Film: "Talking Landscape: Early Media Works 1974-1984"

Meet new friends while going to a film about avant-garde visual imagery on the last day of the DOXA Film Festival.

Talking Landscape: Early Media Works[masked]

Andrea Callard, USA, 2012, 76 mins

Synopsis: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring, Kiki Smith, Christy Rupp and Jack Smith were among the artists who filled a former massage parlor with artwork from top to bottom for The Times Square Show, a legendary exhibition co-organized by Andrea Callard, as part of the 1970s powerhouse collective Colab. Callard, whose own work will not long remain one of the best-kept secrets of the New York City avant-garde, includes her documentation of that event in Talking Landscape, her first feature-length program. This compendium of slideshows and short films, which includes 11 thru 12,Fluorescent/AzaleaFlora Funera (for Battery Park City) and Lost Show Blues, and makes its Canadian premiere at DOXA, was culled from a decade of Callard’s playful and strikingly innovative cinematic experiments. Dry wit and personal perception infuse her colorful, existential documentary interventions. Whether climbing a seemingly endless series of ladders in her downtown loft studio; creating quirky, private games to play with the camera; visiting the U.S. Customs House through a series of ten hand-colored print collages overlaid with text; or ruminating on the clover, Ailanthus trees, and azalea bushes sneakily colonizing New York’s parks and vacant lots, Callard casts a curious and thoroughly original gaze on the city around her.

Filmmaker Biography: Andrea Callard is a collage maker working in film, video, sound as well as photography, installation, and drawing.  Her early work looked at nature in the city. Ideas about landscape, and how we live in a landscape continue to be a central preoccupation.  Her films have screened at museums, festivals and symposia around the world. These include DOXA 2013, Ambulante, The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, The 7th Orphans Film Symposium,  and  and the 56th Oberhausen Short Film Festival.  Artworks by Callard have been exhibited at PS 1/MoMA, Exit Art, Kentler International Drawing Space, White Columns and the Museum of Chinese in America. Currently Callard produces media for Green Planet 21, documenting and promoting their industrial recycling and sustainability initiatives.

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Tickets: http://doxafestival.ca/festival/films/talkinglandscape

($12 - $14 per person, depending if you already have a festival membership)

IMPORTANT: if you sign up to come out, you are responsible for getting your ticket ahead of time as the show is expected to sell out before the screening date. If you come out and you don't have prepaid tickets, and you attempt to get tickets at the door - you do so at your own risk! You may get there and find that the show has sold out.

 

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  • Trish

    While I found it difficult to sit still through some of the pieces, overall it was a good experience. I found it interesting to witness the freedom and humour Callard expressed in her early experiments. Her collages were great, and I loved her insight into the formation of the Colab exhibition. I realize some people would be very disappointed that it was not a polished "documentary" because it was certainly not polished. I would classify the film as a rather small sampling of raw experimentation with film and imagery by the presenting artist.

    For me, I found it amusing and interesting to glimpse a few thought processes of an artist of that time (late 1970s). I came away inspired, which is always a good thing :)

    May 12, 2013

  • Trish

    Hi everyone! I'll be wearing a white sweater. I'll be waiting to say hello at the doors to the screening room at 2:20pm. See you shortly! :)

    May 12, 2013

  • Carla J

    Sorry to cancel but something urgent has come up & I won't be able to make it.

    May 12, 2013

  • Trish

    Hi everyone! I'm looking forward to this film on Sunday. If you change your mind and cannot come out, please update your RSVP so I know who will be showing up. Thanks! :)

    May 8, 2013

  • Delina

    Didn't realize it was Mother's Day when I said yes. See you next time!

    May 6, 2013

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