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Concordia University's FOFA Gallery presents


Richard Kerr, video still, The Last Days Of Contrition, 16mm/35mm, 1988, 35 minutes

Brett Kashmere in conversation with Richard Kerr
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6 to 8 p.m.


York Amphitheatre, Concordia University
Room EV 1.605, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex
1515 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal, Quebec (metro Guy-Concordia)


Free admission. Everyone welcome.


FOFA Gallery website or 514-848-2424, ext. 7926

On view at the FOFA Gallery until May 24:

Richard Kerr: snap,crack,pop...(less about meaning than being)

(York Corridor and Ste-Catherine Street vitrines)


With his project, snap,crack,pop...(less about meaning than being), for the FOFA Gallery vitrines, experimental filmmaker and Concordia University faculty member Richard Kerr will present several of his signature works from the series motion picture weavings as well as a new body of projections coupled with paint-based objects. This material iteration of the "spinning camera" technique Kerr created to present hypnotic and deeply formal concerns evoke Marcel Duchamp's rotary reliefs and early machinist modernists like Jean Tinguely and his metamechanics.

The conversation on May 16 will afford Brett Kashmere, a Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, curator and writer, the opportunity to unpack Kerr's particular path of constant production, described by as a mix of aesthetic intensity/energy and patient observation/restraint that results in a fusion of abstraction and documentary styles.

Kashmere has selected a series of clips that will inform the discussion and provide the audience with a sense of the unique trajectory Kerr's practice has taken. Richard Kerr began his practice in Ontario and moved through the Prairies before settling in Montreal. These sites have deeply affected his expanded cinematic practice with influence as broad as clean documentary to fully experimental and deeply material. The evening will conclude with the screening of House Arrest, the work that leads into snap,crack,pop...(less about meaning than being), exhibition of Kerr's work currently on view in the gallery.

Richard Kerr is a visual artist-media maker known for his expansive body of work, which has explored a multiplicity of genres and mediums since the 1970's. He has created over 30 films and videos that have been screened and collected internationally. In the 1990's Richard expanded his practice to encompass meta-cinema installation work and most notably the conceptualization of the Motion Picture Weaving Project. Richard is a teacher/artist, as such his studio informs his teaching and his teaching inspires his studio work.

Brett Kashmere is a Canadian-born, Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, curator, and writer. Combining traditional research methods with materialist aesthetics and hybrid interfaces, Kashmere's experimental documentaries explore the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, geographies of identity, and the politics of representation. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board of Canada, the Saskatchewan Art Board, and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, his films and videos have screened internationally at the London Film Festival, Made in Video: International Video Art Festival in Copenhagen, Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Kassel Documentary Festival in Germany, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, the British Film Institute, and The Images Festival in Toronto. As a curator, Kashmere has created programs and exhibitions for La Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, New York's Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Light Cone in Paris, Cinematheque Ontario and Vtape in Toronto, the Seoul Film Festival, Portland's Cinema Project, the D.U.M.B.O. Arts Festival in Brooklyn, Synoptique Film Journal, the Winnipeg Cinematheque, and the VIA Festival of Music & New Media in Pittsburgh. His curatorial projects include the touring expanded cinema installation and DVD-format catalog, Industry: Recent works by Richard Kerr; the multi-part film series, The Road Ended at the Beach and Other Legends: Parsing the "Escarpment School"; and the touring retrospective Arthur Lipsett: About Time, which traveled to venues in France, Belgium, England, and Canada. Kashmere holds a BA in Film and Video Studies from the University of Regina, as well as an MA in Film Studies and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University. Kashmere has taught film and video production at Concordia's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and in the Cinema Studies Program at Oberlin College.






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