Research with a (Re)Purpose: The Films of Bill Morrison
with Bill Morrison
Offered in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art
Friday, April 22, 2016

The films of Bill Morrison often use rare archival material set to contemporary music. This Master Class explores Morrison’s artistic process. He starts with intensive research for the rare, and frequently decomposing, film stock he uses in his films which then gives the forgotten footage new purpose and artistic life. Participants will explore Morrison’s The Film of Her, Light is Calling, as well as his masterwork Decasia, a poignant meditation on old, decaying silent movies. They will also learn about his current project inspired by Dawson City, a town created during the Klondike Gold Rush and where, in 1978, hundreds of silent films, lost for 50 years, were discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool.

Bill Morrison is a filmmaker. His work was recently honored with a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. He is a Guggenheim fellow and received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, a Creative Capital award, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His theatrical projection design has been recognized with two Bessie Awards and an Obie Award.