Film, Media Arts, Visual Arts
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
Margaret Rorison (b. 1983) is a curator and filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound, and imagery to create installations, films, and live 16mm projections. She is interested in the visceral nature of experience and the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound, often sharing bills and collaborating with sound artists to explore new ways in which the image and machine can converse with sound and performance.
Rorison is the recipient of a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grants in media and performing arts, a recipient of The Maryland State Arts Council 2016 Individual Artist Awards and 2015 Sondheim Semi-finalist. She was awarded a 2015 Grit Fund Grant in addition to a 2012 and 2014 Launch Artists in Baltimore Grant to start a new experimental film series, Sight Unseen which has been running since 2012. In June of 2017, Sight Unseen found a permanent home at The SNF Parkway Theatre, hosting monthly screenings of contemporary artists and experimental filmmakers.
Rorison's work has screened at Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, CROSSROADS, Edinburgh International Film Festival, FYLKINGEN (SE); Images Festival, The Maryland Film Festival, Mono No Aware VI & VII, Microscope Gallery, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She has projected her work in various improvisational settings, including, The High Zero Festival, Sonic Circuits Festival and The Philadelphia Free Form Festival.
Rorison works as a programming consultant for the Maryland Film Festival and teaches filmmaking at The Maryland Institute College of Art.