05
Apr
2010

Ukrainian Time Machine: Living Films by Naomi Uman

Monday, April 5, 2010 - 8:30 pm

Programmed by Amy Kazymerchyk
Naomi Uman in attendance

Like a crochet needle swiftly passing through loops of silk and wool,  sun-thickened fingers prying at garlic-clove sheaths, or a chorus of wedding songs around a table of varenyky and boiled dumplings, Naomi Uman’s camera lives amongst the people, homes and villages she films. 

Setting out to retrace the footsteps of her family’s own immigrant history, Naomi, an American artist who divides her time between Los Angeles and Mexico City, made a reverse journey of her great-grandparent’s emigration from Uman, Ukraine.  She bought a house in Legedzine, just outside of Uman, toured films around the country, befriended village babushki, and established an artist residency for cultural exchange. 

The films in “Ukrainian Time Machine” evolved out of the tactile and visceral experience of living in Legedzine. Kalendar chronicles her early days of Ukrainian language lessons.  Clay is a portrait of a brick factory that sits atop the ruins of the 5000- year-old, clay-based Trypillian civilization. 

Unnamed Film contains footage, in chronological order, shot from the time she arrived in Legedzine to the time she left. “Ukrainian Time Machine” is the latest extension of an artistic practice that involves Uman’s prolonged immersion in the world of her subjects; in previous projects, she lived with a diary-farming family in rural Mexico and with a Mexican immigrant family employed in industrial dairy production in California.   
 
Kalendar. 2008, 10mins.
On This Day. 2008, 5mins.
Window. 2008, 3mins.
Coda. 2008, 3mins.
Clay. 2008, 12mins.
Unnamed Film. 2008, 55mins.

01
Apr
2010

Ryan Trecartin Artist Talk

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 7:00 pm

 

At Emily Carr University of Art & Design
South Building Lecture Hall, Room 301- 1400 Johnston St. Granville Is. 
Co-presented by VIVO Media Arts Centre, ECU Spring 2010 Speakers Series and Fillip
 
Introductory Performance by Frederick Cummings accompanied by James Diamond
  
Ryan Trecartin was recently named winner of the Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts, and New Artist of the Year by the Guggenheim Museum’s First Annual Art Awards. Trecartin will screen his forty-minute video P.opular S.ky (section ish) (2009) which will be followed by a discussion with Amy Kazymerchyk and the audience.
 
At once highly complex and fast-paced, Trecartin’s videos, which are usually exhibited within installations, place viewers inside exhilaratingly chaotic environments primed for post-racial, post-gender, and post-human encounters that collapse time, space, and identity into a layered and wholly unforgettable experience.
08
Mar
2010

Kamal Aljafari: The Roof & Port of Memory

Monday, March 8, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Programmed by cheyanne turions, Amy Kazymerchyk and Cinema Project

Part essayistic meditation, part family portrait, The Roof is an eloquent and understated exploration of physical and psychic place in the context of filmmaker Kamal Aljafari’s family history. Returning to his parents’ and grandmother’s homes in Ramleh and Jaffa, now part of Israel, Aljafari uses elegant cinematography, unhurried rhythms, and fragmented narrative to convey how space, time and history have been molded by politics and Israeli institutionalized neglect. The roof of the title is an absent one, on the unfinished house where his family has lived since their resettlement in 1948, and it functions as a place of waiting marked by constant deferral. Curator Jean-Pierre Rehm has called the film “as much a stylistic as a political manifesto” that “reveals not so much the meaning of an absent roof, but the architecture of identity, place, and present pasts.”

Aljafari again draws from the lived experience of his kin in Port of Memory, following the reaction of his family when they receive an order to evacuate their home in Ajami, Jaffa's once-wealthy sea-front neighbourhood. Their lives and those of the other residents are thrown into disarray because they don't have access to the means to effectively fight back. Radically poetic, Port of Memory is a reflection on the absurdity of being at once absent and present, blending the mundane gestures of everyday life and collective memory.

Kamal Aljafari (b. 1972) is originally from Ramleh, Palestine. He graduated from the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. His film Visit Iraq (2003) he received the Visual Art Prize of the City of Cologne (2004) and an award from the Sundance Documentary Fund (2007). In 2005, he was awarded a fellowship by the German Kunstfonds. The Roof won the Best International On Screen (Video) Award at the Images Festival in Toronto (2008) and also the award for best soundtrack at the FID Marseille documentary festival in France. He was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar at Colgate University in New York. Through 2010, he is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. His work has shown at many international film festivals and will be exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, March 2010.

The Roof. 2006, 61:00mins, DV.
Port of Memory. 2009, 63:00mins, DV.

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Thought on Film
Tuesday March 09 2010, 6pm
Cineworks Independent Filmmaker's Society 1131 Howe St. (alley
 
The March meeting of Thought on Film will feature a selection of theory that has influenced Aljafari's practice. We will read excerpts from:
 
Edward Said, After the Lost Sky, "Interiors"
Robert Bresson, Notes to the Cinematographer
Andre Mazawi, Film production and Jaffa's predicament
 
Co-presented with Cinema Project and Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society.

 

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:

http://www.an-archivist.org/ytssp/?p=17

18
Jan
2010

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.
 
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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.
 
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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

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