Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) presents:
Dreams, emotions and life’s lessons
EPCOR CENTRE video monitors
August 2, 2012 – October 28, 2012
EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is proud to partner with the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society to present a selection of short films and video created by Kyle Armstrong, Ramin Eshraghi‐Yazdi and Subliminal Rabbit. Edmonton‐based artist Armstrong creates a non‐narrative dream film mixing rapid cuts of hand‐altered Super 8 and 16 mm film accompanied by a B‐side tune by Jim O’Rourke.
Eshraghi‐Yazdi creates an experiment in slow motion colouring to accompany Samantha Savage Smith’s song The Score while Subliminal Rabbit brings together Calgary‐based filmmakers, musicians, dancers, designers and performers to create a short film about learning to be courageous.
The Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) is an initiative to provide support and ongoing prominent screening space for Alberta media artists and curators.
Title: Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA)
Location: On EPCOR CENTRE’s three video monitors:
• +15 near CKUA; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
• West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
• Near Baraka Café and the stained glass window
Dates: Ongoing from Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, October 28, 2012.
Artist reception in EPCOR CENTRE’s Centre Court on Thursday, September 6 from 5‐8 pm
A special thank you to the following organizations for their support: Calgary Animated Objects Society, EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society, Canada Council for the Arts, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA).
Kyle Armstrong is a filmmaker working predominantly in short non‐narrative film. Working with Super 8 and 16mm as
well as lo‐fi video, Armstrong frequently makes use of hand‐altering film techniques, using bleaches, dyes, scratches,
paints, to alter both his own footage and found films. His works have been screened at various galleries, during live
performances and in traditional cinemas across Canada. Kyle has been working with Guy Maddin on Maddin’s
Hauntings/Seances project as a “deputized” director, 2nd Unit Director and visual manipulator. Kyle is traveling to
Churchill, Manitoba to capture IMAX resolution footage of the aurora borealis for his film “Magnetic Reconnection”
narrated by Will Oldham and scored by Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Wilco, Werner Herzog). Kyle Armstrong is
currently a term instructor at MacEwan University in the Design Studies program and is also the president of the
Metro Cinema Society.
Statement: i close my eyes and they disappear
A non‐narrative dream film composed of hand altered 16mm and super 8 film with HDSLR footage accompanied by
side B of Jim O’Rourke’s “Remove the Need” cassette, kindly used with permission. Mixing rapid cuts of hand altered
super8 and 16mm film with HD video, the film weaves through vacant urban and rural environments bridging dreams
and realities, the thin membrane between waking and sleeping.