- Michael Robinson
In a broken near future, a band of listless vagabonds ambles across a war-torn coastal territory, supervised and sorted by a group of idle soldiers. Rummaging through the leftovers of Western culture, these ragged souls conjure an unstable magic, fueled by their own apathy and the poisonous histories imbedded in their unearthed junk. Suspicion, boredom, garbage, and glamor conspire in the languid pageantry of ruin. Feel the breeze in your hair, and the world crumbling through your fingers. Shown with the short films These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us and Line Describing Your Mom, both included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
Since graduating from Ithaca College in 2000, Michael Robinson has created a body of film, video and photography work exploring the joys and dangers of mediated experience. His work has screened in both solo and group shows at a variety of festivals, museums, and cinematheques including the 2012 Whitney Biennial, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Tate Modern, MoMA P.S.1, Impakt, Courtisane, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Walker Center, Cinematexas, PDX, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, and the San Francisco, Melbourne, Leeds, Vienna, Singapore and Hong Kong International Film Festivals. He was the recipient of a 2009 residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2011-2012 Film/Video Residency Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts, a 2012 Creative Capital grant, and his films have received prizes from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Images Festival, Media City, Onion City, and the Chicago and Milwaukee Underground Film Festivals. Michael’s work has been discussed in publications such as Cinema Scope, Artforum, Art Papers, San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and he was listed as one of the top ten avant garde filmmakers of the 2000’s by Film Comment magazine.