Automated Camera Motion: Inspired by Michael Snow

Vancouver artist Judy Radul presents Toronto artist Michael Snow’s Standard Time (1967) and La région centrale (1971), along with a recorded discussion between her and Snow, as part of the launch of the new location of Catriona Jeffries Gallery. Its inaugural exhibition on Cordova Street is structured as an Unexplained Parade, with each gallery artist inviting a companion artist to exhibit work. Radul’s invitation was to Snow, who has worked for decades at the leading edge of experimental film and visual art. His remarkable works with automated camera motion are particularly relevant to Radul’s recent video installations. Her research into Snow’s oeuvre has led to a new sculptural work, Reading Pavilion for Cover to Cover, a built environment reflecting on the recto-verso media specificity of Snow’s 1975 artist book Cover to Cover.

In Standard Time, Snow’s short, hypnotic “home movie,” a waist-high camera pans around a living room. His spectacular La région centrale — “unequivocally the Canadian avant-garde great’s crowning achievement” (Barbara Goslawski, Canada on Screen) — was shot in a remote, otherworldly region of northern Quebec, using a pre-programmed robotic camera apparatus capable of moving in any direction.

Standard Time | Michael Snow/1967. 8 min.
La région centrale | Michael Snow/1971. 180 min.

Screening in conjunction with the exhibition Unexplained Parade, February 9 - May 11, 2019, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, 950 East Cordova Street.

REVIEWS

La Région Centrale belongs to a special canon of films that alter your ways of seeing or hearing the world, that revise your understanding of the order of things by nudging you a few inches over from your usual spot on the space-time continuum.”

TIFF Review | full review

“Arguably the most spectacular experimental film made anywhere in the world.”

International Film Festival Rotterdam | full review