2008 Programming

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Trans –

Takashi Ishida
Trans —
Co-presented Trinity Square Video and Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Exhibition:
November 4, – December 19, 2008
Reception:
November 13, 2008 from 5-7pm

Trinity Square Video and Reel Asian are proud to invite internationally renowned artist Takashi Ishida to develop a new work entitled Trans — for the 2008 festival. Takashi Ishida hails from Tokyo but for the past year has been living in Toronto after winning the prestigious Goto Commemorative Culture Award in 2007.

Ishida will occupy the gallery for the duration of the exhibition Trans —  to create his remarkable site-specific time-lapse work. While Ishida’s films and installations might be described as animation, he shares little with the anime and manga styles that have come to define Japanese animation around the world. Instead, one must look further back in Japanese art to find Ishida’s strongest influence, that of the Emakimono or hand-rolled scroll, a classical painting style that he contrasts with Western art traditions. Exploring line, shape, perspective, surface, repetition, and pattern, Ishida’s works are breath-taking technical achievements but above all delightful and profound. Throughout the exhibition, Ishida will be adding bit-by-bit to his organically growing work, so return visits to the show are highly recommended!

Bio 
Born in Tokyo in 1972, Takashi Ishida is a renowned Japanese artist/filmmaker. His works have shown extensively at Japanese museums, galleries and film festivals while also internationally, including a recent residency in the UK. In 2007, He received the prestigious “Most Promising Young Talent Prize” from the Fine Art Division of Goto Memorial Cultural Award. Since receiving the prize Ishida has been based in Toronto, where he remains until the end of February 2009.

Organised by: Trinity Square Video and Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

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HOW:

Trinity Square Video Gallery – September 25 – October 25, 2008
A Space Gallery – October 17 – November 21, 2008
Reception and Curator’s Talk – October 17, 5pm at TSV and 7pm at A Space

Curated by Ryan Rice

Artists:
Tommy Deer, Terrance Houle, Greg Staats – at TSV

Walter Kaheroton Scott, Nadya Kwandibens, Torry Mendoza, Sarah Sense, Rosalie Favell – at A Space

As part of the 2008 festival, imagineNATIVE will feature an exciting new exhibition of contemporary aboriginal visual and media art entitled HOW: Engagements with the “Hollywood Indian.” The exhibition, curated by Ryan Rice (Mohawk), will be presented at two galleries – Trinity Square Video Gallery and A Space Gallery in the 401 Richmond building at Richmond and Spadina. This exhibition will explore the legacy of the one-dimensional depictions of Native North Americans developed in film, art, and literature have become accepted as authentic in the nation’s consciousness, affecting historic truth and contributing to stereotypical notions of Indigenous peoples. In the exhibition, the artists either confront the simplistic misconceptions imposed upon an Indigenous collective consciousness, or expose the alluring influence and desire Hollywood has had on Indigenous lives and imagination.

Eight Aboriginal artists have been selected for the exhibition including Walter Scott, Rosalie Favell, Sarah Sense, Nadya Kwandibens, Tommy Deer, Torry Mendoza, Terrance Houle, and Greg Staats. The first stage of exhibition will be launched in the Trinity Square Video gallery space for Nuit Blanche and the A Space Gallery will open the second part of the exhibition during the imagineNATIVE festival.

Interdisciplinary media artist Terrence Houle’s performance entitled Casting Call will take place during the festival. The interactive performance involves local Aboriginal actors and community “auditioning” for roles in famous Hollywood westerns. Casting Call is a humorous reaction to the Hollywood practice of casting white actors in “Indian” roles.

Ryan Rice
Guest Curator Ryan Rice, a Mohawk of Kahnawake, Quebec, has worked for the past 13 years within the museum/art gallery milieu as an educator, intern, technician, and curator at the Iroquois Indian Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Indian Art Centre (DIAND), Carleton University Art Gallery and the Walter Phillips Gallery. Rice is a co-founder of Nation To Nation, a First Nations artist collective and co-founder and chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, a national collective of Aboriginal curators from across Canada.  He has received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York and graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 2008, Rice will tour his exhibitions ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land and Oh So Iroquois, and will be opening new exhibitions in Lethbridge, Toronto and Montreal.

