Events

  • 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.

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    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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  • A Mirror Avant-Garde: Non-Canonical Canonicals By Women Filmmakers

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    "If you’ve seen more than three of the films in this program, I’d be surprised. Yet every single one of these films by women filmmakers, chosen from the collection of the Filmmaker’s Co-op, deserves to be written about, taught in classes, and be part of the canon of avant-garde film. In a program of striking artistic voices from filmmakers with large bodies of work, you’ll see resonances with the films of Jack Smith, Carolee Schneeman, Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, Owen Land, Hollis Frampton, Barbara Rubin, Malcolm LeGrice, and many others."

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 19:00

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  • Collapsible Landscapes: The Work of Sabrina Ratté and Le Révélateur

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    Pleasure Dome and The Drake Hotel are pleased to present a curated selection of Sabrina Ratté’s video works followed by a live performance by Le Révélateur, making their Toronto debut. Since 2009, Montréal artist Sabrina Ratté has been meticulously crafting and dismantling entire worlds. Wedding the boundary-pushing exploration of early computer art with the boundlessness of natural vistas, Ratté’s work approaches the digital sublime through the lens of media archaeology, building and blurring landscapes with the grace of a neon Turner or Friedrich.

    Dates: 

    Monday, July 6, 2015 - 19:30

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  • 29th Stuttgarter Filmwinter

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    29. Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival For Expanded Media
    14-17 January 2016

    Stuttgarter Filmwinter is a Film and Media Arts Festival that provides a platform for avant-garde film and art. Innovation and internationality play an equally important role as the regional and local terms at the festival.

    The Media-Space is a platform for media art and information technologies. Our goal is to address problematics with current trends and to scrutinize them critically.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 (All day)
  • Projection Instructions: An Evening of Expanded Cinema

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    Microscope presents with the Filmmakers’ Cooperative "Projection Instructions: An Evening of Expanded Cinema" curated by Josh Guilford and featuring works by Paul Sharits and contemporary artists Malcolm Le Grice, Rose Lowder, Jennifer Reeves and Guy Sherwin.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 19:30

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  • Xpanded Bodies (What's Your Flavor #1)

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    Collectif Jeune Cinéma joins the Festival du film de Fesses and Festival Loud and Proud to present two new selections of short films from What's Your Flavor?, a call for experimental films dedicated to queer culture and launched in early 2015 by five programmers. Xpanded Bodies is a programme of films addressing sexuality from contemporary issues incarnated in poetic, political, erotic-pornographic proposals... Each of them is a new invitation to explore the body in the digital era.

    As part of the Festival du film de Fesses

    Dates: 

    Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 19:15

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  • Bill Morrison: Lecture and screenings

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    Talk by Bill Morrison – June 25 at 5 p.m., free admission

    Director Bill Morrison is one of today’s leading experimental filmmakers. He is known for his method of reworking motion picture footage that he finds in various archives and using those plastic elements to recompose an original narrative. He has recently been interested in a collection of archival films that were preserved for decades in the permafrost in an abandoned swimming pool in Dawson City and are now deposited with Library and Archives Canada. It was in viewing these films that he came across forgotten footage of the 1919 World Series, which became infamous for the Black Sox Scandal,in which eight Chicago White Sox players conspired to intentionally lose the series in exchange for money. His talk will focus on how he made this discovery and his unique approach to filmmaking.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 17:00 to 23:00

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  • Japan Cuts 2015: Mono No Aware / [+] (Plus)

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    As part of the Japan Cuts 2015 Festival.

    Avant-garde film and video practice emerges from vibrant cultures of experimentation and collaboration. This program represents work produced around and selected by two exemplary organizations: the New York-based Mono No Aware, and Tokyo-based [+] (Plus). Some of the featured films and videos emphasize elements of collaboration and transnational exchange, and influence between artists, spaces and technologies in Japan and the U.S. Juxtaposing works by artists loosely associated with the creative networks of Mono No Aware and [+] produces a visually and aurally stimulating 90+ minutes of unexpected connections and discoveries. Organized by Japan Society, Steve Cossman of Mono No Aware and Takashi Makino of [+].

    Dates: 

    Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 20:45

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