2005 Programming

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Liberté

Themed Commission Program

This program is the first in a trilogy called Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. TSV turns to the French Revolutionary slogan as the source of inspiration and as a reflection of TSV’s history as a centre for socially relevant video. With this first program, TSV commissioned five artists to define freedom in terms of their own experiences and convictions. Surprisingly, these artists have found liberty to be primarily a state of mind rather than a product of a given society’s laws or beliefs.


Entries

  • Paper, Scissors, Rock

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    • Production medium: 16mm Film
    • Categories: Art Video & Documentary Production
    • Production year: 2005
    • Author: Jane Kim

    Freedom is Movement

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  • This is a video collage that frames freedom in terms of curiosity, subjectivity and movement. To Julian, freedom is defined by existential curiosity. The video is composed of multiple images of people and the city to portray the flux of our minds, bodies and civilization as a whole.
  • Production medium: DV
  • Categories: Art Video & Experimental
  • Production year: 2005
  • Author: Julian Calleros Palacios

Laugh Track

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  • Production medium: DV
  • Categories: Art Video & Comedy
  • Production year: 2005
  • Author: Chris McCarroll

  • Being Able to Breath

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  • Production medium: DV
  • Categories: Documentary & Gender Issues
  • Production year: 2005
  • Author: Nas Khan

HANNAH

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HANNAH is a palindrome.
A young Korean woman coping with a panic disorder attempts to go out on a
blind date.
The film is a story told twice: once backwards and again forwards.
Hannah is caught in a cycle of panic attacks and prescription medication.
She seeks liberty from her mental illness.
She seeks liberty from popping
“XANAX”.
She seeks liberty from herself.

  • Production medium: DV
  • Categories: Drama & Experimental
  • Production year: 2005
  • Author: Samuel Kiehoon Lee

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She’s Perfectly Well

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s perfectly well, and she hasn’t a pain;
But, look at her, now she’s beginning again!
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
– “Rice Pudding” by A.A. Milne

OPENING Friday November 4, 5-7pm

Trinity Square Video Gallery and Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video are pleased to co-present She’s Perfectly Well, an installation by dance artist Allison Rees-Cummings and theatre artist Stephen O’Connell in the TSV Gallery. Inspired, in part, by A.A. Milne’s poem “Rice Pudding,” Rees-Cummings and O’Connell explore the social conditions of women in the Victorian era with a combination of video, dance, sound and sculpture.

She’s Perfectly Well juxtaposes playful and sinister imagery to depict two women (performed by Viv Moore and Danielle Baskerville) struggling with social expectations. She’s Perfectly Well was developed from a dance performance by Rees-Cummings, originally staged at the 2003 Hysteria Festival. Following the festival, Rees-Cummings teamed up with Stephen O’Connell to reshape the performance into an interdisciplinary installation using a dollhouse and a window as the supports for two video projections of the dancers, with a soundscape by Richard Windeyer.

Bios
Allison Rees-Cummings is a performer/choreographer based in Toronto. She has worked as either an actor or dancer for Hammerhead, Tanya Crowder, D.A. Hoskins, Michael Trent, The Four Chambers Dance Project, DNA Theatre, Kate Alton, and Bill James among others. Her choreography has been shown at Summerworks, fFIDA, Rhubarb! Festival, the Theatre Centre (2002 residency program and independently), 7a-11d Performance Art Festival, Before During After Festival and Hysteria. She was also the 2000 recipient of the Toronto Emerging Artist Award in Dance. Allison has collaborated with many artists of different disciplines creating work that challenge the segregation of the art forms. This is her first video installation.

Stephen O’Connell has a BFA in modern dance from Rutgers University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Simon Fraser University. From 1990 to 1997, he was Co-Artistic Director of Radix Theatre in Vancouver, a multidisciplinary performance collective. His collaborations included experimental films that have been screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the American Film Festival and the Moving Pictures Festival in Toronto. Stephen is currently a core member of the multidisciplinary theatre company Bluemouth Inc., he is responsible for all film components as well as co-writing and performing. He has just finished a documentary about Canadian musician David Usher. Stephen currently resides in New York

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(truth)seer by Deanna Bowen

Trinity Square Video Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural installation of Deanna Bowen’s single channel projection (truth)seer from September 22 to October 26, 2005.

Bowen’s artwork is a dreamlike experiment in storytelling that plays with time and narrative via the use of audio design and symbolism. Bowen developed the 18-minute looping video (truth)seer during a three-year period of personal and creative exploration. (truth)seer conceptually examines the ways in which time distorts as individual consciousness mutates. The work uses the allegory of “David and Goliath” as the foundations for a symbolic autobiographical depiction of a powerless individual triumphing over an array of personal issues. The project reinterprets the biblical story through live action 16 mm footage, hand drawn characters and digital animation. Bowen recasts the central characters as identical twins to metaphorically propose that both characters are facets of the same person, thus transforming the battle between giant and boy into a struggle within the self.

