Films by the Loop Collective

  1. This film explores the morph-like quality of the Serpentine Dance and its intricate play on the visible and the invisible, which extends to the larger context and legacy its originator, the American born Loïe Fuller. “fugitive l(i)ght” is composed of elaborately reworked found footage, originally captured by Thomas Edison and the Lumiere brothers, of various renditions and imitations of Fuller's Serpentine performances, where glimmers of her presence slip into the film by means of the artist's absence; both Fuller's and my momentary suspensions through my use of chance operation. These found films are woven into intricately reworked sequences using several computer programs and following the poetic interpretations of several artists who experienced Fuller’s performances in person: texts of Mallarmé, lithographs of Toulouse-Lautrec, sketches of Whistler, and a futurist manifesto on dance by Marinetti.

    The music for this film was composed by Toronto based composer Colin Clark who reworked various LP recordings of Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” the music that often accompanied Fuller’s Serpentine performances.

    “fugitive l(i)ght” emphasizes rhythmic structures over and above representation, by drawing the viewer's gaze into a maze of multiple folds of continuously unfolding colour patterns. “fugitive l(i)ght” aims to evoke a charge of energy that might have been experienced by the audience of the 1890s in the presence of Fuller's light performances, and therefore permitting her to meet us again, one century later by making herself and her performance (in)visible to us through its palpitating playful rhythm expressed as a field of energy that resonates within the spectator.

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  2. my I's is a visual journey through time, space, and memories of the filmmaker from her childhood to the present. Not parting with her Super 8 camera for four years, she accumulated a variety of images from different parts of the world and from different times of the year. She then combined these images with home movie footage of herself and her mother.

    Pruska-Oldenhof’s childhood memories of Sunday afternoon walks with her mother - to a park, a field or a castle - and seeing the world through her mother’s eyes has shaped her mind and even her filmic eye. my I’s is about the bond between mother and child, one which continues outside the womb. As a substitute umbilical cord, the film uses light - the source of life, and the essential element of both vision and cinema. This is a film about the learning process of the I (the child) and the eye (the filmmaker), at different stages of life.

    my I’s is distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

    10th Festival des Cinéma Différent de Paris, Paris France (2008)
    Diagonal Film Archive, “Films by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof,” Seoul, South Korea (2008)
    Canadian Film Institute: CAFÉeX, “Light of Desire: The Films of Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof,” Ottawa (2006)
    Women’s Television Network broadcast, “Shameless Shorts” (1998)
    TVO, “TVO Telefest Student Award Winners” (1998)

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  3. A trailer, as requested by Telefilm Canada, to promote my film Pepper's Ghost (2013) at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. This trailer was streamed at a kiosk in the lobby of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Featuring Stephen Broomer, Eva Kolcze, Cameron Moneo, Laura Berger, and Katie Russell.

    Pepper’s Ghost occurs in two rooms. These rooms were formerly used for psychological observation studies. There’s a two-way mirror between them. I realized that I could create simple optical illusions in this mirror by playing with ceiling lights, gel filters, curtains. The mirror is thus transformed into a mysterious tunnel. My collaborators and I assist the camera in achieving this illusion by performing around it.

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  4. Journeys in Banff and Jasper National Parks, Alberta.

    "A journey without arrival in the great tradition of Canadian landscape travelogues." - Richard Kerr

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  5. Stamens and pistils are lit in rapid succession behind the dome of the Palm House at Allan Gardens in Toronto. The plants trade colour, making alien scenes in the conservatory. Solid forms, too near to the eye, become muddied and indistinct, in constant passage, but the dome and the grid are fixed.

    This film was processed at Niagara Custom Lab in Toronto. Telecine was done at Frame Discreet. Thanks to Clint Enns, Cameron Moneo, and Lianna Hillerup and Brian Kent Gotro of Frame Discreet.

    01/11/15 - LIFT Round-Up 2014, Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Canada
    01/09/15 - The Factory Media Arts Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    12/04/14 - Canadian Film Institute, Café Ex / Club Saw, Ottawa, Canada
    07/13/14 - The Picture Show, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, USA
    07/11/14 - Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    06/27/14 - Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    05/24/14 - Edmonton Film Collective, "Coming of Consciousness: Lyrical Film on 16mm," Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
    04/19/14 - Images Festival Open Screening, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    04/04/14 - Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    04/04/14 - Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland
    03/06/14 - $100 Film Festival, CSIF, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    11/07/13 - The Continuist Launch Party, Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
    09/27/13 - The Loop Collective: Recent Film & Video Works, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

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