Re: Cinema Project Presents Winnipeg Babysitter

From: Bernard Roddy (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Nov 20 2008 - 10:51:27 PST

Wow! "Cinema Project" is, gratefully, a misnomer.

--- On Tue, 11/18/08, Jeremy Rossen <email suppressed> wrote:

> From: Jeremy Rossen <email suppressed>
> Subject: Cinema Project Presents Winnipeg Babysitter
> To: email suppressed
> Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 12:48 PM
> Hey Frameworkers,
> A last minute plea to the people in Portland Oregon not to
> miss Daniel Barrow's amazing Winnipeg Babysitter.
> Details below.
> Much Love,
> Cinema Project
> Jeremy Rossen and Autumn Campbell
> Cinema Project Presents
> Winnipeg Babysitter
> Curated and Performed by Daniel
> Barrow
> November 18th 2008
> 7:30 PM | $6
> [Located between Burnside and Couch, doors open 30 minutes
> prior to
> scheduled start time. Elevator access is provided, please
> come to the door
> so we can accommodate. City Center parking is available for
> $7 on 14th ave.
> For access to the space from the 3rd floor enter from the
> western
> stairwell.]
> In the late '70s and throughout the 80s, Winnipeg
> experienced a "golden age"
> of public access television. Anyone with a creative dream,
> concept or
> politic would be endowed with airtime and professional
> production services.
> A precedent that went far beyond standard television
> formula was set in the
> late '70s when the infamous Winnipeg performance artist
> Glen Meadmore sat in
> front of a television camera and silently picked at his
> acne for 30 minutes
> each week in a program called The Goofers (later The Glen
> Meadmore Show.)
> Winnipeg Babysitter traces this and other unique vignettes
> from a brief
> synapse in broadcasting history when Winnipeg cable
> companies were mandated
> to provide public access as a condition of their
> broadcasting license.
> Because, the local public access archives were destroyed
> programs could only
> be found in the VHS collections of the original producers.
> In cases when
> these producers did not save their own work, Barrow had to
> rely on
> television collectors, fans and enthusiasts. In this
> regard, Winnipeg
> Babysitter is an archival project that restores a
> previously lost history.
> "I've spent the last two to three years searching
> for these tapes. The
> entire program was curated from childhood memories. The
> local public access
> archives were destroyed when larger cable companies bought
> the small ones
> and so the programs could only be found in the VHS
> collections of the
> original producers. When [they] didn't save their own
> work, I had to rely on
> television collectors."
> Daniel Barrow travels to each screening providing an
> overhead projected
> commentary/context, tracing the histories of public access
> television in
> Manitoba, and describing the various and outrageous
> biographies of each
> television producer and personality.
> The smorgasbord of pleasures includes: three contributions
> by the acclaimed
> Royal Art Lodge posse; a bevy of charmingly lumpen
> entertainers on the
> exceedingly egalitarian Pollock And Pollock Gossip Show; a
> Crimestoppers
> reenactment with a teenage rapist in a bad wig and music
> lifted from
> Hitchcock; two puppets named Desmond and Forgetful who sing
> about saying no
> to sniffing glue; a satirical take on post-nuclear
> cataclysm survivalists
> who adhere to the motto "The milksop whiner of today
> is the mutant of
> tomorrow," starring filmmaker Guy Maddin, Kyle
> McCullough, who went on to
> become a South Park writer; and Greg Klymkiw, currently a
> Toronto-based film
> producer; The Cosmopolitans, two old ladies on the organ
> and drums playing
> requests (turns out they were lesbian lovers!); two black
> balaclava and
> sawblade-decked dudes who perform a self-deprecating paean
> to the unholy
> awesomeness of heavy metal; the Silver Persian [Cat]
> Extravaganza; and more
> New-Wave interpretive dancing than you can shake a stick
> at.
> Daniel Barrow is a Winnipeg-based media artist, working in
> performance,
> video and installation. He has exhibited widely in Canada
> and abroad.
> Recently, Barrow has exhibited at The Museum of
> Contemporary Art (Los
> Angeles), New Langton Arts (San Francisco), and The
> Contemporary Art Gallery
> (Vancouver).
> Since 1993, Barrow has used an overhead projector to relay
> ideas and short
> narratives. Specifically, he creates and adapts comic book
> narratives to a
> "manual" form of animation by projecting,
> layering and manipulating drawings
> on mylar transparencies. Barrow variously refers to this
> practice as
> "graphic performance, live illustration, or manual
> animation."
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