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Abigail Child's moving images contain elements of humor, liveliness and complex sound/image montage. In the words of LA Weekly, she makes brilliant exciting work and a vibrant political filmmaking that's attentive to form. Her films explore gesture as language, using radical strategies to rewrite narrative, including "Mayhem" (1987), "Covert Action" (1984), "Dark Dark" (2001), "The Future is Behind You" (2004) and "Mirror World" (2006). Other productions borrow documentary to poetically envision and interrogate public space: "B/Side" (1996), "Below The New" (1999) and the in-progress "Can You See Everything From Here?" shot in mainland China. Recent work has expanded into installation utilizing surround sound and multiple projectors, re-focusing her montage in space.

Child is a recipient of many awards, including Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Radcliffe Fellowships. She has had retrospectives at Harvard Cinematheque, Anthology Film Archive (in conjunction with the New Museum New York), Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, this fall 2008 at EXIS, Seoul, South Korea, and in November 2008 in Switzerland at Reservoir. Her film work is the subject of a chapter in P. Adams Sitney's Eyes Upside Down (Oxford 2008); as well in Experimental Women Filmmakers, ed. Robin Blaetz, written by Maureen Turim; in Jeffrey Scholler's Shadows, Specters, Shards (U. of Minnesota, 2005) and in A Critical Cinema. Vol 4. Scott MacDonald (U of California Press, 2003). Her films are in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others; Harvard University Film Center has just created an Abigail Child Collection which will preserve and exhibit her work.

Child is also a writer of poetry (A Motive for Mayhem, Scatter Matrix) and film criticism: THIS IS CALLED MOVING: A Critical Poetics of Film (U. of Alabama, 2005). Recent writing is available on the internet: Sound Talk in Viralnet (http://www.integr8dmedia.net/viralnet): An Experiment in Autobiography in markszine.com Editor and webmaster Deb King; special issue (Dec. 2006) curated by Carla Harryman. (http://markszine.com/703/ac/ind.htm) and in OCHO upcoming 2009.

Child is senior faculty at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and calls New York City home. 
Regular Full Time Faculty

Disciplines Taught:
Film+Animation