Artist: Malena Szlam
Duration: 5 min
Moons in a journey through magnetic spheres, influencing subtle energies on Earth.
Malena Szlam (Santiago, Chile 1979). Studies at Universidad de Artes y Ciencias Sociales and Concordia University. 15 films and media installations since 2000; screenings at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech R.), [S8] Mostra de Cinema Pereférico (A Coruña, Spain), Viennale (Austria), etc. Member of Double Negative Collective (Montréal), lives in Montréal, Québec. First appearance at Media City.
Sea Series 14, 15, 18
Artist: John Price
Duration: 9 min
The most recent films in Price’s ongoing Sea Series. Sea Series 14, 15 and 18 form a cycle of films depicting the waterfronts of Hamilton and Toronto, shot from opposing vantage points across Lake Ontario using a telephoto lens.
John Price (Raritan Township NJ 1967). Studies at Concordia University. More than 50 films since 1992; screenings at numerous international festivals and venues including solo presentations at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver); Pleasure Dome (Toronto), etc. Lives in Toronto, Ontario. Sixth appearance at Media City.
Canadian Pacific I
Artist: David Rimmer
Duration: 5 min
Vancouver harbour with its railyards, mountains and passing ships is a vista in fluid transformation as three winter months are reviewed and condensed to ten minutes. What interested me about these shots were the horizontals: the train tracks, the water, the mountains and the sky and the way in which these four elements would shift, change and fuse.
David Rimmer ((Vancouver BC 1942). 40+ films and media artworks since 1967; screenings at major venues and festivals for artist’s film worldwide; permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), etc; Governor General’s Award (2011). Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. First appearance at Media City.
Artist: Alexandre Larose
Duration: 5 min
A path that extends from my family’s backyard into Lac Saint-Charles in Québec City, condensed in multiple temporal layers.
Alexandre Larose (Lebel-sur-Quévillon QC 1978). Studies at Concordia University. 7 films since 2004; screenings at Centre Pompidou (Paris), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Artspace Sydney (Australia), etc. Lives in Montréal, Québec. Third appearance at Media City.
Artist: Vincent Grenier
City: Ithaca NY
Duration: 13 min
Water flows under an expressway and a railway. The path under these bridges never seemed particularly attractive until last summer when I lingered and started to take pictures, emerging from concerns about space, the pictorial plane and a particularly interesting intersection between man-made structures and a changing, surprising nature. Watercolor exists between these necessary worlds, as time unfolds and remains difficult to comprehend.
“Islands. O for God’s sake they are connected underneath.” – Muriel Rukeyser
Vincent Grenier (Québec City QC 1948). Studies at San Francisco Art Institute. 40+ films and digital works since 1974; solo screenings at Images Festival (Toronto), Museum of Modern Art (NewYork), Cinéma Parallel (Montréal); etc; permanent collections of Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), etc; Guggenheim Fellowship (2010). Lives in Ithaca, New York. Seventh appearance at Media City.
Artist: Charlie Egleston
Duration: 9 min
A watershed moment invites an exploration of perception and the transitory nature of things.
Charlie Egleston (Kitchener ON 1973). Studies at University of Western Ontario and York University. Twelve films since 2001; screenings at International Film Festival Rotterdam, WNDX Winnipeg Festival of Film and Video Art, International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, etc. Lives in London, Ontario. Fifth appearance at Media City.
Artist: Chris Kennedy
Duration: 10 min
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. Framed momentarily, the river flows past.
Chris Kennedy (Easton MD 1977). Studies at Queen’s University and the San Francisco Art Institute. 17 films since 2004; screenings include solo shows at Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa), La Plata Semana del Film Experimental (Argentina), Los Angeles Film Forum, etc. Programmer at TIFF Cinematheque Free Screen; Executive Director of LIFT. Lives in Toronto, Ontario. Second appearance at Media City.
Artist: Stephen Broomer
Duration: 4 min
Stamens and pistils are lit in rapid succession behind the dome of the Palm House at Allan Gardens in Toronto, creating alien scenes in the conservatory.
Stephen Broomer (Toronto ON 1984). Studies at York University and Ryerson University. 25 films since 2010; screenings at “Wavelengths” program at the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin Directors Lounge, “Views from the Avant-garde” at the New York Film Festival, etc. Lives in Toronto, Ontario. First appearance at Media City.