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Martin Arnold

Experimental filmmaker and artist

Martin Arnold (Viena, 1959) is a filmmaker and artist whose work has been shown at 168 international film festivals, including Cannes, Rotterdam, and New York. He has received 34 awards at these festivals, such as the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival (1990), the Primo Premio at the Arco Madrid’s Week of Experimental Cinema (1992, 1994) and the Main Award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1998). For his entire œuvre he was awarded Honors for Art in Cinema by the State of Austria (1994) and the Province of Lower Austria (1995).

In addition to festival screenings, his films have been shown at various cinematheques such as the Cinémathèque française in Paris, the Cinémathèque Royale in Brussels, the National Film Theatre in London, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Cinematheque of the MoMA in NYC.

Martin's work was also included in museum exhibitions at such venues as the Witte de With Art Center in Rotterdam, the Bozar in Brussels, the Barbican Art Center in London, the Kunsthaus Zürich, and the Hamburger Kunstverein, among others.

Essays on his work and in-depth interviews have appeared in several film and art magazines including Afterimage, Film Quarterly, Frieze Magazine, Cahiers du Cinema, Semiotiques and in catalogues and books such as Martin Arnold Gross Anatomies, Martin Arnold Deanimated and A Critical Cinema. Reviews of his film and installation works have been published in numerous newspapers including The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chicago Weekly Reader, L. A. Weekly, The Guardian, Le Monde, La Liberation, and Die Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Martin has taught at several American universities and art schools, such as the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1995), the San Francisco Art Institute (1996/97), Bard College (2000/01), Binghamton University (2004 - 2007), and CalArts (2008). In Europe he has held guest professorships at the Städelschule in Frankfurt (1999) and the FAMU in Prague (2009/10).

Update: 3 May 2016

Has participated in

The same image, a different perspective

Repetition in experimental cinema

What is cinema made of?

Aula Xcèntric 2017

Masterclass with Martin Arnold

Programme "The audiovisual unconscious"

Peter Tscherkassky and Martin Arnold. Screening of works and presentation by the filmmakers

Programme «The audiovisual unconscious»

«Members Only» an audiovisual installation by Martin Arnold

Programme «The audiovisual unconscious»

Our time

Xcèntric Archive


Xcèntric Archive


Xcèntric Archive