Michael Balser

Michael Balser is an artist, writer and curator working in a variety of media and publications. He is known primarily for his work in video (1980-2000) which ranges from experimental narrative to documentary and
collaborations with artists and community groups. Since 1995, he has focused on computer based image processing and writing. Much of his critical writing takes the form of "scripts" that take an alternative
perspective on the film and television industry in Canada. He has published articles in FUSE, Point of View, Lola and on the world wide web. In 1999, he completed several videotapes including Dreams of Bones and Wires and Nocturnal Light. In the year 2000 he will be presenting a mediawork, Blue Convergence with collaborator Andy Fabo at Eye Level gallery in Halifax.

In the past year he has curated 3 programs of video and installation work including Possible Maps for V Tape, Spirited Away for A Space and Telegraphic: Silence & Voice for Trinity Square Video. Balser is
currently producing The Flashback with collaborator Ed Sinclair.



2003, 23:00 minutes, colour, English


2001, 10:30 minutes, colour, English

World Television Standard

2000, colour, English

Nocturnal Light

1999, 13:00 minutes, colour, English

Treatments - Adventures in AIDS and Media

1996, 42:42 minutes, colour, English

Positive Men

1995, 50:00 minutes, colour, English

Second Decade PSA's Festival Compilation

1993, 15:53 minutes, colour, English

Second Decade PSA's Broadcast Compilation

1993, 12:49 minutes, colour, English

Beyond The Helms Of The Sensors

1992, 30:00 minutes, colour, English

Plant Is Closing, The

1992, 09:00 minutes, colour, English

Voices of Positive Women

1992, 27:30 minutes, colour, English

An Evening With Richard Locke

1992, 09:00 minutes, colour, English

Blood Risk

1989, 22:00 minutes, colour, English

Survival of the Delirious

1988, 15:00 minutes, colour, English

Pogo Stick Porno Romp

1987, 09:00 minutes, colour, English

1987, 13:09 minutes, colour, English


1987, 25:00 minutes, colour, English


1986, 13:09 minutes, colour, English

One Big Change

1985, 11:00 minutes, colour, English

How Do They Make It Rain In Movies?

1984, 07:30 minutes, colour, English

Any Hard Surface Will Do

1984, 06:30 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

French steal the show at Inside Out: Gay and lesbian movie fest...
by Susan Walker. The Toronto Star, May 12, 2003.
rePLACE, 2001. Toronto: Art System and Vtape, 2001.
Sometimes Video Art Might Resemble Television
by Andrew James Paterson. Lola, Spring 2000, no. 6.
After AIDS: Michael Balser and Andy Fabo's "Stamina"
by Darien Taylor. Fuse, Apr. 1999, v. 23, no. 1.
Dreams of Bones and Wires
by Michael Balser. Fuse, Nov. 1 Fall, 1997, v. 20, no. 5.
Double Agents: Video Art Addressing Aids
by John Greyson. VIDEO re/VIEW: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists' Video, 1996. Toronto: Art Metropole and Vtape, 1996.
Pornutopian Premises, Positive Practices: Michael Balser's Video...
by David McIntosh. Fuse Magazine, 1995, v. 18, no. 5.
Fabo, Balser to receive arts award for influence
by Val Ross. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 14, 1995.
Technique Serves Content in Trinity video Collection
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Jan. 13, 1994, v. 13, no. 20.
You're Beautiful Man, You're Beautiful: Beauties and Monstrosities
by Brent Cehan. Fuse, May 1994, v. 17, no. 4.
All in the Family: An Examination of Community Access Cable in Canada
by Dot Tuer. Fuse, Spring 1994, v. 17, no. 3.
Queer Quality: AIDS Public Service Announcements Reach TV
by Michael Balser. Parallelogramme, 1994, v. 19, no. 4.
Racy Sexy
by Henry Tsang. Parallelogramme, 1994, v. 20, no. 1.
Art's Birthday Video Screening: Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Ontario
by Unknown. Parallelogramme, 1993, v. 18, no. 4.
Cross-over communicator: Michael Balser makes video art that...
by Corneil Van der Spek. Xtra!, Dec. 25, 1992, no. 213.
The Wedding Album: Part 1 - The Ed Nasello Story
by Michael Balser. foreground, 1992.
Beyond the limit: citing scene in which two men kiss, rogers cable...
by Raymond Taavel. Xtra!, May 10, 1991, no. 172.
Images 90
by Fran Gallagher-Shuebrook. C Magazine, 1991, no. 28.
Focus on Michael Balser
by Andrew J. Paterson. Canadian Art, Spring 1989, v. 6, no. 1.
Feminist Films Air Minority Concerns
by Randi Spires. The Toronto Star, Dec. 8, 1989.
Another World
by Colin Campbell. Fuse, Fall 1987, v. 11, no. 3.
The 1986 New Work Show
by Geoffery Shea. Cinema Canada, Nov. 1986.
by John Greyson. Video Guide, Dec. 1986, v. 8, no. 4.
Prime Time Video bears the look of acceptance
by Liam Lacey. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 17, 1982.