Tuesday April 10 (Day One)

Day One at HIFF 2012 begins with the east-coast premier of SAW Video’s “Public Domain” program on Tuesday April 10 at 7:00PM at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax (2203 Gottingen Street). A Q&A session with a participating artist will follow this screening. “Public Domain” originated as a video commissioning project of SAW Video, a media art centre in Ottawa. Seven artists were selected from a national call for proposals to create videos drawn from archival films, photographs and audio recordings held in the collection of Library and Archives Canada. Watch The Trailer This is a FREE Event!

During the second part of the evening HIFF will present “The Forgotten Space” at 9:00PM, also at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax (2203 Gottingen Street). This film is directed by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch, and is described by journalist and filmmaker Mike Hoolboom as “An epic view and urgent analysis of the follies of global capitalism, The Forgotten Space is a prime example of essayistic and political cinema. It creates a complex tapestry of powerful images and language.” Watch the Trailer Tickets for this screening: $5 Student & Senior / $7 General Admission

After these two great screenings, stay and help us ring in the start of a new HIFF at the 2012 Opening Reception. This is a FREE Event – and the fun begins at 10:30PM if you’d like to join us! During the reception, we will celebrate the launch of local professor and author Jerry White’s new book “Revisioning Europe: The Films of John Berger and Alain Tanner” (published by University of Calgary Press). Why not? Its a Tuesday after all – it’ll be a blast!

7:00PM | SCREENING: “Public Domain”

A Q&A session with a participating artist will follow this screening 

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street

Public Domain originated in 2009 as a video commissioning project of SAW Video, a media art centre in Ottawa. Seven artists were selected from a national call for proposals to create videos drawn from archival films, photographs and audio recordings 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 projects bring a critical perspective to the found materials, reflecting on themes of appropriation, memory, fragility and identity. Public Domain has been touring a number of venues across Canada, the USA, and the UK in 2011-12.

Artist Suzan Vachon (Montréal) and former SAW Video Programmer Mireille Bourgeois will be in attendance to introduce the programme and hold a Q&A session after the screening.

 Vortex, Gennaro De Pasquale

(Montréal, 2010, 12:08, digital video)

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.

The Beauty Pageant News, Sara Angelucci

(Toronto, 2010, 8:47, digital video)
Angelucci assembled this mélange of footage of “Miss Toronto” competitions 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 called “What makes you tick” to examine attitudes expressed towards women at the time.

Library and Archives Canada Public Domain Reels Documenting Spots of Beauty and Interest in Ontario and Quebec Sometime Ago Remixed Today (VCRS): 19752010, Ryan Stec/Véronique Couillard

(Ottawa, 2010, 3:00, digital video)
Images of Canadian industrial landscapes melt into one another. Sampled reels include a train ripping a snowy Algoma landscape in half, leaving a fantastic and huge trail of smoke and a cargo ship falling sideways into the Georgian Bay.

 chant [dans les muscules du chant], Suzan Vachon

(Montréal, 2010, 23:32, digital video)

A video composed primarily of archival film images from the first half of the 20th century. “These images when I screened them were experienced as a powerful fuel for the contemporary imagination.”

Beyond the Pale, Maureen Bradley

(Victoria, 2010, 16:00, digital video)
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 been before living out the final third of her life in the asylum.

Not Torn (Asunder from the Very Start), Steve Reinke

Chicago/Toronto, 2010, 9:57, digital video)

The archive is a mausoleum that pretends to be a vast garden. Memory is an irradiated zoo in which the various animals are mutating extravagantly and dying slowly.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Sara Angelucci is a photo and video artist living in Toronto. She completed her B.A. at the University of Guelph and her M.F.A. at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her photography across Canada including exhibitions at Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Ace Art in Winnipeg, Vu in Quebec City, the Toronto Photographer’s Workshop, the MacLaren Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the Richmond Art Gallery. Her videos have been screened across Canada and included in festivals in Europe and Hong Kong. Sara has participated in artist residencies at NSCAD (Halifax), the Banff Centre and at Biz-Art in Shanghai, China. Sara’s work is represented by the Wynick/Tuck Gallery and V-Tape in Toronto.

