"The Johnny Appleseed of experimental film." - Stan Brakhage
(The Brakhage/Elder Lectures, Regina Public Library, Saskatchewan, Canada (c1988))
"An anthropologist of the heart." - Mike Hoolboom
"Martin Rumsby has an extensive career as a film-maker, writer, exhibitor and distributor.
In the 1980s and 90s Rumsby exhibited films widely throughout New Zealand and North America, introducing New Zealand artists such as Neil Pardington and Vivienne Smith, Kathy Dudding and Len Lye to diverse international audiences. In the mid-1990s Rumsby stepped back from distribution to focus on writing and filmmaking. More recently he has recorded interviews with numerous film artists including Philip Dadson, Chris Kraus, Janine Randerson and Brent Hayward.
Rumsbys films include SCIENCE FICTIONS (1981), FANFARE (c1984), VISTAS (1985), AMERICAN SKETCHBOOK (2000), FOR DOTS (2003), DRIVEWAY (2006), THE OVERLANDER (2006), BROWN’S BARBEQUE (2006) LANDSCAPISM (2008) and ACQUALUNA (2011). His overriding interest is in the cinematic representation of landscape. "I like to think about the history of art and experimental film as I explore landscapes with my camera. The films are like documents of my evolving notions of cinematic landscape. Each completed work and landscape encountered leads to a new work, almost as an inarticulate form of autobiography. They range across locations as varied as the North Islands volcanic plateau, to African American neighbourhoods and the media, in the form of Canadian television, as contemporary landscape".
His audio works include SIX GREY LYNN HISTORIES (c1980), SEVEN ARTISTS (c1981) and recordings of Len Lye's kinetc sculptures. NZX2K10, his compilation DVD of New Zealand experimental films was included as a free giveaway in ILLUSIONS #42, Summer 2010. Rumsby continues to document his cinematic adventures in Diary of A Viewer and is currently developing several landscape film projects."
- text supplied by the artist