Tuesday 18 July at 7pm
The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
The World Re-Presenting the World, Chris Kennedy, 2008-23, 72m
A selection of disparate films by Chris Kennedy. Though both form and subject change with each work—whether touching on memory, landscape or the crowd sourced conspiracies of a Reddit group—his films investigate how we, the world, make sense of things.
The Initiation Well (2020, 3.5m)
The Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal is a huge estate that has two wells for performing initiation ceremonies built into the ground. This film takes us into one of them.
Tamalpais (2009, 14m)
Shot on Mount Tamalpais, a spatial matrix replaces temporal causality with contiguous space. A view of landscape is taken apart, to be reconstituted through memory. The grid, a reference to the “veil of threads” invented by Albrecht Dürer as an aid for perspective drawing – to transfer vision to a sheet of paper – is used for an opposite effect – to disperse a landscape across time. The viewer is asked to remember the space as it passes and reconstitute it from memory, actively connecting the image across space and time.
Simultaneous Contrast (2008, 5.5m)
The striped pattern of the municipal bus shelters in San Francisco becomes a fixed foreground behind which the city passes. Spatial oscillations provide a constantly permutating play of figure, ground and space, imaging the possibility of being two places at once.
Brimstone Line (2013, 10m)
Three grids are placed along the Credit River in rural Ontario. They become devices through which the stationary camera, pointing upstream, delineates the landscape. They motivate the movement of the zoom, which intensifies our sense of the field of view, narrowing vision and flattening space. The river, framed momentarily, flows past.
One Roll in the Blackness (2011, 3m)
Keiji Haino, live in Toronto, June 22, 2011.
A single roll of film, shot one frame at a time.
Watching the Detectives (2017, 36m
Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, amateur detectives took to the Internet chat rooms to try and find the culprits. Users on reddit, 4-chan and other gathering spots poured over photographs uploaded to the sites, looking for any detail that might point to the guilt of potential suspects. Using texts and jpegs culled from these investigations, Watching the Detectives narrates the process of crowd sourcing culpability.
This programme is introduced in person by filmmaker and artist Chris Kennedy with a Q&A following the screening.
Presented on 16mm with Michael Brooks as projectionist.
Chris Kennedy’s visit is made possible with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts