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Friday, November 10, 2017

Ethics of Porn, a feminist perspective

I was at a couple of talks on Friday with Kate Sinclaire at the university on the topic feminist porn. She runs a website and creates content for it with attention focused on different perspectives (queer, etc) and uses approaches which put most of the control in the hands of the performers, giving them agency over the process. It was blizzarding this morning so there were only about 15 people at the first session, but the afternoon talk drew 33.

Over lunch, I took a break from the lectures to go to some more lectures. "Art For Lunch" featured three artists talking about the activities they underwent during their residencies at the UofR. Peter is starting to work with scars and asked about mine (which I featured for 20 seconds at the Quick and Dirty earlier this week). 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

cool new stapler

Margaret picked this stapler up from the free table at work. It appears to be used for stapling booklets, something we need done about once a year (perhaps more often now that we have this). It takes a small staple so we need to find some at (where else?) Staples. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Quick and Dirty Monsters



I did another Quick and Dirty talk (Dunlop and Creative City Centre hosting). The group consisted of six of us from MAP including Risa Horowitz, Charity Marsh, Wes Pearce, Mike Rollo, and Megan Smith. Had a great time. Margaret was probably a bit upset by being blindsided with a picture of her in the birthing room with William and me talking about collaborating on making a monster. Afterwards someone asked if I had permission for using that image and I said that William thought it was okay, and he was the one naked. I have built so many monsters, I could barely scratch the surface. Of course, the real topic was how I've tried to help William become an interesting person and a collaborator/peer in making art. Went well.

William's art at Board of Education


This evening William's art, along with a few other artworks by students in other schools, was unveiled at the Board of Education offices. It will be on display there for a month. After that, it will become part of the Sheldon William's High School collection. There was a huge crowd. Speeches were short and cookies were big. Mom and Lori came, as did Gertud and Fred. Allan came with us. Of course Angie, his teacher, was there. This is the stenciled work he did a few months ago referencing Warhol with a "still life" of his car crash. He called it "History Repeats Itself". 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Kafka and driving

After William read Kafka's "The Castle" last month and told me many things about it, I thought that I might reference it in a film. While his descriptions were vivid, I thought it best to actually read the book. Finished it today. While I took my time and read it slowly (mostly just 10 or so pages per day) I found it really fun; the most enjoyable book I've read in years. I'm eager to dive into The Trial, but William just decided he would read it first.
Practiced parallel parking a lot yesterday but to no avail. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

driving with William

William has continued to have hours of homework every day. We took an hour off in the middle to drive, in particular to practice parallel parking which he improved greatly on today. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Garry Wasyliw talk at the MAG


William chauffeured me around today, practicing his driving. Our first stop was Garry Wasyliw talk and opening of his MFA exhibition at the MacKenzie. It was pretty interesting, especially the distinctions between "random" and "chaos". Afterwards we connected with my sister and niece and ran around to a number of places including the Ukrainian Co-op, the Salt art show (where a hundred Rider fans were standing and waiting for the bus) and Paper Umbrella (egads! the Saskatchewan colours mini-paint kits are sold out!!!). 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Presentations by Don Hall and Bridget Moser


Art for lunch today was a talk by Don Hall about prairie photography and about his own career as a photographer.He taught me Film 205, a course that hasn't changed much since I took it, back in 1984. It was a great course, even if I did only mediocre work in it (see below). He continues to be one of my models of excellence in teaching. This evening we went to a presentation by Bridget Hall who has some performance art videos up at the Dunlop this month. This was fun. The seating is poor so it was difficult to see. The image above is taken when I stuck my arm high in the air. Most of the time we could only see the top of her head, or nothing at all. This performance was recorded and will be played in the gallery, so we'll have a chance to see it unobstructed.
 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Matt Ripplinger exhibition

Very inspiring and visually captivating exhibition by film undergrad Matt Ripplinger at the Fifth Parallel gallery on the UofR campus opened today. The film loops looked good and I particularly liked the digitally enlarged prints of chemically distorted 16mm film frames. I picked up William after work and returned to see it with him. William is drowning in homework so appreciated the break. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Post Halloween snow or a cold day in hell?


