Next week at Light Industry: Christina Battle (1/13) and Jem Cohen (1/14)

From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 07 2009 - 06:24:45 PST

Light Industry

17 hours of darkness (reflections on this place I call home)
a collection of film works
Curated by Christina Battle

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, New York
³17 hours of darkness (reflections on this place I call home)² brings
together a collection of works by contemporary Canadian artists exploring
the dark and nagging anxieties associated with the Canadian landscape. An
investigation of my own obsession with Canada¹s natural climate, artists
represented attempt to navigate the darkness that envelops our days for so
many hours of the year. As we brace for another long winter I wonder how
this obsession has shaped our collective memory and in turn impacts the
Canadian experience...oh, and of course, there¹s some hockey in there too. -

Work to be screened, accompanied by a handmade slideshow:

18,000 Dead in Gordon Head, Clive Holden, 35mm on DVD, 2003, 13 mins
In the summer of 1982, during a visit to the poet-filmmaker¹s hometown, he
witnessed the murder of a teenage girl ­ killed by a sniper on a quiet,
suburban street, in the middle of the afternoon. He returned a year later to
lie with his camera on the spot where she died, and to roam the
neighbourhood searching for footage.

Taking Pictures, Scott Berry and Adam Segal, 16mm, 2007, 3 mins
A hand-processed diary film about memory, family and loss told through
snapshots and landscapes in and around Ontario. Music by Sam Phillips.

Lake Ontario (in my head), Penny McCann, 16mm, 2006, 5 mins
A meditative look at a mutable and hypnotic horizon. Grainy Super 8 imagery,
optically printed 16mm footage and an atmospheric soundtrack evoke the
stillness of mind reached when standing before expansive sky and water.

oil wells: sturgeon road & 97th street, Christina Battle, 16mm, 2002, 3 mins
Highlighting the repetitive nature of oil wells in northern alberta, this
hand processed film documents a sighting common to the canadian prairies.

Wreck/Nation, John Price, 16mm, 1998, 12 mins
Wreck: I passed the wreck not long after crossing into Saskatchewan. Day 3,
alone, driving west towards Vancouver. On the other side of the highway, a
twisted mess of iron and steel. Rail cars like beached whales strewn
arbitrarily in heaps rupturing the perspective symmetry of the endless
prairie. At once an allusion to the fallibility of industrialization and
modernity. I felt after it had flashed past the windscreen, that there were
significations here that reached far deeper than this immediate literal
interpretation. Half an hour after I had watched the image recede completely
into the eastern horizon through my side view mirror, the memory of this
apocalyptic tableaux - its darkly poetic irony - would compel me to turn
Nation: A roll of film shot in Montreal at the 1995 rally against the
secession of Quebec became the raw material for a candy coloured
hand-processed meditation on the idea of ³Nation.²

Mean, Clive Holden, 35mm on DVD, 2006, 3 mins
Mean is a diptych made from Super 8 film and old video footage. The pun of
the title comes from the extra levels of "meaning" we attach to nation,
religion, sports teams, and even to art genres like film and video. The
hockey players were shot in Super 8 off a TV set and then subjected to cheap
and crude "toy-like" effects -- the result seems to capture the tragicomic
nature of hockey fights (and of artists arguing). With the fans, the
favourite kind of hockey fight results in 100% domination, with the complete
humiliation and psychological disintegration of the loser. Mean tries to
dissolve and reconstitute this corrosive culture into a kind of uglybeauty.
The diseased maple leaves were filmed beside Toronto's Don Valley Parkway,
the lens focusing on the sky and the sun between the branches. This piece
isn't really a film or video, it's "grain + noise."

Défi des étoiles, Sara MacLean, 16mm, 2005, 11 mins
Jan 29, 1991
³Ladies and Gentlemen: Would you please now rise for our Canadian troops in
the Persian Gulf War...for our Gold Medal-winning team, and our Country?²

Shoulders on a Map, Jason Britski, 16mm, 2004, 4 mins
³An endless inventory of trees, snow, rocks and water rolls by onscreen in
this experimental travelogue. Shoulders on a Map is a Super 8 homage to
transportation, motion and the breathtaking landscape of the Canadian
Rockies.² - Ben Murray, Toronto International Film Festival

Fore and Aft, Sara MacLean, 35mm on DVD, 2008, 6 mins
Fore-and-Aft was created by the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada - site
of the highest tides in the world. Images of the tides are married with
celluloid that was buried in the sea bed, and dragged through the ocean
behind a boat. Physically exposing film to the motion and light of the sea
recorded tactile evidence of the repetition and changes wrought by tide
Images of the Bluenose (the famous fore-and-aft rigged racing schooner from
Nova Scotia whose likeness graces the Canadian ten cent coin) float
ominously overtop of the tides, never coming into clear focus and instead
dissolving into wet ink droplets and reforming - merging with and
re-emerging from the sea.

