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Experimental Filmmaker Robinson to Visit Campus

By Nicole Eigbrett '14

Experimental filmmaker Michael Robinson will visit St. Lawrence University to give an artist talk and present screen selections from his work at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall located in the Griffiths Arts Center.

Robinson is a film and video artist who utilizes high-impact cinematography to stretch the boundary between his audience, actors and society. Although most of his films are less than 15 minutes in length, he manages to drift the viewer between reality, consciousness, memory and emotions.

Robison’s technique blends existing pop culture and reformulates its role into a sensory-charged narrative. 

“I like to begin gathering a constellation of materials of sounds, images and text,” Robinson said in a 2012 interview with online magazine Blouin Artinfo. "Generally, I sit with these things until they surprise me and take own their own sort of logic. Regardless of whether the viewer recognizes the source material, they can have a rich experience.”

Robinson’s films have screened internationally in solo and group shows at numerous festivals, museums and galleries. His work has been discussed in publications such as Cinema Scope, Artforum, and Art Papers, and he was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000’s by Film Comment magazine. He holds a bachelor’s of fine art from Ithaca College and a master’s in fine art from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to his talk, Robinson will hold a seminar about experimental artists who have influenced his work from noon to 1 p.m. in Noble Center 226. He will screen film selections by David Lynch, Shana Moulton, Kenneth Anger and others. Both the seminar and evening presentation are free and open to the public.

A preview of Robinson’s work can be found at his website poisonberries.net.

For more information, contact Wes Kline, assistant professor of art and art history, at rkline@stlawu.edu.