Jacqueline Goss

I like stories about people who set out to objectively measure or chart something and then fail in interesting ways when they get tangled up in the natural color and noise of the world.

Jacqueline Goss makes movies and web-based works that explore how political, cultural, and scientific systems change the ways we think about ourselves. For the last few years she has used 2D digital animation techniques to work within the genre of the animated documentary.

Her most recent videos are “How To Fix The World” --a look at Soviet-sponsored literacy programs in 1930’s Central Asia and “Stranger Comes To Town” –an animated documentary about the identity-tracking of immigrants and travelers coming into the United States.

A native of New Hampshire, she attended Brown University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College in the Hudson Valley of New York. She is a 2008 Tribeca Film Institute Media Arts Fellow and the 2007 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in film and Video.

Her current project is "The Observers" -- a portrait of the summit of Mount Washington, NH: home to the highest recorded wind speed and last human-operated weather observatory in the western hemisphere.

Artist Code: 574


Stranger Comes to Town

2007, 28:30 minutes, Colour, English

How To Fix The World

2004, 28:30 minutes, Colour, English

There There Square

2002, 13:00 minutes, colour, English

The 100th Undone

2001, 09:00 minutes, colour, silent, English text

So To Speak

2000, 21:00 minutes, colour, English


1999, 06:00 minutes

Medicine Show

1999, 07:00 minutes, colour, English


1998, 14:00 minutes, colour, English


1996, 10:00 minutes, colour, English

Universal Shark

1996, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Introduction: Experiments in Documentary
by Lucas Hilderbrand. Millennium Film Journal, 2009, no. 51.