John Knecht

John Knecht has been a practicing film and video artist since 1973. His films, videos and multiple channel installations have been shown widely. His most recent animation, “Curiosities From the Anthropocene”, 2020, was included in “X-PERI-MENTAL” at the Other Cinema in San Fransisco in March 2022 and the 2021 Athens International Film and Video Festival and the 2021 Revolutions Per Minute Festival. His 2010 animation “Deluge” was included in the 2021 “Straight Through the Wall” series, which projects videos on buildings throughout New York City. Most recent solo exhibitions: “after math”, Alexander/Heath Contemporary, Roanoke, Virgina (, 2017; “Animating Destiny: Electric Paintings and Other Works”, at the Esther Massry Gallery of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. 2016. Other recent exhibitions include: “Considering the Probability of Divine Intervention,” a five-channel video installation at the Llewellyn Gallery at Alfred State College; “Fragments from the Wheels of Ezekiel,” a fifteen-channel installation at the Everson Museum (four animation panels from that series were purchased by the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute for its permanent collection); 205 Hudson Street Gallery, NYC, “A History of the Experimental Television Center”; Westbeth Gallery, NYC, “Triacontagon: 30 Years of the Artists Fellowship Program at NYFA”; The “Urban Video Project,” an undertaking of Syracuse University, Light Works Gallery, and the Everson Museum; solo Screening at Union Docs; “First Person Cinema” series, University of Colorado, Boulder.

John Knecht holds the Russell Colgate Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History and Film and Media Studies Chair, Emeritus at Colgate University.

Knecht lives and Works in Hubbardsville, New York.

Artist Code: 2146


"Curiosities from the Anthropocene"

2020, 08:41 minutes, colour, English

The Mechanics of the Game

2012, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Mr. Baxter's Trip to a Parallel Universe

2011, 09:23 minutes, colour, English


2010, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

Free-Dumb Rains

2005, 03:45 minutes, colour, English

Crisis In Sapville

2003, 05:00 minutes, colour, English


1999, 07:47 minutes, colour, English

The POXIOX Study: Tales of the End of the World

1996, 28:00 minutes, Colour, English with English subtitles


1995, 07:30 minutes, colour, English with text in English

The Possible Fog of Heaven

1993, 10:00 minutes, Colour, English with text in English

Impermanent Firmament (In Four Parts)

1991, 15:00 minutes, Colour, English with subtitles in English

Parlor Shrapnel

1988, 14:40 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Tales from the dark side: Dark Rooms
by Robert Morgan. Afterimage, Summer 1987, v. 15, no. 1.
Video Wonderlands Created For Museums and Galleries
by William Zimmer. New York Times, Mar. 6, 1987.