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Jon Wang, Dani Restack, and Sheilah Restack
Public Intimacies is an exhibition of moving image installations taking place in hotel rooms at the Super 8 Hotel in Toronto’s Chinatown. Speaking to the boundaries between public and private space, the works challenge our notions of domesticity and contemplate themes of intimacy, expressions of sexuality, desire, and identity.
From Its Mouth Came a River of High End Residential Appliances
HONGKO NG/USA, 2018, DIGITAL VIDEO , 22 MIN
At the edge of Hong Kong, high rise buildings stand as gates to the city’s frontiers. A series of rectangular voids are designed to allow for the passage of dragons. This contemporary architectural manifestation of “feng shui” prioritizes the flow of energy between the natural and built environments. A buoyant camera takes the audience on a passage through these holes as a disembodied voice meditates on the desire for queer futures.
A Hand in Two Ways (Fisted)
Dani Restack and Sheilah Restack
USA/CANADA, 2017, DIGITALVIDEO , 7 MIN
A two-way portrait composed from a series of intimate and banal excerpts from the artists’ lives together, we are sent through a looping meditation of bodily encounters. Guided by a collective intuition, a fluid movement begins through opaque landscapes of flesh, into nocturnal mystery, and erotic expressions.
Monday April 16th , 2018 , 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Super 8 Hotel
Monday April 16th , 2018 , 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panel Discussion: Public Intimacies
Watching the Detectives
CANADA, 2017, 16MM, 36 MIN
Photographs taken at the scene of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing serve as a screen onto which the prejudices of anonymous internet commentators are projected. Kennedy’s Watching the Detectives confronts the reverse side of the democratization entailed by the mass availability and instantaneous transmission of visual material. The result is a compelling metaphor for contemporary political subjecthood—in a time when experts are mistrusted and “truth” is increasingly thrown into question, one is ultimately forced to take up the role of amateur detective.
USA, 1986, 16MM, 22 MIN
A readymade film concerning the assassination of Malcolm X, Perfect Film is in equal parts a crucial document and a radical gesture. By refraining from altering his source material (a set of interview reels used for a TV news broadcast, found “maybe in a Canal St. bin, I forget“), Jacobs makes a powerful case in favour of the primacy of the document and against the rhetoric of the documentarist—the filmmaker not as artist but as disseminator of images; the perfect film as non-film.
Chris Kennedy will be in attendance.
Monday April 16th , 2018 , 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Watching the Detectives
Innis Town Hall
The prolific and deeply personal practice of Steve Reinke includes video, drawing, needlepoint, photography, and writing. This program features many key video works from his career, spanning from the early ’90s to the present, and from the various series he has developed. Together, the works build upon each other, deepening Reinke’s examination of themes of mortality, sexuality, the subconscious, childhood trauma, queer identity, and his various Freudian preoccupations. Formally, the evolution of his visual style is evident, landing at his signature cocktail—an amalgamation of original footage, appropriated imagery, and hand and digitally rendered material, overlaid with his indelible, intimate narration.
Atheists Need Theology, Too
CANADA/USA, 2016, DIGITAL VIDEO, 11 MIN
Joke (Version One)
CANADA, 1991, DIGITAL VIDEO, 5 MIN
Regarding the Pain of Susan Sontag (Notes on Camp)
CANADA/USA, 2006, DIGITAL VIDEO, 4 MIN
Anal Masturbation and Object Loss
CANADA/USA, 2002, DIGITAL VIDEO, 6 MIN
Squeezing Sorrow from an Ashtray
CANADA/USA, 1992, DIGITAL VIDEO, 6 MIN
Hobbit Love is the Greatest Love
CANADA/USA, 2007, DIGITAL VIDEO, 14 MIN
A Boy Needs a Friend
CANADA/USA, 2015, DIGITAL VIDEO, 22 MIN
Steve Reinke will be in attendance.
Monday April 16th , 2018 , 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Canadian Artist Spotlight: Steve Reinke
Innis Town Hall