Opening Night: Software Garden

Opening night will be followed by Opening Night Party featuring Korea Town Acid.

Nurtured over two years of collaboration, workshops, and live concerts, artist and musician Rory Pilgrim premieres his debut music video album Software Garden in Canada.

In contrast to a recent fascination with technology’s dystopian impact on public and private life, Software Garden asks how we meet from both behind and beyond our screens. over the corse of 11 tracks and performances, we encounter proposals for tenderness with digital and robotic entities in tow. Without cynicism, irony, or repudiation, the enmeshing of lyrical, cinematic, and choreographed sequences pour between stage, studio, and screen. The words of british poet and disability advocate Carrol R. Kallend narrate Software Garden, as she reflects on her experience of catastrophic reductions to public health care and her desire for technologies to intervene. Singer Robyn Haddon, singer/rapper Daisy Rodrigues, and dancer, artist, and choreographer Casper-Malte Augusta further interpret and pronounce an array of methodologies to move, lean, and brush upon our spaces in ways that affirm the complexities of tenderness after the internet. —Steffanie Ling

Software Garden, Rory Pilgrim
North American Premiere, UK/Netherlands, 2018, digital, 51 min, English

Preceded by
Printed Sunset, Andrès Baron
North American Premiere, Columbia/France, 2017, digital, 6 min
A couple seems resigned to watch a fake sunset.

Hi I Need To Be Loved, Marnie Ellen Hertzler
US, 2018, digital, 11 min, English
"I'm going to read you a collection from my spam emails" Is this poetry or malware?

Centred on emancipatory concerns, Rory Pilgrim’s work aims to challenge the very nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. Recent solo exhibitions include Between Bridges, South London Gallery, and Andriesse-Eyck Galerie, Amsterdam.

Marnie Ellen Hertzler is a filmmaker in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2018 she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent Film. Her work has screened at Locarno, Rotterdam, and MoMA. Influenced by her background in Psychology, her films explore interpersonal relationships, and the technology that defines us.

Andrés Baron is an artist who lives and works in Paris. Through working in film, video and photography, his practice is interested in how the image is transformed by screens and networks, and play with spaces of representation. He received his MFA from l’École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Image: Album artwork, 2018 (courtesy of andriesse-eyck galerie)

Co-presented with

11 April 2019 08:00PM

The Royal Cinema
608 College St