Happy new year!
This month marks the start of Loop Collective's 20th Anniversary screenings in Toronto, and I will be presenting a retrospective of my 16mm films at Trinity Square Video on Thursday, January 21st. There will also be retrospectives of films by other collective members and a show of recent works at Innis Town Hall on Thursday, February 4th to accompany the launch of our new book. Hope you can join us!
I am also very happy to announce that Poem will receive its European Premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam, in a programme entitled "True Desires" on January 29th & 30th. I wish that I could attend IFFR this year - I had a fantastic experience last time, it was a terrific opportunity to see great new works and meet new people - but family and work are keeping me in Toronto for the winter.
Alberta will also be presented at Les Inattendus Film Festival in Lyon, France, another place I wish I could revisit! Lyon is a beautiful city and home to the Lumière factory, the birthplace of cinema!
Still image from Poem (2015).
Excited to announce that Loop Collective will finally be launching our long-awaited monograph after many years of hard work. This will be presented at a special 20th anniversary screening at Innis Town Hall on February 4, 2016, and will also be accompanied by individual retrospectives of the films and videos of collective members (dates and venue TBA soon). Mark your calendars!
This month I finished a new video installation entitled Cathedral (2015), the first work I've completed in 4k resolution. It will be on display for the next year on a screen wall at 745 Thurlow St., Vancouver, BC, Bentall Kennedy LP, consulting by Public Art Management.
Cathedral considers the relationship of the screen to earlier forms of mediated light, such as stained glass, which both utilize "light through", as opposed to the "light falling upon" of the cinematic image. Marshall McLuhan contended that while the latter establishes a distanced point of view, positioning the viewer as the camera, the former generates participation and involvement, as the viewer becomes the screen itself -- "a thing of profundity and depth." Stained glass was the product of an environment designed for contemplation, a state not often encountered within our contemporary world. Cathedral draws upon these connections, merging organic and digital forms via a refracted metamorphosis of the Douglas Firs of Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park. As technology and screens become ubiquitous, the timelessness of natural forms can offer a means for accessing moments of eternity.
This is a busy month of screenings and events!
- Alberta will be screened at Festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal on October 11th & 16th.
- I will present a selection of recent films and videos by the Loop Collective in person with Iris Film Collective on Saturday October 24th in Vancouver BC, alongside fellow members Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof and Jocelyn Statia. This event is part of the "Collective Unconscious" series, which has also featured Montreal's Double Negative Collective and Ottawa's Windows Collective. It will be accompanied by an artist talk on Sunday October 25th at the Iris Collective Fieldhouse Studio. Check out the event page here.
- Films by the Loop Collective at Independent Visions in Regina SK on November 2nd. This will be accompanied by a guest lecture at the University of Regina.
- Next month, I will be giving a guest lecture at Media Arts Peterborough's MAP Talks series, on November 10th, that will be accompanied by a screening of Heavenly Bodies (2015).
- Alberta will be presented at L'Alternativa Festival in Barcelona, Spain, on November 17th, 20th, and 21st.
more news to come soon! x
Still from Alberta (2014).
livemix02, 2015 - Part of an ongoing series of live improvised video mixes
Also, Poem (2015) received its international premiere at EXiS Festival's EX- NOW 3 programme alongside Ben Rivers, David Bryant & Karl Lemieux, Hafiz Rancajale, Anton Ginzburg, and IP Yuk-Yiu.
Francesco Cazzin also wrote a wonderful post about Poem on his site, "L'Emergere Del Possibile".Still from Poem (2015).
12' excerpt from live video performance
From June 26th - July 25th, the Loop Collective presents a selection of works at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, co-presented by Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.
This event is the first in a cross-country tour of Loop Collective screenings in celebration of the Toronto-based experimental film collective’s forth 20th anniversary. The works in this exhibition combine recent films from their members with older hidden gems, generating conversations between old and new, film and video, movement and stasis, purity and hybridity, nature and technology, matter and memory.
Still from Alberta (2014).
> settled into new house (fixing things, hanging pictures, rearranging furniture, shelves, etc.)
> completed a series of new videos for a public art commission in downtown Toronto (TBA)
> working on a new soundtrack for Carl Brown, entitled "Blood Sugar" (20 minutes, 16mm)
> push towards finishing my PhD comprehensive exams (reading Heidegger, Freud, Whitehead, etc.)
> live video performance accompanying a musical composition by Núria Giménez-Comas and Carla Huhtanen (soprano), at 21C Music Festival, part of Soundstreams at Royal Conservatory, Toronto.
> Loop Collective touring exhibition in the works, beginning with a group show at Truck Gallery (Calgary), co-presented by the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, to be followed by shows in Vancouver, Toronto, and quite possibly several other Canadian cities before expanding internationally.
Still from Heavenly Bodies (2015, work in progress).