Michael Snow (Canada) is an artist working in a range of media including film, installation, sculpture, photography, and music. He is considered one of the most influential experimental filmmakers of all time. His landmark film Wavelength was honoured with the Grand Prize at EXPRMNTL 4 in Knokke, Belgium (1967). Wavelength has been the subject of publications, retrospectives, and symposia worldwide since its release, was designated and preserved as a masterwork by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada, and was named one of the 100 Best Films of the 20th Century by the Village Voice (2001). Originally a professional jazz musician, Snow has performed solo and with other musicians in North America, Europe and Japan, often with the improvisational music ensemble CCMC. Together with Richard Serra, James Tenney and Bruce Nauman, he performed Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969. His many awards include the Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres (1995), the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000), and a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). In 2004, the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne awarded him an honorary doctorate. Pablo Picasso was the last artist previously bestowed with this honour. Snow has completed more than 25 films since 1956. His films and artworks have been screened and exhibited at nearly every major museum and festival internationally. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
MICHAEL SNOW'S WVLNT & PUCCINI CONSERVATO
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: December 2 – December 23, 2020
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: WVLNT (Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Have the Time), 15 min, 2003; Puccini Conservato, 10 min, 2008
Curated by Oona Mosna