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A film-book by Judith Poirier
2013, Letterpress on 35 mm clear film stock, 2 min 35 s

Two Weeks – Two Minutes, a film and a book, explores the double page format and the notion of time in both media. During a two week residency at the Center for Book and Paper Arts (CBPA) in Chicago, Judith Poirier printed simultaneously on paper and 35mm clear film stock using letterpress. Every hour during her stay, she systematically wrote down what she was seeing, hearing or doing, trying to capture a snapshot of time. These observations were set directly on the press, at the rhythm of a spread a day, using the CBPA’s collection of metal and wood type. The letters, stereotypes and ornaments printed on celluloid generate the animation as well as the soundtrack of this two minute film. Each spread of the 24 page book produces 10 seconds of film for a total of 120 seconds (2 minutes). For the digital transfer of the printed celluloid, the frame was turned 90° recreating the vertical format of a book and the horizontal movement of reading. Edited as two vertical screens side by side, the film mimics the format of its book companion and suggests a different reading experience.

Studio support for the creation of this work was provided by the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts in the summer of 2012 under an artist in residence program supported by the Illinois Arts Council. Thank's to Christian Thomas (studio Octoma) for the sound mix.

2013, Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation, Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF).

– 2015 Antimatter, Victoria, BC, Canada
– 2015 Northwest Animation Festival, Portland, Oregon, USA
– 2015 Animex, International Festival of Animation & Computer Games, Middlesbrough, UK
– 2014 Bienal de la Imagen en Movimento (BIM), Buenos Aires, Argentine
– 2014 London International Animation Festival (LIAF), London, UK
– 2014 Viennale, International Film Festival Vienna, Austria
– 2014 Int. Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Limassol, Cyprus
– 2014 Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Bristol, UK
– 2014 Int. Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR, Poznan, Poland
– 2014 Animation Revelations, AUT, Aukland, New Zealand
– 2014 Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), Australia
– 2014 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
– 2014 International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA/Experimental), Montréal, Canada
– 2014 Animated Type Showcase, Salt Lake City and Portland, USA
– 2014 Animac, International Animation Film Festival in Catalonia, Leida, Spain
– 2013 Animpact Animation Festival, Best of Best competition, Korea, China, Japan
– 2013 GIRAF, International Festival of Independent Animation, Calgary, Canada
– 2013 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), Canada

– Against the Odds: the Editing, Design and Production of Books, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 13 – 18 Oct. 2014
– Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 17 May – 4 Aug. 2013


Two Weeks –  Two Minutes, un film et un livre, explore le format de la double page et la notion de temps dans les deux médias. Réalisé à Chicago lors d’une résidence d’artiste de deux semaines au Center for Book and Paper Arts (CBPA), Judith Poirier a imprimé simultanément sur papier et sur pellicule 35 mm avec une presse typographique. Les caractères de plomb et de bois, les ornementations et les clichés imprimés sur celluloïd génèrent le visuel et la trame sonore de ce film de 2 minutes réalisé sans caméra. Lors du transfert de la pellicule en numérique, elle a fait pivoter l’écran à 90°, ce qui lui a permis de recréer le format vertical d’une page de livre et le mouvement horizontal de lecture. Deux écrans ont ensuite été juxtaposés et assemblés selon l’ordre des pages du livre, invitant ainsi à une expérience de lecture différente. Le livre comprend 24 pages et chaque double page produit 10 secondes de film pour un total de 120 secondes (2 minutes).
Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au support technique et financier du Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, et du Illinois Arts Council. Merci à Christian Thomas (studio Octoma) pour le mixage audio.

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