Events

  • Usurp Zone5 Film Festival

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    Usurp Art Gallery presents the Usurp Zone5 Film Festival (14 – 17 August 2015).
    Extraordinary screenings, exhibitions and a film soundtrack turntable night.

    Usurp Zone5 film festival features more than 80 experimental films by artists and filmmakers from over 15 countries, including Argentina, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and South Africa. Think - abstract, absurd, activist, animated, asemic, clandestine, collage, conceptual, cut-ups, environment, experimental, glitch, graffiti, graphic, identity, kinetic, outsider, paracinematic, performance, plunderphonic, poetry, radio, rebellious, sci-art, scores, scratch, silent, sonic, subterranean, subversive, surreal, synesthetic, typographic, video art...

    Dates: 

    Friday, August 14, 2015 - 18:30 to Monday, August 17, 2015 - 22:30

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  • Toying with String: Ute and Detel Aurand/Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson

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    Ute Aurand’s trilogy of films Toying with String I-III (Fadenspiele I-III) was made in a spirit of artistic spontaneity and improvisation with her sister, the painter Detel Aurand, between 1999 and 2013. Filmed inside the artist’s studio and outdoors in forests, fields, and mountains, they feature various natural and manmade materials invisibly manipulated to create images in a constant state of metamorphosis. This aspect of the sisters’ films serves as a bridge to the work of Vancouver artists Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, who will show a selection of films from their collaborative and separate practices.

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 19:30

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  • Peephole Cinema: Spacetime Singularities

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    New works by Bradley Eros, Sarah Halpern, Andrew Lampert
    Guest curated by Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti (Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn)

    Spacetime Singularities is a program of new moving image works made for the occasion of Peephole Cinema by Bradley Eros, Sarah Halpern and Andrew Lampert. The works, hand shot by each artist in the darkness – of a cave, a nightclub and on the streets of NYC in the wee morning hours – collapse sensations and sounds into a single focus viewing experience in which stalactites appear as sonograms, Kenneth Anger conducts a ceremony on the theremin, and liquid nitrogen tanks become ticking time bombs in the city’s rain-slicked streets. – EB & AM

    Reception / BBQ (bring something for the grill)

    Dates: 

    Friday, July 24, 2015 - 19:30

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  • Life Without Buildings: S8 Films by Steve Polta

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    Co-programmed by The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival & The Nightingale

    “Bay Area artist Steve Polta has been producing a body of films, mostly on Super 8, over the past two decades that are as exquisitely nuanced as they are rarely seen. Each film presents a narrow window onto the ordinary world, prodded by subtle observation until it yields images of ethereal beauty.” (Rick Bahto: Echo Park Film Center)

    Dates: 

    Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 19:00

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  • VISIONS 07|15 - Robert Todd

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    VISIONS in collaboration with the Double Negative Collective presents a double event with the presence of the artist.

    A specialist in lyrical 16mm filmmaking as well as a sound and visual artist, Robert Todd continually produces short works that resist categorization. In the past twenty years he has produced a large body of short-to-medium format films that have been exhibited internationally at a wide variety of venues and festivals including the Media City Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales, Black Maria Film Festival, Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, Cinematheque Ontario, the Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, the Paris Biennial, Slamdance Film Festival, and others. His films have won numerous festival prizes, grants, and artist’s awards. He teaches film production at Emerson College in Boston.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 21:00
    Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 21:00

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  • Light Movement 6: Jeannette Muñoz

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    Filmmaker Jeannette Muñoz presents some 16mm selections from two ongoing projects. In Envíos (2005-) we see sequences, incidents, occurrences, fragments, moments, glimpses, each section realised with and/or for a particular person, like a gift or dedication. Punchuncavi (2015) takes us to a former native American site in Valparaíso, Chile, now host to copper refineries, steam power plants and a lading port.

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 20:00

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  • Invocations of the Luminiferous Æther: Expanded cinema - Paul Clipson + Brendan Murray & Magical Approach

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    Balagan is pleased to present – along with Ricardo De Lima and the ICA, Boston – a program of two expanded cinema performances that challenge the perception of film as a static and unchanging medium or mere document of past artistic efforts. By introducing chance elements, both in the filming and the exhibition (which pairs live improvised sound to multi-layered 16mm projections), the performers draft the audience into the role of active participants; Unexpected mental connections are drawn between the disparate elements, mined from the depths of our collective unconscious and manifested as veritable waking dreams.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 12:00

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  • 8X8: Barbara Sternberg

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    8X8 is a new initiative from The 8 Fest, Toronto’s small-gauge film festival, to do year-round programming in support of our annual festival. 8 films for $8!

    In the films of Barbara Sternberg, the artist’s material inquiries manifest alongside social concerns around perception and reality. The figure, the landscape, and the memorial inscription are made archetypal and mythic. Since the mid-1970s, Sternberg has worked across media in her studies of these themes, often in super 8 and 16mm film as well as video, and her 2011 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts is only one of many achievements for her artistic work, alongside which her work as a teacher and curator had a significant impact on the Toronto film and media arts community for the past three decades. The 8 fest is proud to present this rare opportunity to see Barbara Sternberg’s early works, including several not in distribution, alongside a number of her more recent films, all in the context of small gauge film, a material that she has used in exhibition and in her process since her earliest films.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 19:00

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  • Ute Aurand: Eye Movement Stillness

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    Ute Aurand’s diary films, film portraits, and travelogues belong to the lineage of Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken and Margaret Tait. A key figure in Berlin’s film scene since the 1980s, Aurand records life’s small, ephemeral details on a handheld Bolex camera, later reworking them in a style that is at once energetic, rhythmic, playful and — unusually for experimental cinema — tender. She has described her approach as “a brief touch” — “like a swing, to go away and come back and go away and come back again.” Her films explore the lives of friends and strangers, the atmosphere of local and foreign places, and “the absolutely singular, exquisite textures of daily life around her” (Michael Sicinski).

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 19:30

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  • 1st edition - Ibrida pluri* festival

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    Presented by groop*index collective, this 1st edition of this hybrid and multidisciplinary festival will be happening during 2 days

    Our mandate is to gather structures and collectives under the same event to create new encounters and collaborations.

    Projections, audiovisual performances, multimedia installations, artist talks and an art fair.

    Dates: 

    Friday, July 17, 2015 - 19:30
    Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 19:30

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