We Dream in Glitches

We Dream in Glitches
Screening Program

Date: February 1, 2018
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room – 2005 10 Ave SW
Doors @ 7:00PM, Screening @ 7:30PM
FREE Admission

Through the films of artists around the world, we explore isolated landscapes of visual spectacles, both nostalgic and strange. Encounter sleepless minds dreaming of soaring golf balls to dancing Egyptian Geese, as we fall into a trance through fragments of a distorted dream.

Excerpt of Screening Program
Location: Nur Box Theatre – 1721 29th Ave SW (Located in cSPACE King Edward, 2nd Floor)
Dates: February 1 – 28, 2018
Time: Monday – Saturday @ 8AM – 8PM

An excerpt of the screening program will screen for the entire month of February at Nur Box Theatre. The program will include:

Soar by Taryn Ward (USA)
Happy by Alice Saey (France)
Dream Phone by Kendra Lohr (USA)
as close as possible/as far as possible by Charlotte Clermont (Montreal)
Here Today by Aristo Vopenka (Belgium)

About Nur Box Theatre:

The Nur Box Theatre is a free and publically accessible modular screening venue. Nur Box’s sole purpose is to provide Calgarians access and opportunity to view locally and internationally produced independent works of film, video, and media art, which might otherwise be inaccessible to the general public. Nur Box Theatre’s are positioned in public and private spaces all across the city waiting for people who have some time to explore. The programing is dynamic and sometimes challenging but always family friendly, curated every month by local filmmakers, non-profit arts, film, and media organizations, and a variety of festival and guest curators. For more information, go to: nurboxtheatre.com


Civilized Landscapes
Taryn Ward
USA, 2017, 1:04 min.

Civilized Landscapes begins with ambient sounds and looped frames from Paramount Picture’s 1960s painted landscape intro. This re-contextualization isolates the landscape away from its original profit oriented and promotional intent. It is then compressed with over 50 years of different Paramount intros, immediately obliterating its serene landscape while rendering it into an over stimulating and overly commercialized sequence.

Taryn Ward is a visual artist currently studying and living in Rochester, New York, USA. Using both static and moving imagery, his work is often predicated on a conceptual basis and thematically relates to unconventional landscape, idiosyncrasies and the mundane. He currently studies Fine Art photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he will graduate in May 2018.

Here Today
Aristo Vopenka
Belgium, 2017, 11:00 min.

The film is a cinematographic tale, where the audience enters the mind of the protagonist. It takes place in our world, where being seen is of the utmost importance. Via surround sound and visual spectacle, it creates a timeless bubble where the viewers can reflect on the struggles of modern society.

From a young age, Aristo Vopenka was very strong-minded about the things he wanted to achieve. At first, his ambitions turned to music and he performed as a DJ in many bars and clubs. He knew that this was not exactly what he wanted, so after a couple of years, he started to write stories and poetry. From there on, it was only a small step toward the ”big picture”. He started at an art academy to continue his personal development as an artist. He wanted to create his own style as a film director and artist, from interactive installations to a fully working designer lamp. He discovered and experimented with the possibilities of sound in coherence with the image. His conclusions taken from the art academy was to see, adapt and create. While he was working on his personal touch with film, he decided to move to Brussels to continue his developments in a film academy. His goal was to apply all of his experience and vision he’s developed over the years, into his upcoming projects.

Taryn Ward
USA, 2016, 2:12 min.

By following every airborne golf ball at the 2015 Honda Classic Golf Open, Soar explores the tournament’s changing atmosphere and landscape.

as close as possible/as far as possible
Charlotte Clermont
Canada, 2017, 7:01 min.

With tones of nostalgia and magic, a universe is revealed where personal and imaginary memories seem to become indissociable. VHS glitches distort misty and bright images, leading to a sentimental and mysterious narrative.

