Robby Herbst presented his YTSSP essay Mediation, Self Marginalization and Post Politics in Protest Media at an offsite event at Studio 1202. You can view this essay here:


The YouTube School of Social Politics

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Programmed by Red76
Gabriel Saloman & Sam Gould (Red76) and Robby Herbst in person
The YouTube School for Social Politics (YTSSP) invites historians, artists, and theorists to construct passages of historical inquiry through assemblages of YouTube clips. In an increasingly invisible society we are each a consumer, creator, and clearing house for knowledge, just as much as we are receiver, producer, and disposer of material goods. These notions of surplus knowledge play a central role within the YouTube School for Social Politics. Scattered throughout YouTube lie countless personal and collective points of view and scattered historical moments. By arranging segments of documentaries, personal missives, family films, newsreels and music videos, new light is shed on the sociopolitical landscape of history past and history present.
Red76 is the moniker for initiatives most often conceived by Sam Gould and collaboratively realized with Zefrey Throwell, Gabriel Mindel-Saloman, Dan S. Wang, Mike Wolf, Laura Baldwin, and many others dispersed throughout the world. Their initiatives focus on the facilitation of discussion, thought and action within public space. Their projects manifest within the realms of printed matter, multi-media, social practices and anything else they can get their hands on.
Gabriel Saloman, Mystery Ecology. 2009, 55mins, dv.
Sam Gould, Human Masks. 2009, 50mins, dv.
Artist talk: Sam Gould and Robby Herbst
Saturday January 16 2010, 2pm, Free
Artspeak 233 Carrall Street
Sam and Robby, editors of the Journal of Radical Shimming and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest respectively, will discuss their use of printed matter in art, social engagement and politics.
Screening & live A/V performance: Robby Herbst & Sade Sade
Saturday January 16 2010, 7:30pm, $10 suggested donation
Studio 1202, RSVP programming(at)dimcinema(dot)ca for location
Complimentary light food and beverages will be available, but b.y.o.b. is welcome.

Robby Herbst, Mediation, Self Marginalization and Post Politics in Protest Media. 2009, 60mins, dv.
Sade Sade, War Requiem. 2009, 12mins, a/v performance.
Robby Herbst is part of the editorial collective of the Los Angeles based publication, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Also an artist and writer, Robby's work looks at the intersection of theory, beauty and social upheaval. His work examines both what forms and images are created in the act of protest and how it is influenced by the world of art. Robbie will be screening and discussing his YTSSP essay in an informal and convivial environment. Complimentary light food and beverages will be available, but b.y.o.b. is welcome.

Also this evening will be a debut of Sade Sade's YTSSP inspired composition, War Requiem. A meditation on musical and lyrical forms of opposition to War,  War Requiem layers video featuring Benjamin Britten, CRASS, John Cage and Arvo Part to create an original sound work which acts both as a study and a response to these artists.

Co-presented with ARTSPEAK and VIVO Media Arts

Programmed by cheyanne turions, Alicia Monro and Amy Kazymerchyk

The “projection performances” of New York-based artist and architect Bruce McClure are immersive cinematic [or proto-cinematic] happenings. Lightning surges of luminescence and thunderclaps of sine waves create visceral experiences on the screen and in the body. McClure’s illuminations are time-based: they are essentially ephemeral and singular, existing outside the bounds of simulation and reproduction. His alchemical, hallucinatory experiments with light, darkness and sound will employ two projectors running simultaneously. As beams of light converge with optically generated sound, the audience is enveloped in interactive play with apparatus.

McClure will conduct  four unique performances using two projectors: You Know My Methods (2003), Christmas Tree Stand - Part 1 (2004), Evertwo Circumflicksrent Page 298 (2007), and Cong In Our Gregational Pompoms (2009).


Working the Room
12 + 13 December 2009, 10am-5pm
Cineworks Studio [1131 Howe, back lane entrance]
Cost is $75 for Cineworks members / $125 for non-members

Led by Bruce McClure, this workshop will examine how the variously dimensioned spaces in the trajectory between the spectator and projected image, via lamplight, can be reconfigured as boundaries where cinematic work can be made.  


Deliberate Obstructions + Calculated Aimlessness
10 December 2009, 7pm
Cineworks Studio [1131 Howe, back lane entrance]

This conversation with Bruce McClure will explore the potential of the 16mm projector as a liberated instrument of the projection of pictures and an optical soundtrack. Local expanded-cinema artist, curator and writer, Alex MacKenzie, will moderate the discussion.

Co-Presented with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society


The Exception and the Rule: Karen Mirza and Brad Butler

Monday, November 23, 2009 - 7:30 pm

Programmed by Amy Kazymerchyk
Brad Butler in attendance

UK artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s artistic practice challenges and interrogates participation, collaboration, the social turn, and the traditional roles of the artist as producer and the audience as recipient. This investigation currently manifests in The Museum of Non Participation, a cross-cultural artistic intervention and appraisal of standard forms of representing and experiencing the everyday in Karachi and London. The project was conceived in 2007 when Mirza and Butler witnessed the Pakistani Lawyers movement protests and subsequent state violence from a window in The National Art Gallery in Islamabad. 

The Exception and the Rule is Mirza and Butler’s most recent film from this ongoing series. Conscious of their outside perceptions of the city and its geo-political weight, they investigate the everyday patterns of Karachi’s inhabitants and social architecture. In a city with almost no museums, the city itself becomes the museum. Non-participation becomes a form of resistance that critiques agency and consequence of participation/implication, action/inaction, and resistance/pacifism within the constraints of our global economic and political systems.

