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7pm at Deluge: Dot Matrix

Star Ferry
Simon Liu | 8:00 | Hong Kong/Japan | 2018 | W Cdn Premiere
Time-condensed 35mm imagery of Hong Kong and Tokyo meld together to form impressions of city life by day and night. As an exploration of the energy found in transient moments between final destinations, Star Ferry attempts to construct a cinematic replica of the circadian rhythms of these two metropolises.

The Open Window
Lynne Siefert | 7:00 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
Like restless, waiting missiles, towering pillars of industrial machinery send us to the desolation of the lunar surface.

Inside – The Colour Version
Dietmar Brehm | 5:00 | Austria | 2017 | NA Premiere
It hisses, it blinks. A virtual, two-dimensional anaglyph flickers in red and green, unfolding a visual space true to the Brehmian aesthetic. Concentratedly condensed collisions occur between everyday life and the world, being and performing, symbols and icons. A human skull, human bodies, Castle Grafenegg as an architectonic stand-in for the uncanny. Sex and crime, art and pop culture flicker at pixilated speed—the stuff of dreams. The mundane alternates with the fetish, glimpsed in the blink of an eye, intersected by a long drag on a Chesterfield cigarette while the full-bodied, tube-amped slow-motion reverb sound of a guitar swings in the background. 

Shift Symm.two
Zeno van den Broek | 5:00 | Netherlands | 2017 | NA Premiere
The Shift Symm collection is a series of brutal, abstract audiovisual constructions. Raw, exposed electronic textures collide in oscillating patterns of drift. van den Broek’s sculptural sonic architecture plays on rigorous shifts of compositional symmetry—with results that are both hypnotic and evocative.

Billy Roisz | 4:00 | Austria | 2017 | NA Premiere
A music video for the Norwegian rock trio MoE, whose output is situated somewhere between metal and noise, paris provides impressive evidence that catharsis and abstraction are in no way mutually exclusive.

Andreas Gogol | 7:10 | Germany | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
An abstract visual and audio composition about movement filmed with B&W Super 8 and Mini DV at the Berlin Alexanderplatz Xmas fairground. Later I discovered shots of the birds from 16mm found footage studies and a friend gave me exposed and expired colour Super 8 material. During the editing process arose a new form and cinematic image with different levels of perception and realities—what I see is not what I hear.

Dot Matrix
Lauren Cook | 3:34 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
Dot Matrix is a sound and image composition of two 16mm film tracks, made by hand in a darkroom, without any digital intervention. The projectors become instruments that read the images as waveforms. Colourful and fun circles are menacing when played back as sound.

China Not China
Richard Tuohy | 14:00 | Australia | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
Hong Kong marked 20 years since its hand over, half way through the planned 40 year “one country, two systems” transition. Taiwan, once imperial China, once Formosa, now ROC on the edge of the PRC. Multiple exposures of street scenes distort space and place creating a fluid sense of impermanence and transition, of two states somewhere between China and not China.

9pm at Deluge: Torso as a Principle

Nature Body Light
Monica Thomas | 6:08 | USA | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
Nature Body Light is a slow film, a meditation, a study of light and form and texture, the body in its complex simplicity.

Sears 2018
Daniel Laskarin | 3:00 | Canada | 2018 | World Premiere
A three minute video recorded on the top floor of the mostly-emptied Sears building in Victoria, BC in which a camera, swung on a long cord, looks back at the person swinging the cord. Things are not stable, but they do wind up.

Haley McCormick | 8:25 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
The purity of a woman’s body in a world of chaos and distortion stimulates physical desire, with delicate audio by Heart of Palm.

Sarah El Bakkouri, Cross Li | 6:08 | Canada | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
Unworldly – adj; not seeming to belong to this planet; strange.

Daniel McIntyre | 8:00 | Canada | 2018 | W Cdn Premiere
Peeling back the shrouded image, Exhumation is a reanimation of long lost desire. A response to news of a celebrity paternity suit and the mythology adhered to it, Exhumation obsesses over buried memories to create one’s own monster from memory. Re-composed of images chemically treated to disintegrate, the figures peel their identities away to remain as ghosts of what once was. At once a diary of a death mask and of speculative hope, Exhumation dives through years of hurt feelings to find that although the body was here, you vanished.

Raymond Tallis: on tickling
Johan Grimonprez | 8:00 | Belgium | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
Philosopher/neurologist Raymond Tallis argues that consciousness is not an internal construct, but is rather relational. Through the intriguing notion that humans are physically unable to tickle themselves, Tallis explores the philosophical notion that we become ourselves only through dialogue with others.

Applied Pressure
Kelly Sears | 6:26 | USA | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
Sequential images sourced from dozens of massage books are activated to reflect on recent public conversation from this past year surrounding bodies, massage and assault. Ease the pain from past physical and mental distress. The body remembers. Aches may linger. Lay prone, breathe deeply, release tension, let go of the pain.

Torso as a Principle
Jonas Weber Herrera | 15:35 | Germany | 2018 | World Premiere
Torso as a Principle interrogates the phenomenon of transability, which the medical terminology describes as Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), as signifier for the mutual conditions of body history and media history. The syndrome’s symptoms are similar to those of transidentity: people affected feel wrong in their own bodies. However, it’s not the biological sex that is affected in BIID. A transable person suffers from an over-completeness of his/her abled body and feels an overwhelming urge or need to be impaired, like an amputee, paraplegic, blind, deaf or mute. BIID is strikingly significant for media history as its symptoms are subjective and therefore cannot be measured or made visible as by mediated ways of representation. Torso as a Principle pursues the question of how the media of film and video, but also of medical imaging procedures produce and implement notions of bodily completeness—or subvert them.

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