More Voice-Over: Colin Campbell Writings. Concordia University Press, 2021. 344 pp. Edited anthology of the video artist’s scripts and other writings (short fiction, articles, talks, excerpts of his two novels, etc.). It has been reviewed by Francisco-Fernando Granados for C Magazine and Keith Garebian in Literary Review of Canada.
Coming After. Toronto: The Power Plant, 2012. 124 pp. Catalogue of the exhibition at The Power Plant, 10 December, 2011 – 4 March, 2012. Designed by Sameer Farooq, New Ink. Illustrations by Logan MacDonald, artist projects by Ulrike Müller and Jimmy Robert, texts by Sharon Hayes and Zoe Leonard. Here is my curatorial text.
Trash: A Queer Film Classic. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009. 175 pp. Book on the 1970 Paul Morrissey/Andy Warhol film. Reviews from Quill & Quire, C Magazine and Jump Cut. Toronto & Berlin launch pictures here. An interview from Magenta Magazine here. Also, I was quoted in The New York Times and in NY Art Beat in connection with the book.
People Like Us: The Gossip of Colin Campbell. Oakville Galleries, 2008. Texts by Jon Davies and John Greyson. 64 pp. The catalogue and exhibition guide won designer Mark Timmings a Special Recognition for Design at the 2009 Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards.
With Sam Ashby, I co-edited issues 5 (2015) and 6 (2021) of Little Joe Magazine, “A magazine about queers and cinema, mostly.”
WRITING FOR XTRA! IS ALL INDEXED ON THIS PAGE (features on Gregg Araki, Daniel Barrow, GB Jones, Barbara Hammer, Shu Lea Cheang, Kent Monkman, Steve Reinke, Francesco Vezzoli, John Waters, and others).
“Where Nostalgia Languishes: Josh Faught and San Francisco” for the CCA Wattis Institute Library’s 2022 Open Call.
Short text aimed at students about David Wojnarowicz’s Untitled (One Day This Kid…) for Smarthistory.
“Cinema for the Dead?: Queer Diaristic Film & Video” in A Companion to Experimental Cinema, Wiley Blackwell, 2022, edited by Federico Windhausen.
With Richard Meyer, “A Dialogue” in A Concise Companion to Visual Culture ,Wiley Blackwell, 2021, edited by Aubrey Anable, Joan Saab and Catherine Zuromskis.
An introduction to the films of Curt McDowell was published on the Friends of Canyon Cinema platform in December 2021.
“Sell Your Parents: Marketing the Handwriting of Julia Warhola and Phung Vo” in Master Drawings 58, no. 3 (2020).
Memorial text for RM Vaughan (1965–2020) accompanying the curated program A Selection of Dazzling Scarves: Films & Videos by RM Vaughan for CFMDC and Vtape.
“The Fountain” for The Hoosac Institute 6 (2020).
“The Not-Quite-Forbidden Fruit: Sexploitation’s Queer Temporality” in GLQ 25, no. 3 (2019). Review of Elena Gorfinkel’s 2017 book Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s.
Short texts on Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Zackary Drucker, Josh Faught, Steve Reinke and James Richards, Ashley Hans Scheirl, and Akram Zaatari for the 2nd revised and updated edition of Art & Queer Culture ,Phaidon, 2019, edited by Catherine Lord & Richard Meyer.
Short text on Andil Gosine’s artwork 1, 2 for Coolie Coolie Viens, McIntosh Gallery, Western University, 2018, edited by Matthew Ryan Smith.
“From Stillies to Stills” in Contact Warhol: Photography Without End ,Cantor Arts Center + The MIT Press, 2018, edited by Peggy Phelan and Richard Meyer. The accompanying exhibition was at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2018–19.
“Misfitting Together” in Criticism 60, no. 1 (2018). Review of Douglas Crimp’s 2016 book Before Pictures.
“Michael Wallin: The World Is Full of Miracles” on the Canyon Cinema 50 website, 2018 (also published in Canyon Cinemazine #6).
“A Love Letter to Videofag” in The Videofag Book, BookThug, 2017, edited by William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill.
“Traumatizing the Museum” in Momus, July 13, 2018. Interview with artist Joshua Schwebel.
