John Orentlicher

John Orentlicher was born in Roanoke, Va in 1943 and grew up in Wasington, D.C. He served in the peace Corps from 1964-66 interrupting his college studies, and received his BA in 1968 from Goddard College (Plainfield, VT). He went on to receive his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970.

Professor Orentlicher taught in Michigan initially and later moved to Syracuse University to teach in the Art Video program of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He served many years as a Chair of various media programs and is now a Professor Emeritus.

John Orentlicher received a Video Fellowship from the National Endowment on the Arts and a project Grant with Lucinda Devlin from the New York Council on the Arts. His video work has been exhibited in invitational and juried venues in Canada, Berlin, Amsterdam, Spain, Italy, Japan, Colombia, Peru and Chile in addition to festivals and museums in the U.S. He was awarded two Senior Fulbright Lectureships in Colombia, and Chile and has traveled extensively in South America and Mexico.

Artist Code: 347


Hot Shoes

2008, 07:30 minutes, colour, English


2007, 09:29 minutes, colour, English

Sendas Huasteca: Huapangos

2006, 28:30 minutes, colour, English and Spanish with English Subtitles

Cantadas (spanish version)

2003, 29:30 minutes, Colour, Spanish


2003, 29:30 minutes, Colour, English

Coffee with legs / Café con Piernas

2002, 13:00 minutes, colour/B&W, Spanish

Tongues of Vipers

2002, 06:30 minutes, colour, English/Afgahni

Tutifruti: Life & Times in Patagonia

2001, 12:45 minutes, colour, English

3 X Named

1999, 12:15 minutes, colour, English


1999, 11:30 minutes, colour, English

Vitrineando / Window Shopping

1996, 06:00 minutes, colour, English

Wavecycle / Onda Ciclica

1996, 11:20 minutes, colour, English

Converging Paths (Huellas Convergente)

1994, 17:40 minutes, colour, English

Against the Wind (Azotado per el Vieuto)

1994, 12:00 minutes, colour, English

Conflations of Memory (Two)

1993, 21:00 minutes, colour, English, Spanish

Conflations of Memory (One)

1991, 28:00 minutes, colour, English

We Pay To Look Like This

1989, 15:30 minutes, colour, English

Misaligned Shafts

1989, 12:30 minutes, colour, English

About A Ton of Coal

1988, 13:00 minutes, colour, English


1987, 08:30 minutes, English

The Mass

1986, 11:00 minutes, colour, English


1985, 16:00 minutes, colour, English


1983, 19:00 minutes, colour, English

Pleasure Profits

1981, 29:00 minutes, B&W

Flat Glamour Medium

1980, 25:08 minutes, colour

Technics & Liberation

1979, 28:00 minutes, colour


1979, 07:00 minutes, colour

She & She

1979, 10:00 minutes, B&W

Sometime in September

1979, 10:00 minutes, B&W

Two + One + One

1978, 07:00 minutes, B&W

Sex. Dope & No Rock 'n Roll

1978, 20:00 minutes, B&W

Jello's Red Rose

1977, 03:00 minutes, B&W

I Think I Like it

1977, 23:00 minutes, B&W

You Send Me

1976, 18:15 minutes, B&W

Latex Lure

1976, 09:46 minutes, B&W

The Stick

1975, 07:18 minutes, B&W

I Had My Hair Styled

1975, 05:45 minutes, B&W

Under His Thumb

1975, 07:15 minutes, B&W

Things I Say

1975, 13:15 minutes, B&W

Critical Writing

Time, Space & Realities
by Andrew J. Paterson. Time, Space & Realities, Jan. 1995. Toronto: A Space, 1995.
Time, Space and Realities
by Andrew Patterson. Parallelogramme, 1994, v. 20, no. 3.
finding the DIFFEREN(t)CE: looking for the self and the other in...
[Activating the Archive] 3: Lisa Steele, 1993. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1993.