Program 1 - In the First Person
In the First Person - Program 1 (June 27, 7:30) The relationship between image and identity is one that has been central to Canadian culture. Our predilection for the Real, for the quotidian and the biographical is supported by strong experimental and documentary traditions. In an attempt to break down neo-colonial discourses, cultural imperatives have often reflected a desire to record personal and collective experiences: that is, to cultivate and preserve differences. In the First Person is comprised of works which are directly aimed at specifying differences -- candid exegeses, painful speculations and abstract musings provide meaningful excursions into the personal imaginary. Passing Through/Torn Formations - Philip Hoffman Exclusive Memory - Tom Sherman 8 Frames Per Second - Chuck Clarke Dream Voices, Day Voices - John Galloway Scars - Lorna Boschman
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.