PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is excited to announce a new screening series to be presented over the next four months. Language Formed in Light is comprised of four different film screening nights featuring experimental films and video art by four recognized artists from Canada and the United States. The works in this series were selected due to their innovative use of cinematic language. Some of the titles create an entirely new filmic language, while others focus on expanding the established cinematic vocabulary. This screening series will be the part of a serial presentation guest-curated by Clint Enns for PLATFORM and recognizes the work in film and video by note-worthy contributors to the medium.
The third screening in this series will be the work of Michael Robinson. Selections of Robinson’s film will include You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, which was awarded Best International Film at the 2006 Images Festival, And We All Shine On, Light is Waiting, and Victory Over The Sun. With landscape playing a large role in experimental cinema (especially in the prairies) Robinson plays with the traditional readings of landscape films with a perverse misreading of landscape in his film You Don’t Bring My Flowers. In Victory Over the Sun, Robinson explores ruins of modernist design at the dormant sites of past World’s Fairs, in essence emotionally demonstrating the failures of Utopian visions. Most notable in Robinson’s work is the fact that he creates a new cinematic language by forging a narrative arc out of essentially non-narrative materials.
Clint Enns is a video artist and filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba, whose work primarily deals with moving images created with broken and/or outdated technologies. His work has shown both nationally and internationally at festivals, alternative spaces and mircocinemas. He has recently completed a master's degree in mathematics at the University of Manitoba, and will continue his studies in cinema and media at York University.
Please join us TUESDAY 12 July @ 7PM in The Black Lodge / ARTSPACE for the third screening of Language Formed in Light, guest-curated by Clint Enns. All screenings are Free and open to the public. Doors at 7:00 / Screening at 7:30. The artist will be in attendance, and offer a brief Question & Answer session following the screening.
YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS* (2005, 8 minutes)
AND WE ALL SHINE ON* (2006, 7 minutes)
VICTORY OVER THE SUN* (2007, 13 minutes)
LIGHT IS WAITING (2007, 11 minutes)
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (2008, 4 minutes)
IF THERE BE THORNS (2009, 13 minutes)
THESE HAMMERS DON’T HURT US (2010, 13 minutes)
*Will be shown on 16mm