Holding a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University, Charlotte Clermont is a video-based artist living in Montreal, Quebec. Her work has been presented in Canada and internationally (Biennale Itoshima Arts Farm, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Festival Oodaaq, European Media Art Festival). She has participated in audiovisual performances in Montreal (Nuit Blanche, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Jeunesse Cosmique, mercredimusics) and Kuala Lumpur (KLEX Experimental Film, Video and Music Festival).

Nikita Diakur
Germany, 2017, 11:54 min.

An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story Ugly the Cat.

Nikita Diakur is a Russian-born filmmaker based in Mainz, Germany. He studied Animation at the Royal College of Art in London, where he produced Fly on the Window that went on to screen at international film festivals such as Zagreb, Annecy and Edinburgh. Diakur is now making short films influenced by prominent internet stories and animated via the process of computer simulation.

Dream Phone
Kendra Lohr
USA, 2017, 3:43 min.

I really hope you can make it to the party tonight! Open the door to find out the big question on everyone’s mind—who is the Secret Admirer? Dream Phone revisits popular dating board games and instructional videos geared toward girls from the 1950’s-90’s, ensuring you know all of the proper dating etiquette and how to throw the best party ever. Was it all a dream?

Kendra Lohr is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer concerned with getting at where the True is. She is a graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a dual BFA degree in Ceramics and Animation. Regardless of material, her work is often created in a collaged mindset and incorporates a mixed media approach. She is intrigued by artificial spaces on every scale, from her own dramatic states of mind to the further reaching influence of commercial spaces and accepted societal norms. She also gives a lot of thought to the effect of time like what changes over it and is anything constant or even should it try to be? She really tries to interpret the layers of everything that she gets caught up in, finding where the realness is in the superficial. What constitutes the entirety of an illusion?

Point of No Return
Zachary Finkelstein
Canada, 2016,10:26 min.

Under a microscope, tiny shards of ice loom as large as glaciers. Point of No Return explores climate change on the microscopic scale to present an alternative view to the massive worldwide event. With narration in eleven of the most spoken languages in the world, Point of No Return presents a dialogue in abstraction between emotional understanding and scientific fact, in the face of rising global temperature.

Zachary Finkelstein is a film and video artist based in Toronto. He holds an MFA in Film and Video from York University (Toronto) and a BFA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University (Montreal). Zachary’s work has screened at festivals across Canada and in the U.S. His work has been presented in galleries in Ontario and Quebec. Zachary’s work draws on a wide variety of filmmaking techniques to explore themes such as sensorial perception, and active viewership.

Rakel Jónsdóttir
Iceland, 2016, 9:01 min.

A mesmerizing voyage into the realm of the psyche. Touching the borderline between the conscious and subconscious, the traveler moves silently in a dark vast vacuum. Her repetitive movements put her in a trance and triggers visions that are left for us to interpret, like memories from a dream. Two bodies taking symbolic forms in a dance, alternating between attraction and repulsion. Like magnetic poles in an electronic sea, choreographed with precision in phase with the abstract visuals and soundscape.

Rakel Jónsdóttir is an Icelandic filmmaker and visual artist, born in 1980. She has a degree in visual arts from the Icelandic Art Academy with a focus on video installations. She has taken part in various exhibitions and festivals in Iceland and internationally including the Sequences Art Festival, Northern Wave Film Festival, International Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Austrian Film Festival and Backup Festival Weimar. She is currently working on a script for her second short movie.

Alice Saey
France, 2017, 6:35 min.

People should be happy. Even this Egyptian goose, who tries to cast a spell on us with its seductive dance. Its graceful, yet clumsy movements captivate us. But it’s not the only one to master the dance. Three flocks of geese each led by their guru goose also share the pond; all of them torn between their desire to express their own individuality and the urge for group behavior. Soon the water begins to rise. Never mind. The geese will keep on dancing for us until they drown…

Alice Saey is a graphic artist and animation director. Her work is based on experimental narrative forms, whether it is through short films, music videos or graphic design. After graduating from la HEAR in 2014, she started her studio in Rotterdam. She has directed one short film and two music videos, and is currently developing her new short Flatastic, produced by Miyu.

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