Focus Group: Films and Videos by Michael Robinson

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

UT Art Building, Rm. 1.102

Free and Open to the Public

Two programs, 7pm and 9pm. See below for details.

still image from Michael Robinson's film Circle in the Sand
Michael Robinson, Still from Circle in the Sand, 2012

Focus Group presents an evening of recent film and video work by New York-based artist Michael Robinson. Blurring public and personal memory, while borrowing the formalism of structural film and the emotional cues of pop songs, Robinson’s work explores the joys and dangers of mediated experiences and the fine line between nostalgia and contempt. Robinson will be in attendance for an introduction and post-screening Q&A during each presentation.

About the Program

Focus Group is an experimental film screening series introducing visitors to seminal filmmakers and their contemporary counterparts. Accompanied by presentations from film aficionados, the screenings stimulate conversation about experimental film and its various formats.

Focus Group is presented in collaboration with Experimental Response Cinema, an Austin-based collective of avant-garde film and video artists devoted to bringing local, national, and international experimental films to Austin screens. Additional support comes from the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office / Cultural Arts Division.

PROGRAM ONE, 7pm | 71 min:

And We All Shine On (2006, 7:00, 16mm)
These Hammers Don't Hurt Us (2010, 12:45, DV)
The General Returns from One (2006, 10:45, DV)
Hold Me Now (2008, 5:00, DV)
Light is Waiting (2007, 11:20, DV)
If There Be Thorns (2009, 13:20, DV)
All Through the Night (2008, 4:20, DV)
Line Describing Your Mom (2011, 6:00, DV)

PROGRAM TWO, 9pm | 67 min:

Victory Over the Sun (2007, 12.30, 16mm)
Circle in the Sand (2012, 45:45, HD)
You Don't Bring Me Flowers (2005, 8:00, 16mm)

About the Artist

Michael Robinson is a film and video artist living and working in West Danby, New York. He received his BFA from Ithaca College in 2003 and MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007. His films and videos have screened internationally at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, International Film Festival Rotterdam, REDCAT Los Angeles, and Wexner Center for the Arts. Film Comment magazine listed him as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000s.

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