“Sean Howe” in catalogue for Where here: 2018 Stanford MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by Gail Wight, Stanford Art Gallery. Text on the artist.
With Michael Kinney, “A John Waters Roundtable” in Stanford Live’s magazine Encore, Mar/Apr 2018.
“The Fountain” limited edition chapbook, [2nd floor projects], San Francisco, 2018. Essay for the exhibition Curt, Susan, Mike, Rick, Robert, Ann, George, Janie, Carla, Mark, Vincent, Stephen, Melinda, Scott, Marion, Ainslie, John, Ronnie, Kathleen, Deeling, Lela… Selections from the Curt McDowell Estate, curated by Margaret Tedesco at Et al. etc., San Francisco.
“A machine to drain meaning from the world” in the catalogue for the 2018 Images Festival, Toronto. Essay on Spotlight artist Steve Reinke.
“Stargazing for the Solitary” in The Art of Description: Fifteen Experiments in Art Writing by Stanford Graduate Students, Cantor Arts Center, 2017, edited by Alexander Nemerov. Essay on Joseph Cornell’s Untitled (Constellation), c. 1957–9.
“Eric Kostiuk Williams, Babybel Wax Bodysuit, Retrofit Comics (Philadelphia) and Big Planet Comics (Washington, DC), 2016, and Condo Heartbreak Disco, Koyama Press (Toronto), 2017 in C Magazine 134 (Summer 2017). Review.
“Sackville, I’m Yours“ in Canada on Screen, TIFF. Short text on Colin Campbell’s 1972 videotape.
“Liz Magor” in Frieze, 15 August 2016 and in issue 182 (October 2016). Review of her solo exhibition Habitude.
“Every Home a Heartache: Chantal Akerman” in C Magazine 130 (Summer 2016). Tribute to the late filmmaker.
With Mark Clintberg,“On Frottage and Other Queer Feelings” in No More Potlucks 44 (May 2016): Reflect.
With Mark Clintberg, “Haunted by Queer Affect: Geoffrey Farmer’s The Intellection of Lady Spider House and Allyson Mitchell’s Killjoy’s Kastle“ in Journal of Curatorial Studies 5.1 (February 2016): Affect and Relationality.
“Mark Clintberg” in Mark Clintberg: Long term relationship (Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, 2016), translated by Jennifer Couëlle.
“A Weekend with Queer Art Legend Charles Atlas” on Canadian Art online, 4 February 2016.
“Scott Conarroe” in Ciel variable 102 (January–May 2016). Review of his solo exhibition Canada By Rail and By Sea.
“You Can’t Hold Back the Ocean with a Fork: Barry Doupé animates an ever-expanding parallel universe” in Canadian Art (Winter 2016).
“Notes from backstage: a dialogue among Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz and Jon Davies” in Otherwise: Imagining queer feminist art histories (Manchester University Press, 2016), edited by Amelia Jones and Erin Silver.
“Stephen Andrews” in Canadian Art (Fall 2015). Review of his survey exhibition POV.
“Performatorium: Festival of Queer Performance” in C Magazine 126 (Summer 2015). Review essay.
“The Projet Mobilivre – Bookmobile Project Collection” in The Bookmobile Book (self-published, 2014), edited by Courtney Dailey, Onya Hogan-Finlay and Leila Pourtavaf.
“Present Absences: The Vexing Art of Joshua Schwebel” in Border Crossings 33.2 (June 2014).
“Glittering Logic in a Minor Key” in Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 56.2 (Spring 2014) issue on Jack Smith, edited by Marc Siegel. Review of Dominic Johnson’s book Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture.
“Sissy Boys on YouTube: Notes Towards a Cultural History of Online Queer Childhood” in C Magazine 121 (Spring 2014). Essay.
“Cassils: Compositions.” Essay for artist Heather Cassils’ 2014 exhibition at Trinity Square Video (with Pleasure Dome), Toronto.
“Can Films Be Friends? / Et si les films étaient des amis…” in Demountable Cinema / Cinéma démontable (WNDX, 2013), edited by Craig Rodmore, translated by Anne-Marie Proulx. Essay on cinephilia.
“Lisa Steele Box Set Grows Canadian Canon” on Canadian Art online, 7 October 2013. Review of a collection of Steele’s video art.
