Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) presents:
$100 Film Festival
Arts Commons video monitors
February 2 to 28, 2015
Artist Reception: February 12, 5:00-8:00pm
Arts Commons is proud to partner with the $100 Film Festival to present a selection of short films created by the festival’s our visiting artist, Stephen Broomer.
Working with hybrid forms of celluloid and digital film, Broomer’s films are beautifully abstracted, highly sensorial explorations of normally overlooked spaces and places. The four films selected for the GAMA program encompass Broomer’s prolific body of work, highlighting both the technical complexities of his process, like superimposition, double exposures, and optical printing, as well as his conceptual investigation of experience and perception.
RAVINE | 2013 | 4:30min
In Toronto's Nordheimer Ravine, an environment of thick brush and dead wood flattens into fields of colour. Its paths lead to Winston Churchill Park, where the entrance to a city reservoir overlooks a green vale. Ravine was made in the early spring of 2013. It utilizes a film format known as UltraPan8, which adapts 16mm film equipment to produce widescreen images by use of uncut small-gauge film stocks. In this instance, photographing to Double-Super8mm film, the camera produced an image with a 3.1:1 aspect ratio. This allows for a dispersal of motion blurs, tendering abstract forms across a wide canvas.
SERENA GUNDY | 2014 | 3:30min
Serena Gundy Park, so named for the late wife of businessman James Henry Gundy, who influenced the financial character of early twentieth-century Canada. Gundy had owned the parkland as a family estate, and upon his death in 1951, donated the land to the city in memory of his wife. In spring, the trees remain bare from winter, on cusp of renewal. The film takes her name for its homophonic relation to the nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy (born on a Monday, christened on Tuesday, married on Wednesday...). The days of the week chart Grundy's life from birth to death, inevitably repeating.
SPIRITS IN SEASON | 2013 | 12min
Lily Dale is a spiritualist community in Chautauqua County, New York. Pilgrims and tourists swarm the hamlet in summer, but in the fall, Lily Dale becomes a more intimate setting for spectral communions. This film explores the town's Leolyn Woods, pet cemetery, Inspiration Stump, and Fairy Trail. This film concludes a series of films entitled the Spirits Trilogy, studies of sites of tragedy connected to faith. In making this film, I was thinking of the Fox Sisters, mothers of American Spiritualism, who suffered ridicule, poverty, and disgrace after confessing that their spirit rappings were a hoax. Music by Nate Wooley.
PEPPER’S GHOST | 2013 | 18min
How we may see in a Chamber things that are not! Here, mutations of light, through fabric, glass, and colored gel, make bodies and objects transparent. Let there be a chamber wherein no other light comes but by the door or window. Let pictures be set over against this window. For what is without will seem to be within, and what is behind the spectator's back, he will think to be in the middle of the room, as far from the glass inward as they stand from it outwardly. Clearly and certainly, he will think he sees nothing but truth.
Artist Reception: Thursday, February 12 from 5:00 - 8:00pm
Upper Centre Court
Public and Media Welcome!