sept 2019)

an afternoon workshop at the Winterthur Film Fest, organized by the indefatigable Laura Walde Footnotes I have no memory of giving this talk, and it seems that words are spontaneously coming out of my mouth, which seems unlikely, this … Continue reading

On Artists

Martha and Christine Baillie

Sister Language Booklaunch September 18, 2019 Problem Let’s begin with one of the first things that Christina writes in the book. I take it as a kind of pronouncement, a mini-manifesto, that is at the same time a question. How … Continue reading


Organizing Light (Sept 2019)

lighting workshop with Camilo Constain Toronto, September 29, 2019 l. You can light by unlighting. Use small black cloths or black boards. They can absorb light coming from white walls or windows. Subtracting light can increase contrast. You can use … Continue reading


The Screen Touches Back (Sept 2019)

The Screen Touches Back by Mike Hoolboom and Alena Koroleva Draft notes for Alena Koroleva’s 4-part program The Screen Touches Back, presented at Message to Man Festival, St Petersburg, Russia Sept. 14-21 2019 My most important memories are not my … Continue reading


Christine Lucy Latimer (2019)

Christine Lucy Latimer: Media Archaeologist Check out the beautiful volume, designed by Sean Kilby Smith-McGregor, here. Published by Conversalon and Canadian Film Institute, 2019. Contents Introduction A Conversation With Christine Lucy Latimer by Leslie Supnet To Christine Lucy Latimer by … Continue reading


Dad and Russia: an interview with Andrey Zakharyev (July 2019)

(first published in Pacific Meridian Film Festival Daily) Andrey Zakharyev: Every birthday your father said that he was 27. How old are you? What age do you really feel? Mike: Apparently my father’s insistence on being 27 was shared by … Continue reading


Festival Efebo D’Oro (Oct 2019)

Mike Hoolboom retrospective Festival Efebo D’Oro Palermo, Sicily, Italy October 13-20, 2019 A selection of feature films and short films by Mike Hoolboom will be screened during the festival; altogether they trace a map of his work, so polymorphic and … Continue reading


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