LUX Presents: From the Archive (April)

Thursday 19 April, 2012 - 9pm


Acclaimed American filmmaker Michael Robinson shows his two most recent works, These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us (2010) and Line Describing Your Mom (2011), alongside films he has selected from LUX’s archive dealing with appropriation, psychedelia, and the logic of dreams.

Michael Robinson (b.1981) is a film and video artist whose work explores the joys and dangers of mediated experience. Borrowing the formal skins of structural film, the emotional cues of pop songs and employing a woozy toggling of public and personal memory, his work strives to cultivate new resonances between seemingly disparate elements, harnessing the surface connotations of specific landscapes, television shows, texts, songs and sounds as psychological triggers, ripe for reconfiguration. Robinson was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment magazine.

Victory Over the Sun  (Michael Robinson 2007, 12.5min)
Explanation  (Woody Vasulka 1974, 4min)
My Parents Read Dreams I've Had About Them  (Neil Goldberg 1998, 9min)
Line Describing Your Mom  (Michael Robinson 2011, 6min)
Beach Umbrella  (Raphael Montanez Ortriz 1985, 7.5min)
In the Land of the Elevator Girls  (Steina Vasulka 1989, 4min)
These Hammers Don't Hurt Us  (Michael Robinson 2010, 13min)
The Leap  (Tom Ditto 1968, 8 min)

These Hammers Don't Hurt Us
2010, 13 mins
Tired of underworld and overworld alike, Isis escorts her favourite son on their final curtain call down the Nile, leaving a neon wake of shattered tombs and sparkling sarcophagi.
-- Michael Robinson

“Looking to a future beyond death, Michael Robinson's These Hammers Don't Hurt Us, one of the filmmaker's most sophisticated found footage concoctions yet, combines Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" music video with footage of Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra and roughly a dozen other sources, creating for the late pop star a solemn passage into a bedazzled Egyptian afterlife tenderly ushered by his real-life confidante.”
-- Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot, Winter 2010

Line Describing Your Mom

2011, 6 mins
This is the new choreography of devotion, via the vlog of southern nightmares.
This is the light that never goes out. This is the line describing your mom.—Michael Robinson

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