Moving Pictures

On-demand screenings of video artworks by Saskatchewan artists accessed through a free augmented reality smartphone app paired with AR-enabled posters at public locations throughout Regina and the province + streaming on VUCAVU.com

Moving Pictures

curated by Sandee Moore

Rania AlHarthi, Lindsay Arnold, Ian Campbell and Heidi Phillips, Dennis Jackson, David Garneau with Peter Brass, John Graham, Graeme Patterson, Theo Pelmus with Kristin Snowbird, and Lindsey Rewuski

Dates:

     Phase I launched August 14, 2020;

     Phase II launches September 26, 2020;

     continues until October 26, 2020.

Cost: Free (requires cellular data if not connected to WiFi)

Location: various public locations (see listing below) & VUCAVU.com

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View all Moving Pictures videos on VUCAVU.com from September 26 - October 26

https://vucavu.com/en/agr/moving-pictures

en français https://vucavu.com/AGR/Images-en-mouvement

The Art Gallery of Regina (AGR) invites you to have a magical experience with art and technology. Using only a smartphone and the free Artivive app, make our Moving Pictures posters come to life. For Culture Days 2020, the AGR, sponsored by SaskCulture, will launch a new set of videos in its Moving Pictures augmented reality poster project on September 26, 2020.  

Screening video art on cellphones using augmented reality technology sounds complicated, but the ease of use is an empowering experience with technology and a surprising experience with art that expands people's notions of what art is or can be.

How does it work? When viewed through a smartphone camera using the app, the video, including sound, is overlaid over the poster image on the user's screen. The AGR has created a poster for each video included in the Moving Pictures program, with these easy to follow instructions:

  • Download the free Artivive app from the App Store or Google Play.

  • Open the Artivive App.

  • Position the trigger image to fill your smartphone screen.

 

The first series, launched in mid-August, featured five videos by artists Linsday Arnold, Ian Campbell & Heidi Phillips, Dennis Jackson, Graeme Patterson, and Theo Pelmus with Kristin Snowbird. Beginning September 26, Saskatchewan artists Rania AlHarthi, David Garneau (with Peter Brass), John Graham and Lindsey Rewuski add their personal and poetic voices to Moving Pictures. They employ storytelling approaches that range from mournfully poetic collages to revealing juxtapositions of modern Canada with cultural traditions to abstract visions that provoke reflection on the universal mysteries of existence. 

Moving Pictures does not require people to gather in enclosed spaces. Instead, it invites viewers to walk, observe and explore their neighbourhoods and encounter enchanting short videos by artists nearly anywhere: a big box store parking lot, bicycle path or well-travelled street. By placing artworks in spaces casually traversed by the public daily, Moving Pictures expands options for experiencing contemporary art and removes many physical, social and economic barriers, both real and perceived. Moving Pictures is an easy way for members of the public to activate artwork through the familiar technology of cellphones. 

In selecting videos to share with people across the province, with the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils' assistance, AGR curator Sandee Moore selected works that activate empathy and create understanding. Moving Pictures presents a complex portrait of Saskatchewan: its land, its people, their languages, and their experiences. 

Moving Pictures will come to life in Regina, Shaunavon, Leader, Regina Beach, Yorkton, Estevan and additional sites. See www.artgalleryofregina.ca for a list of poster locations, as they are added, or to request Moving Pictures posters in your community or neighbourhood. Viewers outside of Saskatchewan can access the Moving Pictures program as a free, on-demand screening, with French translations, through the VUCAVU.com platform.

Download the free Artivive app in advance and look for the AGR's Moving Pictures posters in your community. The project runs until October 26, 2020.

PHASE I VIDEOS

Dennis Jackson

Journey Through Fear

stop motion animation

5:56 minutes

1989

Dennis Jackson's stop motion animation offers a moving insight into a way of life displaced by dams and powerlines. Journey Through Fear recounts a deadly encounter between a struggling trapper and a wild animal that was"was inspired by the stories that my mom told me about my grandpa raising 22 kids on the trap lines," says Jackson. "My inspiration has always been from my mother, all of my relations up in Sandy Bay, particularly my moshum and kokum, who are no longer with us. […] Just with what they had to go through to survive there, we have it easy today. We don't have to go out and hunt if we're hungry."

