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7pm at Deluge: All Flesh is Grass

Gibraltar Point [transformed]
Penny McCann | 6:05 | Canada | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
Erratic flashes of light spark across a flickering expanse of water and sky. Tranquility is disrupted by the random alchemy of hand-processing techniques; a landscape that transcends the observable. The image can’t be contained as light and debris spill from the frame. Chaos emerges, edging into the sublime.

An Afternoon at Oyster Bay
Jon Behrens | 4:41 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Hand-painted and hand-manipulated optically-printed found footage of a family vacation to Oyster Bay in 1926. 

Before After Again
Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty & Michele Simone Smith | 6:50 | Canada | 2015 | Vic Premiere
Filmed in old- and second-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, this dual channel, 16mm film follows the cycle of carbon from mountains to sea, reflecting on ecological and economic modalities of time, space and matter.

All Flesh is Grass
Caryn Cline | 12:00 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
“As a great Kansas senator said back in 1872: ‘Grass feeds the ox; the ox nourishes man [sic]; man dies and goes to grass again. And so the tide of life moves onward and upward—and in more senses than one, all flesh is grass.’” – from Earth’s Song by Leonard Hall.

Elements 1, 2, 3
Toma? Burlin | 7:21 | France | 2017 | NA Premiere
A trilogy composed of images from a tropical forest, water and a building. Three short parts, three distinct periphrases, each characterized by a particular aesthetic and technical approach.

Joel Penner | 4:56 | Canada | 2015 | BC Premiere
Footage of the zucchini family (Cucurbitaceae) desiccating, and in doing so revealing their intricate venation.

Gedanken aus der Luft
Margaret Rorison | 6:49 | Germany | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
Polluted clouds of burning coal dominate the skies. Meditations on a shifting landscape of what once was East Berlin. Soundtrack by Berlin artist Joke Lanz.

See Weeds
Dawn George | 3:20 | Canada | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
An examination of three weeds—dandelion, coltsfoot, goldenrod—and each weed’s direct effects on film stock via hand-processing with eco-processing techniques. The film reveals not only the visual characteristic of each plant but also of filmic qualities that each plant imparts on the film stock.

Tinne Zenner | 16:00 | Portugal/Denmark | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
Arrábida is a 16mm film centred on the production of landscape and concrete in the Arrábida Natural Park. It merges footage from the park with 3D animation of the topographic landscape as an equal analogue layer.
Arrábida is located south of Lisbon. Covering a vast area of coast, caves, mountains and forest, the park is inhabited by a massive factory that branches through the landscape via chutes and shuttle systems over and under ground to transport the porous material from the quarries to the factory, then to the shipping harbour. There is a constant movement of material through the park. Documenting the various layers of the sourced material, the factory body and the constructed landscape, the film looks at how time is physically embedded in the matter and how the molecular particles act in a circular re-shaping of the whole.

8pm at Intrepid Theatre Club: NOEMA

Live Music/Sound/Media Performance (Canada/Mexico)

NOEMA is an international collective of musicians, sound and media artists whose focus is on the creation of group-based, improvisational artworks using conceptual scores and interdisciplinary techniques. Their performances investigate the cross pollination of electronic and acoustic sounds, gesture and the discovery of beauty in the collision of those elements. Their music is a result of introspection and trust in the fragility of the moment, when ideas crystallize into new shapes, sounds and textures.

2 x 25 minute performances:

About Love and Barley
Lance Austin Olsen: amplified movements, voice and objects
Mathieu Ruhlmann: assorted instruments and amplified objects
Roberto Romero Molina: sampler and amplified objects
Joda Clément: synthesizer, laptop and amplified objects
Miles Lowry: projected realtime video
Luis Ituarte: voice and video

NOEMA: synthesizer, laptop, amplified objects and varied instrumentation

Lance Austin Olsen is a painter, composer and sound artist. Fragmentation of memory is a reoccurring theme in his work, the body of which functions as an ongoing diary—a constant folding and reevaluation of events from his life and immediate social landscape.

Joda Clément has been performing and composing experimental music for over 15 years. His work utilizes analog and acoustic instruments, field recordings and feedback to construct listening environments that transcend the distinctions between sound, site and source. His music has been released internationally on labels such as Alluvial Recordings (US), Mystery Sea (BE), Unfathomless (BE), Simple Geometry (CA), caduc (CA) and Notice Recordings (US).

Mathieu Ruhlmann is a visual and sound artist residing in Vancouver who first began composing sound works to accompany his visual art. These sound works investigate, through acousmatic composition and field recordings, the hidden voice or “sonorous membrane” beneath the surface of objects, in order to discover the language that each object holds. Ruhlmann’s compositions have been presented internationally as well as released on various labels in Europe, Canada, Japan and the US. He also curates the label caduc, established to bring attention to artists working with minimal and experimental sound practices. 

