William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. He has made two feature length experimental films, Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997), the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004), and videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998) and Shoot Don’t Shoot (2012).
His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern, London (2005); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010); Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, and Oberhausen Short Film Festival (both 2011). He was included in the 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
His work has been shown internationally, and he has published three nonfiction books and a trilogy of novels: I’m Open to Anything (2019), I Should Have Known Better (2021) and I Didn’t See It Coming (forthcoming in 2023).
During the first iteration of Virtual MacDowell in 2020, he was researching a new essay. At MacDowell in 2023, he is collaborating with Rashawn Griffin on a project to be realized as a film within a multimedia installation. Their goal is to investigate how the image, sculpture, and body move in space, and how that translates into film.
Portrait by Maria Jose Govea for Red Bull Arts Detroit