At midnight on the 31st it started to snow. Margaret grabbed these images of our decorations before stowing them away for next year. I had a busy day of meetings and then picked up Moe and Nic from airport and suppered at mom and dad's. William found out his big Kite Runner project is due a day early so he stayed home to work.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween night







New for our decorations this is the full scale animation puppet I built for "Canister Versus The Red Death" this summer. We put it out front with a new Canister short playing (digitally) in the window. The video was shot by Erik Sirke over a year ago but this is the first time I've played the raw files. Allan was over for a quick supper and to hang out and give out candy. William (with Allan and I in tow) trick or treated to three houses (friends within a block: Gerda, David, and Gerri Ann). Geremy, Ellen, James, and Rory also paid a visit. It isn't Halloween without them. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

carving pumpkins



We carved three pumpkins, two of which had to be purchased due to the disappointing crop of our own this year. William did Pud's face into his.

We met with Neil about William contributing drawings to the Village Voice community bi-monthly paper. Seems like it will be fun, and we'll get free copies!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Typing and snow



I started doing some new ATCs but as we needed to rush out of the session yesterday, I borrowed Gertrud's typewriter but I only typed on two of the cards. My desire is to make up, and type, original stories on each card.
Snowed a bit today.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Biblio Files book launch

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Biblio Files book about the Regina Public Library. After nearly a decade, the book's release comes at a great time as the library continues to fight off threats to funding and keeps growing and changing. Readings at the launch included Margaret, Mike Wihak, Jeannie Mah, Berny Flaman, and about ten others. We arrived on time, having made our way from the ATC session, but not early enough to get seats. Great crowd and great success.








Friday, October 27, 2017

Cartoons at Lifelong Learning

Today I gave a brief history of American cartoons at the Lifelong Learning centre. I knew that my 90 minutes of films would likely not fit into the two hours so I needed to adjust but removing two and chowing only half of one other, bringing it down to about 72 minutes of films, ten minutes for a break, and then loading dvd time and other discussion and introductions. It went well. I put on
Gertie the Dinosaur
Felix in the Swim
Alice Gets in Dutch (excerpt)
Out of the Inkwell: Koko, Trip to Mars
Mickey Mouse, Plane Crazy
Betty Boop in Minnie the Moocher
Popeye, Lost and Foundry
Mickey's Fire Brigade
What's Opera Doc

It went well. They liked the old Mickey and Cab Callaway in the Betty Boop. 
This evening I tried to visit the hospital and really just ended up conversing with Sarah in the hallway. When I got home I found that William had created some artist trading cards for tomorrow's monster session. Here is a preview:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dianne Ouellette's feature doc "Rigger" premiers


Huge congratulations to Dianne on the completion of the moving tribute to her brother who was killed in a rigging accident seven years ago. The project weaves together an almost impossible collection of interviews, home movies, and new footage shot over a long period of time.Very complex.
William and I dashed away immediately after the Q&A to arrive just a few minutes late for Night of the Living Dead at the RPL. Unlike other times I've seen this film, the image was not contrasty, murky, and scratched. Belinda told me that she unwittingly ordered the new 4K version which was restored from the original negatives. Amazing clarity: an entirely different experience. It was William's first look at Romero. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Risa's AGR opening


Risa Horowitz's exhibition of photos from the arctic opened at the Art Gallery of Regina. The images are deep and rich and almost magical. I wanted to get in close and stare at the details in these prints. The films also had allure. I've not spent time with the two videos but the silent 13 minute super-8 was engaging and spoke to me on my terms, letting me feel like I was there (and staring through a camera viewfinder, which is how I see all important sites). Great event: everyone from the art community was there.