“Unconditional Complicity: On the Early Films of Janis Cole & Holly Dale” in Randy 4 (2013). Essay on Cole & Dale’s 1970s student films Cream Soda and Minimum Charge No Cover. Reprinted in Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer (Coach House Books, 2017), edited by Tim McCaskell et al.
“Camp Existentialism: Mario Montez (1935–2013)” on Catch Fire. Memorial essay on the late American underground film superstar.
“Christian Holstad: The Book of Hours” in KAPSULA, 3 August, 2013. Review of the artist’s solo exhibition at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.
“Notes on the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar” on the TPW R&D blog, 24 July, 2013.
“Setting the Scene” in Reading/Feeling (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, 2013), edited by Tanja Baudoin, Frédérique Bergholtz and Vivian Ziherl. Short text written as a member of the reading group organized by Jacob Korczynski.
“Notes on a Sea Change” in Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists’ Film and Video (Images Festival, LIFT and YYZ Books, 2013), edited by Chris Gehman. Essay on shifts in media arts practices in the first decade of the twenty-first century.
“First Full-Scale Corita Kent Survey Shines In Upstate NY” on Canadian Art online, 18 March, 2013. Review of the retrospective at the Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs.
“Towards an Intimate Democracy in Europe: Paweł Leszkowicz’s Queer Curating” in Journal of Curatorial Studies 2.1 (2013). Interview.
“Regarding Miss Edmonton Teenburger 1983“ in Little Joe 4 (2013). Appreciation of Matthew Fithens’s persona in Amy Lockhart’s videos.
“Hail!” in No More Potlucks 26: Haunted (March/April 2013). Essay on Hotnuts and Charles Atlas’s Hail the New Puritan.
“Shulie 1945–2012: An Appreciation” in Catch Fire, 28 January, 2013. Blog post on the video Shulie by Elisabeth Subrin.
“Bigger Than Life.” Essay for artist Amy Lockhart’s 2012 exhibition Ladies at Forest City Gallery, London, ON.
“Emotional Blackmail, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery” in C Magazine 116 “Collections” (Winter 2012/13). Exhibition review.
“Hybrid Hijinks” in Canadian Art (Summer 2012). Feature on “Oliver Husain’s art of cinema, performance, objects and text.”
With Logan MacDonald, “Lezbros for Lezbos” in C Magazine 114 “Men” (Summer 2012). Artist project with photos, poster and text.
“The Masculine Mystique” in Fillip 16 (Spring 2012). Essay on AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs’s publication Queer Spirits.
“you can’t spell slaughter without laughter.” Essay for artist Christine Negus’s exhibition at Gallery TPW, Toronto.
“Fast Trip Long Drop“ in Little Joe 3 (2011). Essay on the 1993 film by Gregg Bordowitz.
“Matthew Brower, Developing Animals: Wildlife and Early American Photography“ in RACAR (Revue d’art canadienne | Canadian Art Review) 36.2 (2011). Book review.
“Close Up: Stan Douglas” in Canadian Art (Summer 2011). Short text.
“Alberta, Authenticity, and Queer Erasure” in The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon (University of Nebraska Press, 2011), edited by William R. Handley.
“Superlovestarpower 2: The Album Project.” Short essay for artist Goody-B Wiseman’s exhibition at Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, 2011.
“One Dead Queer” in American Quarterly 62.4 (December 2010). Review essay of the event Live Film! Jack Smith! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World, Berlin.
“Le Quattro Volte / Michelangelo Frammartino & Nostalgia for the Light / Patricio Guzmán” in Cinema Scope 45 (Winter 2011). Article on the films.
“Pop Life: Bad Art, Good Gossip” on Canadian Art online, July 22, 2010. Review of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
“My Rectum Is Not a Grave: Will Munro’s Inside the Solar Temple of the Cosmic Leather Daddy“ in Fuse 33.3 (Summer 2010). A review of Munro’s exhibition at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.
“The World Is Made of Work.” Essay for artists Elisabeth Belliveau and Jessica MacCormack’s exhibition natural disasters, pets, and other stories at Stride Gallery, Calgary, 2010.
