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Deborah Stratman

Artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman makes work that investigates issues of power, control, and belief, exploring how places, ideas, and society are intertwined. She regards sound as the ultimate multi-tool and time to be supernatural. Recent projects have addressed freedom, surveillance, public speech, sinkholes, levitation, orthoptera, raptors, comets, evolution, extinction, exodus, sisterhood and faith. She has exhibited at venues including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Witte de With, Tabakalera, Austrian Film Museum, Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, CPH/DOX, Viennale, Locarno, Yamagata, and Rotterdam. Stratman lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.


Last Things (2023), Laika (2021), Vever (for Barbara) (2019), Optimism (2018), Siege (2017, 4-channel), Xenoi (2016), The Illinois Parables (2016), Second Sighted (2014), Hacked Circuit (2014), Immortal, Suspended (2013); Musical Insects (2013), The Name is not the Thing named (2012), Village, silenced (2012), These Blazeing Starrs! (2011), Ray’s Birds (2010), Shrimp Chicken Fish (2010), FF (2010), Kuyenda N’Kubvina (2010), O’er the Land (2009), The Magician’s House (2007), It Will Die Out in the Mind (2006), How Among the Frozen Words (2005), Kings of the Sky (2004), Energy Country (2003), In Order Not to Be Here (2002), Untied (2001), The BLVD (1999), From Hetty to Nancy (1997), On the Various Nature of Things (1995), Waking (1994), Palimpsest (1993), the train from la to la (1992), Possibilities, Dilemmas (1992); A Letter (1992), Upon a Time (1991), My Alchemy (1990)

4 March 2023

Science meets speculative fiction in artist Deborah Stratman’s poetic, associative reflection on evolution and extinction from the point of view of rocks and various future others. Loosely based on two short stories by J.-H. Rosny, considered one of the founding figures of modern science fiction, and thinking with figures from Roger Caillois to Donna Haraway, Stratman troubles the limits of human perception, mining the farthest reaches of the biosphere for (im)material traces that bind past, present, and future.


Run Time

50 mins


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19 September 2019

Films by Deborah Stratman, Patrick Staff, Philbert Aimé Mbabazi Sharangabo, Lesley-Anne Cao, Chema García Ibarra & Ion de Sosa

‘Lazy Girl’ is an emblem of refusal. Like Hammer and Deren she moves to her own rhythm, turning resistance into art. So did Eric, a singular figure whose “proto-practice” was poetry—but he ran out of time. Marx said all politics reduces itself to the politics of time; too bad this leisurely splash in Montánchez is hardly a refusal of capitalism’s tempo but let’s kill time before it kills us.

Run Time

79 mins
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