Martha Colburn has created over sixty short animations which include music videos, political films, films for concert halls, rock venues, galleries and museums. Using all hand made props, sets and paintings her films are a combination of obsessive perfection and an anarchic vision. In this talk she discusses her beginnings using purely 'analogue' means and her have evolution to incorporate digital technology. She creates interdisciplinary performances using costumes, music, projections and art in an effort to break with the conventions of genres and mediums. She will present a short overview of her films and exhibitions and discuss her evolution as a stop-motion animator, how she works Internationally and encourages students to ask questions and create a platform for discussion about art-making, commercial and state-subsidized approaches to funding your work.
Born in rural Pennsylvania, USA, Martha Colburn is an artist and filmmaker. She is best known for her animation films, which are created through puppetry, collage, and paint on glass techniques.
She also makes installations and performs her films with live musical performance. Yet music and film have always shared a deep connection within Colburn’s work. Her films have screened in the Venice Biennelle, The Stedelijk Museum, Art Basel, Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. She has made music videos/ films for bands such as Deerhoof, Felix Kubin and many more. In 2010 her films were included in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2013 her film Metamorfoza was commissioned by and performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.