Bio – Deanna Bowen
Deanna Bowen is a Toronto-based media installation artist. She received her Diploma of Fine Arts from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1992. Her work has been exhibited nationally (Toronto, Montreal, Regina, Vancouver) and Internationally (Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy) in numerous film festivals and galleries. She has received several grants in support of her artistic practice, most notably from OAC, TAC, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal, Telefilm Canada and BC Cultural Services. In addition to artistic production, Deanna has also worked in the cultural sector as a staff, jury and board member for over 10 years, at organizations such as InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Point of View Magazine, Women in Focus Arts & Media Centre and the Inside Out Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival.

For more info contact:
Aubrey Reeves
Programming Director
aubrey@trinitysquarevideo.com

 

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New Creatures

Trinity Square Video and Images Festival of Independent Film and Video are pleased to co-present New Creatures, an interactive video installation by David Warne and Kevin Krivel in collaboration with Greg Hermanovic of Derivative Inc. New Creatures opens on Saturday, April 9 from 2-5pm at the TSV Gallery. Warne and Krivel invite the audience to be a part of the artwork by interacting with a closed circuit television system (CCTV) that is combined with cutting-edge immersive 3D software. The system captures the audience’s image and transforms it into marvelous and fantastical creatures. There will be an Artists’ Talk on Saturday, April 16, from 2-4pm, also at TSV.

Warne and Krivel were the TSV Artists-in-Residence throughout the month of March, using the gallery as their studio to develop the project. New Creatures is the final work in a series of new media installations that playfully appropriate the technology of surveillance culture, harnessing it to create imagery that is evocative of Ovid’s ancient tales of metamorphosis. In New Creatures the viewer’s presence is captured and the image is analyzed and extracted into separate elements, then recombined to create digital bodies that stretch, twist and fly in real-time creating the illusion that multi-headed ogres, flying demons and other spectacular half-human, half breasts occupy the gallery.

David Warne is an artist/architect whose work explores the psycho-geographic relationship of body, image and place. His public installations include an interactive video-in-an-elevator and a sculpturally-deconstructed house; and most recently an electronic memory theatre called White Room that was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Warne’s work has been profiled in numerous journals and broadcast shows including The Globe and Mail and Bravo! Television.

Kevin Krivel is an artist/filmmaker who is investigating the interactive and accelerated media space. He was a member of RNA media group in association with the McLuhan Media Institute.

Krivel and Warne are both founders of the interdisciplinary art collective Crevice that formed to explore the possibilities of immersive multimedia. Playing in the intersections of the physical and virtual, they make use of video robotics, electronic music, digital animation and hypertext design to create site-specific events and installations. Crevice has played at numerous events including Toronto’s Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and most recently at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

New Creatures is a co-presentation of Images Festival of Independent Film and Video running April 7-16, 2005. For more information about Images see www.imagesfestival.com

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AFFECTION

Themed Commission Program

This varied program looks at love in its many guises from filial and familial affection, to humanitarian caring and romantic love. AFFECTION is the final program in a trilogy loosely based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The videos in AFFECTION illustrate that the most vital of all human needs is also the most elusive and intangible. The previous two programs, SPACE in the fall of 2003 and EAT in the spring of 2004, were sold-out events.

Programmed in 2005.


Entries


  • Finding Love

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    This was the trailer for the Affection Themed Commission Program.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Art Video
    • Production year: 2005
    • Author: Tara Smith

  • Every Boy I’ve Ever Fucked

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    A sometimes deadpan, sometimes sentimental, sometimes brutal, depiction/reconstruction/meditation on every boy I’ve fucked, exploring my past lives as a lover, a slut, a romantic, a liar, and a cheater who was never home, always lonely, but never bored. Featuring rapid-fire fragments of video, text, found images, popular music, and voice-over narration, “Every Boy I’ve Fucked” is a warped documentary/portrait (and series of portraits), an irrational collection and inventory of some of my most private experiences and thoughts, conquests and mistakes, obsessions and apathies.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Art Video & Comedy
    • Production year: 2005
    • Author: Jennifer Matotek

  • Peony

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    The peony is called the Flower of Riches and Honour in Chinese, and is the emblem of love and affection, as well as being a symbol for feminine beauty. The piece explores these notions through a tale that imagines the inner workings of a family of sisters who grew up in the early to mid 1900’s and the intergenerational cultural norms that formed the basis of their identities, such as foot binding and the displacement that follows the diasporic experience. The soundtrack uses an excerpt of Chinese opera that speaks about a lovelorn and rejected concubine to create a backdrop for the descent of these sisters into loneliness and abandonment.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Animation, Art Video & Experimental
    • Production year: 2005
    • Author: Karen Kew