Teacher, curator and artist, Maureen Bradley has produced 32 short films and videos that have screened at festivals and galleries around the globe. Retrospectives of Maureen’s work have been programmed in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver and two of her tapes screened at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). She works in multiple styles and forms including drama, documentary, experimental, and web. Maureen attended the Women in the Directors Chair workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2002. She is the president of CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers and has been involved in artist-run culture in Canada for almost twenty years through Image et Nation, Out On Screen, Video In Studios, Saskatchewan Filmpool and the Independent Media Arts Alliance.

Multimedia artist Gennaro De Pasquale was born in Bisceglie, Italy, in 1969. He lives and works in Montreal, Canada. He completed his fine arts studies in France. He has participated in many individual and collective exhibitions and was initiator and curator of the Post-Audio Esthetic project at the Clark Gallery in 2000. He has shown his works in Europe, Canada, Asia, United States, Brazil, Chile, and Japan. He participated in the exchange between Clark Centre and the Glassbox gallery, shown at the Québec national museum of Fine Arts, and conceived and directed the net art project Post-Audio NetLab. In 2006, he curated the project Post-Audio_DVD, a compilation of audiovisual works created by Montreal artists. De Pasquale has been particularly interested in the representation of sound through images, objects and installations, as well as in sound as matter, language and autonomous artwork. His artistic exploration draws inspiration from a reflection on the impact of technological innovations on our perception of time, the spaces of transmission and socialization.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his monologue-based video essays which are widely screened, collected and exhibited. He lives in Toronto and Chicago, where he is associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University. In 2006 he was awarded the Bell Canada Prize in Video Art. He has edited a number of books, including the anthology “The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema” with co-editor Chris Gehman. Coach House recently published a book of his scripts “Everybody Loves Nothing.” He is represented in Toronto by Birch Libralato Gallery.

Ryan Stec is a Winnipeg born/Ottawa based media artist and curator. His work experience and community involvement spans a wide variety of disciplines and interests. He has been heavily involved in the artist-run culture of Ottawa since 1998. He is currently the Artistic Director of Artengine.

Véronique Couillard is a visual artist who works mostly with video, live video performances and video installation. A graduate from the fine arts program at the University of Ottawa, her work has been exhibited in Moncton, Guelph, Saskatoon, Québec, Tracadie-Sheila, Gatineau and other Canadian cities and towns, as well as in Cape Town (South Africa) and Vaasa (Finland).

Interdisciplinary artist Suzan Vachon teaches sculpture, video and other multidisciplinary courses at the Université du Québec à Montréal’s École des arts visuels et médiatiques since 1992. Between 1991 and 2002, she taught video at Université de Montréal, first in the Art History Department and then in Film Studies (2004). Considering her art practice as a polyphonic space for research, Vachon questions the relations of resonance and interpretation between architecture and several other media, for example sculpture, video, cinema, sound, literature and photography. Since, 1993, Vachon has focused on public art, installing either permanent or temporary works within the architectural environment. Her works divulge an interest for staging light and develop various spatialization strategies to reveal images onto different types of screen and by luminous bodies. In 2001 and 2007, she was a runner-up for the Artistic Creation Award for best experimental artwork by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, presented at the Rendez-vous du cinema québecois. Her videos have been shown and nominated at several international festivals (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Mexico and Argentina).

Presented by SAW Video, Centre for Art Tapes, and AFCOOP

9:00PM | SCREENING: “The Forgotten Space”
HIFF 2012 Opening reception will follow the screening

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street
$5 Students & Seniors/$7 General  

The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

A range of materials is used: descriptive documentary, interviews, archive stills and footage, clips from old movies. The result is an essayistic, visual documentary about one of the most important processes that affects us today. The Forgotten Space is based on Sekula’s Fish Story, seeking to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea. (dirs. Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, 2010, 112 min)

HIFF 2012 Opening reception will follow the screening.

Presented by AFCOOP & Dalhousie University

10:30PM | HIFF 2012 Opening Reception & Book Launch

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street

Come for drinks and nibblies, and help us ring in the start of a new HIFF at the 2012 Opening Reception.

We will also celebrate the launch of local professor and author Jerry White’s new book “Revisioning Europe: The Films of John Berger and Alain Tanner” (published by University of Calgary Press).

Why not? Its a Tuesday after all – it’ll be a blast!

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