Films and Videos by Michael Robinson
Friday, May 3rd at 8:00 pm, $7-10
The NIGHTINGALE is delighted to host Michael Robinson in person to present a program of (mostly) recent film and video work along with a few incidental clips of inspiration and ephemera. Interested in both the texture of film grain and video artifact, Robinson’s work plays with formal concerns, but move offer more than that .Robinson elegantly mines a collective nostalgia surrounding popular culture, often serving up brief bursts of transcendent emotionality embedded in our shared media consumption.
The NIGHTINGALE is excited to be one of several exhibitors welcoming Michael back to Chicago briefly.
You may also see more of his moving image work at
The Museum of Contemporary Photography on May 1st
And you may see his photo work at Carrie Secrist until May 11th
And We All Shine On (2006, 7min, 16)
These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us (2010, 13min, dv)
Chiquitita and the Soft Escape (2003, 10min, 16)
Light Is Waiting (2007, 11min, dv)
If There Be Thorns (2009, 13.5min, dv)
Line Describing Your Mom (2011, 6min, dv)
Victory Over the Sun (2007, 12.5min, 16)
and others TBD
Michael Robinson (b.1981) is a film and video artist whose work explores the joys and dangers of mediated experience, riding the fine lines between humor and terror, nostalgia and contempt, ecstasy and hysteria. His work has screened in both solo and group shows at a variety of festivals, museums, and galleries including The 2012 Whitney Biennial, The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival, The Walker Art Center, MoMA P.S.1, The London Film Festival, REDCAT Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Sundance Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Tate Modern, Impakt, Media City, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Images Festival, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, 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 awards from numerous festivals. Michael was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000’s by Film Comment magazine, one of the “Best 50 Filmmakers Under 50” by Cinema Scope magazine in 2012, and his work has been discussed in publications such as Artforum, Art Papers, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Dazed and Confused, The Nation, BOMBlog, and The Brooklyn Rail. He has curated programs for San Francisco Cinematheque, Whitechapel Gallery, Cornell Cinema, and The State Contemporary Art Center in Moscow. Michael holds a BFA from Ithaca College, a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema at Binghamton University.
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