Program 4 - Voices of Experience
Voices of Experience - Program 4 (June28 9:30) Contemporary Canadian cultural thought is being transformed by new voices that speak of different lives and concerns than those that have previously dominated our political discourse. The official history of Canada is its first one hundred years rarely allowed for the inclusion, in any meaningful way, of the experiences of immigrants, labour activists, feminists, people of colour or native peoples. Less exclusive immigration policies, and the concurrent strengthening of the Asian and Black communities in Canada, have combined with a liberal desire to accommodate the substantive claims of Native People, to present their agendas (on some level) and engage in highly charges political debates. The videos and films in this programme are grouped together by these radical imperatives. These works also function as personal critiques, with the dignity of the individual being accorded the highest possible respect. Buck and Clouds are primarily portraits; only secondarily are they \"about\" cowboys or Asian-Canadians. The Teaching Rocks and Up to Scratch are poetic accounts of the Ojibwa and labour histories in Canada while Home to Buxton is both personal and political in its rendering of a black community\'s annual celebration in rural Ontario. Clouds - Fumiko Kiyooka / Scott Haynes Buck - Vern Hume / Leila Sujir Up to Scratch - Craig Condy-Berggold The Teaching Rocks - Lloyd Walton Home to Buxton - Claire Prieto
For the 2012 festival, Images is looking back to its first edition. Taking place over four days in June, 1988, the first Images Festival was a snapshot in a moment of contemporary film and video art in Canada. The 1988 festival was programmed by a team of artists and other fixtures on the local film scene and included Cameron Bailey, Richard Fung, Marc Glassman, Annette Mangaard, Janine Marchessault, Paulette Phillips, Lisa Steele, Kim Tomczak and Ross Turnbull. Featuring 51 films and videos organized into eight programs, the lineup of the festival reads like a hit list of the most significant figures in Canadian art history: Philip Hoffman, Vera Frenkel, Paul Wong, Richard Kerr, Jan Peacock, Sara Diamond, Michael Snow, R. Bruce Elder and Steve Reinke (under the early pseudonym Troy Beuys).
A complete list of the works and programs is printed here as a reproduction of the original handbill made in 1988 and on our website we’ll be presenting a temporary archive of as many of these works as we can track down for you to enjoy!
Head over to www.imagesfestival.com/ifpod for a little history lesson.