Michael Blum

Michael Blum (Jerusalem, 1966) is an artist, writer and videomaker based in Vienna. After studying history at Paris-I University (Masters with Honors, 1988) and photography at Ecole Nationale de la Photographie, Arles (F), he developed a body of work - videos, installations, books - that aims at critically re-reading the production of culture and history. Many of his video works experiment with various modes of narration, ranging from whimsical political speculations (Wandering Marxwards, 1999; The Three Failures, 2006) to amateur video (My Sneakers, 2001) and pseudo-documentary strategies (17 Aaandbloem Street, 2003; 20 Minutes With Melik Tutuncu, 2005). These and other works have been extensively shown, including venues such as the Istanbul and Tirana biennials (2005); the Baltic Biennial, Szczecin (2009); Frankfurter Kunstverein (2002), la Biennale de l'image en Mouvement, Geneva (2004), Kunsthalle Vienna, de Appel-center for contemporary art, Amsterdam (2006); Transmediale, Berlin; San Francisco Art Institute; Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2008); the New Museum, New York; Forum des Images, Paris (2009); and MNAM-Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris, whose video and new media collection includes several of Blum’s works.

He was featured in CREAM 3, Phaidon Press, London, in 2003.

He is currently a Guest Professor at Ecole des arts visuels et mediatiques, UQAM, Montreal.


Wandering Marxwards

1998, 19:22 minutes, colour, English, French subtitles