SAW Video Media Art Centre is proud to present its annual Resolution screening, featuring a selection of videos produced by our members in 2017. This year’s line-up of nine works displays the wide scope of artistic practices in which our members are currently engaged: stop-motion animation, music video, performance documentation, video poetry, travelogues, silent films and pinhole cameras are among the diverse forms in this hour-long program. Artists will be in attendance to take part in a brief Q+A with the audience following the screening.

Prior to the screening, a reception will be held to announce the recipient of SAW Video Media Art Centre’s Rob Thompson award. The award, given once every two years, serves to recognize a member in our community who has displayed an exceptional commitment to their own practice and to the growth of media arts in Ottawa.

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Screening program:

Lola, the Wind – Izabel Barsive

Spectrum – Ramin S. Khanjani 

Une Verite Toute Simple – Guillaume Saindon

Emergency Broadcast – Pixie Cram

Now or Neverish – Lesley Marshall

Personal Performance – Chris Binkowski

The Art of Morning – Nathan Hauch

Ghana – Galen Kiva

Death Isn’t the Same Anymore – Jennifer Mulligan


Admission is Pay What You Can (suggested $5), all ages and open to the public.

Receptions will precede and follow the screening at which refreshments will be served.

February 24th, 2018

@ the Arts Court Theatre

7:00pm – 7:30pm – Rob Thompson Award Reception

7:30pm – Resolution Screening

8:30pm – Q+A

9:00pm – 10:00pm – Reception


The Program

Lola, the Wind – Izabel Barsive - 10:10

I was the figure in the landscape / The elements called me to dance / I did not think, I only moved / That was all I needed.

Through poetry and improvised choreography, a transformation is filmed through a digital pinhole camera. Starring Lola Ryan.

Spectrum – Ramin S. Khanjani - 10:39

Waking up from a delightful dream, a nondescript citizen finds himself to be irredeemably able to see what is decreed forbidden. Dreading the outcome of his disobedience, he is yet desperately incapable of blocking this unlawful vision…

Une vérité toute simple – Guillaume Saindon - 9:40

Une Vérité Toute Simple illustrates the absurdity of daily life through the juxtaposition of the minute and the immense, common beings and fatality.

Emergency Broadcast – Pixie Cram - 7:00

Built at the height of the Cold War to withstand a five-megaton nuclear assault, the Diefenbunker is a massive underground, four-storey, 100,000-square-foot fortress designed and constructed entirely in secrecy in 1959. Inspired by the objects, rooms, and spaces of this Canadian Historic Site, Pixie Cram has created a stop-animation film that imagines the beginnings of a nuclear war.

Now or Neverish: Bonnie Doon – Lesley Marshall - 3:00

Bonnie Doon are an Ottawa-based post-punk four-piece. In their music video for Now or Neverish, they take their spooky beach to the road show... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8!

Personal Performance by Bucko – Chris Binkowski - 10:48

The artist, Bucko, sits alone in his wheelchair. A single participant enters the frame and sits across from Bucko. The artist and subject are seated intimately close together, looking into each others eyes.  Bucko controls an iPhone application with his stylus to create synthesized music and sounds. The music changes as Bucko improvises in reaction to his subject.

The Art of Morning – Nathan Hauch - 05:41

A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.

Ghana – Galen Kiva - 05:02

The tempo of this short film is slowed down in order to capture every single detail of the Ghanaian way of life, from the high-paced, eccentric drumming and dancing that seems to follows you around the country, to the beautiful sight of children playing without a care in the world. Images were taken during Kiva’s trip to Ghana in 2017.

death isn’t the same anymore – Jennifer Mulligan - 05:39

A layered, experimental, visual and auditory cinepoem, which explores the intimate relationship humans have with their beds, and the cyclical nature of life between birth and death.


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