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Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries: Artistic Experiments and Innovation in Film and Video

September 18 – October 27, 2013
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Guest Curators: Gerda Cammaer and Pierre Tremblay

An ode is an elaborate poem praising someone or something, describing its nature intellectually as well as emotionally. An ode can be serious and meditative, or rather enthusiastic, even ecstatic, but also ironic or humorous. Here the form of the ode comes to life with a wide selection of experimental films and video works produced by the students of the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, under the mentorship of professors and guest curators Gerda Cammaer and Pierre Tremblay. Showcasing innovative and imaginative single-channel works produced between 2011 and 2013, Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries presents the talent of our future media artists, functioning as a “salon des promesses”. As all classic odes, the program is structured in three parts, each representing different imaginary worlds, techniques and moods:

I Ode to Experiment (46 mins.)
II Ode to Pop Culture (33 mins.)
III Ode to Iceland (28 mins.)

A man's mouth and chin. Text reads "ode to a."
Fig. 1

Jamie Day Fleck, Ode to a Dreamer (video still), 2013

Curator Bios

Gerda Cammaer
Guest Curator

Originally from Leuven (Belgium), Gerda Cammaer combines a background in Communication Studies with Filmmaking and Film Studies. For her PhD, she made a research-creation project about the so-called “death of film” and the importance of experimental film practices in times of accelerated technological changes. Both as a maker and as scholar she specializes in experimental and documentary films. Although over the past few years she dedicated much of her energy and focus to Film and Cultural Studies scholarship, she is first and foremost a filmmaker. Most of her film and video work builds upon her passion for collage film, experimental film practices and creative documentary. Her photography also shows an interest in both abstract images (painting with light) and documentary (people and cultures). Gerda Cammaer also works as a free-lance programmer of Canadian experimental film and video. She is Associate Professor at the School of Image Arts of Ryerson University in Toronto.

Pierre Tremblay
Guest Curator

Interdisciplinary artist Pierre Tremblay is an Associate Professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. He teaches in the Film and the MFA Documentary Media programs. His artistic practice, combining new technologies and video, questions the world in flux, how we see and perceive. Recent projects include 300 Days of Indulgence – Negotiating with the Beyond, Continuum and Portraits in a Sentence. Exhibitions of recent note include Meta Incognita, at The Photographers’s Gallery – The Wall, London, England, Dans la nuit des images, at the Grand Palais, Paris, and le Mois de la Photo 2009, Montreal, along with festival screenings in Canada, Italy, Australia, China and Brazil. His work can be found in France at the Musee Carnavalet, Bibliotheque Nationale and the Musee Rodin. In his role at Ryerson, Tremblay has facilitated conferences and edited books that have brought scholars and artists from Ontario, Quebec and France together for cross-cultural exchange on a variety of new media topics.

Installation Shots

White door frame with text that reads "moving frames, shifting boundaries, artistic experiments and innovation in film and video, guest curators Gerda Cammaer and Pierre Tremblay"
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Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries: Artistic Experiments and Innovation in Film and Video (installation view), 2014 © Kate Tarini, Ryerson Image Centre

Video still in a dark room, a black leather bench in the centre
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Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries: Artistic Experiments and Innovation in Film and Video (installation view), 2014 © Kate Tarini, Ryerson Image Centre

Video still in a dark room, a black leather bench in the centre
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Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries: Artistic Experiments and Innovation in Film and Video (installation view), 2014 © Kate Tarini, Ryerson Image Centre