Ruben Guzman

Ruben Guzman was born and raised in Argentina but relocated to Canada in 1988. Since then, he has been living and working in both countries as a professor, media arts curator, programmer and media artist. He holds a Diploma in Fine Arts with a Major in Film and Video (ECUAD, Canada).

His media production spans from photography to media arts, from video and experimental film to peripheral documentaries. He has developed a personal view that explores the intersections between the different film genres and between light and dark.

His work has been shown in relevant solo and group exhibitions including the 2008 Mar del Plata International Film Festival, IDFA International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, IMPAKT, EMAF Oberhausen, Anthology Film Archives, International Short Film Festival, Clermont Ferrand, Festival des Cinemas Differents de Paris, Images Festival, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Videoex, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Video D.U.M.B.O., Videobrasil, Ethnographic Film Festival of Montréal, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal, Microwave International Media Art Festival Hong Kong Videoformes, Mediawave and Cinematheque Ontario.

As media arts curator, he has worked at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Palacio Nacional de las Artes, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Fundación Proa, Goethe Institute and Cinematheque Ontario, among others.

His grants and awards include: Production Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada (2009); FEP Grant - Canadian Studies Program Grant, Canada (1999); National Grant, Audiovisual Media, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Argentina (1998); Jury’s Honorable Mention, ICI Centro Cultural Español, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1996); Special Mention, Linz, Austria (1994); Bronze Bear Award and Special Mention, Linz, Austria (1993); PAFPS, National Film Board of Canada (NFB/ONF); and various ECUAD and B.C. Cultural Fund Scholarships for his education from 1990-92.

Artist Code: 330


Oxido (Rust)

2008, 47:50 minutes, colour, Spanish with English Subtitles

The Guardian

2008, 05:10 minutes, colour

Stock (El Último Día de C.)

2007, 05:27 minutes, colour, Spanish with English Subtitles

City of Blind Alchemists

2006, 12:24 minutes, B&W, English

Amidst the Stones Hypnotized by the Moon

2005, 72:00 minutes, colour, Spanish & Quechua with English subtitles

Arise! (Arriba!)

2005, 02:00 minutes, B & W, n/a

F.I.R.T. 119

2002, 10:24 minutes, B & W, n/a

La Pietra Che Canta (The Singers Stone)

2001, 22:12 minutes, Colour/B&W

Good Advice bon consejos

1999, 09:25 minutes, Colour


1999, 03:30 minutes, Colour

Poetics of Simulation

1998, 05:00 minutes, B&W

Les Funambules

1996, 02:11 minutes, colour


1992, 13:00 minutes, colour, English

Spiele Des Geistes (Games of the Mind)

1991, 06:00 minutes, Colour, German

9 0'clock cannon

1990, 12:00 minutes, Colour, English


1990, 16:00 minutes, Colour, Italian & English

Available Light

1990, 02:00 minutes, colour