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Michael Maziere is an artist and curator who studied Creative Photography at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic and Film and Television at the Royal College of Art. His practice encompasses the production of artworks, the curation of exhibitions, lecturing and writing about artists' film and video. Maziere is currently a Reader in Film and Video and before joining the University, he was a Research Fellow at the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection at the University of the Arts, London.

Maziere previously worked in a number of film and video organisations. He was director of London Electronic Arts, co-founder and director of the Lux Centre in Hoxton Square and Pandaemonium - London's Festival of Moving Images. He was a member of the executive committee of the London Film-makers Co-operative and worked as its cinema programmer and projectionist. His early film works were developed with an attention to analogue film materials and through the creative use of optical and mechanical cameras, printers and processors.

Maziere shows his films and videos internationally, venues include the Tate Gallery, London and MOMA, New York, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Videobrasil, Sao Paulo and they have been acquired by the collections of the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art of Japan, the National Collection of Australia and the National Film Archives of the British Film Institute. His films are regularly selected for International competition at Festivals in London, Oberhausen, Basle, Berlin, Rotterdam and New York.

Maziere has curated moving image exhibitions at the ICA, NFT and internationally and is co-founder and curator of Ambika P3, the University of Westminster's project space for the development and delivery of a collaborative practice-based research project across the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

PhD supervision

Michael Maziere has a specialist interest in practice-based arts research in experimental film, video art, artist's moving image, curation and interdisciplinary practices. Maziere has 1 completion and is currently supervising 1 PhD researcher.

Maziere has given keynote and artists' presentations at international conferences and events including the British School in Rome, Italy; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; ISEA, Chicago; Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco; Kyoto University, Kyoto; Videoteque de Paris, France; Gosfilm Studios, Moscow; Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago; Los Angeles Film Forum, LA; San Francisco Art Institute, San Fransisco; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago and Yale University - New Haven. In 2002 Maziere lead an International Residency at BANFF Centre in Canada with financial support from the Arts Council and a scholarship from the William Townsend Memorial fund. This role involved leading the academic programme of talks, lectures and presentations during this 3 months' residency.

Maziere's current research has four strands - producing artists' film and video works, commissioning and curating exhibitions, writing and editing books and convening international conferences.

Artist

Maziere is best known today for his work in which Hollywood fiction and autobiographical fact are distilled into a poetic form. Maziere practices what he calls 'cine-video', a multilayered, intertextual fusion of the cultural and the personal, which shifts the emphasis back to the power of individual vision. Through this process the work reconstructs a meaningful subjectivity from the saturated world of images that surround us. His latest film Actor continues his exploration of cinema and memory and has been exhibited in the UK, Germany, Russia and France. He is represented by the Lux, London, the New York Film-maker's Co-operative and Light Cone, Paris, France.

Curation

Maziere's work as a curator in both cinemas and galleries has sought to interrogate artists' film and video as a specific historical and international practice, and to question its relationship with both narrative cinema and traditional fine art projects. The individual manifestations of his research projects all support the continually evolving art form of artists' film and video through the commissioning and curation of exhibitions, as well as dissemination through lectures and publishing.

He has curated works by Malcolm Le Grice, Peter Gidal, Dryden Goodwin, John Maybury, Clio Barnard, Tracey Emin, Jane and Louise Wilson, Mark Wallinger, Keith Tyson and Jaki Irvine amongst others. His latest curated exhibitions include artists Victor Burgin, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, David Hall and Anthony McCall, and Peter Kardia's From Floor to Sky (2009).

Publication

He writes regularly on the subject of artists' film and video and has produced research on its development. He was on the editorial board and co-editor of journals Undercut and Independent Media and has contributed to journals such as Art in Sight, Performance and Felix. He completed an anthology of writing on artists film and video for Wallflower Press. His own work has featured in seminal books on artists film and video such as Curtis David, A History of Artists Film and Video in Britain, Catherine Elwes, Video Art: A Guided Tour, AL Rees A History of Experimental Film and Video by and Nicky Hamlyn, The Film Art Phenomena.

Conferences

Alongside selected exhibitions Maziere has convened a series of conferences at the University which explore issues of curation, media and context: Exhibiting Photography, 2011 (in association with The Photographer's Gallery); Exhibiting Video, 2012; Exhibiting Performance, 2013, Exhibiting and Reading Nature, 2014 and After Chantal: An International Conference, 2016.

