Hand-Made Animated Films by Martha Colburn, with artist Q&A | CentralTrak

Hand-Made Animated Films by Martha Colburn, with artist Q&A

Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm


CentralTrak is pleased to host a Spectacle Society screening of hand-painted and collaged animated films by internationally-acclaimed artist Martha Colburn, who will be in Dallas for discussion following the program.


Martha Colburn is based in Queens, New York and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  Her works deploy the language and materials of filmmaking to comment on popular culture, history, politics and sexuality.  Her primary focus is on contemporary topics through a montage of techniques combining live action, animation, and found footage.  She creates elaborately layered collages, works on paper, paintings and installations, writings, and live performances with musicians.


Colburn’s work has been exhibited at numerous venues including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, Stadtmuseum in Jena, Germany, the SITE Santa Fe Biennial, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Biennial; she has performed at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the New Museum, New York, SFMoMA, Artists Space in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, and many more; and her work has won awards from foundations and film festivals around the world.  She is a 2015 recipient of a Creative Capital Award for film.


A self-taught filmmaker, Colburn began in 1994 with found footage and Super 8 cameras and has since completed over 60 films.  In Baltimore, her band “The Dramatics” released six records.  She also exhibits elements from her films and using slide projections and murals to create installations.  She has taught workshops on her animation technique in China, Europe, Canada, Mexico and the US.  She has made music videos/ films for bands such as Deerhoof, Laura Ortman, Rota Braga, Felix Kubin and many more.  She also contributed animation for the documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnson.”  Over the past twenty years, Colburn has worked with authors including 99 Hooker, Stephen O’Connor, Diana Wagman and others.  For the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, she was invited to initiate the “New Frontiers” film and video installation program, with Meet Me In Wichita, and in 2008 she opened the Museum of Art and Design (NY) with a live performance of films and music.  In 2013 her film Metamorfoza was invited to participate in the series “Visual Arts” by curator of the Collection de Bruin‐Heijn and was performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.  Her works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Colburn's work is supported in part by Mondriaan Fonds (Holland) and Delta Workers.


Spectacle Society is a Dallas-based collective of artists, writers, and curators who collaborate to bring innovative or historically important experimental film and video art works to the Dallas, TX area.  For additional events and other info, please see https://www.facebook.com/spectaclesocietydallas.

Thanks to Eastfield College and University of Texas at Arlington for their generous support in helping to make this program possible
More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/345751629152039/?active_tab=about.



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