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  • 8X8: Barbara Sternberg

    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

    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

    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

    "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

    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

    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)

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