Arts Commons Presents
Why Must The Sun Go Down?, Aleatoric Garden, and TWO
Iris Moore, Aran Wilkinson Blanc, and Christopher Spencer-Lowe
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 7 - April 1, 2019
Artist Reception: Friday, May 31st, 7-10PM, Hub Room at Arts Commons.
"Why Must The Sun Go Down?" is a short, animated film about a Nightingale's Journey to find out why the sun has to set at night. This film is done entirely by hand: The pieces are drawn, painted, and cut out, assembled, and then laid out flat to be photographed frame by frame. The frames are then assembled to create moving images that result in a film. The goal of this children's film was to explore the idea that life will always have ups and downs, and that we cannot have beautiful experiences without painful ones. The film is based on a children's storybook also written and illustrated by Iris Moore
Aleatoric Garden: My first exposure to Infrared Photography was with Kodak HIE film. Since then I have moved on to IR modified digital cameras, which provides more options and features, such as immediate feedback, allowing for much greater creative freedom and the ability to easily experiment. I love the unpredictability and shift in perception Infrared affords me- taking seemingly ordinary scene and rendering it in a whole new way. Just outside the visible realm of humans is a seemingly alien world all around us. There is also the possibility of dramatic visual shifts from one moment to the next; a slight movement of the camera, a subtle change in light, or even no readily apparent change can nevertheless profoundly alter the Infrared image. A symbiotic relationship is formed with the camera, the engineered eye, which is the only way of seeing the Infrared world.
For this piece I chose the simple garden as a subject, taking inspiration from Jean Painlevé’s “Science is Fiction” series of shorts and his unconventional take on the documentary. I wanted to take a wholly different look at an ordinary subject. I also used it as a testing ground for experimental camera software that transformed my still camera into a RAW motion-picture one. For my initial shooting I was even limited to two seconds of recording time as I experimented with settings. All of the audio was also recorded separately, months after the fact, and synced afterwards; The project is very much a fusion of traditional film-making with cutting edge digital tools. The visual aspect has also been heavily altered post capture, taking advantage of all the technologically derived detail provided to me. It does not follow a stringent, continuous visual look, but has been broken down, allowing me to explore the aesthetics of each shot on its own merits, and to create a more intuitive and emotional experience.
Two is an experimental documentary that seeks to create an impressionistic ‘memory’ rendering of the filmmaker’s year at home with his two-year-old daughter, Harley, and an exploration of the process of manufacturing memory itself.
The process of making my film TRANSFER, was for me a real exploration of the emotional power of memory sense, what I came to refer to as nostalgiacholia: the intermingling of joyful nostalgia with melancholy. I always knew that the medium of Super 8 possessed the innate ability to amplify this feeling, especially if the images it contained were anachronistic. TRANSFER gave me the opportunity to delve very deeply into this idea through the found footage of other people’s memories.
Iris Moore is a young emerging artist based in Victoria, British Columbia. Primarily a visual artist, she uses stop motion animation to tell fantastical stories that turn an eye inward on psychological and emotional exploration. Her animations are made using watercolour and paper cut-outs, and are created entirely by hand.
Aran Wilkinson Blanc: "I am a Calgary based New Media artist and Filmmaker, with a BFA in photography and sorted history with video, digital film, computer animation, graphic design, and sculpture. The high level of technological mediation inherent in my practices has also lead me to seek out collaborations with other artists and work on projects that incorporate different ideas and perspectives. I attempt build on the creative opportunities technology affords me, without allowing them to dictate the form or substance of my work while at the same time exploring that relationship between people and their constructed interactions."
Christopher Spencer-Lowe (CSL) is an award-winning filmmaker, media artist and performer of unusual works in public. His most recent direction in life has stemmed from the birth of his daughter, which inspired him to reflect on the importance of memory in our unconscious relationships with our world. ALETORIA, CSL's most recent short film, a commission from IFCO in Ottawa, uses chance and randomly chosen images to personify and embody the force of chaos. CSL is an active member of the Halifax filmmaking and arts community, often teaching film and media art and serving on various boards and committees.