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Salt Water Bodies and Turning Tides: Moving Pictures by Women on the East Coast

FRI, OCT 15 / 7:30 pm
Curated by Amanda Dawn Christie

This unique collection of experimental films and videos made by women in Atlantic Canada, explores the interconnected play of body, gender, and landscape in the region. This screening takes the viewer on a journey through representations of the female body in Atlantic Canada through dance, animation, and experimental documentary. These films and videos chart the territorial frontiers between the inner and outer body; mapping the phenomenological inhabitation of the body, and the empirical excursions of the body into the external geographies and social landscapes of Atlantic Canada. – Amanda Dawn Christie

Going Home by Louise Bourque (2000, 1.5 min) – New Brunswick
Louise Bourque is an Acadian artist, originally from New Brunswick who has lived and made films in Montreal, Chicago, and Boston. “To the scratchy sounds of an old music box… ‘Going Back Home’ weaves snippets of old reels of houses collapsing, fires and floods into a 30-second elegy… Deep within its battered places and antique sounds, the film offers the possibility of recalling something that otherwise could be lost forever.” – Joanne Silver, The Boston Herald

Assembled by Becka Barker (2006, 5 min) – Nova Scotia
Becka Barker, hails originally from Woodstock, NB. This film is a hand-etched and collaged film where three figures navigate the modern social spaces of being “together alone.” Created with scratch animation, with an original score by Stephen Kelly of pop duo The Just Barelys.

Struggling in Paradise by Gerd Cammaer (2004, 6 min) – Nova Scotia
Gerda Cammaer is a Belgian filmmaker who has lived and made films in Halifax, Montreal, and Toronto. She made this film while living in Halifax, where she was an active member of the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op, and taught at both NSCAD and Dalhousie University. This film takes place amidst information overload, communication overkill and mediated emotions. Paradise, as a state of complete happiness, remains a fleeting promise, a state of mind impossible to achieve. Some seek refuge in the creative process, some multiply “various emotions” while other just drive along on the road to Paradise, thinking there is “nothing to worry about.”In the end, it is just all about “the drive.”

Hysterica and the Wandering Womb by Michelle Lovegrove Thomson (2004, 5.5 min) – New Brunswick
Michelle Lovegrove Thomson is a filmmaker from Fredericton New Brunswick with ties to both the NB Film Co-op and UNB. Rendered in hand cranked black and white, this film is a stylized and melodramatic look at the historic pathologizing of womens bodies (and hence, emotional state) by science. “She would no longer be divided against herself”.
Pustulations by Lisa Morse (2002, 8 min) – Nova Scotia
Lisa Morse is an animator and printmaker originally from Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, who now lives and works in Halifax, where she has been actively involved with the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative since 2000. “Pustulations” is a short animated film using the painting-on-glass technique. It is about one woman’s compulsion to pick at her skin and the purulent, pustular world beneath it.

Baseball Dances by Natalie Morin (2005, 5 min) – New Brunswick
Natalie Morin is a dancer from Moncton, New Brunswick who has created and presented work across Canada and Asia. In this video performance work, gestures of ambition and defeat are played out on a baseball field in an industrial location by a dancer in androgenous clothing and a catcher’s mask. The taping is raw and playful as it reveals a close relationship between the camera operator and the dancer.

Pretty Big Dig by Anne Troake (2006, 3.5 min) – Newfoundland
Anne Troake is a filmmaker and dancer from St. John’s Newfoundland. This dance film gently illustrates the assimilation of technology and the feminization of machines. A ballet performed by three excavators on a construction site illustrates the anthropomorphization of heavy equipment.

Pretty Bird by Tara Wells (2010, 2.5 min) – New Brunswick
Tara Wells is an artist and animator originally from Fredericton, who has made a home for herself and her artwork in Sackville, NB. This animation is inspired by a song of the same name by Fred Squire. The straightforward tenderness of Fred’s song is echoed through Tara’s use of monochromatic imagery and graceful animation. The song was inspired by real events, and reminds us that our actions may have untold effects on ourselves and those around us. The animation was completed in seven days using hand-carved rubber stamps and digital processing.