Organised by: Trinity Square Video

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Grizzly Proof

Grizzly Proof
Artworks inspired by Peter Lynch’s cult-classic film Project Grizzly 
Cinematheque Ontario and Flux Factory in conjunction with TSV present
at Trinity Square Video Gallery

Opening: Thursday, June 19, 2008, 5 – 8pm
Exhibition: June 20 – July 12, 2008
Master Class with Peter Lynch: June 28, 2008, 12-5pm
Cinematheque Ontario Director Spotlight:
Weird Science: The Idiosyncratic Archaeology of Peter Lynch 
June 20 – 28, 2008

Artists:
Dominique Blais (France), Paul Burn (USA), Lisa Dillin (USA), Marcel Dzama (Canada), Chris Hackett (USA) & Eleanor Lovinsky (Canada), Aya Kakeda (Japan), Katerina Lanfranco (Canada), Fabienne Lasserre (Canada), Motomichi (Japan), Frank Olive and Rudy Shepherd (USA), Douglas Paulson (USA), Bruno Persat (France), and Hiroshi Shafer (Japan).

Our story begins with Troy Hurtubise who was attacked by a grizzly bear in the Rocky Mountains. Troy survived and decided to one day return to the Rockies, this time fully prepared with an impenetrable suit of armour. Director Peter Lynch documented his quest in the film Project Grizzly (1996), which has since become a cult-classic, inspiring an episode of The Simpsons and gaining fans that include other notable directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Matthew Barney. In the film, Troy has his friends “test” his suit in various violent ways (ramming trucks, flying logs, etc.) and then heads to the heart of Grizzly country for an adventure that ends, unceremoniously, in failure.

In 2007, Flux Factory, an art collective in New York City, invited artists from around the world to create their own response to Troy’s body of work and life’s ambition. Following the success of the exhibition in New York, curators Chen Tamir (Canada/Israel) and Jean Barbaris (France/USA) bring the exhibition to Toronto to be presented in conjunction with Cinematheque Ontario’s week-long Director Spotlight Weird Science: The Idiosyncratic Archaeology of Peter Lynch. For more information about the Director Spotlight, visit cinemathequeontario.ca or call 416-968-FILM.

The curators asked artists to take on the age-old theme of human-versus-nature, the conflicting desire to both commune with nature and control it. Project Grizzly addresses one man’s obsession with invincibility, documenting a dream at the heart of the human experience. The exhibition includes Troy’s original suit, viewing stations to watch the film, and artwork in the form of a Foosball table, a sleeping bag, hairy blobs, and so much more.

Master Class with Peter Lynch
$25 member / $30 non-member
Enrollment is limited to 10 participants
Registration Now Open. Call 416-593-1332 to book.

Join Peter Lynch, “Canada’s most talented feature documentarian” (Peter Wintonick, POV Magazine), for a Master Class at Trinity Square Video in which Lynch will discuss his approach to crafting character driven documentaries. Tackling the aesthetic, ethical and personal questions facing documentary makers who turn their lenses on eccentric characters, he will share some of the challenges he has encountered throughout his career.

Bios:
Toronto-based Director Peter Lynch’s first dramatic short Arrowhead received a Genie Award in 1994. In 1996, Lynch made the wildly successful Project Grizzly, one of the most acclaimed Canadian documentaries of all time, and referenced the next year on The Simpsons. This was followed by The Herd which Lynch co-wrote and directed, which was a festival hit worldwide. In 2001, Cyberman, a portrait of Steve Mann played to critical acclaim at over fifty international film festivals and was listed as one of the top ten feature films of 2002 by Film Comment. Lynch comes out of an interdisciplinary background in the arts and is responsible for staging many seminal multimedia cultural events in Toronto and around the world, notably Kitchen Sync and Video Culture International (1983-1987), a landmark video new media festival, works with Brian Eno, Bill Viola and a major installation work with Nam June Paik. He is a self-proclaimed amateur archeologist, an avid collector of contemporary art, a soccer freak, a foodie, and extensive traveler.

Chen Tamir is a Canadian-Israeli curator and art critic based in New York. Stutter and Twitch, an exhibition she curated about stasis in time-based works, is currently on view at the Barnicke Gallery. She has recently graduated with an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Her writing can be found in C Magazine, Ciel Variable, and several monographs.

Jean Barberis, a native of France, came to New York in 2000 to learn a few things and has never left. He is a well-travelled young man and a jack of all trades. Barberis is co-founder of Flux Factory’s gallery space and arts collective. As a curator, his interests are wide and his curiosity unbound. He likes to engage artists in the curatorial process, and to foster collaborations and encourage the production of ambitious new works.

