Film Programme

10 Minutes of Collective Activity & Pierre Vallières

Sat 27 February, 12:00–12:45
DCA Cinema 2
Entry: Day or Festival Pass

10 Minutes of Collective Activity

Sharon Hayes, 2003, USA, 10 mins
Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

WHO

Portrait of the filmmakerSuper-interesting young, feminist, activist and collectivist American artist.

PROPOSAL

Ask 22 people to watch an infamous 10-minute speech by Connecticut Senator Abraham Ribicoff from the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Video their reaction, see what happens. Present that to another audience (you) and ask you to watch the process of watching.

WHY

A comment upon the collective nature of viewing (film/ video), and of doing almost nothing except illicit unpredictable reactions from others, of collective (rather than individual) experience.

Pierre Vallières

Joyce Wieland, 1972, Canada, 35 mins

WHO

Portrait of the filmmaker One of the great structural filmmakers, explorer of female existence, applier of keen wit with an impressive grasp of time and space.

PROPOSAL

Catch as much as can be caught in single shots to explore the fleetingness of viewership in real time.

WHY

An instant investigation, a cut across something infinitely dense. What can be filmed? What can’t be captured? Vallières was the intellectual leader of the Front de Libération du Québec and for Wieland “he delivered three essays, without stopping: 1) Mont Laurier; 2) Quebec history and race; 3) women's liberation. Everything which happened is recorded on film.”