Arts Commons Presents
Line Dance, The Dwindling Dispute, and Infinitude
John Osborne, Kloetzel & Co, and Scott Portingale.
Location: On the Arts Commons three video monitors:
+15 pedway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
Near Ca’Puccini Café and the stained glass window
Dates: March 22 to May 25, 2018
Artist Reception: Happenings 12 on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on Monday, May 14 from 6pm - 9pm
Arts Commons Broadcast Lab (formerly Gallery of Alberta Media Arts) brings three new short films to Arts Commons: Line Dance, The Dwindling Dispute, and Infinitude by media artists John Osborne, Kloetzel & Co, and Scott Portingale.
Three visually powerful short films come to the Broadcast Lab monitors in Arts Commons.
Line Dance is an animated video created to a musical composition written and performed by Edmonton clarinetist Don Ross. A fluid sequence of lines move in synchronization to the flow of the music. These constructs are further enhanced with a changing background and foreground colour palette. The video attempts to rise above it simple graphical form to evoke the emotional feel of lines dancing to the music.
In The Dwindling Dispute, a dance film by kloetzel&co., Lewis Carroll’s farcical Red and White Queens bewilder little Alice with relentless pseudo-scuffles, precise musicality, and nonsensical wordplay. But who is really in control in this whimsical Wonderland, Alice or the farcical Queens?
Infinitude is a meditation on the cosmic evolution of matter and energy over time.
Experimental filmmaking techniques such as time-lapse, high-speed, and stop-motion photography were used to photograph handmade props, fluid dynamics, and angular momentum. Infinitude is a handmade representation of the exponential growth of complexity in the cosmos.
John Osborne: I began experimenting with abstract films in the late 1960’s and later worked with a computer animation studio in London, England. My formal career was in the areas of information technology and environmental research, but I continued my interest in the visual arts. For the past 10 years, I have used the computer as a creative tool, experimenting with mathematical algorithms to animate patterns and abstract image. I have used these techniques to create videos to the music of a number of Alberta musicians. I have had films shown at festivals in North America, Europe and Asia.
Melanie Kloetzel is the artistic director of kloetzel&co., a dance theatre company founded in New York and now based in Canada. Since 1997, kloetzel&co. has presented theatre works, site-specific performances, and dance films across three continents. The company’s films have been selected for screenings at festivals around the globe and Kloetzel’s publications addressing dance on film can be found in New Theatre Quarterly, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and in the anthology Dance’s Duet with the Camera. Kloetzel is an associate professor of dance at the University of Calgary.
Scott Portingale is a filmmaker and animator living in Edmonton, Canada. Scott blends time-lapse and stop-motion photography into his work, connecting these techniques to narratives rooted the natural world, and the human experience.