Throwing Rocks by Melanie Colosimo (2009, 1.5 min) – Nova Scotia
Melanie Colosimo is a visual artist and animator from Halifax, Nova Scotia. This film is a playful reminder that when life gives you pelicans, get them to bring you a bowling alley.

Crows and Branches by Millefiore Clarkes (2009, 4 min) – PEI
Crows and Branches is an experimental video that meditates on the wonder of the movement of nature. In Chalottetown, Prince Edward Island, there occurs a daily natural phenomenon. At dusk, thousands of crows appear, as if out of nowhere, in the sky over the city, and flock to Victoria Park at the water’s edge. They amass in such numbers that they turn the entire trees black and fill the sky with a symphony of haunting cries. Crows and Branches is an homage to this wonder.

I Wish by Linda Rae Dornan (2006, 2 min) – New Brunswick
Linda Rae Dornan is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Montreal, who has been living and making work in Sackville, New Brunswick, for the past two decades. This video broadsheet speaks of peace and war against a visual backdrop of anxiety, immanent danger, and change.

I’d Rather Have a River by Angela Thibodeau (2010, 4.5 min) – New Brunswick
Angela Thibodeau is an artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia who has been living between Asia and Atlantic Canada for the past few years. This video is a meditation on marriage and naming. Images of Japanese weddings are paired with text taken out of context on the subject of naming and identity.

Quand Je La Cueille by Maryse Arsenault (2009, 3.5 min) – New Brunswick
Maryse Arsenault is an Acadian artist from Moncton, New Brunswick. This mix of live puppet action and stop motion animation presents a vaudeville style performance by Ethel the marionette. This bittersweet lovesong reminds us that in giving flowers to our lovers, we have to first kill the flowers as we pick them.

8 Husbands of Zsa Zsa Gabor by Heather Harkins (2001, 1 min) – Nova Scotia
Heather Harkins is an animator from Halifax, Nova Soctia who is actively involved with the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. This film is an animated salute to dogged optimism in life and love.

Olive Prepares by Siloen Daley (2007, 15 min) – Nova Scotia
Olive Prepares was inspired by, and is based on, time she spent working at home as an artist, living with fellow animator and filmmaker Helen Hill. In this film, a new tenant in the apartment upstairs discovers Olive sawing her wall and invites her to tea for the following day.

Things for Now by Amanda Fauteax (2009, 2 min) – New Brunswick
Amanda Fauteux is a visual artist and animator from Ontario, who has made a home for herself in Sackville, New Brunswick. This video was originally a part of a larger gallery installation, and it is a delicate look at the little thoughts and worries of daily life, played out in collaged drawings and lined paper.

Video Et Taceo (I See But I Keep Silence) by Colleen Collins (2004, 6.5 min) – Nova Scotia
Colleen Collins is a Metis artist living in Port Greville, Nova Scotia. This video is a meditation on eagerness, attainment, and devastating force in the face of acceleration, change, and the weight of everyday.

Opus 40, by Barbara Sternberg (1979, 14.5 min) – New Brunswick
Barbara Sternberg is one of the founding members of Struts Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick where she made many of her early films. This film was made during her time in Sackville, on AFCOOP’s optical printer, which she would bring with her from Halifax to Sackville. “Opus 40” is about repetition: repetition in working and living, repetition through multiplicity and series, repetition to form pattern and rhythm, repetition in order and in revealing. “Opus 40” was filmed in the Enterprise Foundry, Sackville, New Brunswick, and has excerpts from Gertrude Stein’s writings.

About Amanda Dawn Christie:
Based in New Brunswick, Amanda Dawn Christie is a practicing interdisciplinary artist working in film, contemporary dance, photography and electro acoustic sound design. Her experimental film practice is an extension of her photographic background and centres on hand-processing, optical printing, and other DIY strategies.

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