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Coleen Fitzgibbon is an experimental film artist who worked under the pseudonym “Colen Fitzgibbon” between the years 1973-1980. A student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Independent Study Program, she studied with Owen Land (aka “George Landow”), Stan Brakhage, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Vito Acconci, and worked on film projects for Dennis Oppenheim, Gordon Matta- Clark and Les Levine. She formed the collaborative X&Y with Robin Winters in 1976, The Offices of Fend, Fitzgibbon, Holzer, Nadin, Prince and Winters in 1979, and is best known for co-founding the New York based Collaborative Projects, Inc. (Colab) in 1977 through 1981, along with artists Kiki Smith, Jenny Holzer, Liza Bear, Betsy Sussler and Tom Otterness, among others. Fitzgibbon has screened her work at numerous international film festivals and museums, including The Toronto International Film Festival 2009, Museum of Modern Art, EXPRMNTL 5 at Knokke-Heist, Belgium, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Anthology Film Archives, Collective For Living Cinema, and Millennium Film Workshop. Fitzgibbon currently resides in New York City and Montana.
This DVD compilation includes the following films:
Digital, color, sound, 13 minutes.
Beach C (2012)
Digital iMovie, color, sound, 4 minutes.
Document (Public Records) (1976)
16mm transfer to digital, b/w, sound, 8:22 minutes. Taking it public: micro text film of records (warrants, debts, bank checks, etc.)
16mm transfer to digital, color, sound, 3:42 minutes. Micro text film of selections from the English dictionary (contemplation: the yellow notebook and blade-less knife handle were missing when the blue car impacted the red car).
16mm and digital, color, optical sound, 11:16 minutes. The destruction of cinematic imagery and sound, which allows for the release of subliminal thought.
Prix de Jaques Freres, EXPRMNTL 5 Knokke-Heist Film Festival, Belgium, 1975.
Trip to Carolee (1973)
Super 8mm transfer to digital, color, sound, 5:07 minutes. Still images of things passing; a diary between city and country. Marjorie Keller and Coleen Fitzgibbon drive to Carolee Schneemann’s to feed Kitsch.