Michael W. Wilson is an artist/filmmaker whose cross-disciplinary, collaborative and transmedia projects have investigated contemporary apocalypticism, the role of fantasy in ideology and new forms of documentary.
As a member of the Los Angeles new media collaborative C-level, he co-produced the documentary video game installation Waco Resurrection which debuted at The Kitchen (NYC) in 2004. In 2006, he completed the experimental video game MediaBlackout, an allegorical simulation allowing players to experience the War on Terror as a coordinated in-game advertising campaign. His experimental documentary on the mainstreaming of American Christian fascism titled Silhouette City premiered at the 2008 Miami International Film Festival and a companion volume of supplementary texts, images and documents was distributed in 2010 by University of Chicago Press. He is a founder and editor within the editorial collective Occupy Everything (occupyeverything.org) and a founder of the global supply chain research project Empire Logistics (empirelogistics.org).
Wilson has taught film, video, new media and art practice at Pitzer College, UC-Riverside, UC-Irvine, Otis College of Art and Cal-Poly-Pomona. He is the recipient of a 2013 Residency at the DeYoung Musem, a 2008 Residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2007 Funding Exchange Grant, a 2006 Yip Harburg Foundation Grant, an Honorary Mention at the 2005 Ars Electronica and a 2004 Rhizome Commission. He has exhibited his work widely, including the Sigmund Freud Museum (Vienna), Rotterdam Film Festival, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Ars Electronica, Entermultimediale, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, RealArtWays and the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf.He holds an MFA from Yale School of Art, a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from Hendrix College.