William, Allan and I went to the artist talks at Neutral Ground this evening. Amber talked about her experiences at the Banff Centre where she developed the project in the gallery this month (Mountain Movers). She talked about how everyone who goes there creates some work based on the mountains. It reminded me of how everyone who goes to Phil Hoffman's film farm makes films involving grain, fence posts, barbed wire, and the goat. The exotic us so subjective.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
After having lent it out for the past year, my not-quite-working-correctly Theremin is back in my hands. I need to put it into test mode to make it work. I still don't know if this is because some circuit is burned out or soldered incorrectly or if I just am not doing it right. Anyway, it makes noise again. Here is the alligator clips that override the volume to put it into test mode:
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
The other film that premiered was Ian Campbell's "The Flats", another of his amazing abstract semi-narratives with peculiar performances taking place in a digital environment. This one was a bit more minimal as Ian located all the action in three rooms, each placed above the other, where three individuals (a punk rocker, a minimalist, and a cockroach - all played by Amber PB) live, perform, and respond to each other. The images is manipulated to take on the look of a line-drawn animation. The minimalist surges, as if she were part of the electrical system. The cockroach hoarder who lives with unstable stacks of boxes on the top floor is certainly references Kafka. With this in mind, I'd like to have seen a longer version of this character, struggling with balance, with an endless amount of time but with time never on its side. Having just finished reading "The Castle", I'm feeling very interested in the sensation of frustration. Perhaps a director's cut in the future?
I was also the presenter, on behalf of the Department of Film, of the best student film. This went to Layton Burton for his very strong memory/portrait of his parent's unorthodox marriage. Congratulations to Layton and to all of the other students who were nominated.