Communing with Others
with works by Sara Magenheimer, Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader, Patrick Staff, and Korakrit Arunanondchai
Friday, April 13, 5:00PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
Co-presented in partnership with Canadian Art and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
Followed by a conversation between Patrick Staff and Yaniya Lee
"Art and Theft"
USA, 2017, DIGITAL VIDEO, 7 MIN
Framed within a countdown of the time it takes to rob a house, Magenheimer brings together a scene from Scorsese’s After Hours, outtakes of a reporter filming outside Trump Tower, and details from a Hieronymus Bosch painting to examine the construction and manipulation of narrative across media.
Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader
GERMANY, 2016, DIGITAL VIDEO, 6 MIN
Through a playful performance, Kim and Mader reflect on nuances in communication expressed in American Sign Language. Details such as shapes and sizes are relayed through “classifiers,” and the index finger indicates a single person. This digit is mobilized to explore commonly experienced social situations.
UK/USA, 2017, DIGITAL VIDEO, 17 MIN
Weed Killer orbits around a poignant monologue that draws from Catherine Lord’s memoir The Summer of Her Baldness, recounting her experience with breast cancer and the effects of chemotherapy. Thermal imaging is used as a visual metaphor for the extent to which bodily experience, and threats to it, are invisible to the naked eye. Staff composes vibrant expressions of illness, aging, and queer identity, climaxing in a performance by artist Jamie Crew.
"With History in a Room Filled With People With Funny Names 4"
Thailand/USA, 2017, DIGITAL VIDEO, 24 MIN
Arunanondchai’s video expresses the contemporary global condition through the scaled vantage of the drone spirit Chantri, voiced by the artist’s mother. Narrated in a poetic style reminiscent of Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, the work surveys political unrest across the world, symptoms of the Anthropocene, interspecies relations, all the while circling back to the personal with reflections on Arunanondchai’s family history and his aging grandmother. The work affectively communicates the invisible relations that bind our shared existence on the planet, and is held together by the rhythm of breath.
$12 general admission
$6 students, seniors, underemployed
Patrick Staff will be in attendance.
Korakrit Arunanondchai is an artist and filmmaker based in New York and Bangkok. His current body of research revolves around the intersection of animism and technology, natural sciences and world politics, and global mass media culture. His video essays are often partly set in Thailand and centred around the aging members of his family as a thread into talking about larger societal and global issues.
Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader have been collaborating for the last five years, covering communication in a variety of formats such as recording an overnight shipment from Berlin to New York (Recording Contract, 2013) and compiling 24 hours of invited contributors’ studio time (Busy Day, 2014).
Sara Magenheimer has widely exhibited, performed, and screened her work. Recent exhibitions include White Columns, Foxy Production, Doc- ument, Chapter NY, Interstate Projects, 247365, and Cleopatra’s. She was the recipient of a 2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, 2015 Artadia Grant, and winner of the Prix De Varti at the 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Patrick Staff is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in London and Los Angeles. Their work has been ex- hibited internationally. Recent solo ex- hibitions have taken place at MOCA, Los Angeles (2017), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2016).
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Established in 1987, the Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent film, video and other time-based media. Images Festival is excited to announce its 31st edition, taking place from April 12 - 20, 2018 across Toronto. Focusing on local, national, and international contemporary moving image culture, Images Festival continues to present vanguard projects across cinematic, exhibition, and live platforms.
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