“When We Were Young, When We Grew Up” in No One Helped Me: Story Drawing and Animation by Daniel Barrow (Winnipeg: ace art inc., 2010). Essay on the artist’s work.
“The Gossip and Ghosts of Colin Campbell” in Public 39 / New Communities (2010), edited by Nina Möntmann. Essay on Colin Campbell’s life and work, and on the ghosts of dead queer artists. Reprinted in the anthology Blast Counterblast (Mercer Union / WhiteWalls Inc, 2011), edited by Steve Reinke and Anthony Elms.
“Spotlight: La Pivellina (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel)” in Cinema Scope 41 (Winter 2010). Review of the Austrian/Italian film.
“Animal House” in Canadian Art, Winter 2009. Review of the group exhibition at SAW Gallery, Ottawa.
“An Incubator for Utopia: Luis Jacob and Noam Gonick’s Wildflowers of Manitoba“ in Luis Jacob: Towards a Theory of Impressionist and Expressionist Spectatorship (Kunstverein in Hamburg / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2009), edited by Meike Behm and Yilmaz Dziewior.
“Form Follows Fiction: A Reconstruction of a Reconstruction” in No More Potlucks 6 “Crux” (Nov/Dec. 2009). Review of the exhibition The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto.
“Chris Flanagan, Cambridge.” Essay for artist Chris Flanagan’s Cambridge: The Album Project in Cambridge, 2009 (commissioned by RENDER, Waterloo).
“Possibilities of Redemption” in Canadian Art, Fall 2009. Feature on the artists Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby.
“Aleesa Cohene: Something Better“ in C Magazine 103 (Autumn 2009). Review of the exhibition at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto.
“What Can Cinema Do?” in C Magazine 101 (Spring 2009). Article on Steve McQueen’s film Hunger and Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige’s film Je veux voir.
“Peter Kingstone” in Canadian Art, Winter 2008. Review of the artist’s exhibition 100 Stories About My Grandmother at Gallery TPW.
“A Movie and Much, Much More” in Vertigo 4.1 (Winter 2008). Extended obituary of Bruce Conner.
“Darkness Visible” in Vertigo 4.1 (Winter 2008). Extended interview with Peter Greenaway about his film Nightwatching.
“Flaming Pixels, Cosmic Puke: Ryan Trecartin’s A Family Finds Entertainment” in Cinematic Folds: the furling and unfurling of images (Pleasure Dome, 2008), edited by Firoza Elavia.
“It was a dark and stormy night…” Essay for artist Jean-Paul Kelly’s solo exhibition And fastened to a dying animal at Gallery TPW, Toronto, 2008.
“Bruce Conner, 1933-2008” in C Magazine 99 (Autumn 2008). Obituary.
“A Polite Way of Being Desperate” in Cineaction 75. Interview with Marjane Satrapi about her film Persepolis.
“Props to the Fairy People” in C Magazine 98 (Summer 2008). Feature on the artists FASTWÜRMS and their touring exhibition DONKY@ NINJA@WITCH. Expanded and reprinted in the catalogue FASTWÜRMS: DONKY@NINJA@WITCH, published by the Art Gallery of York University, 2011.
“Rightfully Yours,” in C Magazine 98 (Summer 2008). Review of curator Tejpal Singh Ajji’s group exhibition Rightfully Yours, at the Justina M Barnicke Gallery, Toronto. Reprinted in ESPACE 84 (Summer 2008).
Review of Chris Gehman and Steve Reinke’s anthology “The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema” in Canadian Journal of Film Studies 17.1 (Spring 2008).
Essay for video artist Nelson Henricks’s exhibition Undertones at Gallery 44 (and Images Festival), Toronto, 2008.
“Strangers in a Strange Land: Christina Battle’s Pirates.” Essay for filmmaker Christina Battle’s show Uncharted Histories: Pirates at YYZ Artists Outlet (and Images Festival), Toronto, 2008.
“One, Some, Many: 3 Shows by Carsten Höller” in C Magazine 97 (Spring 2008). Review of his exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada’s Shawinigan Space.
“Family Romance” in C Magazine 96 (Winter 2007). Feature on the art of Guy Ben-Ner.
“Auto Emotion” in C Magazine 96 (Winter 2007). Review of the group exhibition Auto Emotion: Autobiography, Emotion and Self-Fashioning at The Power Plant, Toronto.