Organised by: Trinity Square Video, Cinematheque Ontario and Flux Factory

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The House That Lust Built

Trinity Square Video and Inside Out are pleased to co-present The House That Lust Built, an exhibition curated by Jon Davies. The House That Lust Built features two works by Los Angeles-based queer artists that explore the relationship between architecture and desire. It juxtaposes two utterly distinct yet complementary articulations of sex and space. William E. Jones’ work presents an underground aesthetic of illicit, small-town sex, in contrast with the Toxic Titties’ utopian sexual fantasy video. Between them, they generate productive tensions between public performance of sexuality and deviance.

William E. Jones’ video Mansfield 1962 (2006) re-presents surveillance footage shot by police in the eponymous town in Jones’ home state of Ohio. As part of a sting operation, the police hid in a public washroom to surreptitiously record its denizens having sex. Men of all races and ages move furtively around the stalls, appropriating it as a grubby temple of Eros. Blissfully unaware of the camera, the men’s democratic space of secret sex is shattered by the police’s optical invasion.

At Home with the Toxic Titties (2006) is a film by the Toxic Titties and Dorit Margreiter set in John Lautner’s modernist Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills. Typically used for Hollywood movie and advertising shoots, it serves here as the headquarters for a group of decadent lesbian superheroes. Transforming it into “a messy stronghold for rogue genetic engineering, sexual escapades, glamorous parties and plots for world domination,” their rowdy exploits contrast sharply with the house’s ultra-clean geometries.

Bios

Born in Canton, Ohio and based in Los Angeles, filmmaker William E. Jones edits together sequences from vintage 1970s and 1980s gay porn to create a discursive arena for considering the desires implicit in sexual imagery. His short films are at once explorations of the complexities of homosexual identity and nostalgic recollections of an erstwhile gay culture drastically altered since the onset of AIDS. For the most part editing out hard-core scenes, Jones allows his pieces to focus on the language of body movement and even landscape as sites for subtler fantasy and romanticism. His filmography includes Massillon (1991), Finished (1997), The Fall of Communism As Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), Is It Really So Strange? (2004), All Male Mash Up (2006), V.O. (2006) and Tearoom (2007), which is currently at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

The Los Angeles-based Toxic Titties is a collaborative group of feminist artists working with performance, video and film. Using pleasure and play, the group mutates with each performance to include a multiplicity of participants and embody queer perversions of cultural ideals. The Toxic Titties have appeared as camp counselors (Camp TT, 2001), the ultimate target market for new family values (Ikea Project, 2001), nude models (Beecroft Intervention, 2001), police officers (LATT, 2002), blushing brides (Toxic Union, 2002), a feminist militia (Toxic Troopers, 2003), high society art patrons (Be My Patron, 2003) and members of a lost art movement (The Mamaists, 2005). Toxic Titties is a project of artists Heather Cassils, Clover Leary and Julia Steinmetz, plus an ever evolving tribe of performers, designers, musicians and starlets.

Organised by: Trinity Square Video and Inside Out

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Room to Remember

Trinity Square Video is pleased to announce that our 2008 Artist-in-Residence is Sara Angelucci, who will be premiering her new video installation Room to Remember at TSV on April 5, 2008 as part of the Images Festival. Room to Remember continues Angelucci’s exploration into the limitations of memory, acknowledging that it can be a faulty conglomeration of many experiences. In both her photography and video works, Angelucci reveals a rift between idealized memory and the actual past.

Production Credits:
Direction/Concept – Sara Angelucci
Animation – Sharon Switzer
Sound Design – Rick Hyslop
Installation Technician – Lawrence Molloy

Sara Angelucci is a photo and video artist living in Toronto. She completed her B.A. at the University of Guelph and her M.F.A. at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her photography across Canada including exhibitions at Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Ace Art in Winnipeg, Vu in Quebec City, the Toronto Photographer’s Workshop, the MacLaren Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Richmond Art Gallery. Her videos have been screened across Canada and included in festivals in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. Sara has participated in artist residencies at NSCAD (Halifax), the Banff Centre and at Biz-Art in Shanghai, China.

In the Master Class, Angelucci examines how the mediums of photography and video differ when representing and analyzing memory and personal history. Angelucci will take students through an in-depth look at her own practice and compare it to other artists working with similar themes.

Call 416-593-1332 to book a spot in the Master Class. Registration is limited to 10 students, on a first come, first serve basis.