  • Meadowland

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    17 Meadowland Drive and 17 Meadowland Gate is just the departure point. The link is more than mere digits and monsters (violent husbands), but the strength of those who dare to challenge them. It is more than just geography but a concern, a remembrance, a vigil. This video is a courtroom. It was born out of my frustration with a legal system that poorly handled my sister’s divorce and the custody hearings for my nephew that followed. In this court testimony is actually heard, as well as reality. Judgment is fair, and actually just.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Art Video, Biography & Political
    • Production year: 2005
    • Author: Erik Martinson

  • Eventually

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    “We have to see the evil and the suffering, in the factual disorder that makes revolution necessary, and in the disordered struggle against the disorder. We have to recognize this suffering in a close and immediate experience, and not cover it with names. But we follow the whole action: not only the evil, but those who have fought against evil; not only the crisis, but the energy released by it, the spirit learned in it.”

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Art Video
    • Production year: 2005
    • Author: Jonathan Culp

  • You Wash My Skin With Sunshine

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    I don’t remember a lot of affection from my mother but when I look back on
    the super 8 images my father took of my sister and her before the camera
    broke I realize it must have been there. This video is a reflection on memory, loss, and love.

     

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Art Video & Biography
    • Production year: 2005
    • Author: Kathleen Mullen

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Artists-in-Residence

Trinity Square Video is pleased to announce that we are hosting a yearly Artist-in-Residence intended to encourage video’s expanding sphere of experimentation.

From March 9 to April 8, the Toronto-based new media duo Kevin Krivel and David Warne, in collaboration with Greg Hermanovic of Derivative, will be in residence to develop a video installation called New Creatures, using the TSV gallery as their studio. The residency will culminate with an exhibition presented in the Images Festival of Independent Film and Video opening on April 9 from noon – 5pm.

The artists will be holding studio hours on Friday afternoons throughout the residency. The residency is intended to be an opportunity for TSV members to engage with the artists and learn from their expertise. TSV members and the general public are welcome to visit with the artists to discuss their work, and participate in experiments for the project. TSV also invites members to bring in examples of their own videos to show and receive feedback from the artists-in-residence.

David Warne is an artist/architect whose work explores the psycho-geographic relationship of body, image and place. His public installations include an interactive video-in-an-elevator and a sculpturally-deconstructed house; and most recently an electronic memory theatre called White Room that was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Warne’s work has been profiled in numerous journals and broadcast shows including The Globe and Mail and Bravo! Television.

Kevin Krivel is an artist/film-maker who is investigating the interactive and accelerated media space. He was a member of RNA media group in association with the McLuhan Media Institute. He has most recently exhibited at SFCameraworks in San Francisco and Emmersive gallery, Toronto.

Krivel and Warne are both founders of the interdisciplinary art collective Crevice that formed to explore the possibilities of immersive multimedia. Playing in the intersections of the physical and virtual, they make use of video robotics, electronic music, digital animation and hypertext design to create site-specific events and installations. Crevice has played at numerous events including Toronto’s Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and most recently at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Isle of View – Justin Waddell

Trinity Square Video Gallery is pleased to present Justin Waddell’s video installation Isle of View from January 28 to February 26, 2005.
Opening Friday, January 28, 7:30pm.

Waddell’s video work reflects his childhood spent in the shadow of the Hollywood hills. That stimulating environment sparked his interest in the fiction and tropes of the Hollywood fantasy, and its relationship to the daydreams of ordinary North Americans.

Isle of View presents the iconic night landscape of the Hollywood Valley spread out before the movie-viewer as a distant, glimmering, hopeful yet ultimately alienating land. Referencing the myriad shots of the Valley in movies such as E.T. and Rebel without a Cause, Waddell creates an installation of slow contemplation, where the viewer can lose him/herself in the twinkling lights of the far-off city. This vantage point of looking down on L.A. emphasizes the movie-viewer’s position as exterior to the action of a movie, thus reinforcing his position as a voyeuristic dreamer contemplating a world that is not his own.

Biography
Justin Waddell is a video artist currently working in Calgary, Alberta. Recent exhibitions include This Will Kill That, Bound, and You’ve Always Heard Of It Now You Can Finally See It. He was formerly the Director of Programming at YYZ Artists’ Outlet in Toronto and has worked with several other artist-run centers, galleries and Institutions throughout Ontario. His upcoming exhibition at Trinity Square Video Gallery Isle of View, consists of work conceived of during the completion of his MFA at the University of Windsor in 2003.

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