“I Dream in Technicolor” in NY Arts, November-December 2007. Article on Los Super Elegantes.
“Two Versions of Engagement” in C Magazine 95 (Fall 2007). Polemic on Rirkrit Tiravanija and Harrell Fletcher.
“Roy and Silo’s Gay Wading” in the catalogue for wade 2006 (eds. Sally McKay, Christie Pearson and Sandra Rechico). Text on John Greyson and Margaret Moores’s installation Roy and Silo’s Wedding at the Vermont Park pool, Toronto.
“Dr. Strangelove by Kristan Horton” in Prefix Photo 15 (Vol. 8, No. 1, 2007). Book review.
“Imagining Intergenerationality” in GLQ : A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Vol. 13, Nos. 2-3 (2007). Moving image review essay in the special issue Queer Temporalities.
“Kenneth Anger Me” in C Magazine 93 (Spring 2007). Report on Kenneth Anger’s appearance, retrospective and Elio Gelmini’s documentary Anger Me at the Bloor Cinema.
“Nurtured in Darkness: Queer Childhood in the Films of Todd Haynes”in The Cinema of Todd Haynes: All That Heaven Allows (Wallflower Press, 2006), edited by James Morrison.
“The Virtuosity of Slavoj Zizek” in Cinema Scope 29 (Winter 2007). Article on the theorist’s star image and the documentaries Zizek!, Slavoj Zizek: The Reality of the Virtual and The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.
“Action, Animation, Archival Abyss: Virgil Widrich’s Fast Film“ in Animation Journal, Vol. 14 (2006), edited by Maureen Furniss.
“Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby” in Canadian Art, Fall 2006. Review of the artists’ video Songs of Praise for the Heart Beyond Cure at Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.
“Somebodies to Love” in Cinema Scope, Issue 27 (Vol. 8, No. 2, Summer 2006). Article on video installation artist Candice Breitz. Reprinted in the catalogue Candice Breitz: Same Same, published by The Power Plant in 2009.
“Circles of Confusion” in the catalogue Deirdre Logue: Beyond her Usual Limits (ed. Mike Hoolboom) for her exhibition Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2006. Reprinted in Beyond Her Usual Limits: The Film and Video Works of Deirdre Logue, 1997 to 2017 (Oakville Galleries et al., 2017), edited by Matthew Hyland.
Review of Steve Reinke’s book “Everybody Loves Nothing: Video 1996-2004“ in the “Letters in Canada 2004” issue of University of Toronto Quarterly 75.1 (Winter 2006).
“Just Say Cut!” in the catalogue for the screening (Mary, Mary) Are These the Hands That Cut?, Pleasure Dome/Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 8 April, 2006.
“Althea Thauberger” in Canadian Art, Spring 2006. Review of her video installation A Memory Lasts Forever at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
“Brief Glimpses of Beauty: Jonas Mekas at the 2005 Venice Biennale” in Cinema Scope, Issue 25 (Vol. 7, No. 4, Winter 2006). Review of his retrospective exhibition Celebration of the Small and Personal in the Time of Bigness.
“Vertov Nation” in The Collegium Papers VI (ed. Luca Giuliani and David Robinson). Gemona, IT: Le Giornate de cinema muto, 2005. Essay on Dziga Vertov’s practice of “life caught unawares.”
Catalogue essay for painter Scott Waters’s show The Hero Book at the Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, 2005.
“Truth Wrapped in Trash and Vice Versa: George Kuchar’s Video Diaries” in the catalogue for the screening Truth Wrapped in Trash and Vice Versa: George Kuchar at Sixty-Two, Pleasure Dome, 8 July, 2005.
“Mike Hoolboom and The Invisible Man” in Synoptique #8, March 2005. Review of the artist’s exhibition at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto.
“My Secret Shame: Martha Colburn’s Homemade Art-Crimes” in the catalogue for the screening Collage Collisions: Recent Films by Martha Colburn, Pleasure Dome, 29 October, 2004.
Trash is Truth: Performances of Transgressive Glamour. MA Thesis. Graduate Programme in Film and Video, Critical and Historical Studies. York University, Toronto. June, 2004.