Work in Progress - from Consolations (Love is an Art of Time)
Canada 1988 film , 45 min
"This was to have been the penultimate section of my 30 hour long film cycle entitled The Book of All the Dead, which I abandoned in 1988. For behold I will create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. And now, go, write it before them on a tablet, and inscribe it in a book that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. Isaiah 65:17,30:3 "This quotation was presented to me as the final paragraph of a review of Lamentations: A monument to the Dead World. I have read it as bidding me how to complete The Book of All the Dead so cite it here as note on Consolations." (R.Bruce Elder)
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.