DOUBLE NEGATIVE COLLECTION
New Canadian experimental cinema
Saturday June 16th 2012 at 9:00 pm
Terrazza del Museo Hermann Nitsch (vico Lungo Pontecorvo 29/d - 80135 Napoli)
Founded in 2004, the Double Negative Collective has become a major presence on the experimental cinema scene in Montreal and had an undeniable impact on the shifting landscape of moving-image art and the notion of artist collectives. Self-financed, the Collective has successfully managed for more over five years to maintain its own studio with a variety of analogue filmmaking equipment and to organize experimental film screenings, performances and artist talks that have inspired artistic communities both at home and abroad. This collection of films and videos demonstrates the depth and scope of the diverse approaches taken by members of the collective, whose varied backgrounds include other artistic practices such as music, poetry and visual art.
We find ourselves in the role of the alchemist: we promote accidents, discoveries, and failures; processes that lead into unknown landscapes; the fleeting tangibility of mystical and transformative forces; and the begetting of delicate, precious objects in the dark. We locate cinema in human experience, in the eye, hand and heartbeat, not in the worn-out tropes that pass for meaning and feeling in conventional moviemaking. We find mystery in processes: in materials, in ideas and in the world. The untutored, discovering camera is the prism we have found to draw these forces together. We are choosing, through experiments in form, voice and vision, to initiate a dialogue long-neglected in the independent artist-based filmmaking community: a benevolent conspiracy of ideas. For this, we have gone back to the roots of the media of film and video to ask questions and seek answers. We provide no prescription for what film ought to be, but elucidate what it is: impossible pasts and futures in a trajectory of unraveling present, images pausing and passing from somewhere up there, in back of the head.
from the Double Negative Collective Manifesto 2004
Malena Szlam, Beneath your Skin of Deep Hollow, 2010, 16mm, 3min
Originally shot and edited in a Super-8 camera, Bajo tu lámina de agujero profundo translates nights into arrhythmic movements of light and a fugue of color. Shimmering impressions emerge into the surface of agitated stillness while darkness illuminates reflections and sight.
Mike Rollo, Ghosts and Gravel Roads, 2008, 16mm to HD, 16min
An inventory of lost memories and places, the sun bleached landscape of Saskatchewan serves as a metaphor for displacement, a framing of emptiness and absence.
Philippe Léonard, Perceptual Subjectivity, 2009, 16mm, 6min
Ideas take shape in a kind of cerebral magma where the referents are assigned to parcels of experience from which intelligible elements are formed. Perceptual Subjectivity is an essay on the structural formation of thought.
Lindsay McIntyre, All-Around Junior Male, 2010, 16mm, 8min
A hand-crafted experimental portrait of a young Nunamiut athlete, Sean Uquqtuq, through his performance of a challenging traditional Inuit game - the one-foot high kick.
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Mississippi Moonchile, 2011, Super8 to DV, 9 min
Matana Roberts channeling her Coin Coin project through the empty streets of Montreal at 5am, summer 2010.
Eduardo Menz, Fracas, 2007, DV, 5min
Childrens' memory, memories of children, a spelling bee.
Daichi Saito, All that rises, 2007, 16mm, 7min
Juxtaposition of seeing and sounding, sky and stone and all that's in between. A short walk in an alleyway, to hear vision sounding images, blessed with light and darkness.
Karl Lemieux, Mamori, 2010, Digibeta, 8min
This film derives from a residency at the Mamori Art Lab in the Amazon region, at composer Francisco Lopez's invitation. His field recordings enter into a symbiosis with the treated film surface, in which Lemieux etched impressions of the light and texture of the rainforest