“what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost”

May 23 , 8:00 pm

 —  9:55 pm

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Vika Kirchenbauer, Ruth Höflich, Laida Lertxundi, Kamila Kuc, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby

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ASL Interpretation

 

This program will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Bojana Stancic.

 

* title from UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS by Vika Kirchenbauer (2020).

* This program is only available to view in Canada

UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS

Vika Kirchenbauer
GERMANY, 2020, DIGITAL, 13 MIN
ENGLISH

 

Composed of short vignettes in different techniques and materialities, UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS uses the form of an essay film to approach trauma-related memory loss via reflections on light outside the visible spectrum—on what is felt but never seen. Carefully shifting between planetary macro scales, physical phenomena and individual accounts of affective subject formation, the artist's voice considers violence and its workings, class and queerness not through representation but from within.



*This work includes vibrant strobing effects that have the potential to trigger those with photosensitive epilepsy or light sensitivities.

Plant (879 pages, 33 Days)

Ruth Höflich
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
AUSTRALIA/GERMANY, 2020, DIGITAL, 15 MIN
GERMAN/ENGLISH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

During the 1980s, the transcript of a witch trial was found in the archive of a family property in southwest Germany. Plant (879 pages, 33 days) unfolds a conversation between mother and daughter that switches between the historical facts of the trial, and personal, ancestral connections to the site. A collection of photographs handled and dissected throughout the film act as carriers for unseen histories or intergenerational transmissions.

Autoficción

Laida Lertxundi
CANADIAN PREMIERE
USA/SPAIN/NEW ZEALAND, 2020, 35MM>DIGITAL, 14 MIN
SPANISH/ENGLISH (WITH SPANISH/ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

Borrowing its title from a literary genre, the film acknowledges the indeterminacy of both fiction and the self. Noir elements are reduced to deadpan gestures under bright California sunlight. Field recordings made in New Zealand are heard as women speak with each other about motherhood, abortion, breakups, and anxiety. A civil rights parade moves slowly down a street. Bodies appear in states of weariness, injured or at rest, while songs by Irma Thomas and Goldberg evoke the passing of time and an uncertain future.

This work includes vibrant strobing effects that have the potential to trigger those with photosensitive epilepsy or light sensitivities.

Noonwraith blues

Kamila Kuc
UK/USA, 2020, SUPER 8>DIGITAL, 4 MIN
NO DIALOGUE

 

Ominous cinegrams of Albrecht Dürer’s “Melencolia I” print intercut, like cascading scythes, with depictions of a woman in a field, evoking repetitions that exist in harvest rituals as well as in gestures of madness. Spectres of familial anxieties creep into this loose take on the myth of Poludnica (noonwraith or Lady Midday), a Slavic harvest spirit that could cause madness in those who wandered the fields alone. A pastoral horror.

You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born

Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
USA, 2019, DIGITAL, 33 MIN
ENGLISH

 

You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born is a visually stunning work that follows a woman through a life characterized by damage and loss, but in which she finds humour, love, and joy. With a score that follows the span of Lenore’s life, from her birth in the early ‘70s to her death in the 2040s, the film takes us from moments of harrowing loss to those of poignancy and dark humour. Her life is told through voice over, narrated by performers who range in age from nine to 69, and is beautifully illustrated with images of animals (including humans), insects, and landscapes.

  • Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist, writer, and music producer. She examines violence as it attaches to different forms of visibility and invisibility. Her work has been presented in a wide range of contexts including Whitechapel Gallery, Tainan Art Museum, Berlinale, New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, and Images Festival.

  • Ruth Höflich is a visual artist working between photography and moving-image. Her films have been exhibited and screened internationally including at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Hidden Bar (Art Basel), Lothringer 13 (Munich), and Recess (Melbourne) amongst others. She holds an MFA from Bard College, New York.

  • Laida Lertxundi is a filmmaker and artist living and working between Los Angeles, California, and the Basque Country. Her 16mm films bring together ideas from conceptual art and structural film with a radical, embodied, feminist perspective.

  • Kamila Kuc: I am a multimedia artist and writer whose hybrid works explore the transformative potential of apparatuses, dreams, and memories in the creation of societal myths and narratives. Of particular interest to my practice are stories that subvert dominant narratives of history, especially those relating to post-Soviet identities. In my recent projects, I’ve employed diverse archival sources in conjunction with AI tools to examine notions of agency, belonging, and identity while attempting to trace complex lineages of meaning and representation.

  • Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby have been working collaboratively since June 1994. Their work has been broadcast and exhibited around the world. Duke and Battersby are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York.  In 2010, they were shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Their work is distributed by Video Data Bank in Chicago, Argos in Brussels, Vtape in Toronto, and Video Out in Vancouver. In 2012, a book about their work, titled The Beauty is Relentless, was published by Coach House Books.

  • Bojana Stancic is a performance curator, designer and sometimes maker. Her work has taken her from DIY spaces to artist run centers and museums, as well as to international venues in Switzerland, UK and Belgium. Her interest in liveness spans across media having started work at the Art Gallery of Ontario working on the multi-disciplinary First Thursday series, eventually launching a performance specific program AGO Live.

Co-presented with

  • the8fest
  • Canadian Film Institute
  • Workman Arts