We are Islands

Mike Hoolboom

Group Member - Catherine Bush

About the Artist

Born: Korean War, the pill, hydrogen bomb. 1980s: Film emulsion fetish and diary salvos. Schooling at the Funnel: collective avant-geek cine utopia. 1990s: experimentalist features, transgressive psychodramas, questions of nationalism. 2000s: Seroconversion cyborg (life after death), film-to-video transcode: feature-length-found-footage bios. Fringe media archaeologist: copyleft author+co/editor 30 books. Curator: 30 programs + Fringeonline. Occasional employments: artistic director Images Fest, fringe distribution Canadian Filmmakers. 100 film/videos, many redacted. 14 features. 80 awards, 20 international retrospectives. 4 lifetime achievement awards.

About the Works

Based on texts gleaned from Catherine Bush’s new novel Blaze Island, this multi-layered collage offers a fleeting love story on a distant shore. The novel reimagines Shakespeare’s last testament, The Tempest, now set on a fictionalized version of Fogo Island, a windswept island off Canada’s east coast. Local photographers/artists Paddy Barry and M’Liz Keefe issue a lifetime of photographs and deep weather sightings, shattered fences ring the merely human architectures.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.
Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.