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Daniel Eisenberg’s films and videos challenge the conventions of non-fiction film representation and production. Over the last three decades, he has forged a unique body of films that have become internationally recognized for expanding the boundaries between traditions of the personal avant-garde film and historical documentary. 

Daniel Eisenberg has been making films and videos since 1976. His films have been screened throughout Europe, Asia, and North America with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Musée du Cinema, Brussels; De Unie, Rotterdam; and Kino Arsenal, Berlin. His films have been shown in the Berlin Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the London Film Festival; the Jerusalem Film Festival; Vue Sur Les Docs, Marseilles, and the Whitney Biennial, New York. His work has also been featured in many conferences and symposia, including the first International Walter Benjamin Conference, Portbou-Barcelona, Spain. Eisenberg's films have won numerous awards, fellowships, and honors. Among these are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; the D.A.A.D. Berliner Künstlerprogramm Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Awards include arc+film Festival, Graz, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, New England Film Festival. His films are included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Arsenal-Experimentale, Berlin, the Nederlands Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, the Haus des Dokumentarfilm, Stuttgart, and numerous university, art, and film school collections. He has also researched and edited documentaries for National Public Television, including Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, and Vietnam: A Television History. Eisenberg lives and works in Chicago and is a Professor in the departments of Film/Video/New Media/Animation, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Eisenberg is the recipient of a Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin for 2014-2015.


Films and Installations

The Unstable Object – parts 2 & 3 – in progress / 69 minutes each, color, sound, HDV (or modular for installation)
The Unstable Object - 69 minutes, color, sound, HDV, (or modular for installation), 2011
Far From Here - 2-minute loop, video, mixed media installation, 2007
Something More Than Night - 77 minutes, color, sound, 16MM, 2003
Persistence - 84 minutes, color, sound, 16MM, 1997
Cooperation Of Parts - 41 minutes, color, sound, 16MM, 1987
Film Studies - 20 minutes, black and white, silent, 16MM, 1979 - 1990
To A Brother In Asia - 32 minutes, color sound, 16MM, 1983
Native Shore - 10 minutes, color, sound, 16MM, 1983
Displaced Person - 12 minutes, black and white, sound, 16MM, 1981
Design and Debris - 11 minutes, color, silent, 16MM, 1979
Matrice - 8 minutes, black and white, silent, 16MM, 1975


Selected Grants and Awards

Berlin Prize, American Academy, Berlin, 2014-2015
Illinois Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship, 2014-2015
Creative Capital Grant in Film/Video, 2012
Prix Georges De Beauregard International, FIDMarseille, 2011
Andrew Mellon Foundation/SAIC Presidential Grant, 2011
Grainger Foundation Fellowship, 2007-2008
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1999-2000
Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellow in Film, 1991
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (D.A.A.D.), Berlin Artist-in-Residence, 1991
The MacDowell Colony Artist Fellow, 1990
National Endowment for the Arts, Media Arts Grant, 1989-92
Grand Prize, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 1988-89
Massachusetts Council on the Arts Grant, 1986-1988


Selected Collections

Memorial de la Shoah, Paris, 2014
Duke University, 2012
Stanford University, 2012
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, England, Emory University, 2012
University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Temple University, 2012
Miami University, Ohio, 2012
Syracuse University, 2012
Concordia University, Montreal, 2012
University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012
California Institute of the Arts, 2012
Carleton College, 2012
Georgetown University, 2011
University of Central Florida, 2010
University of Rochester, 2008
Hampshire College, 2008
Northwestern University, 2007
California College of the Arts, 2007
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig
Oberlin College
DePaul University
Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek
Northwestern University
Video Data Bank
Haus der Dokumentarfilms, Stuttgart
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
Musee National d'Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Netherlands Filmmuseum, Amsterdam 
American Federation of Arts/MOMA NY


Screenings Include

Kino Arsenal, Berlin
Retrospective, WORK Gallery, London
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL 
REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Le Bal / Cinema Des Cinèastes, Topographie De La Guerre, Paris 
Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany
Metropolis, Hamburg, Germany
Bunkier Stuki, Krakow, Poland
Musee National d'Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Filmmuseum, Munich 
Filmmuseum, Frankfurt 
't Hoogt, Utrecht
De Unie, Rotterdam
Musée du Cinema, Brussels
MOMA/PS1, NY
Fundaçao Joaquim Nabuco/ B3, Recife, Brazil
Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival 
First Dublin Biennial, 2012, Dublin
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
Scratch Cinema, Lightcone, Paris
New York Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde
Festival International Documentaire Marseille (FIDMarseille)
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Centre Georges Pompidou, Metz
Dortmunder Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativitat/ Museum Ostwall
Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels
Los Angeles Film Forum
Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna
Berlin International Film Festival
Jerusalem Film Festival, Jerusalem
Le Premiere Edition Paris Cinema 
6. International Biennale für Medien und Architektur, Graz
Kunstverein München, “Dokumentation und Fiktion”
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain,  
International Walter Benjamin Conference, Barcelona/Portbou, Spain
Whitney Museum of American Art, “American Century,” New York
Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
L.A. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Vue Sur Les Docs Festival, Marseilles 
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
Sydney International Film Festival
film + arc Graz, Festival, Austria
Bangkok International Film Festival 
Viper, Lucerne, Switzerland
Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris  
London International Film Festival
“A Passage Illuminated - De Amerikaanse Avant-Garde Film 1980-1990”Stichting
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, “1989 Biennial Exhibition” 
Mannheim International Film Festival, Mannheim, Germany  


Recent Reviews and Publications

Beauvais, Yann, “Daniel Eisenberg: du fragment et de la persistance,” Gruppen, No. 8, Hiver 2014, Mont de Marsan, France, pp. 26-41

Peterson, Jennifer, “Workers Leaving the Factory: Witnessing Labor in the Digital Age,” in The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, edited by Amy Herzog, Carol Vernallis, John Richardson (London: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013)

Guerin, Frances, “Archives and Images as Repositories of Time, Language, and Forms From the Past: A Conversation with Daniel Eisenberg,” The Moving Image, The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2012, University of Minnesota Press,, Minneapolis, MN pp. 112-118 

Willis, Holly, Daniel Eisenberg’s ‘The Unstable Object’: An Exploration of Things, KCET Social Focus, http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/arts-culture/daniel-eisenbergs-the-unstable-object.html 

Skoller, Jeffrey, Fragments of an Inheritance – Contingencies of History in ‘Cooperation Of Parts’, Paperwork, Vol. 1, No.2, pp. 24-35, London

Genevieve Yue, Unstable Images, New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde, 2011 http://reverseshot.com/article/views_avantgarde_2011

Un Travail Qui Tourne Rond,” Journal Le Marseillaise, C.C., July 11, 2011

Skoller, Jeffrey, editor, "POSTWAR: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg, "with contributions by Nora Alter, Leora Auslander, Raymond Bellour, Christa Blümlinger, Scott Durham, Daniel Eisenberg, Tom Gunning, and Jeffrey Skoller, Black Dog Publishing, London, 192pp., 2010