Confessional films. Joe Gibbons

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Joe Gibbons

In June 2015, Joe Gibbons, filmmaker and former teacher at MIT, was sent to prison after being declared guilty of robbing a bank: his only weapon was the video camera he carried to document the robbery for an artwork in process. Joe Gibbons has devoted four decades to his cinema of provocation, taking his own life as an experimental laboratory in a comic, reflective mix of autobiography and fantasy, self-portrait and performance.

Gibbons' most celebrated work, Confessions of a Sociopath (chosen by Artforum and Film Comment as one of the best of the year) analyses his self-destructive tendencies in materials compiled over the last 30 years, and in Confidential Part 2 he confesses his regret for the way he shot his voyeuristic film Spying, using a super-8 camera.

Confidential Part 2, 1980, 25 min; Confessions of a Sociopath, 2002, 39 min. Video screening. 

17 January 2016


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