Matt Hulse Biography

“Matt Hulse creates (cinema) out of whatever is to hand – he transforms the everyday and banal into something striking, witty and beautiful.” (Glasgow Short Film Festival)

“His photographs are extraordinary in every respect,” said Simone Klein of Magnum Photos, “they reveal the existential core element of humanity in disturbingly simple pictures.” (British Journal of Photography)

“In the twilight zone between art and cinema – Hulse makes images like Stockhausen makes music.” (International Film Festival Rotterdam)

Matt Hulse is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, performer and writer. His films have screened at dozens of festivals and galleries in 25+ countries internationally. He recently presented elements of new performance work at Tron (Glasgow) as part of the theatre’s curated scratch night Outside Eyes.

He has been nominated thrice each for The Jarman Award and The Margaret Tait Awards. In 2019 he is one of ten artists commissioned to make a short film for the centenary of Margaret Tait’s birth.

In 2017 he was the overall winner of Germany’s prestigious Felix Schoeller Photo Award.

2019 brings to light his third feature-length film, supported by Creative England and Screen Scotland – The Hippies: Punk Rocked My Cradle.

Matt’s second feature-length film Dummy Jim (2013) premiered at Rotterdam International Film Festival (nominated for a Tiger Award) and Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) (nominated for the Michael Powell Award). “Totally unique mixture of documentary, fiction and playful visual poetry.”

In December 2015 he completed a major book on Dummy Jim co-published by The Saltire Society.

Matt’s debut feature Follow The Master (2009) premiered at EIFF: “An inspired cinematic pleasure.”

His work features in Time Out’s 1000 Films to Change Your Life (Simon Cropper 2006) and A History of Experimental Film & Video (A.L.Rees 1999) and is kept at the National Media Museum (UK), National Library of Scotland, Gallaudet University (Washington DC), The Wallace Library (Rochester, NY) and Fales Library (New York University).

AWARDS

★ Felix Schoeller Photo Award (Gold) (2017) ★ Audience Award 9. Dresdner Schmalfilmtage (2009) ★ Hoppe-Ritter Teamwork Award 21st Stuttgart Filmwinter (2008) ★ Kodak Animation Award San Francisco Art Institute Film Festival (2004) ★ Special Award for Film Split Festival of New Film (2001) ★ Best Experimental Film Melbourne International Film Festival (2001) ★ First Prize (Video) Transmediale Berlin (1999) ★ Fox Searchlight Best British Short Film (1998) ★ Scottish BAFTA™ New Talent Award (1998)

RETROSPECTIVE SCREENINGS

Zajia Lab Beijing (2015) ★ Unheard Festival Amsterdam (2011) ★ Nova Cinema Brussels (2008) ★ ICA London (London Short Film Festival) (2007) ★ Festival International du Film de La Rochelle (2005) ★ Art Institute Chicago (Gene Siskel Film Centre) (2004) ★ MACBA Barcelona (L’Alternativa) (2003) ★ Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw (Kinolab) (2003) ★ Filmfest Dresden (2002)

GALLERY

Neighbourhood – Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2018 ★ Better To Wear Out Shoes Than Sheets – Gymnasium Gallery (Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2013) ★ Inside the Artist’s Workplace – Cameron Art Museum Wilmington NC (2012) ★ Dog Park – G Gallery Houston USA (2012) ★ Aller À Ouessant: Vidéo Sur L’Ile # 2 – Brest (2010) ★ Running Time: Artists Film in Scotland 1960 to Now – Dean Gallery Edinburgh (2009) ★ Figuring Landscapes: Artists’ Moving Image from UK & Australia – International Touring Exhibition (2009) ★ Let Me Show You Some Things – CCA Glasgow (2008) ★ Undercover Surrealism – Hayward Gallery London (2006) ★ A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain – Tate Britain London (2003) ★ Fabula – National Media Museum Bradford (2003)

RESIDENCIES

ACES (Aberdeen University Centre for Environmental Sustainability) (2013) ★ Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (2013) ★ Cucalorus Film Festival (Wilmington NC 2012) ★ Wooda Arts (North Cornwall 2009) ★ Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw 2004)

CURATION

The Audible Picture Show (2003, ongoing) International touring show of audio works by a diversity of visual artists, sound artists, film makers, animators, writers, radio makers and musicians, for cinema ★ FilmCraft (Dovecot, Edinburgh, 2009) Live events & screenings exploring relationships between craft & the moving image, with emphasis on textiles ★ Sign Language Cinema (2002-3 & 2006) Journeys into deaf moving image culture, Filmhouse & Glasgow Film Theatre ★The Sound of Loozak (2001) Audio pieces by a diversity of makers installed in the public toilets of The Arches, Glasgow.

VARIOUS

Experimental Film Tutor at Edinburgh College of Art (2003-2008) and ad-hoc lecturer at TUMO (Yerevan, Armenia), Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography (Armenia), RCA (London), University of DundeeUniversity of North Carolina (Film Studies Department), Sint Lukas School (Brussels), Sarah Lawrence College (NYC) and  Glasgow School of Art.

Collaborated with composer Max Richter creating projected moving image for live performances of The Blue Notebooks and Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ for Deutsche Grammophon. Concerts included Wordless Music Season (NYC), Unsound Festival (Krakow) & Teatro Della Pergola (Florence).

Composed and produced a 43-track double-CD concept album called The Pet Project, a unique collection of songs about animals commissioned by their owners (2017).

Participant on the Artist As Leader Lab hosted by Pal Labs / On The Edge Research (Robert Gordon University), a focus group whose research results impacted upon Scottish Government arts and cultural policy (2007).

Collaborated with the Scottish Clarinet Quartet / Gameshow Outpatient creating projected moving image for live performances of The Parlour Guide to Exo-Politics.

Director on the Video for Dance Workshop at Glasgow Film and Video Workshop led by Elliot Caplan of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation (1995).

Voice-over artist and sound designer on several award-winning short films.

Freelance tour leader to the DPRK (North Korea) for Koryo Tours.

He holds a Green Card for the USA.

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Matt Hulse March 2019