To begin the MAP lecture series, Christine Ramsay discussed the Strandline Collective curatorial project Meet Me In The Middle with a focus on my exhibition (station 6 of 14) today. Contrary to the image above, there was a solid crowd of over a couple dozen students and faculty there with many challenging questions directed to me afterwards (I'd not actually considered that I would be asked intellectual/creative questions at this event). I am deeply honoured to be the focus of her attention again.
I am thrilled at the incredible exhibition that just went up at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Timothy Long curated from the MAG collection along with a large number of works borrowed from the Winnipeg Art Gallery to mount a beautiful and moving display as part of the Caligari Project. Thank you everyone.
Dr. Ian Germani from the History Department began the Art of Expression Speaker Series at the University, as part of the Caligari Project. We had a great crowd of 96 in attendance. His powerful paper about German Expressionism and the European Avant Garde in the first world war was very interesting and gave us some highly engaging thoughts to lead into tomorrow's gallery exhibition at the MacKenzie.
In 2001 or 2002 we had swarms of these "maple bugs" on our garage. I filmed them extensively and used them in my 16mm film "Toxic 6: Final" (which was actually the second of the six films that I made. They must live in cycles as I've not seen many over the past decade until this year. This is just a single blob of them.
I starting having some major memory/rendering problems with my new puppet/frankenstein/expressionist film last night (I've finally titled it: "The Testament of Frankenstitch", which references both Fritz Lang and Jean Cocteau). I rendered it in 30 second pieces over night and had to try to fix things and assemble a soundtrack to be able to submit it to the Filmpool "Cinema of Dr. Caligari" screening by midnight. I did it, but it is a bit of a mess. I think I need to either make it more of a mess, or less. Hopefully I'll have a chance to do one or the other.
Big thank you to Mike Rollo who curated in a cool exhibition from Ottawa's Window's Collective to the RPL and managed to bring Roger Wilson to Regina to talk about it. I liked some of the films, in particular Roger's work which involved some very inventive manipulation of 16mm film (250 degrees with syrup for 15 minutes). In general, the formalist pieces were beautiful and engaging. The ones that relied on content were less interesting to me.
I needed to let William use my computer for a few hours today to finish his dvd video game which he wanted as his presentation medium for his project on early video games. I went to Kevin's and got a couple of calls for help, which I was limited in doing. Once I got home I coached him through the glitches and hung out with him until he finished it at 2 am. My editing went on hold for that time.