Mike Hoolboom: The Invisible Man

24 November 2004 – 30 January 2005

In the future
Each moment
Will be photographed
Our bodies will grow transparent
We will enter each other
Like walking through a door
Until at last
We come to the end
Of the picture world
A world
Where we are also pictures
Our movies and photographs
Will they help us understand
Our last place
Teach us
How to die. ”
–Mike Hoolboom, excerpt from Imitations of Life

The AGYU is excited to invite one of Canada’s most prolific experimental filmmakers, Mike Hoolboom, to present an installation of his film work at the AGYU. Mike Hoolboom works in an essayistic mode, deriving his films from a montage of images drawn from Hollywood film, found footage, and home movies. Onto this confabulation of images, Hoolboom overlays a meditative narrative on living and dying, of living forwards and backwards, of remembering and forgetting, parlayed through the common picture world, the image world of movies that we all inhabit, where matter dissipates and bodies disappear–as if we are always and only already nothing but images. This is Mike Hoolboom’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery.