Visions of Chaos

Antitube programming, part of Manif d'art 5

Cataclysm? What cataclysm!

A program focusing on experimental film with images of the Bomb and other stock footage is reworked in unique and disturbing ways (Pelechian’s Notre siècle; Bruce Conner’s Television Assassination). These films extract a lesson from film history to make a statement about the cataclysms always looming in today’s packed media landscape, where high-tech warfare is an object of idolatry. Also on the program: Canadian films that rework and manipulate filmed images (Karl Lemieux, Richard Kerr, Eduardo Menz).

Our program takes viewers through four decades of film in a single evening, with reworked of stock footage by well-known and emerging filmmakers from the USA, Quebec, Canada, and Armenia.

May 12, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Musée de la civilisation


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Image: from Western Sunburn, by Karl Lemieux

Event program

May 12, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Television Assassination

Television Assassination

Bruce Conner, USA, 1965-1995, 14 min., 16 mm.

Bruce Conner filmed images of John F. Kennedy and the circumstances surrounding his assassination on his TV screen in 1963 and 1964. The footage waited thirty years to be turned into the film we have today.

Las Mujeres de Pinochet

Las Mujeres de Pinochet

Eduardo Menz , Canada, 2004, 12 min., Beta SP.

An experimental film that forces the spectator to play a role through text, sound, and image. The film analyzes class structure and the meaning of beauty through the forgotten stories of two women living under the brutal Pinochet regime in the late 1980s.

Western Sunburn

Western Sunburn

Karl Lemieux, Quebec, 2007, 7 min., DigiBeta.

Western Sunburn is the video of a performance during which Lemieux paints on, scratches, and burns the film stock of an old 16 mm Western.

Collage d'Hollywood

Collage d'Hollywood

Richard Kerr, Canada, 2004, 8 min, 35 mm

A collage film made by randomly splicing together the trailers of films shown in a Saskatchewan drive-in

Le Bombardement, le port des perles

Le Bombardement, le port des perles

Richard Kerr, Canada, 2004, 8 min., 35 mm

A remix of the Pearl Harbour trailer anchored in collage and sound exploration, made using analog and digital editing techniques

Our Century

Our Century

Artavazd Pelechian, Armenia, 1982, 50 min., 35 mm.

A meditation on the conquest of space, rockets to nowhere, Icarus’s dream symbolized in the American and Russian empires, cosmonauts disfigured by acceleration, the impending cataclysm…. Pelechian throws a confused body into orbit and watches it spin, held aloft by his momentous subject matter. Up here, nothing is on a human scale: instead of Man in the Cosmos we have the Cosmos in Man.

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