Illustrated Talk followed by Q & A
Atlantic Center for the Arts main campus, Joan James Harris Theater
Address: 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Janie Geiser is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes performance, film, and installation. Geiser’s work is known for its recontextualization of abandoned images and objects, its embrace of artifice, and its investigation of memory, power and loss. ”Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the rules of society and language.” (—Holly Willis)
Geiser’s films have been presented at the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, the Guggenheim, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Wexner Center, the Walker Art Center, the Centre Pompidou, Strausbourg Museum, the British Film Institute, and at numerous festivals including the New York Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, London International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Viennale, FilmFest Dresden, and more. Her film The Red Book was selected for the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, and her films are in MOMA’s permanent collection. Her films are the subject of a retrospective in June 2018 at Olhar de Cinema in Brazil. Her projected installations have been exhibited at in Los Angeles at Track 16 Gallery, POST, China Art Objects, Automata, and other galleries.
In addition to her film and projections, Geiser is one of the pioneers of the renaissance of American avant-garde puppet theater. She creates performance works that integrate puppetry, objects, performance, and projection. Her interdisciplinary performance work has been recognized with an Obie Award and two Bessie Awards. A Guggenheim recipient, Geiser was awarded a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award, and has received funding from Creative Capital, MapFund, MediaThe, the Jim Henson Foundation, California Community Foundation, The Getty Villa, and others. Geiser currently lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the School of Theater at CalArts.
For more information, visit http://www.janiegeiser.com/