Organised by: Trinity Square Video

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ICON

Themed Commission Program


Entries


  • Marie-Minou Miaou Miaou

    This mock-rock video showcases Marie Minou Miaou Miaou, a false icon of Franco-Ontarian culture and a preposterous French cliché. The video is set to a techno soundtrack created in collaboration with Geoffrey Pugen. It is inspired by research conducted into Franco- Ontarian folktales and makes Marie Minou Miaou Miaou interact with other folk characters, as well as elements representing francophones in a clichéd manner. The aim of this video is to give visibility to an often under-represented group and use humour to encourage a reflection about this community and the stereotypes projected upon it. It also becomes a reflection on the ludicrous nature of celebrity culture and the pleasure in watching someone fail to the point of self-disintegration.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Comedy, Experimental, Gender Issues & Music
    • Production year: 2008
    • Author: Maria Legault

  • The Others

    The Others focuses on the actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who says, “Playing so many ethnic characters wasn’t necessarily a prior choice on my part– it’s just this face, I guess.” Of Spanish, Scottish/Irish, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Cherokee ancestry Phillips is an icon of difference and otherness because of the numerous ‘ethnic characters’ he’s played in Hollywood movies, especially in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, including Mexican, Navajo, Inuit, Lakota, Puerto Rican and Arab.

    The Others features found footage of numerous ‘ethnic characters’ that Phillips has played and places them in dialog with each other, literally, by putting the characters into scenes together employing classic Hollywood editing style and storytelling techniques. Through these conversations comes an investigation of identity, ethnicity and authenticity.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Drama, Experimental & Race Issues
    • Production year: 2008
    • Author: Aram Collier

  • Chimera

    Chimera employs the fantastical and grotesque to chart the rise of an imagined contemporary icon, or celebrity, as a creature to be observed through microscopic scrutiny. Chimera approaches the celebrity as though she is an engineered specimen, an organic and mutable prop. This animated video takes the celebrity through an imagined gestation period, maturation and impending supernova. Fluidly transforming through the ephemera of light, this chimera of archetypal beauty fated to emanate, explode and collapse, radiates an afterglow long after the body has ceased to be.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Art Video, Experimental & Gender Issues
    • Production year: 2008
    • Author: Jenn E Norton

  • Construct a Nation of Culture and Peace!

    In 1945, the people of Japan felt their entire world flip upside-down upon hearing Emperor’s Hirohito’s radio message of Japan’s surrender and soon after his renouncing of his divine status. Now in desperate times, people were ready to rebuilt and move on for a better future. Led by Douglas MacCarthur, the U.S. occupied Japan and began their pacification plan while people were trying to understand and learn from their strange new leaders. Construct a Nation of Culture and Peace! presents various collisions of Americana and Japanese Tradition that happened through the occupation years. The film playfully mixes iconographic imagery from Hollywood with Japanese cultural imagery, in particular: Gene Kelly’s musicals, Japanese folk art, early Astroboy cartoons, propaganda animation, as well as new amalgamations.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Animation, Art Video & Political
    • Production year: 2008
    • Author: Jeffrey Tran

  • boil fire/stop fish

    Inspired by German filmmaker Werner Herzog, a woman walks from her home to the zoo, a distance of some 38 kilometers. The terrain shifts slowly, from streetscape to dreamscape to hydro field and back. While she walks she thinks about the men in life: her father, her son, her ex and…Werner.

    Note – the title of the film is taken from ‘Of Walking In Ice’, Herzog’s poetic account of walking from Munich to Paris in the early winter of 1974. It refers to the delirium and disorientation that comes at the end of an extreme physical/emotional experience.

    • Production medium: DV
    • Categories: Documentary, Experimental & Nature
    • Production year: 2008
    • Author: Kathleen Smith

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    Vortices

    Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2008 from 5-8pm.

    Trinity Square Video is pleased to present the Toronto debut of installation artist Jarod Charzewski. All of Charzewski’s works are large-scale installations that play with natural phenomena and optical perceptions. Creating a hypnotic sensation of vast space and the sublime, Charzewski describes his installations as occasions for the viewer to “become hyper-aware of the space between themselves and the infinite.”

    With Vortices, Charzewski transforms the gallery with an arched wall shrouded with more than two thousand ostrich feathers. Light breezes in the gallery cause ripples and quivers in the swath of feathers. Two video projections cast images upon this agitated wall, destabilizing the architecture and enticing the viewer into this sensual environment. The video – a collage of images evoking a long journey – further hypnotizes and unsettles the viewer.

    Bio: Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jarod Charzewski has an MFA from the University of Minnesota and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He also holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba. Recently, Charzewski was awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation for the environmental content of his installation Tides: Everglade. www.jarodcharzewski.com

    Organised by: Trinity Square Video

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