Their earlier work, Non Places, The Space Between, and The Autonomous Object? provide history and context to Mirza and Butler’s commitment to questioning the objectivity of the cinematic frame and its implications in anthropology, ethnography, and architecture.


Sunday November 22, 5-10pm
Outside the Museum of Non-Participation: Artist Talk and Dinner
Conversation with Brad Butler
$10 for a hot dinner, BYOB
RSVP to book your seat at the table through
Address given out upon RSVP

UK Filmmaker and Programmer of the media arts centre in London will present an artist talk on his curatorial, pedagogical and social filmmaking practices. At its core, Butler’s practice challenges and interrogates participation, collaboration, the social turn, and the traditional roles of the artist as producer, and the audience as recipient. Over dinner and wine, we hope to introduce Butler to the arts, media, writing and programming community in Vancouver and spark conversation about collaborating with UK and European artists, centres, and projects. 


Saturday November 21, 12-6pm
Experimental Ethnography
Facilitated by Brad Butler, Filmmaker, Social Practices Artist and Programmer of the Media Arts Centre in London UK.
Cineworks, 1131 Howe St. Back Lane Entrance
50$, register through

Anthropologist Anna Grimshaw said, "Films are not about what you see, but how you see". This cross-media practice based workshop refers to the history of filmmaking to explore the construction of anthropological truth. Drawing on the genre of Experimental Ethnography, participants will consider the ambiguous relationship between image, narration, sound, and text and explore ways of re-contextualizing or disrupting visual evidence through the creative use multiple audio and visual voices.

Please bring materials that reflect your practice, or a new practice you would like to experiment with: pen and paper, laptop, camera, video camera, film camera, audio recording. 


Brad Butler graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Documentary Filmmaking. He also has a 1st class degree in Anthropology. In September 2000 he was the winner of BBC2’ Documentary talent 2000 competition, as well as winning the National Student Television Award in 1998. Since 1998 he has been creating a body of work in collaboration with Karen Mirza that has moved between the documentary form and artists film. This ongoing dialogue about practice has manifested itself in artistic work presented in exhibitions, events and the cinema as well as the creation of the unique space Brads most recent work is a return to issues raised in Anthropology having spent 10 years as an active participant in the ideas of experimental film. Brad’s new solo work In Search of Structure is the first of a new body of work that brings together his experience in both fields.

Co-Presented by Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society + VIVO Media Arts Centre

Kevin Jerome Everson

Monday, October 19, 2009 - 8:30 pm

Programmed by Amy Kazymerchyk
* Kevin Jerome Everson will be taking questions and comments after the screening by skype.

Kevin Jerome Everson’s prolific body of film work engages with and responds to the history and culture of working class Black Americans and people of African decent. His short gestural films confuse simplistic expectations of ethnographic documentary, poetic narrative, or theatrical drama. He stitches archival footage, scripted sequences, verite documents, and abstract aural and visual minutiae into textured portraits of people, places, economics, politics, and ephemera. Films such as Company Linefocus on details of physical and speech gestures, the mechanics and materials of labour, and employment architecture to explore the lives of city workers in Mansfield Ohio; and hint at bigger questions about freedom and prosperity for Black Americans. The Reverend E. Randall T. Osborn, First Cousin is one of Everson’s signature archival films that reveal the construction of performance and portrayal in a minimally edited interview with Martin Luther King’s first cousin about police brutality during race riots in Cleveland Ohio. According to… is an example of Everson’s astute and seamless montage of fiction and non-fiction that aims to question authority, authenticity and the representation and preservation of African American history.

Kevin Jerome Everson (b.1965) is a filmmaker, originally from Mansfield Ohio, living and working in Charlottesville Virginia. Everson’s three feature films and over 50 short films and videos have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris; Redcat in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery in London many other venues worldwide. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NEA Fellowship, two NEH Fellowships, two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, and an American Academy Rome Prize. 


Company Line. 2009, 30:00min, DV/16mm.
FifeVille, 2005. 15:00mins, 16mm.
The Picnic. 2007, 2:30mins, 16mm.
Something Else. 2007, 2:00mins, 16mm.
Ring. 2008, 1:30mins, 16mm.
Second and Lee. 2007, 3:00mins, 16mm.
The Reverend E. Randall T. Osborn, First Cousin. 2007, 3:00mins, 16mm.
753 McPherson Street. 2009, 2:00mins, 16mm.
Broad Day. 2008, 1:00mins, 16mm.
Playing Dead. 2008, 1:30mins, 16mm.
The Wilbur. 2008, 1:30mins, 16mm.
According to… . 2007, 8:30mins, 16mm.
Images: (top) Playing Dead, 2008 (bottom) Company Line, 2009



A monthly reading + discussion group, Thought on Film aims to promote critical thought around film product and practice through community-based discussion. Open to the public, Thought on Film fosters the close reading of texts confronting issues in contemporary, cutting-edge cinematic practice and philosophy.

Provoked by the presentation of Kevin Jerome Everson’s work as part of DIM Cinema, October’s meeting will feature an audio recording of Richard Pryor's 'Hank's Place' and a selection from Lorraine Hansberry's 'A Raisin in the Sun.'

26 October 2009, 6pm | Cineworks [1131 Howe, back lane entrance] | Free