Films by the Loop Collective

  1. Serena Gundy Park, in Toronto, so named for the late wife of Toronto businessman James Henry Gundy, who influenced the financial character of early twentieth-century Canada. Gundy had owned the parkland as a family estate, and upon his death in 1951, donated the land to the city in memory of his wife. In early spring, the trees remain bare from winter, on cusp of renewal. The film takes her name for its homophonic relation to the nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy (born on a Monday, christened on Tuesday, married on Wednesday...), which cycles through the days of the week that chart Grundy's life from birth to death, inevitably repeating, birth and death enclosed in a loop.

    Screenings:
    08/25/15 - Buffalo Public Library, Buffalo, NY, USA
    05/16/15 - Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL, USA
    02/02/15 - Gallery of Alberta Media Art (GAMA), Calgary, AB, Canada

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  2. The Garden of Earthly Delights is a visual duet consisting of a 16mm film and a 16mm still photogram self-portrait collage. It is inspired by the earthly pleasures and wonders as revealed in the vibrant marvels of Stan Brakhage's cinema, in particular his Christ Mass Sex Dance (1991) and The Garden of Earthly Delights (1981), and in the central panel of the 1504 triptych by Hieronymous Bosch titled The Garden of Earthly Delights. This film employs digital photography stop-motion animation, digital video, Super 8mm film, and 16mm film (a self-portrait photogram). The 16mm photogram is used as a travelling matte that acts as a time-capsule, which orders the base rhythm of this film; the interweaving of the human flesh with the flesh of the world. Other rhythms are subsequently introduced in response to the base rhythm created with the travelling matte, i.e., these rhythms are introduced as a way to break out of the order imposed by the matte or out of “John’s Cage,” to use Stan Brakhage’s phrase from his Metaphors on Vision where he referred to his own process while editing Prelude: Dog Star Man in those terms.
    The Garden of Earthly Delights was commissioned by CFMDC for ReGenerations (40th Anniversary Touring Program).

    Film: 2008 16mm SIL 8 min.
    Photogram (free-standing photogram collage self-portrait): 16mm film, vegetal and animal debris, gold paint powder, Plexiglas, aluminum bolts (154 x 81 x 2.5 cm)

    Awards and Honours:
    EXiS: Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul, South Korea: Fuji Film Award, 2009

    Selected Screenings:
    -10th Festival des Cinéma Différent de Paris, Paris, France. (Included in a retrospective screening of all of my films and videos). (2008)
    -Diagonal Film Archive, “Films by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof,” Seoul, South Korea. (Included in a retrospective screening of all of my films and videos). (2008)
    -The Factory: Hamilton Media Arts Centre. “Screening of Works by Members of the Loop Collective,” Factory Works Screening Series. Hamilton, Canada. (2010)
    -38th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands. (2009)
    -EXiS: Experimental Film and Video Festival, “International Selection,” Seoul, South
    Korea. (2009)
    -VIDEOEX: International Experimental Film & Video Festival, “Beyond the Surface: Memories,” Zurich, Switzerland. (2009)
    -Kunstencentrum Buda, “Avant Gardens” Kortrij, Belgium. (2009)
    -Galeria WIDEO = Video Gallery, Lodz, Poland. (2009)
    -WNDX Festival of Film and Video Art, “Canada Avant-Garde,” Winnipeg, Canada. (2009)
    -Cinematheque Ontario, “Free Screen: Regenerations,” Toronto, Canada. (2008)
    -Pacific Cinematheque, “ReGeneration: A Program of New Canadian Short Films and Avant-Garde Masterworks that Inspired Them,” Vancouver, Canada. (2008)

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  3. The first of five short films which were created as part of an installation with sculptor Yvonne Felix. The installation is a massive eighteen-foot white tree housed within a darkened dome. Within the trunk of the tree are five screens playing these five short films, each exploring some aspect of parks. The project debuted at Supercrawl 2013 in Hamilton, Ontario and was commissioned by Culture for Kids in the Arts and made possible by the Ontario Arts Council.
    Music composed by Joe Schacher

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  5. "Tapestry" is a video work created via external hard disk fragmentation errors. During a rendering session, the drive went offline and subsequently generated a series of noise patterns, stemming from the depths of the machine subconscious and incorporating portions of other unrelated media stored in its memory. The resulting patterns form a fractured dance of pixels, squares and grids.

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Films by the Loop Collective

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A selection of previews of films and videos by members of the Loop Collective, a Toronto-based group of independent media artists who seek to explore the roots of experimental film and video through cultivating relations among different artistic communities.


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