Heidi Phillips & Ian Campbell

The Wild

found 35mm film and digital video

1:16 minutes

2020

Campbell and Phillips replace the inherent linear narratives of cinema with cycles of nature and decay. Using film footage discovered in a dumpster, the artists selected celluloid images that evidence the will of weather and time as artistic collaborators. Textured frames and decomposed images flicker, revealing the vulnerability of both technology and the natural world.

Theo Pelmus with Kristin Snowbird

Adam and Eve Salteaux

Digital video

2:57 minutes

2014

Partners Theo Pelmus and Kristin Snowbird (Ojibwa and Cree) recreate performance artists Marina Abramovic and Ulay's storied Hair performance. Through this gesture of braiding their hair together, they explore the intertwining of their cultural backgrounds.

Filmed in Pine Creek reserve and Winnipeg, the video is narrated by Snowbird's mother speaking in Sotho about nature and change.

Graeme Patterson

Lafleche vs Woodrow 1972

stop-motion animation SD video

4:08 minutes

2007

Graeme Patterson's stop-motion animation recreates a legendary hockey match between two local teams. The construction of myth and identity – as rural prairie folks and Canadians – is referenced in the many layers of artifice in Patterson's video: the players are figures on a bubble hockey table manipulated by big players for a small price.

Lindsay Arnold

The Messenger

stop motion animation

1:26 minutes

2020

A surreal television experience delivers a lifetime of expectations and realities for women in under 90 seconds. Inspired by the paper cut-out animations created by Terry Gilliam for the legendary sketch comedy program Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Messenger uses mid-20th century imagery to address second-wave feminist issues still relevant today.

PHASE II VIDEOS

Rania AlHarthi

Unknown

16mm film

2014

1:28 minutes

The artist scratches a letter to her estranged mother in Jordan onto film emulsion. Stacks of pancakes, the Canadian flag, and childlike drawings labeled “my mom” and “daddy” obscure footage of a figure silhouetted against a window. A voice whispers of fears and anxieties, drawing attention to the flickering shadows that cloak the celebratory ritual of making pancakes on Canada Day. 

John Graham

Trio

HD video

2016

2:23

A trio of enchanted visions of otherworldly figures unfolds in this collaboration between the filmmaker and dancers in an environment of poetic experimentation. Dancers metaphorically inhabit the characters Sense, Attention and Inflection, communicating through gesture, gestures, body and sound. Dreams know the truth of the world.

David Garneau with Peter Brass

Hoop Dancers

HD video

2013

5:44 minutes

Hoop Dancers is a celebration of athleticism, cultural continuity, adaptation and beauty. Four young men in powwow regalia play pick-up basketball, illustrating how traditional cultural practices persist in the contemporary world.

Lindsey Rewuski

Light Movement #1

HD video

2019

4:00 minutes

Music by Burden

Lindsey Rewuski uses practical effects, such as reflective materials, small motors, hand-painted glass slides, light sources, and physical movement, to harness light in a dark environment. In Light Movement #1, Rewuski has conjured a ball of light that unfurls, quavers and dances to a haunting score for prepared piano by Winnipeg’s Burden.

Rewuski’s composition in light was developed Sight on Sound 2019, presented by Holophon Audio Arts and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative.

Locations

Regina:

Cathedral Village: Connaught Library billboard, Bodhi Tree billboard, Cathedral Area Community Association billboard, 13th Ave & Rae St, Artesian Theatre billboard

Les Sherman Park: back side of City of Regina Art Collection billboards [removed]

Downtown: 11th Avenue & Scarth St, 11th Ave & Conrwall St , 12th Ave & Lorne St, 12th Ave & Scarth St., Victoria Ave & MacIntyre St, City Hall billboard

Warehouse District: Broad St between 6th and 7th Ave

Harbour Landing: Groome Park trail head; Fairchild Park trailhead; Fairchild Park recreation building

Wascana Park billboards

Candycane Park billboards

North Central: Mâmawêyatitân Centre transit shelter,  Mâmawêyatitân Centre lamp posts,  Mâmawêyatitân trailhead, Grassick Playground (Cameron St. & 3rd Ave.)

River Heights: Tommy's, The Drug Store, Mac's Convenience store

Lakeview: Lakeview Fine Foods, Drug Store, Brewed Awakening, KitchenGear, 

Shaunavon:

Centre Street: Pocket Park, Plaza Theatre window, Grand Coteau Centre front lawn
Memorial Park
Shawnee Hall bulletin board

Willow Bunch:

Jolly Giant Pub bulletin board

Ogema:

Telephone pole outside of Amegos

Yorkton:

Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre (49 Smith Street East) lobby & window.