Grants

- £138,000 from The Wellcome Trust with Lauren Kassel for The Casebooks Exhibition 2017.

- £36,000 Arts Council England, £25,000 Marian Goodman Gallery - Chantal Akerman NOW, 2015

- £20,000 Arts Council England, £5,000 Henry Moore Foundation, £2,000 Elephant Trust - Victor Burgin Exhibition, 2013

  • £7,500 Henry Moore Foundation 2008/09 - Floor to Sky
  • £14,000 West London Media, 2006/07/08 - Filmobile Project
  • £10,000 Henry Moore Foundation 2007/08 - Yannis Kounellis exhibition
  • £300,000 from the Ambika Foundation for the P3 programme, 2007/08,09/10,10/11
  • £15,000 Arts Council of England - Keith Wilson & Richard Woods exhibition
  • £56,469 Artists film and video grants for films and Videos - Art Council/Film London - 2002-2010

2017

CASEBOOKS - Six contemporary artists and an extraordinary medical archive (2017)
Maziere, M. 2017. CASEBOOKS - Six contemporary artists and an extraordinary medical archive. Ambika P3, University of Westminster.

2016

Cinema of the Body (2016)
Maziere, M. 2016. Cinema of the Body. National Film Theatre

2015

Chantal Akerman NOW (2015)
Maziere, M. 2015. Chantal Akerman NOW. Ambika P3 University of Westminster

2013

Victor Burgin A Sense of Place (2013)
Maziere, M. and Campany, D. 2013. Victor Burgin A Sense of Place. Ambika P3

2010

From floor to sky (2010)
Maziere, M. 2010. From floor to sky. P3, London
Actor (2010)
Maziere, M. 2010. Actor. Moscow

2007

Final cut: media art and cinema (2007)
Maziere, M. 2007. Final cut: media art and cinema. Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany
Assassin (2007)
Maziere, M. 2007. Assassin. Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany

2004

Flight (2004)
Maziere, M. 2004. Flight. Amsterdam, Netherlands

2002

Delirium (2002)
Maziere, M. 2002. Delirium. Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Blackout (2002)
Maziere, M. 2002. Blackout. Tate Britain, London

2017

Testing the Curatorial in Artists’ Film and Video Installation (2017)
Maziere, M. 2017. Testing the Curatorial in Artists’ Film and Video Installation. PhD thesis University of Westminster Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media

2017

Curating in the post-industrial landscape case study: Ambika P3 (2017)
Maziere, M. 2017. Curating in the post-industrial landscape case study: Ambika P3. in: The Post-Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice: Material Memory Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. Chapter 6

2004

Die einsamkeit eines systems. Vom kino in die galerie (2004)
Maziere, M. 2004. Die einsamkeit eines systems. Vom kino in die galerie. in: Broeckmann, A. and Frieling, R. (ed.) Bandbreite: Medien zwischen Kunst und Politik Berlin, Germany Kadmos. pp. 87-96

2002

Towards a specific practice (2002)
Maziere, M. 2002. Towards a specific practice. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 43-45
The solitude of a system (2002)
Maziere, M. 2002. The solitude of a system. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 4-8
Mother desire (2002)
Maziere, M. 2002. Mother desire. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 102
John Smith's films: reading the visible (2002)
Maziere, M. 2002. John Smith's films: reading the visible. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 96-100
Content in context (2002)
Maziere, M. 2002. Content in context. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 238-241

2001

The poetic necessity (2001)
Maziere, M. 2001. The poetic necessity. in: Amaducci, A. (ed.) Invideo 2001: altrove: video d'arte e ricerca Milan, Italy Charta. pp. 38-48

2015

Contemporary Screen-Based Curatorial Practice (2015)
Maziere, M. 2015. Contemporary Screen-Based Curatorial Practice. Artists' Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to Today. Whitechapel Gallery 07 Nov 2015

2015

Au Revoir, Chantal (2015)
Maziere, M. 2015. Au Revoir, Chantal. Moving Image Review & Art Journal. 4 (1&2), pp. 287-292.

2014

Roundtable discussion: London Film-makers’ Co-op – the second generation (2014)
Maziere, M. and Danino, N. 2014. Roundtable discussion: London Film-makers’ Co-op – the second generation. Moving Image Review & Art Journal . 3 (2), pp. 236-247.

2007

The dispersed subject (2007)
Maziere, M. 2007. The dispersed subject. Art in-sight. 33.

2002

The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video (2002)
Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) 2002. The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video. London, UK Wallflower Press.

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