With a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Alberta and an
MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Christina currently lives and
works in Toronto, Canada. Her artworks have been supported by the Liaison of
Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), the National Film Board of Canada,
the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto
Arts Council, and have screened internationally in festivals and galleries
including: The Images Festival (Toronto), The London Film Festival (London,
England); The International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands); YYZ
Artists¹ Outlet (Toronto); White Box (New York); The Foreman Art Gallery at
Bishops University (Sherbrooke, QB); The city of Toronto¹s Nuit Blanche 2006
and in the 2006 Whitney Biennial: ³Day for Night² (New York).

Tickets - $7, available at door.

Curse and Blessing (Film and Filing Cabinet)
Presented by Jem Cohen
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7:30 pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, New York
³Everything is included in the new conception of the newsreel. Into the
jumble of life resolutely enter.²
 - Dziga Vertov, Kinoks, a Revolution
³ that factory of film footage in which life, passing through the
camera lens, does not vanish forever, leaving no trace, but does, on the
contrary, leave a trace, precise and inimitable.²
 - Dziga Vertov, On Kinopravda
³Not a film, but a filing cabinet.²
 - Dziga Vertov, the Diaries
In my closets, cabinets, and storage rooms there are stacks of films. Some
eventually become parts of finished projects, some were shown here and there
in live music collaborations, some never make it beyond the apartment wall.
An informal evening of mostly 16mm rarities and sketches; a few things never
previously projected and at least one never previously seen, the journey
more than the destination. - JC
Subjects likely to include the following:
The Federal Prison on 2nd Ave. Brooklyn (just a few blocks from Light
The Eldridge Street Synagogue in disarray.
Steel factory madness in the North of Spain.
Italian Anatomy museum.
Springtime in Gowanus.
Also featuring live musical accompaniment by T. Griffin and Catherine McRae.
Followed by a conversation between Cohen and Michael Almereyda.
Brooklyn-based Cohen has made over 35 films built from his own ongoing
archive of street footage, portraits, and sound. His feature, CHAIN,
premiered at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival and in New York at
the Museum of Modern Art and received an Independent Spirit Award. Most
recently, Cohen collaborated with Patti Smith on a series of short films and
installations at Fondation Cartier in Paris and directed a program of film
with live music, Evening's Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin (with Vic
Chesnutt, members of Silver Mount Zion, Fugazi¹s Guy Picciotto, T. Griffin
and Catherine McRae). It will be released on dvd by Constellation Records.
Cohen¹s other projects include: Benjamin Smoke, (co-directed with Peter
Sillen), Instrument (Fugazi) and Lost Book Found. He has worked extensively
with musicians, including Godspeed You Black Emperor!, the Ex, Terry Riley,
Elliott Smith, Sparklehorse, R.E.M., Blonde Redhead, Stephen Vitiello, and
the Orpheus Orchestra with Gil Shaham.
Cohen¹s works have been broadcast by the BBC, PBS, ARTE, and the Sundance
Channel, and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The
Whitney, and Melbourne¹s Screen Gallery.
Tickets - $7, available at door.
About Light Industry
Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New
York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project has
begun as a series of weekly events at Industry City in Sunset Park, each
organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually, Light
Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art
spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other
intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings,
performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the
presentation of time-based media and foster an ongoing dialogue amongst a
wide range of artists and audiences within the city.
About Industry City
Industry City, an industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is home to a
cross-section of manufacturing, warehousing and light industry. As part of a
regeneration program intended to diversify the use of its 6 million square
feet of space to better reflect 21st century production, Industry City now
includes workspace for artists. In addition to offering studios at
competitive rates, Industry City also provides a limited number of
rent-subsidized studios for artists in need of low-cost rental space. This
program was conceived in response to the lack of affordable workspace for
artists in New York City and aims to establish a new paradigm for industrial
redevelopment--one that does not displace artists, workers, local residents
or industry but instead builds a sustainable community in a context that
integrates cultural and industrial production.
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