Yorkton Regional High School (150 Gladstone Ave N)

Sacred Heart High School (280 Gladstone Ave N)

Saskatoon:

Riversdale: 20th Street West from Louis Riel Trail to Avenue E South

Nutana: Broadway Avenue from 12th Street East to 9th Street East

Estevan:

TBA

Leader:

TBA

Special thanks to Yujie Gao for volunteering her technical assistance on this project.

media coverage:

Regina LeaderPost (September 25) https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/out-of-the-gallery-and-onto-the-streets-moving-pictures-brings-art-to-sask-communities-through-app

CBC Radio Saskatchewan Weekend (September 26)

CTV https://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2045152#2039776 (September 26)

Thank you to our sponsor SaskTel for allowing us to post an article about Moving Pictures from their internal newsletter (PDF below)

Press releases:

Katherine Boyer: Where the Sky Carries The Sun

Katherine Boyer

Where the Sky Carries the Sun

October 27 – November 9, 2020

online project

www.tofeelclose.com

Through distance and closure, there is the potential to become closer: closer to artist's processes, research and the experiences that inform their work.

 

The Art Gallery of Regina, in partnership with AKA Artist-Run (Saskatoon), offers intimate glimpses into artist Katherine Boyer's online sketchbook. Boyer explores quieted, liminal spaces where elements meet as metaphorically conducive to understanding the fluidity of personal and cultural identity through family archives. Boyer's research and artmaking labour spans (and bridges) textiles, carpentry and horizon lines. Boyer harnesses architecture to begin unravelling what we know and how we know it.

 

Due to COVID-19 disruptions, the Art Gallery of Regina rescheduled Boyer's solo exhibition, Where the Sky Carries the Sun, for 2022.

*Tofeelclose.com is organized by AKA artist-run

Imaginary Exhibition: Green & Gold

What has social isolation in the age of COVID-19 revealed to us? Perhaps that the intangible, immaterial and imperfectly recalled has the power to show us the potential of art to transform our world.

From these thoughts emerges a strange point of inspiration: an un-memory of an audacious curatorial project by Andrew Hunter in my hometown art gallery in the 1990s that I never saw.

The mental image I have pieced together from half-remembered and fractured reportage of Hunter’s show provides a suitably ungraspable starting point for an exhibition of objects displayed in the AGR's closed gallery.

Similar to the exhibition that inspired it, this Imaginary Exhibition, as I have termed it, will never be whole or concrete, only incompletely glimpsed as bits (and bytes) on social media.

Hunter's exhibition has taken on mythical proportions in my memory, but the details are scant; thus, the entire picture is unformed and lacks definition. What I think I know is that Hunter painted the entire gallery, walls and pedestals, a rich cobalt blue to contrast with his selection of all-white sculpture. The gaps in my knowledge are considerable: I don't know the name of the exhibition or the artist or artists involved. Maybe, these blanks and unknowns are there to be filled with potential.

Perhaps, it is now my idea to distort at-will.

I'm eager to put a regional spin on this half-remembered exhibition re-imagined for socially-distant viewing. I have invited members of the Art Gallery of Regina's Board of Directors to submit an object for display on a pedestal in our sealed gallery. I'm not about to paint the walls and pedestals I just finished repairing; instead, I'm flipping Hunter's concept – all the objects on display in our all-white gallery are the green and gold of the Saskatchewan flag.

Imaginary curated by Sandee Moore

Artists' Studio Tours Video Series

Get a behind the scenes look at how artists create their work, what inspires them and their other passions. 

First Video In the Artists' Studio Tours Video Series: Lindsay Arnold

Get a peek inside artist Lindsay Arnold's studio. Get insights into how she creates her artwork, what inspires her and her other passions. Arnold's solo exhibition Tedium was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Regina in 2018.

Second Video In the Artists' Studio Tours Video Series: Caitlin Thompson

Caitlin Thompson's studio is exactly the working environment you would imagine for an artist who painstakingly embroiders bloody tree stumps on occult-tinged Western wear. Thompson's solo exhibition DandyLines was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Regina in 2019.