Nelson Henricks

Nelson Henricks was born in Bow Island, Alberta and is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art (1986). He moved to Montréal in 1991, where he received a BFA from Concordia University (1994). Henricks lives and works in Montréal, where he has taught art history and video production at Concordia University, McGill University, UQAM and Université de Montréal. His writings have been published in exhibition catalogues, magazines, and in several anthologies. A musician, writer, curator and artist, Henricks is best known for his videotapes and video installations, which have been exhibited worldwide. A focus on his video work was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as part of the Video Viewpoints series in 2000. Henricks was the recipient of the Bell Canada Award in Video Art in 2002 and received the Board of Govenors’ Alumni Award of Excellence from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2005. A mid-career retrospective of his work was presented at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery in Montréal in 2010. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and others. Henricks is currently completing a PhD at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Nelson Henricks est né à Bow Island, Alberta et est diplômé du Alberta College of Art and Design (1986). En 1991, il s'est installé à Montréal où il a obtenu un baccalauréat en cinéma de l'Université Concordia (1994). Henricks vit et travaille à Montréal, où il a enseigné l’histoire de l’art et production vidéo à l'Université McGill, à l’UQAM et à l’Université de Montréal. Il est présentement chargé de cours à l'Université Concordia. Musicien, écrivain, conservateur et artiste, Henricks est mieux connu pour ses vidéogrammes et ses installations vidéo, qui ont été présentés à travers le monde, notamment au MoMA (New York), dans le cadre de la série Video Viewpoints. Ses textes ont été publiés dans des catalogues d’exposition, des revues et dans de nombreuses anthologies. Il a été récipiendaire du Prix Bell Canada d’art vidéographique en 2002 et a reçu le Board of Govenors’ Alumni Award of Excellence de l’Alberta College of Art and Design en 2005. Une rétrospective mi-carrière de son travail a été présentée à la galerie Leonard et Bina Ellen à Montréal en 2010. Ses oeuvres sont dans la collection du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, du Museum of Modern Art (New York), du Musée des beaux-art de Montréal, du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, entre autres. Henricks termine actuellement un doctorat à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Pour plus d’information sur Henricks, visitez

Artist Code: 422


Nelson Henricks Compilation 1994-1999

2016, 55:25 minutes, colour / b&w, English

Untitled (Score)

2007, 06:50 minutes, colour, English


2007, 06:41 minutes, colour, English


2007, 00:30 minutes, colour, silent


2004, 06:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


2001, 21:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Handy Man

1999, 10:30 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Time Passes

1998, 06:30 minutes, colour/B&W, English


1997, 11:55 minutes, colour, English

Window (Fenêtre)

1997, 03:00 minutes, colour, English & French


1995, 07:00 minutes, colour, B&W, English

Harvey K., 69.

