Curated by Daniel Dugas
Screening: July 12, 2011 @ 7PM
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room

[Click here to view the program brochure with Daniel Duga's curatorial essay and artist biographies]

Oil. It fuels our cars, it furnishes our homes, it feeds our debates, our wars. Oil, almost magic, which can be transformed into a multitude of products, toys, fertilizers, carpets, shampoo, insulation, golf balls, credit cards, lipsticks, plastic bags, bottles. A strange philosophers’ stone giving immortality to pop bottles and plastic forks.

How are we going to negotiate our dependency and oil addiction with our environmental concerns? Who defines the Industry practices? How can the individual contribute to the emergence of solutions? What is the role of the artist, writer, poet?

OIL is a screening of slick short videos to fuel the discussion! The program is curated by Daniel Dugas and will address and explore the issues and relationships we have with oil, either politically and/or poetically. The program will be screened on July 12, 2011, which is the one-year anniversary of the capping of the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Videos in the program in screening order:

“Oil (Excerpt)” by Peter Aerschmann (Bern, Switzerland)

“OIL’D” by Chris Harmon (Brooklyn, NY)

“BASIN” by David Geiss (Victoria, BC)

“SCAPE” by Kyle Armstrong & Leslea Kroll (Edmonton, AB)

“A Flood and then some Desert” by Kent Tate (Shaunavon, SK)

“Paper Moon, Cardboard Sea” by Valerie LeBlanc (Moncton, NB)

“Tar Sand Pudding” by Xstine Cook (Calgary, AB)

“Lux Aeterna” by Jacopo Jenna (Firenze, Italy)

“Palabras Negras (black words)” by Anthony Gasca (Montreal, QC)

“OILSPILL – The Human Ueberfluss (Trailer)” by Andy Fox & Jo Blankenburg (Salzburg, Austria)

“OIL” by Maayke Schurer (Kingston, ON)

“Petrolena” by Mark Olin (Titusville, PA)

For more information, please contact Vicki Chau, Programs & Outreach Coordinator, at:

Curator Bio:

Daniel Dugas is a poet, musician and videographer. He holds an MFA, Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was an artist in residence at: the Banff Centre, in both in the Visual Arts and in the Music Department; Sculpture Space, New York; EMMEDIA, Calgary; A.I.R. Vallauris, France, and more recently at the Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia.

His sixth book of poetry: Hé!, was published last spring by Les Éditions Prise de Parole, Sudbury, Ontario. This spring, he will be participating in the Festival international et Marché de Poésie Wallonie-Bruxelles as well as the Frye Festival. Daniel is currently living in Moncton, New Brunswick where he is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the Université de Moncton.

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