Double Negative presents
Landscape and technology: Films of Chris Welsby
Saturday, March 30 2013, 21h
Sunday, March 31 2013, 19h (repeat screening)
335, De Maisonneuve Blvd East
Montréal, Québec, H2X 1K1
Artist in attendance
Vancouver-based media artist Chris Welsby emerged in 1970s as a major figure in the experimental cinema scene in the UK where he was associated with the London Filmmakers’ Co-op. Welsby developed a unique process of filmmaking in which the interaction between cinematic apparatus and various forces of nature became an important determinant of the shape of his films.
This program surveys Welsby’s outstanding achievements in landscape film during this period, including much-acclaimed Seven Days and River Yar, which was co-made with William Raban, one of the foremost proponents of British expanded cinema. Welsby makes his first appearance in Montreal with this retrospective.
- Colour separation (UK, 1974, 2.5 min, 16mm, colour, silent, no dialogue)
- Fforest Bay II (UK, 1973, 5 min, 16mm, colour, silent, no dialogue)
- Windmill III (UK, 1974, 10 min, 16mm, colour, silent, no dialogue)
- Wind vane (UK, 1972, 8 min, double-projection 16mm, colour, optical sound, no dialogue)
- Seven days (UK, 1974, 20 min, 16mm, colour, optical sound, no dialogue)
- River Yar (Co-directed with William Raban, UK, 1971-72, 36 min, double-projection 16mm, colour, optical sound, no dialogue)
About Double Negative:
Founded in 2004, Double Negative is a Montreal-based group of moving-image artists dedicated to the creation and exhibition of experimental and avant-garde cinema. Through its sustained grassroots efforts and DIY approaches to revitalize the independent filmmaking scene, Double Negative occupies a unique position in the local and national artistic communities. Besides organizing various screening events, members of the collective maintain individual artistic practices ranging from film and video to live projection performance and installation. Double Negative situates film in the wider context of contemporary art practices and actively promotes cross-disciplinary imagination to redefine the importance of the tradition of film art.
This event is made possible by the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts.