Joe Hambleton



Behind the Fourth Wall & Days of Future Past


Sep 19 07:00 PM

Sep 21 07:00 PM


Cinesphere presented by Air France

Cinesphere presented by Air France


Film & Video

Artist Details


Project Descriptions:
Two short films by John Hambleton use reconfiguration, collage, and cut-up techniques to play with personal narratives. In Days of Future Past, the artist borrows William S. Burroughs’s method of disassembling and reassembling a text to explore childhood musings and visions of the future. In Behind the Fourth Wall, Hambleton employs a scripted software to reconfigure videos and audio tracks in an attempt to find the perfect composition to represent his life.

Canadian artist Joe Hambleton uses video and animation to explore the narrative potential of new media. Influenced by his study of other media such as film, literature, and videogames, Hambleton relies on structure and repetition to create work that blends the narrative experiments of the past with the technologies of the present. The production techniques he utilizes constantly evolve to match the concept of his work. From classic cinematography, lighting and camera movement, to more modern compositing and effects, and a range of animation techniques (stop-motion, 2D, 3D), Hambleton is constantly pushing his understanding of time-based media to expand his storytelling capabilities. The resulting works are deceptively simple, but with each successive viewing a profound understanding of the medium is demonstrated as the artist’s true intent slowly unveils itself. He hides himself deep in the structure of his videos and challenges his audience to discover their obscured significance. Joe Hambleton was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He studied at the University of Windsor and York University where he received his MFA in Visual Arts. He currently lives in Toronto where he teaches Digital Media at Centennial College and the Toronto School of Art. He has been exhibiting extensively across North America, Europe and Asia.