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PUBLIC DOMAIN: SAW VIDEO COMMISSION

WED, SEP 21 / 7 pm
Introduced By Artist Steve Reinke and Christopher Rohde from SAW Video

Steve Reinke is an acclaimed writer and video artist who has had screenings and exhibitions around the world including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa),the Centre Pompidou, the Tate, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the New York Video Festival. He is currently associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University. He is the co-editor, with Tom Taylor, of Lux: A Decade of Artists’ Film and Video and, with Chris Gehman, the forthcoming The World is a Cartoon: Artists Animation at the End of Cinema. He has co-edited several books and won the prestigious Bell Canada Prize for Video Art.

Public Domain originated as a video commissioning project of SAW Video, a media-art centre located in Ottawa, Canada. In 2009, seven artists were selected from a national call for proposals to create videos drawn from archival films and photographs held in the collection of Library and Archives Canada. Over the course of a year, SAW Video assisted the artists with the process of researching and collecting materials for use in their work. The completed commissioning project premiered in Ottawa on June 24, 2010. Many of the documents used in these pieces are seen for the first time out of the archives and in the context of art.

The Beauty Pageant News (dir. Sara Angelucci, 2009, Canada, 8:47 min.)
Angelucci assembled this melange of “Miss Toronto” with dozens of contestants parading in their swimsuits before a panel of judges and thousands of on-lookers. Also used is a soundtrack from a 1950s radio program “What makes you tick” to examine attitudes expressed towards women at the time.

Beyond the Pale (dir. Maureen Bradley, 2009, Canada, 16 min.)
This film examines the life and death of artist Maureen Bradley’s great, great aunt, Kate Tubridy who died in the Lounge Point Insane Asylum near Montreal. Maureen was never aware of her existence until her mother discovered her death certificate at the asylum. Using films and photos from the late 19th and 20th century, Bradley posits a number of fictions that Kate’s life might have taken before living out the final third of her life in the asylum.

Vortex (dir. Gennaro de Pasquale, 2009, Canada, 12:08 min.)
An experimental video which combines fragments of films of different genres (fiction, documentary, animation) most of which date from the early 20th century. Vortex brings to mind the tumultuous movement of an overflowing waterway.

Not Torn (Asunder from the Very Start) (dir. Steven Reinke, 2009, Canada, 9:57 min.)
The archive is a mausoleum that pretends to be a vast garden. Memory is an irridated zoo in which the various animals are mutating extravagantly and dying slowly.

Library and Archives Canada Public Domain Reels Documenting Spots of Beauty and Interest in Ontario and Quebec Sometime Ago Remixed Today (VCRS) (19752010) (dirs. Ryan Stec and Véronique Couillard, 2009, Canada, 3 min.)
Images of the Canadian industrial landscapes melt into one another. Sampled reels include a train ripping a snowy Algoma landscape in half, leaving a fantastic and huge trial of smoke and a cargo ship falling sideways into the Georgian Bay.

Chant (dir. Suzan Vachon, 2009, Canada, 23:32 min.)
A video composed primarily of film archives from the first half of the 20th century. “These images when I screened them were experienced as a powerful fuel for the contemporary imagination.”

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Optical Printer One on One Workshop Sessions

Appointment Based One on One Session
Wed 12

I Am Cuba (Restoration)

Thu, Dec 6 / 7 pm
Sat & Sun, Dec 8 & 9 / 3 pm & 7 pm
Wed - Fri, Dec 12 - 14 / 7 pm
Sat, Dec 15 / 3 pm
Thu 13

The Changeling (Restoration)

Sun, Dec 2 / 7 pm
Thu, Dec 6 / 9:30 pm
Sat, Dec 8 / 9:30 pm
Thu, Dec 13 / 9:30 pm
Fri 14

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Fri & Sat, Dec 14 & 15 / 9:30 pm
Sun, Dec 16 / 7 pm
Thu & Fri, Dec 20 & 21 / 9 pm
Sat, Dec 22 / 5 pm & 9 pm
Sun, Dec 23 / 5 pm
Sat 15

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution

Sat, Dec 15 / 7 pm
Sun, Dec 16 / 3 pm & 5 pm
Wed - Fri, Dec 19 - 21 / 7 pm
Sat, Dec 22 / 3 pm & 7 pm
Sun, Dec 23 / 3 pm

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