Festival de Toronto 2010: Future Projections
TORONTO – Works by acclaimed, award-winning artists Michael Nyman and Harun Farocki are the latest additions to the Toronto International Film Festival’s popular, city-wide Future Projections programme of moving-image art projects, inspired by the history and culture of cinema. Like other Future Projections titles this year, by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Stan Douglas and Martin Arnold, Nyman’s and Farocki’s works complement Essential Cinema, TIFF Bell Lightbox’s inaugural exhibition, by referencing films and filmmakers in the Essential 100, a list based on TIFF expert and audience votes.
The Future Projections programme is free and open to the public for the duration of the festival, September 9 to 19, at TIFF Bell Lightbox and various locations around Toronto.
Michael Nyman: NYman With A Movie Camera (2010) – Toronto premiere In NYman With A Movie Camera, Michael Nyman revisits one of the high-points of his career: the composition of his now-famous score for Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera (1929), film #9 on the Essential 100 list. In a partial attempt to deconstruct the master's invention of montage, Nyman began videotaping things around him, substituting new images, shot-for-shot, for Vertov’s own, and then reapplying his score. The seemingly random images tease us into imagining a story, but in our frustration to fit the pieces together, we pay attention to Nyman’s original score – and through it, we come to feel the narrative connections between the two films. Running September 12 to 19 in Cinema 5 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Michael Nyman will be in attendance on September 12.
Harun Farocki: Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades (2006) In this seminal work, celebrated film essayist, theorist and artist Harun Farocki presents a horizontal suite of twelve monitors depicting scenes of workers leaving factories, beginning with the Lumière Brothers’ iconic, late-19th-century footage of workers leaving their family photographic factory in Lyon, France. Delving into each decade of film history, Farocki selects similar scenes from Modern Times (1936) and Red Desert (1964), through to Dancer in the Dark (2000). With job losses at an all time high, especially in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, this installation is as much about cinema and its evolution as it is a reminder of the medium’s dialogue with a reality inextricable from its own representation. Presented in collaboration with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. CONTACT Gallery, 80 Spadina Avenue. TIFF would like to thank the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) and The Power Plant for equipment resources for this installation.
Future Projections projects previously announced in the July 7 Essential Cinema exhibition press release include: Michael Snow: Slidelength (1969-71) Presented within the Essential Cinema exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox’s main gallery.
Martin Arnold: Jeanne (2003) – Toronto premiere Presented within the Essential Cinema exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox’s main gallery.
Douglas Gordon: 24 Hour Psycho Back and Forth and To and Fro (2008) – Toronto premiere Presented within the Essential Cinema exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox’s main gallery.
The Otolith Group: Otolith III (2009) – North American premiere Presented in collaboration with The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West.
Stan Douglas: Klatsassin (2006) – Toronto premiere Presented in collaboration with Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West.
William Kentridge: Journey to the Moon (2003) – Toronto premiere Presented in collaboration with Gallery TPW, 56 Ossington Avenue.
Perry Bard: Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake (2007-ongoing) – Toronto premiere Presented in collaboration with The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West.
Chris Chong Chan Fui + Yasuhiro Morinaga: HEAVENHELL (2009) – North American premiere Presented in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen Street West.
Ming Wong: In Love for the Mood (2009) – Toronto premiere Presented in the RBC Learning Studio at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Ming Wong: Angst Essen/Eat Fear (2008) – Toronto premiere Presented in the RBC Learning Studio at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy: Soft Rains #6: Suburban Horror (part 1) (2003) – Toronto premiere Presented in collaboration with The Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture. ROM, 100 Queen’s Park.
Future Projections is presented with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Hal Jackman Foundation. The Essential Cinema is generously supported by presenting sponsor RBC, presenting partner the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. With special thanks to the official media sponsor The Globe and Mail and the Hal Jackman Foundation for supporting Essential Cinema.