In 1970, a unique project was commissioned by the Stills Division of the National Film Board of Canada: fifteen West Coast artists -- many of them using a camera for the first time -- were invited to create a series of photographic booklets that were later compiled into an anthology. The B.C. Almanac(h) C-B artists conceived the book as an exhibition, and designed the accompanying exhibition as a 3-D version of the book’s production. To bring to light this forgotten event in the history of West Coast media art, Presentation House Gallery has reprinted the anthology and remounted the exhibition, along with works from the period by artists featured in the book.
This screening of iconic works by West Coast filmmakers reflects the collage and deconstruction aesthetic of the BC Almanac project, and celebrates a vibrant, multidisciplinary art scene as it embraced the expressive potential of newly accessible camera technologies.
- Cosmic Ray (Bruce Conner, USA 1961, 4.5 min, 16mm)
- Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper (David Rimmer, Canada 1970, 9 min, 16mm.)
- 7362 (Pat O’Neill, USA 1967, 10 min, 16mm)
- Aaeon (Al Razutis, Canada 1970, 24 min, 16mm)
- Runs Good (Pat O’Neill, USA 1970, 15 min, 16mm)
- Crossroads (Bruce Conner, USA 1976, 37 min, 35mm)
Total running time: approx. 99 minutes.
Organized in partnership with Presentation House Gallery and its exhibition B.C. Almanac(h) C-B, on display September 30 - November 29, 2015.