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Dust in the Wind: 8 Films by Michael Robinson

May 29, 2018

Dust in the Wind: 8 Films by Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson in person!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Intrepidly  excavating the far reaches of pop culture and the darker corners of the  American unconscious, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michael Robinson has  over the last fifteen years produced a sizable catalogue of singularly  strange and intoxicatingly affecting short-form film and video works.   Working largely with repurposed footage sourced from a variety of sources both recognizable (music videos, vintage  television programs) and vaguely familiar (instructional videos, PSA  clips), Robinson, through a shrewd blend of music, memory, and dark humor, manages to unearth something miraculous from these otherwise mundane materials. Filtered through his at once playful and incisive  eye, these inherently nostalgic trappings take on an unexpectedly  sinister dimension. Tonight's program, Robinson's first solo show in Los  Angeles in seven years, covers over a decade of digital work, including  the local premiere of his latest, the highly acclaimed Onward Lossless Follows.


Mad Ladders  (2015, 10 min)

The General Returns From One Place to Another (2006, 11 min)

Hold Me Now (2008, 5 min)

The Dark, Krystle  (2013, 10 min)

Onward Lossless Follows  (2017, 17 min)

All Through the Night (2008, 4 min)

Line Describing Your Mom (2011, 6 min)

These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us (2010, 13 min)

Eerie, evocative and irresistible, Onward Lossless Follows proposes a password-protected love affair, a little vapour on Venus,  and a horse with no name riding out in search of a better world.

- Andréa Picard, TIFF

Michael  Robinson's dyspeptic pop concoctions can be unsettling... [He] mines  artifacts of the too-recent past and explores their still-shifting  meanings, these semiforgotten objects still rotting atop our collective  cultural garbage heap.

- Genevieve Yue, Artforum

[Robinson's] career as visual cultural critic is at its most disturbing in [Onward Lossless Follows] as  he implements internet culture: stock videos, text chat, and other  digital artifacts that feel sharp and hyper-real compared to his usual  fuzzy, nostalgic outlook.

- Z. W. Lewis, The Brooklyn Rail

More than any other work of Robinson’s, The General Returns achieves something heady, ethereal, altogether mysterious and nearly  impossible to define. [My] immediate reaction was a mixture of seduction  and befuddlement, the sense that an audio-visual world for which I had  no available vocabulary or affective framework had just opened up before  my eyes.

- Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

(Available to download after screening date)

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