Roberto Romero Molina is an interdisciplinary artist from the Tijuana-San Diego region. His work explores the subtleties of language, systems and perception. Since 1997 he’s participated in over 50 group exhibitions. In 2017 he inaugurated his traveling solo exhibition El Lenguaje de las Cosas. His label is host to numerous sound artists including Ituarte and Olsen with whom he collaborated at the 2015 La Habana, Cuba Biennial.

Luis Ituarte is a visual artist who in 2013 undertook a residency in Tijuana which resulted in collaborations with Romero Molina and others, and an installation exhibited at the 2015 Cuba Biennial.

Miles Lowry is a sound and visual artist, writer and director best known for his life-size sculptures and fragments which explore the body as an expressive canvas. His works have been seen in a wide variety of exhibitions, publications and performances. As the Artistic co-Director for Suddenly Dance Theatre in Victoria, Lowry explores dance and media with partner David Ferguson through writing, directing and designing for live performance, television, video and multi media collaborations.

9pm at Deluge: Strange Beasts

Eat Your Secrets
Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke | 4:08 | USA/Canada | 2017 | World Premiere
The fourth collaboration between Mott and Reinke continues its melancholic musings on desire and mourning, this time with more twerking. Hypnotic backgrounds and eccentric animals lend to its psychedelic children’s cartoon vibe, and the signature Madonna and Stockhausen soundtrack enhances the desperation for paradise among those extra long tongues and snake-y bodies.

Toad Pinger Locator
Daniel Bell | 4:59 | UK | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
A mechanized camera, and an insight into the dreams of tadpoles.

Strange Beasts
Magali Barbe | 5:20 | UK | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
Strange Beasts is an augmented reality game. It allows you to create and grow your own “pet.” How far can it go?

Ian Robertson | 3:00 | UK | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
If a shearer shouts “Sheepo!” it means there’s only one sheep left in the pen. This means he’s shearing well, but most importantly, he may be seconds ahead of his colleagues. Sheepo explores the daily competitiveness that pushes professional shearers to shear one more sheep ahead of their workmate.

Song for Koko
Tommy Becker | 4:00 | USA | 2015 | W Cdn Premiere
An elephant escapes from the circus and begins a rampage down a city street. His trunk tosses aside everything in his path. We cheer for him. Why? A man sits on an alligator and attempts to tie his mouth shut. The alligator contorts his body, throwing the man off before turning to bite. We are unsympathetic. Why? We take our children to the zoo to look at the monkeys. The children complain about their inactivity and we feel a sense of betrayal as we admit to ourselves that our observations are a fraud. What’s important in these situations of conflict and captivity is that we are seeing animals as equals. They are no longer the lesser species. A life force is being held against its will or once again running wild through the streets. The moment the lion lunges at the tamer we understand his motives. We relate viscerally to his oppression as we connect to the soul of its being.

The Forcing [no. 1]
Lydia Moyer | 9:47 | USA | 2015 | W Cdn Premiere
A foreboding rumination on environmental and social change.

The Invisible Ax
Anna Kipervaser | 4:45 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
He knew that the woods are full of forest demons who graze on deer and hares like cattle, that the Chuhaistyr—who rends wood nymphs from limb to limb—roams about, inviting passers-by to join him in dance, and that the sound of the ax lives in the forest. He also knew about the Rusalky who emerge from the rivers on clear days to sing songs, to invent tales and prayers, and about the drowned men who dry their pale bodies on river boulders after sunset.

Animal Condensed>Animal Expanded #1
Jennet Thomas | 7:26 | UK | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
In a place somewhere between virtual and actual, through the collision of meanings and anti-meanings, a visionary fever dream produces an enigmatic philosophical encounter between two post-anthropological agents. In an attempt to reconcile themselves with some unspecified trauma of mass biotechnoviolation, they quiz one another on the origins and ontologies of their species. Real objects are sweet-talked into rendering up digital outcomes, computer effects are glitched and exposed for what they really are—rattling the formulation of farmed subjectivities.

Caroline Blais | 3:12 | Canada | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
In the evening, the murmur of appliances and the buzz of a fly are the sounds filling the room.

Animals Under Anaesthesia: Speculations on the Dreamlife of Beasts
Melanie Shatzky & Brian M. Cassidy | 14:15 | Canada/USA | 2016 | Vic Premiere
Part lyrical document, part farce, Animals Under Anaesthesia: Speculations on the Dreamlife of Beasts explores the imagined unconscious minds of animals. Images of sex, death and the natural world are made manifest in the nightmarish dreams of a dog, cat, pig and rabbit.

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