NEW ADDITIONS #6 | URBAN DECAY
On Wednesday, June 17th Video Out will host a screening of 7 video works that are newly in distribution at VIVO Media Arts Centre that were selected based on the call for submissions theme “URBAN DECAY”. Doors are at 7:00 pm and the screening will begin at 7:30 pm.
VIVO is located at 2625 Kaslo St. a 4 minute walk from Renfrew Station. Admission is free and so is popcorn!
Clint Enns, The Everden (2013) (Toronto)
Conflicted emotions about the city. Fears and anxieties surrounding movement and travel. Fragile dreams become nightmarish realities. Shot on a broken pxl2000 in 5 movements.
Eva Kolcze, All That Is Solid (2014) (Toronto)
This film investigates Brutalist architecture through the surface of black and white celluloid. The film features three prominent examples of Brutalist architecture in Toronto; Robarts Library, U of T Scarborough campus and York University campus. Footage of the buildings has been degraded using a number of chemical and physical processes. The film explores the utopian visions that inspired the Brutalist movement and the material and aesthetic connection.
Fenia Kotsopoulou, IN-ner Space revisited (2013) (Berlin)
A reflection on and a reaction to the fractured memories of a TB clinic and sanatorium turned military hospital (now abandoned) in Germany where both Hitler and Honecker were patients.
Ryan Ermacora, Jessica Johnson, Aidan Whiteley, Ocean Falls (2015) (Vancouver)
The natural environment sweeps through this abandoned town, once home to over three thousand people based around a thriving pulp mill. The remains of the town bears its weight down upon the vestiges of a landscape and its prescribed aesthetic value. Ocean Falls is situated within Heiltsuk territory on the central coast of British Columbia, one of the oldest continually inhabited regions in North America. This work is a somber, inquisitively observed portrait of a colonial settlement built upon resource extraction, now divorced from its intended role.
Jessica Thalmann, The Ninth Floor (2015) (New York)
The Ninth Floor is a two channel video installation that meditates on ideas of place, architectural space and the contemporary implications of historical traumas. Investigating and revisiting the site of the 1992 Fabrikant Shooting at Concordia University, the film attempts to understand the passage of time and the inevitable imprints of unimaginable events on the porous walls of concrete Brutalist architecture. The film also contemplates the ways we inhabit spaces after experiencing violence, trauma and loss.
Theo Tagholm, Simulacra (2015) (London, UK)
“Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal” Jean Baudrillard (from Simulacra and Simulation)
Matteo Pasin, Urban Cuts (2015) (Berlin)
The crowd – as a compact mass, a place of multiple exchanges, a swirling melt of individuals, a collective effect – is abolished in favor of a collection of separated individualities, of a countable and controllable multiplicity, of an abducted and scrutinized solitude. The city, a molar machine, channels the molecular intensities in conduits, pipelines, edges that thwart turbulence, that restrict movement from one point to another, that consent to stripe and measure space-time itself. But fluxes, on their part, hit sedimentations and molar formations with their molecular progress, raving them, causing their lines to vibrate and splatter; originating swayings, fractures, rhizomatic concatenations, overflowing noise.
Casey Wei, Kingsgate Mall Happenings (2015) (Vancouver)
A participatory documentary that is the product of an artist residency Wei undertook at Kingsgate Mall in Vancouver. The resulting film is both a document of the residency and an investigation of the acceptable spaces for art making and exhibitions to take place.
Still from “Ocean Falls” by Ryan Ermacora, Jessica Johnson, and Aidan Whiteley