Deborah Stratman


MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Live Action Film and Video
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Filmmaking, Sound, Painting



929 West Harrison Street, 106 Jefferson Hall

Deborah Stratman makes films and artworks that investigate power, control and belief, considering how places, ideas, and society are intertwined. Recent projects have addressed freedom, surveillance, sinkholes, comets, raptors, orthoptera, levitation, exodus, mineral evolution, sisterhood and faith. She has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA (NY), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Hammer Museum (LA), Witte de With (Rotterdam), PS1 (NY), Tabakalera (San Sebastian), Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), Yerba Buena Center (SF), MCA (Chicago), Whitney Biennial (NY) and has done site-specific projects with venues including the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Temporary Services, Hallwalls, Mercer Union and Ballroom Marfa.  Stratman’s films have been featured widely at festivals and conferences including Sundance, Viennale, Berlinale, CPH:DOX, Oberhausen, Yamagata, True/False, TIFF, Locarno, Rotterdam, the Flaherty and Docs Kingdom. She is the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim and USA Collins Fellowships, an Alpert Award, Sundance Art of Nonfiction Award and grants from Creative Capital, Graham Foundation, Harpo Foundation and Wexner Center for the Arts.

Courses Taught

ART376 Topics in Audio: Radical Listening (Spring 2022) (Spring 2020) (Spring 2018)
ART520 Seminar in Contemporary Theory: Psychoecology (Spring 2022)
ART470 Advanced Projects in Moving Image: Timefulness (Spring 2021)
ART400 Advanced Critique (Spring 2020)
ART270 Topics in Film: Matter Matters (Spring 2019)
ART272/372 Topics in Moving Image: Considering the Interval (Fall 2017)
ART270/370 Topics in Film: Mise-en-Abyme (Spring 2016)
ART 520 Seminar in Contemporary Theory: Science Fictionals (Fall 2015)
ART382 Documentary Media: Eyewitness, Reenactment, Seriality, Telecast (Fall 2014)
ART272 Topics in Moving Image I (Fall 2015)
ART276 Audio Aesthetics (Spring 2015) (Spring 2013) (Spring 2010)
ART502 Seminar in Contemporary Theory: Manifestos and the Moral Imagination (Spring 2013)
ART371 Topics in Film: Considering the Interval (Fall 2012)
ART362 Documentary Media: Experiments in Living (Fall 2012)
ART362 Documentary Media: Events Storming Places (Fall 2010)
ART276 Sonic Spaces: Experiments with Sound as Landscapes for People (Spring 2009)
ART502 Seminar in Contemporary Theory: DRIFT - The Aesthetics of Mobility (Spring 2008)
ART362 Documentary Media: Deserts of the Real (Spring 2007)