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Michael Robinson [Videonale.16]

*1981, in Plattsburgh USA, lives and works in Los Angeles USA and West Danby USA
Studied at Ithaca College USA and at the University of Illinois in Chicago USA

Exhibitions [selection]:

2016 Mad Ladders, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago USA [S]
         London BFI Film Festival: Experimenta GBR
         International Film Festival Rotterdam NED
2015 New York Film Festival: Projections / Views from the Avant-Garde, USA
         Apokalypse & Exil / Struktur & Stimmung, Austrian Film Museum, Wien AUS [S]

         Michael Robinson: The Dark Krystle, City Gallery Wellington New Zealand [S] NZL


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Mad Ladders, 2015, 09:45 [extract: 2:21] min., colour, sound [Videonale.16]

Mystical background sounds and a densely clouded sky – this is how the short film Mad Ladders by artist Michael Robinson begins. The artist himself describes the work as »a modern prophet’s vision«.

The Visual material stems from performances at the ›American Music Awards‹ from the 1980s and 1990s. Yet the artist distorts the sequences so heavily that we can barely make out the sketchy figures on the screen, and the geometrical forms of the stage props resemble abstract patterns. The breaks between the different narrative segments are alternatingly announced with black screens and shots of a densely clouded sky. In the process, the simple yet dynamic 8-bit soundtrack takes on a hypnotic quality. Together with the voiceover narration, Robinson has created a work poised between destruction and change, immersing the viewer in a dream world. The narration speaks of joy and beauty, but also of destruction and fear. It comes as no surprise that the work should alternate between experiences of fear and pleasure, since all of Robinson’s works are concerned with themes such as change, transformation and reshaping. With its alternating mobile sequences, piercing colors and exhilarating sounds, Robinson’s work draws us in, revealing to us a new level of reality. The work addresses the theme of change without showing it in either a positive or negative light. Instead, transformation is seen as a way of drawing nearer to truth.

Natalia Cena Wernicke

The complete version of the work can be requested from the artist.

Michael Robinson [ Videonale.16 ]