janie geiser's new performance clouded sulphur (death is a knot undone) received a 2012 mapfund grant for its upcoming february 2013 production at automata in los angeles. geiser was also awarded a 2011 center for cultural innovation grant for the development of clouded sulphur.
Geiser is the recipient of a 2011 california community foundation fellowship for visual artists.
geiser's film arbor was selected for the 2012 views from the avant-gardeI (ny film festival) and london's experimenta (london international film festival)
other recent screenings include the strasbourg museum's exhibition "cine-collage" as well as the "s8" festival in la coruna, spain, and the charleroi mediatheque festival in belgium.
geiser's 1994 film "the red book" was selected for the 2009 national film registry.
FILMS selected for THE REGISTRY ARE INCLUDED IN THE COLLECtiON of THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS , TO BE PRESERVED AS CULTURAL, ARTISTIC, AND/OR HISTORICAL TREASURES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
Geiser's film The Fourth Watch was selected by Film Comment as one of the top 10 experimental films of the past Decade. Geiser was listed as one of the top 15 Experimental Filmmakers of the decade.
JANIE GEISER is an internationally recognized visual/theater artist and experimental filmmaker, whose work is known for its investigation of the emotional power of inanimate objects, its sense of mystery, and its strength of design. “Geiser shares with filmmakers such as Jan Svankmajer the rare ability to make children’s toys and seemingly innocent objects … resonate with the most unsettling, arcane, and adult fears. Better still, Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the rules of society and language.” (Holly Willis, Res, 2004)
One of the pioneers of the renaissance of American avant-garde object performance, Geiser creates innovative, hypnotic works that merge puppetry, film/video and performance. Geiser’s performances have toured nationally and internationally, and her films have been screened at museums and festivals around the globe. Geiser has been recognized with an a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as funding from the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Henson Foundation, Creative Capital, Jerome Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, MapFund, the Durfee Foundation, and others.
Geiser’s films have been screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archives, the San Francisco Cinematheque, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Berkeley Art Museum, and at numerous festivals, including 6 New York Film Festivals, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, the London International Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. She also designed puppets for Jessica Yu's documentary film Protagonist, which premiered in 2007. She was recognized in the LA Weekly’s 2006 State of the Arts as one of 100 significant Los Angeles Artists. Her films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Geiser is a Co-Artistic Director of Automata, a Los Angeles nonprofit dedicated to the creation, presentation, and preservation of puppet and object performance, experimental film, pre-cinematic attractions, and other lost and neglected forms. Geiser is on the faculty of the School of Theater at CalArts, where she teaches puppet and object theater, as well as interdisciplinary performance.