Saturday, June 11 • 17:15 - 18:45

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metaphorically the page is a window

bpNichol’s dream presages the digital condition.   The fluidity of expression and aesthetic between recognized media forms has always existed, the digital simply makes it easier.   The liminal poetics of the “between” is a rich ground for artists working across media boundaries – the space that Dick Higgins called “intermedia.”

In a pre-digital era, bpNichol celebrated the concept of art that crossed boundaries – the page that could be a window. However, he also lamented:

i try writing on the glass &

the ink won’t hold

With the digital, the ink holds. All media use the same technical substrate – zeroes and ones. This new ink writes on page and glass with equal facility. The contemporary ground between forms of mediated practice is now as firm as the ground at the center of any given form. All it needs is exploration, and the ELO16 Screening event is a celebration of exploration between media forms, in particular those works that merge the poetics of the page with the poetics of the screen.

Collectively, these works instantiate a series of dialectics of creative expression: the word and the image, the image and the sound, the mediated and the gestural, the body and the senses. Ormstaad’s MOOON works at the foundational level of these dynamics – giving us a whimsical audio-visual poem that mixes simple yet evocative images of water and the moon with direct representations of letter and text.   Dulic’s works use layers of image and sound to invoke corresponding layers of language, dream, and story.   Her films combine the expressivity of cinema, visual art, motion graphics, calligraphy, voice and text. DiPaola uses gesture and word as his foundation – transforming a cinematic dance through a series of painterly visual transformations that flow from the representative to the abstract and back again. Finally, Justin Stephenson gives us a tour-de-force view into the art of Canadian poet, writer, and performer bpNichol.   bpNichol ‘s seminal body of work in text, sound, and performance was a classic expression of intermediated form during the 1970’s. Stephenson’s film presents bpNichol ‘s artistry across its various manifestations, and at the same time faithfully extends bp’s genius through a series of reflective lenses and interpretations.

The National Film Board of Canada relied on Shakespeare to summarize the life’s work of Canada’s greatest filmmaker, Norman MacLaren: “The Eye Hears, The Ear Sees”.   The films of the ELO Screening work in a similar creative direction – the synaesthetic expression of mediated form at the digital intersection of word, image, and sound.

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Jim Bizzocchi

Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University
Jim Bizzocchi is a filmmaker currently working in video art and installation. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University.  His research interests include the aesthetics and design of the moving image, interactive narrative... Read More →

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Aleksandra Dulic

Dr. Aleksandra Dulic teaches at the department of Creative Studies at University of British Columbia in Okanagan where she also directs the Centre for Culture and Technology, an interdisciplinary arts-research center. As an artist-scholar, Aleksandra works at the intersections... Read More →
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Justin Stephenson

Justin Stephenson is an award-winning filmmaker and moving image designer. His latest film, The Complete Works, is based on renowned avant-garde author and poet, bpNichol. It was released in the fall of 2015 and is currently featuring in festivals around the world.Justin developed... Read More →
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Kenneth Newby

Kenneth Newby is a media artist, composer-performer, educator, interaction designer, and audio producer whose creative practice explores the use of technology to enable the creation of media performances, installations and experiences that are rich in aural, visual and cultural... Read More →
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Ottar Ormstad

Ottar Ormstad was born and is based as an independent artist in Oslo, Norway. As a concrete poet, Ormstad creates verbivocovisual poetry since the 1960s and is author of Electronic Literature since 2006. In his works, Ormstad extends his originally print-based practice by moving to... Read More →
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Steve DiPaola

Prof, Dir of Cog Sci, Simon Fraser University
Steve DiPaola, active as an artist and a scientist is director of the Cognitive Science Program at Simon Fraser University, and leads the iVizLab (ivizlab.sfu.ca), a research lab that strives to make computational systems bend more to the human experience by incorporating biological... Read More →

Saturday June 11, 2016 17:15 - 18:45

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