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rotating mirrors and 2 small projectors

JANIE GEISER is an internationally multidisciplinary artist, whose work is known for its recontextualization of abandoned objects, its embrace of artifice, and its strength of design. “Geiser shares with filmmakers such as Jan Svankmajer the rare ability to make children’s toys and seemingly innocent objects … resonate with the most unsettling, arcane, and adult fears.  Better still, 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, Res, 2004)  Janie Geiser

One of the pioneers of the renaissance of American avant-garde object performance, Geiser creates innovative, hypnotic works that integrate a singular visual aesthetic with puppets, film/video and performing objects.  Her performances have been presented at The Public Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Redcat, The Walker Art Center, and other venues nationally and internationally. Geiser has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award, Creative Capital, and a Doris Duke Artist Award.  

Geiser’s films have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Salzburg Museum, SFMOMA, LACMA, and at numerous festivals including New York Film Festival’s Projections, the the Toronto Film Festival’s Wavelenghts, the London International Film Festival, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Geiser’s film The Red Book was selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian’s National Film Registry, and her films are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art

Geiser is the Co-Artistic Director of Automata, and is on the faculty of the CalArts School of Theater.


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