1995, 02:06 minutes, English


1994, 07:00 minutes, B&W, English & French, with English & French subtitles


1994, 12:00 minutes, colour, B&W, English, French subtitles

Conspiracy of Lies

1992, 12:00 minutes, colour, English

Murderer's Song

1991, 27:00 minutes, colour, B&W, English


1988, 28:00 minutes, colour, B&W, English

Critical Writing

Inside Images: Festival offers a look at the cutting edge of...
by Jessica Padykula., Mar. 28, 2009, v. 8, no. 7.
In the Orbit of Nelson Henricks
by Robert Milthorp. Expanded Standard Timeline: Artists and Electronic Media in Calgary, EMMEDIA 1980 Through 2005, 2009. Calgary, Alberta: EMMEDIA, 2009.
Abundant Harvest: The Recordings of Calgary Video Artists and...
by Karen Knights. Expanded Standard Timeline: Artists and Electronic Media in Calgary, EMMEDIA 1980 Through 2005, 2009. Calgary, Alberta: EMMEDIA, 2009.
Images In Vague: Queer punks get nostalgic for the 90s. Richard...
by Jason Anderson. EYE WEEKLY, Apr. 3, 2008.
Noise and numbers, clocks and codes: Internationally known video...
by Guy Dixon. The Globe and Mail, Apr. 3, 2008.
Confused by experimental cinema? Get on the bus!: Images Festival...
by Jason Rehel. The Globe and Mail, Apr. 3, 2008.
Local Artist Featured at Images
by Erin Hatfield. The Parkdale Liberty Villager, Apr. 4, 2008.
Influential Filmmaker Found Inspiration in the Music Video
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Apr. 3, 2008.
Images Festival - Toronto
by Gilbert Seah. Cinema Eye, Mar. 24, 2008.
Must do: if you only do five things this week
by National Post. The National Post, Mar. 29, 2008.
The Osmosis of the Symbiotic Man, or the Symbiosis of the: Osmotic Man
by Anne Golden. Images Festival, 2008. Toronto: Images Festival, 2008.
Nelson Henricks: Map of the City
by Donna Wawzonek. Map Of The City, July 7, 2007. Calgary: Art Gallery of Calgary, 2007.
Nelson Henricks
by Vicky Chainey Gagnon. Beyond Words, 2005.
Wong scores a highlight reel goal
by RM Vaughan. The National Post, Nov. 26, 2005.
My Heart
by Shawna Dempsey. Poolside, 2003. Winnipeg: Video Pool Inc., 2003.
Uncommon Idiom
by Alissa York. Paper Wait, 2002, v. 4.
Simple Stories
Argos festival, 2001. Brussel: Argos Festival, 2001.
Video Primer: A Series of 5 Video Programs
by Michelle Jacques. Video Primer, 2001. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2001.
Tranz<->Tech 1999 Catalogue
Toronto: Vtape, 1999.
Who's Afraid of Film & Video in Scotland?: The Exhibition of...
by Ann Vance. Variant, Summer 1999, v. 2, no. 8.
Vtape: FAQ & info
by Lissa Gibbs. The Independent, July 1999.
28 films brefs sur la vie
by Luc Perreault. La Presse, Oct. 20 Fall, 1999.
Canadian Currents
Toronto: Absolute Choice Curatorial Collective, 1999.
Northern Exposure
by Catherine Elwes. Art Monthly, June 1998, no. 217.
Cigarettes, Coffee & Dep Wine
by Nelson Henricks. Fuse, Summer 1998, v. 21, no. 3.
From Chaos to Creation: Ed Video Screening twelve works at the...
by Michelle Elle Pettis. The Ontario Magazine for Artists, Dec. Winter 1998.
Our Collective Fears
by Sherri Telenko. i-D, Nov. 26 Winter, 1998.
Radical Aesthetics: Third annual film fest comes to the Foufounes...
by Alex Halperin. The McGill Daily, Sept. 11, 1997.
La rentrée vidéo
by Marie-Michèle Cron. VOIR (Montréal edition), Aug. 28, 1997.
CineCycle show probes age of edited identities
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Feb. 8, 1996.
Artists' Video From Canada
by Peggy Gale. Bologna, Milano: The Link & Invideo, 1995.
The Fruit Machine
by Thomas Waugh. Cinematheque Film Programme Guide, Fall 1994. Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1994.
Artist 'comes home' with success
by Nancy Tousley. The Calgary Herald, Dec. 21, 1994.
Noise Under the Tongue
by Sylvie Gilbert. Walter Phillips Gallery, Feb. 2, 1990. Banff: Walter Phillips Gallery, 1990.
La Vidéo Dans le monde: De la vidéo-outil à la vidéo-icône
by Jean Tourangeau. Les yeux fertiles: Bilan cinématographique et vidéographique 1989, 1989. Montréal: Les herbes rouge, 1989.
Elemental Instincts: a matter of course
by Donna McAlear. Elemental Instincts : a matter of course, 1988. Clagary, Alberta: The Nickle Arts Museum, 1988.
Nelson Henricks
by Donna McAlear. Elemental Instincts : a matter of course, 1988. Clagary, Alberta: The Nickle Arts Museum, 1988.
New series showcases Calgary artists' video
by Nancy Tousley. Calgary Herald, Sept. 30, 1988.