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Artists as Writers

Artist Biography

(Michael Hoolboom, wikimedia commons)


Areas of Expertise

Film (including Canadian and experimental film), Writing, Curation,


Mike Hoolboom is a Canadian artist working in film and video. He has made over eighty films and videos, though most have been withdrawn from circulation, approximately a dozen remain on view. His work has appeared in over four hundred festivals, garnering thirty awards. He has been granted the Tom Berner Award for community service and two lifetime achievement awards, the first from the city of Toronto, and the second from the Mediawave Festival in Hungary.

He has enjoyed retrospectives of his work at the Images Festival (Toronto), Visions du Reel (Switzerland), Xenix (Switzerland), Cork International Festival (Ireland), Cinema de Balie (Amsterdam), Mediawave Festival (Hungary), Impakt Festival (Holland), Vila do Conde Festival (Portugal), Jihlava Documentary Festival (Czech Republic), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen (France), Sixpack Film (Vienna), the Buenos Aires International Festival (Argentina), Pacific Cinematheque (Canada) and A Million Different Loves Festival in Poland.

He is a founding member of the Pleasure Dome screening collective and has worked as the artistic director of the Images Festival and as the experimental film co-ordinator at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

Biography from Michael Hoolboom's website.

Online Resources

Mike Hoolboom's Website. Includes detailed information of all his written and filmic works. Very comprehensive collection of Hoolboom's essays, interviews, and writings regarding his films on his beautifully designed website.

Fringe Online, an online project by Hoolboom which features writings, stills, and clips from Canadian media artists. A collection that features previously unpublished materials assembled into an aesthetically exquisite virtual library.

Visible City Project + Archive includes 5 video interviews with Michael Hoolboom.

View full videos of 3 of Hoolboom's works online from Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (CCCA)