21 June 2011

LANGUAGE FORMED IN LIGHT > experimental screening series from May - August 2011 <
Continues Tuesday 21 June 7PM @ The Black Lodge [ARTSPACE]
PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is excited to announce a new screening series to be presented over the next four months. Language Formed in Light is comprised of four different film screening nights featuring experimental films and video art by recognized artists from Canada and the United States. The works in this series were selected due to their innovative use of cinematic language. Some of the titles create an entirely new filmic language, while others focus on expanding the established cinematic vocabulary. This screening series will be the part of a serial presentation guest-curated by Clint Enns for PLATFORM and recognizes the work in film and video by note-worthy contributors to the medium.

The second screening in this series consists of the animated photography of Ben Russell. Several of the films to be shown are from Russell's Trypps series such as Black and White Trypps Number Three, which won Best Experimental Film at the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival and Trypps #6 (Malobi), which received an Honorable Mention at the 2009 Media City Film/Video Festival; however, a few of the films would be non-Trypps such as Workers Leaving The Factory (Dubai), Daume and Terra Incognita. Ben Russell's work explicitly expands the established filmic vocabulary since many of his works are re-makes and/or re-contextualizes of historical avant-garde films. For instance, Black and White Trypps Number Three can be seen as a re-contextualization of Standish Lawder's Necrology and Workers Leaving the Factory (Dubai) can be seen as a re-contextualization of the 1895 Lumière film Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon. Please join us TUESDAY 21 June @ 7PM in The Black Lodge / ARTSPACE for the second screening of Language Formed in Light, guest-curated by Clint Enns. All screenings are Free and open to the public. Doors at 7:00 / Screening at 7:30
  • Black and White Trypps #1 (2005, 7 minutes)
  • Black and White Trypps #2 (2006, 6 minutes)
  • Black and White Trypps #3 (2007, 12 minutes)
  • Black and White Trypps #4 (2008, 11 minutes)
  • Trypps #5 (Dubai) (2008, 3 minutes)
  • Trypps #6 (2009, 12 minutes)
  • Daume (2000, 6 minutes)
  • Terra Incognita (2002, 10 minutes)
  • Workers Leaving the Factory (Dubai) (2008, 8 minutes)
All of the works in the program will be shown on 16mm.
Ben Russell is an itinerant media artist and curator whose films and performances have been presented in spaces ranging from 14th Century Belgian monasteries to 17th Century East India Trading Co. buildings, police station basements to outdoor punk squats, Japanese cinematheques to Parisian storefronts, as well as solo screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient, Ben began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, is co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, and he currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clint Enns is a video artist/filmmaker and curator from Winnipeg, Manitoba, whose work primarily deals with moving images created with broken and/or outdated technologies. His work has shown both nationally and internationally in installations, festival screenings, alternative spaces, and mircocinemas. He has recently completed a master's degree in mathematics at the University of Manitoba, and his interests include model theory of rings and modules, structuralist film, destructuralist video, and mathematics in art. Enn's past curatorial projects in experimental film and video have been presented at Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Winnipeg), and DIM Cinema / Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver).
PLATFORM wishes to acknowledge the support of its membership, board of directors, volunteers, and staff. Language Formed in Light is made possible with funding received from Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.

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