Ed Video and IICSI present Video Play: Night One
All events in the Improvised Video Series are FREE, and open to everyone.
Place: Silence Guelph
46 Essex St.
Video Play: An Improvised Film Series brings together filmmakers from the International
Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and Ed Video’s Play Proposition II for three
evenings of screenings and discussion on film/video and improvisation.
The series addresses both films on improvisational arts-based practices and improvisation in the filmmaking process.
The screenings will be followed by a talkback and discussion.
Night One: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Mauricio Martinez, Just Play: A History of Improvised Music in Toronto (40 min)
Kimber Sider, Playing in Silence (10 min)
Moderated by Angus McLellan
In "Just Play": A History of Improvised Music in Toronto Mauricio Martinez weaves together interviews and archival photographs to detail the history of Toronto’s improvised music scene from its beginnings to the present day. Martinez approaches the topic as a literary critic, using textual cues to frame a narrative that occupies an ambiguous zone at the nexus of documentary history, poesis, and mythopoesis. The film’s use of textual framing devices blurs the distinction between fact and metaphor, lending the history an epic quality—lives and stories told are highly individual yet lend themselves to analysis of theme and archetype. In Just Play, Martinez consciously works with the tension between what is said and unsaid in interview, what is present
and absent in history, in the service of an archival poetics that opens something akin to a free improvisation of historical interpretation.
Mauricio Martinez is a Hamilton-based scholar, filmmaker, and writing instructor with a PhD in Literary/Theatre Studies in English from the University of Guelph. Since 2010, Martinez has produced a number of video projects for ICASP/IISCI beginning with a creative documentary about the project, The Improvising Eye (2010), and Ikons (2011), a video companion to the art installation by Eric Metcalfe and George Lewis. Martinez’s audiovisual work attempts to expose formalist assumptions about the commercial, the avant-garde, and the student through the cultivation of an authenticity and propriety inspired by free improvisation. His camera is preoccupied with banal movement and transit across landscape and through public space, using visual distortion to make explicit otherwise unstated ways in which consciousness constructs audiovisual perception.
In "Playing in Silence" filmmaker Kimber Sider invites five musicians and five horses to meet and attempt to collaborate on improvisational performances that speaks in both sound and silence.
What happens when musicians are invited to improvise with horses in a free and neutral space?
How are notions of sound, silence, collaboration and difference challenged and influenced when the improvisation is meant to work across species lines and with a language divide? These are the questions that is at the heart of the documentary project Playing in Silence. Resonance is a concept that speaks to both musical experience and equine experience. Through bringing together experts in the fields of physical resonance (horses) and musical resonance (musicians) perhaps a new understanding of combined resonance can be struck, opening up a space of play and discovery for both individuals involved. Two short films from this project will be screened, as Playing in Silence is an on-going project.
Kimber Sider is a Guelph-based filmmaker, theatre practitioner, equestrian and academic working towards a PhD in Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Sider has been working for the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI/ICASP) since 2013 producing short documentary projects. Sider’s filmmaking style comes from a love of storytelling, creating an intimate environment that showcases the personal experience.
Sider’s most notable film is her 2010 CBC documentary Chasing Canada, which follows her 2008 horseback ride across Canada with her horse, Katrina.
Chasing Canada can be viewed for free at www.drawdeprod.com.