Arts Commons Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) is proud to showcase a unique collaborative project with twelve Canadian visual, media, and sound artists interpreting a poem by Michael Snow. The compilation of short films begin on June 1st 2016 and run continuously day-and-night on three public video monitors throughout the centre and are available to everyone entering Arts Commons, for free.
Michael Snow is an internationally renowned Canadian sculptor, painter, photographer, writer, musician and experimental filmmaker—a true artist’s artist. VARIATIONS takes his short 1957 “Poem” as an inspirational launching point and anchor for twelve artists across Canada to collaborate in creating works that vary in angles, perspectives and emotions.
“In seeing the pieces trickle in, it became apparent that each of the artists chose to cling to different words, and groupings of words, in creating their own unique narrative,” says curator Mark Templeton. “Their narratives are based on their individual assessment of ‘Poem’ and how it could be interpreted through moving image and sound.”
Michael Snow lives in Toronto and works on an internationally active practice that includes work in photography, installation, video, film and music. He has also produced work in painting, sculpture, drawing, holography and bookworks. Snow has completed several public commissions such as Flight Stop (1979, Eaton Centre in Toronto), The Audience (1989, Rogers Centre, Toronto), Les Lumieres (Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal, 2013). Some recent solo exhibitions include: Michael Snow Sequences. La Virreina, Barcelona (2015), Michael Snow Photo-Centric at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014), The Legacy of Wavelength at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Solo Snow at Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal (2013), In The Way at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2012), Recent Works at Secession, Vienna (2012), Objects of Vision at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2012).
Kyle Armstrong is a Canadian filmmaker and artist. Working with super8 and 16mm as well as lo- fi video, Armstrong frequently uses hand-altering film techniques, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to alter both his own footage and found films. His primary focus is on creating short, non-narrative films, which have been screened at various galleries, during live performances and in traditional cinemas around the globe. His films are influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Evangeline Belzile is a visual artist with a primary focus on still + moving images. She is based in Canada and is currently studying at Emily Carr University, specializing in film, video, + integrated media.
Stephen Broomer is a filmmaker, film preservationist and historian. He completed his doctorate on difficult aesthetics in the Canadian avant-garde film under the supervision of R. Bruce Elder. His films, which have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde (New York), and the San Francisco Cinematheque, are the subject of a recent monograph, The Transformable Moment: The Films of Stephen Broomer (Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute, 2014), edited by Scott Birdwise and Tom McSorley. His first book, Hamilton Babylon: A History of the McMaster Film Board, was released by University of Toronto Press in 2016.
Stuart Broomer (Toronto, 1947). Musician, writer. First active in jazz and improvised music in 1965, Broomer's recordings include Conversation Pieces (with Bill Smith, 1977) and Annihilated Surprise (with John Mars, 1983). He has occasionally played with Michael Snow in various improvising ensembles from the 1960s to the 2000s; Broomer's Kinetic Ensemble provided live soundtracks for 1967 screenings of Joyce Wieland's Bill's Hat at the Toronto Cinethon and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is the author of Time and Anthony Braxton (Mercury Press, 2009) and writes regularly on music for Musicworks, New York City Jazz Record and pointofdeparture.org.
Dan Browne is a filmmaker, photographer and multimedia artist whose works explore patterns, nature and perception through dense and kinetic forms. His films have been presented at over 100 festivals and venues worldwide and have received several awards, including Jury Prize for Best Canadian Work at WNDX Festival of Moving Image, First Prize at Athens International Film + Video Festival, and the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award at Images Festival. Dan is currently a PhD candidate in the York/Ryerson Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, where his research focuses on the intersections between technology, art and embodiment. He lives in Toronto.
Ian William Craig was born in Edmonton, Canada in 1980. Composer and vocalist Ian William Craig runs on a combination of classical vocal training and process-based uncertainty. He received his MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta, and after moving to Vancouver, began self-releasing albums from his new home on the coast of Canada. His first two physical recordings, A Turn of Breath and Cradle for the Wanting, were issued by Recital Program to critical acclaim and weaved together choral, ambient and noise influences billowing out from his custom-built tape decks.
Clint Enns is a video artist and filmmaker living in Toronto, Ontario. His work primarily deals with moving images created with broken and/or outdated technologies. His work has shown both nationally and internationally at festivals, alternative spaces and microcinemas. He has a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Manitoba, and has recently received a Master’s degree in cinema and media from York University where he is currently pursuing a PhD. His writings and interviews have appeared in Leonardo, Millennium Film Journal, Incite! Journal of Experimental Media and Spectacular Optical.
Christine Lucy Latimer is a Toronto-based media-maker. Her work in the past decade has been featured across 5 continents in over 200 film festivals and exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Seoul International Photo Festival (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA), International Video Art House Madrid, Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles, CA) and Experimental Superstars (Novi Sad, SERBIA). Christine has also recently been honoured with awards from The New York Photo Festival and Blackflash Magazine. Upcoming exhibitions include Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, NM), Art Cinema OFFoff (Ghent, BELGIUM), and Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Hawick, Scottish Borders, UK).
Mani Mazinani makes artworks in multiple media including installation, video, film, photography, painting, printmaking, multiples, sound and music. His work directs attention to the physicality and logic of his subject medium. Current research interests include origins of ancient philosophical thought, perceptual limitations of humans and Hiphop culture. Mazinani has shown work internationally and his work has been featured in festivals like Nuit Blanche and Luminato, where he was in a two-person show with Michael Snow. He has also collaborated with Snow on multiple projects as well as musically in their synthesizer duo and as a guest of CCMC.
John Price is a filmmaker / cinematographer living in Toronto.
Steve Richman (aka zumone) enjoys experimenting with sound and image production across a wide variety of media. As a music producer and DJ, he draws inspiration from the traditions of dub music to develop multi-layered compositions with depth and weight. Steve has produced music for films such as Twelve (2009), memento mori (2012), and Derive (2015), and recorded sound for the award-winning documentary The End of Time (2012). Currently living and teaching in Toronto, he actively co-creates with several Toronto-based art collectives, bringing people together to celebrate through festivals and special events.
Mark Templeton is a Canadian sound artist who utilizes acoustic instruments, found sounds and sampled material to construct textured, collage-like electronic compositions. Templeton's works have been commissioned by organizations and artists of contemporary dance, film and audiovisual disciplines. His recordings have been published by Anticipate Recordings, Staalplaat, Sweat Lodge Guru, Under the Spire Recordings, Silentes and Graphical Recordings. He has performed live and exhibited his work at international festivals, art galleries and alternative spaces throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. In addition to his work as a sound artist, Mark Templeton is also a photographer, media studies teacher and the owner and curator of Graphical Recordings.
The Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) remains the only permanent exhibition space for short films, animation, and video created by Alberta media artists. Arts Commons is proud to partner with the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society. These films are also screening in Casa Gallery (Lethbridge) and the Alberta Legislature Building (Edmonton).