Films by the Loop Collective

  1. This video was created in response to Christian Lebrat's installation, "R1R2R3R4 (Who's Afraid Of...)". Through rapid camera movement, the installation's panels are converted into flickering colourful textures reminiscent of Lebrat's film Holon (1981).

    Screening history:

    2016 "Loop Collective: Recent Works," Innis Town Hall, Toronto, ON.
    2016 "Loop Collective: Recent Works," Open City Cinema, Winnipeg, MB.
    2016 "Chromatics," Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, MB.

    Available for rental via Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and Light Cone.

    This video is for preview purposes only, and is not licensed for public display. Please contact the artist for inquiries.

    Ⓒ Dan Browne 2015.

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  2. 6 min. 16mm (born digital) COL SD 2015

    A memory trace of a unique moment near Montjuïc in Barcelona rendered palpable.

    Artist Statement:
    Font Màgica continues my ongoing interest in the protocinematic performances and light technologies used by artists at the turn of the 20th century. The footage for this film was shot in the Fall of 2004, when I was in the midst of my film fugitive l(i)ght (2005), which explored the electric light performances of Loïe Fuller from the same period. Font Màgica means magic fountain in Catalan language. It was designed by Carles Buïgas and completed in 1929 for the International Exhibition in Barcelona. Light fountains (also sometimes called musical fountains) were popular at the turn of last century and were often built in conjunction with major international exhibitions, for example Křižík's Fountain in Prague completed in 1891 for the World Exhibition and the fountains for the 1889, 1900 and the 1931 International Expositions in Paris. Just as the World Fairs attracted masses of people to its international pavilions, so too did the choreographed electric light and music spectacles of the musical fountains at these international exhibitions, and till this day. In many ways, these musical fountains anticipated the visual music films of experimental filmmakers like Viking Eggling, Hans Richter, Oskar Fischinger, and many others who continue in this tradition today.

    Music for Font Màgica was composed by Colin Clark, Toronto-based composer and software developer, with the original piano composition by Fryderyk Chopin, Prelude Op. 28, No. 15 “Raindrop,” and sounds courtesy of Stanford Solar Center (Sun sounds) and of NASA, Cassini-Huygens mission (radio emissions from Saturn).

    Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof is a Toronto-based experimental filmmaker, scholar and Assistant Professor at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. She is a graduate of Media Arts at Ryerson University (BAA) and Communication and Culture at York University (MA) and (PhD). Her doctoral research concentrated on feminine aesthetics in avant-garde cinema and body art, and drew on Julia Kristeva’s theories on vanguard poetry and Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of ethics. Izabella’s writings on cinema, art, dance, technology and culture, have appeared in Parol, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, and in Ultimate Reality and Meaning Journal (Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding), and in anthologies on media arts and on screen dance, including a chapter in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Screendance. Izabella’s film and video projects have screened in numerous group programs at international film festivals, cinematheques, galleries and art centres in Canada and abroad. Solo screenings of her works have been presented at the Diagonal Film Archive in Seoul, South Korea (2008), at the 10th Festival des Cinéma Différent de Paris in France (2008), and at Canadian Film Institute: CAFÉ eX in Ottawa (2007). Izabella’s projects received many awards from film festivals, as well as grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, NFB, LIFT, and Ryerson University. Her films are included in collections at several universities and in video anthologies, including: Made by Hand, Contre L’Oeil, and Loop Collective. She is the co-founder and an active member of the successful Toronto-based experimental film collective, the Loop Collective ( Her work as an artist and scholar is interdisciplinary and often explores connections between art, bodies, and technology.

    Font Màgica (2015), This Town of Toronto… (2012), The Garden of Earthly Delights (2008), Echo (2007), Pulsions (2007), fugitive l(i)ght (2005), sea-ing (2004), her carnal longings (2003), Scintillating Flesh (2003), Song of the Firefly (2002), Light Magic (2001), Vibrant Marvels (2000).

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  3. 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.

    10/21/15 - MassArt Film Society, Boston, MA, USA
    10/18/15 - Mono No Aware, Brooklyn, NY, USA
    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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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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