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Stan Douglas (b. 1960, Vancouver, British Columbia) currently lives and works in Vancouver. After studying at the Emily Carr College of Art in Vancouver (1979–82), he began making films and videos that reflect on issues of culture and technology and on the relationship between popular representations of history and subjectivity. In 1988 long-term research culminated in an essay and exhibition that gathered together Samuel Beckett's eight works for film and television. Samuel Beckett: Teleplays, touches on themes of alienation, displacement and the collapse of subjectivity that Douglas explores in his film and video installations.
For his slide installation Onomatopoeia, (1985–6), lasting six minutes in each rotation, Douglas projected 154 black-and-white images of an empty textile factory on to a screen hanging over an 88-note player-piano that played bars from Beethoven's C Minor Sonata, Opus 11; the selected refrain sounded uncannily like a ragtime piece. By isolating this phenomenon Douglas pointed to the difficulties of interpreting history from an unbiased perspective. The complex structure of Douglas's audio-visual installations is often based on long periods of research, as in the case of Pursuit, Fear, Catastrophe: Ruskin B.C. (1993), which explores the history and effects of industrialization on an area of British Columbia known as Ruskin. The social aspect of his work can be compared with that of a group of artists based in Vancouver, including Jeff Wall and Rodney Graham, who began during the 1980s to examine the socially and environmentally detrimental effects of industry and technology on their surroundings.
Solo shows of Douglas's art have been organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (1987 and 1994), Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris (1994), Milwaukee Art Museum (1994), the Vancouver Art Gallery (1999 and 2009), the Art Institute of Chicago (2000), Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha (2005), and Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart (2007), among other venues. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Biennale of Sydney (1990,1996, and 2000), Venice Biennale (1990, 2001, and 2005), Documenta 9, 10, and 11 (1992, 1997, and 2002), Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon (1995 and 1997), Whitney Biennial (1995), Carnegie International (1995), Berlin Biennale (1998), Moving Pictures at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2002 and 2003), Samuel Beckett at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (2007), The Cinema Effect at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2008), and True North at Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin (2008). In 2007, Douglas was the recipient of the inaugural Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award. In 2008 he was awarded the Bell Award in Video Art. Douglas is represented by David Zwirner, New York.