- UNEXPOSED Microcinema on September 30th, part of a three-part series on Canadian experimental film, alongside Shannon Harris, Erin Celeste Weisgerber, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko and Faraz Anoushahpour, Scott Fitzpatrick and Mike Hoolbloom.
- Festival du Nouveau Cinema, "The New Alchemists #2," on October 10th & 12th, featuring works by Anouk de Clercq, Solomon Nagler, Katherine Liberovskaya, Matthias Müller, Jessica Sarah Rinland and Audréane Beaucage. I will be in attendance for both screenings!
Also, Midway (2008) will be presented at Curta8 International Festival of Super 8 on October 8th, in a programme alongside works by Saul Levine, Stephen Broomer, Joseph Bernard, Malena Szlam, Alexandra Morales, and Eda Goksel and Rita Piffer. This is the first time the restored version has been publicly presented, many thanks to Rafael Schlichting and Cláudio Cárdenas!
Above: Stills from Midway (2008, 13 min, Super 8 Kodachrome).
I am also really pleased to say I have some upcoming solo screenings in the works. I will do a separate post on these as soon as they are announced, but for now I can say that in December I will be touring the Loop Collective "Recent Works" programme to Ottawa with Canadian Film Institute, and Montreal with VISIONS / La Lumière Collective, alongside a selection of my own films, featuring The Lost Cycle (2016). It also looks like I will have a solo show in Toronto later this month... Details TBA soon!
Quanta (2008) will be presented as part of Light Cone's Scratch Expanded Show on September 17th in Paris. This is a favourite among my own works that is rarely shown, and so I am very appreciative to have it included in an amazing programme of silent films by icons such as Hans Richter, Oskar Fischinger, Maya Deren, Robert Breer, Stan Brakhage, and contemporaries such as Stephen Broomer and Josh Lewis. The event will be a "projection en plein air," don't miss it if you are in Paris.
Four years ago this month I premiered memento mori at the WNDX Festival of Moving Image, where it received the Jury Prize for Best Canadian Work. I am grateful that it has been viewed over 4,000 times online and liked by 100 people on its Vimeo page since then, which means it is played almost 3x daily. I sometimes feel conflicted about offering my work online for free, but consider it important for it to be as accessible as possible because I want it to be seen. I am grateful to receive the following comment from one of my favourite filmmakers, Joseph Bernard, who writes: "Your life flashed before my eyes in this delicious experience of images and recordings interwoven with cinematic genius... a network of thought and displacement sharing an exposed nervous system -- all with a dense, dark beauty. This is a absolute rarity of pure filmmaking. Stunning!" If you have enjoyed memento mori (or any of my other works) and would like to support me, you can purchase a BluRay from me personally via email (I will be creating an official limited release to promote this soon). Or, if you are a curator, please consider renting this work from one of its distributors: Winnipeg Film Group, CFMDC, Light Cone.
^ Still frame from Gulf (2016, 4 min, 16mm, col, sil)
Below are some photos from my show with Karl Fousek at Vector Festival in July courtesy of Vector and InterAccess. We had a great response to the performance, which was entirely improvised and our first time playing together (no rehearsal!), and I hope to collaborate with Karl again sometime soon. It was also great to perform with Michael Trommer and Eric Filion on the bill, and we all had a great panel discussion the next day, entitled "Algorithms, Generative Art and Machine Agency," moderated by festival co-curator Martin Zeilinger. This was the first A/V live show of Grids and it won't be the last.
This month, Graphical Records releases VARIATIONS, a DVD featuring twelve Canadian moving image artists reinterpreting Michael Snow's "Poem" (1957), for which I made my recent eponymous work. These works will be presented at Gallery of Alberta Media Art, Calgary, from June 1 - August 31st, and Latitude 53 in Edmonton from June 23 - July 30th. Very happy to be a part of this project, with an alternative version of Poem featuring a score by Steve Richman. (The original concept was to feature collaborations between image and sound artists, however it deviated at some point -- hence the reason why I commissioned an alternate soundtrack from the version currently touring festivals.)
Finally, I recently shot some documentation of my video installation The Water Suite, which is on permanent rotation as part of Speech Bubble, an LED screen installation by Jennifer Marman + Daniel Borins, at The Pinnacle on Adelaide (295 Adelaide St. at John, near TIFF Lightbox, Toronto). I had been waiting for it to get warm to do this, but it sort of backfired because there is a very long line behind the screen all day for a trendy soft serve ice cream place! On the plus side, these people spend time watching the installation while they eat their ice cream, which is great. Here is an article about the work with an image from one of the videos in The Water Suite,Waveform (2016). Speech Bubble runs daily from 9am-9pm, so check it out if you're in the area. It also features work by Marman + Borins, Gordon Douglas Ball, and Talia Shipman on scheduled rotation, so you might catch me or someone else but, regardless, it's great to see a screen in Toronto showing something besides an advertisement!
Right: Speech Bubble playing Grid11a. Left (distant): The Audience by Michael Snow.
This month in Found Footage Magazine issue #2 there is an article by Clint Enns called "Images Beyond Time: Cinema as Photographic Archive," that considers my film memento mori in the context of Hollis Frampton's (nostalgia) and Derrida's Archive Fever -- wonderful to be in such company, with several other excellent contemporary film artists considered as well in the article, and some very insightful analysis. The whole issue is great, and also features an artist page I contributed with 35mm film frames from B Movie (2005). You can buy it online here!
In the process of reprinting my extant filmography, I uncovered some lost works that form a suite of new 16mm films that I am very excited about -- more info on these soon!This year certainly seems to be all about 16mm for me - with a dedicated studio and the right equipment I was finally able to organize and rediscover materials that were previously lost or without a label, and after showing my 16mm together in a programme for the first time in January, I finished my first new work in 16mm in five years, Gulf (and a Super-8 film, Parhelion).
I am very honoured to have received the Trinity Square Video Award at Images Festival 2016 for Poem. Many heartfelt thanks to the festival curators, staff, jury and audiences. This presentation was the first public screening of the work that I was able to attend in person and it only feels complete as a work now in some ways. Among other things, this piece was a test for whether digital projection can sustain the intimacies of a lyrical form, and the result gives me hope for the future, as the quality of projection exceeded my expectations. However, what was even more valuable were the sensitive responses and engagement offered by friends and peers whose opinions I respect -- these, above all else, remind me of why I continue the sometimes impossible task of making artworks of a personal nature. The programme was reviewed in Exclaim! and my work was described as "a fine entry" but "too personal" to make a connection with the spectator. Well, let me tell you: I will never strive for anything less than personal cinema, it is a badge I wear proudly.
Meanwhile, Poem continues to screen on Air Canada flights from April 1 - May 31st, as part of Images Festival's "Ways + Means" programme. It is a really great selection of short works, and I hope you get to see it at 35,000 feet.
Poem (2015) screens at three festivals this month: Athens International Film + Video Festival, in "Alternative Textures" on Saturday, April 8th;Images Festival, in "How Should a Person Be?" on Sunday, April 17th; Kinoflow Kísérleti Film Fesztivál on April 22nd. What terrific programme titles! I'm very grateful to be included at Images and Athens again, having received awards from both festivals for my film memento mori. Poem will also be shown on Air Canada flights from April 1st - May 31st as part of Images' "Ways + Means" programme. I love the idea of people watching this film in the sky!
On Friday April 22nd, I will present Loop Collective: Recent Works at Open City Cinema's WUFF 2016 Fundraiser series. I am also very excited to be presenting my second-ever solo programme of my 16mm films, featuring some long-lost works that have never been shown publicly before. I will have Loop Collective books and DVDs available for anyone who comes, so hope to see you there, Winnipeg!
Poem (2015) screens in Chicago on March 6th at Onion City Film Festival, in a great programme alongside Karissa Hahn, Jason Halprin, Zach Iannazzi, Robert Todd, Joss Weissbach, Mike Stoltz, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Amy Lockhart, Tommy Heffron, Sasha Waters Freyer, and Karen Yasinski. It will also be presented at three additional festivals in April and May - details on those events soon!
I've been inspired by my recent 16mm retrospective with Loop to strike new prints of all my film works, which will be available for distribution through CFMDC and Light Cone by spring. I also just finished my first new projects on 16mm in nearly five years, Gulf, and Parhelion, as well as completing new 5k transfers of two older Super 8 films, Midway (2008), and PS Kensington (2005). I took a hiatus from celluloid-based production for a number of years while I was busy with my Masters degree and the intensive production of memento mori (2012), but now after a number of years I'm happy to return to the medium to complete several unfinished works. Working in multiple mediums poses numerous challenges as an artist - each has its own aesthetic, and can feel almost like a different personality - and I've been hesitant to return to film largely due to its cost, but these projects form important links in the chain of my artistic development and I'm glad to have the chance to be filling in some of the gaps.