Friday April 18 @ 5 PM
Admission: $10 general/$5 members, students, seniors
Jackman Hall — 317 Dundas Street West, McCaul Street entrance
The obtuse and absurd system of hand signs and movements that make up the actions in Open Outcry represent a language reduced to the concerns of finance and economy, a closed system, yet one that is pervasive in all facets of our lives. From here, this program pushes outward, to explore the notion of communication through bothlinguistic and non-linguistic means.
Ben Thorp Brown
USA, 2013, video, 15 MIN
A performance that catalogues and investigates the complexly absurd means of gestures that were once the primary mode of communication by commodities traders on the stock trading floor. The performers create a kind of instructional video – one calling out the words and describing the associated actions while the other demonstrates those actions – highlighting the self consuming nature of this language that was both invented by and made obsolete by finance capitalism.
Wow and Flutter
Ireland, 2013, video, 13 MIN
A portrait of a magnificent bird draws on the 30-year relationship between animal cognition scientist, Irene Pepperberg and the African Grey Parrot who she trained in elements of human language. The elegant depiction of the animal attempts to ‘give voice’ to the creature while raising questions about what creates and what limits language.
one, two, many
Manon de Boer
Belgium, 2012, 16mm/video, 22 MIN
one, two, many strings together three performance gestures: a continuous, seven minute long flute performance, a recording of an off screen discussion about the qualities of Roland Barthes’ voice, and a choir of four singers performing to a small group of people. Each segment of the film articulates a different position about and manifestation of the voice. Moving from the closed, circular breathing of the flautist, Michael Schmid, in the first section, to the chorus performing for the audience, de Boer’s film presents a meditation on speaking together, listening, and the individual body in relation to the collective.
People to be Resembling
The Otolith Group
UK, 2012, video, 21 MIN
People to be Resembling was commissioned for the exhibition ECM–A Cultural Archaeology, a research-based archive project about the history of the pioneering music label ECM. The video focuses on the musical trio Codona, a group founded by Collin Walcott, Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelos in 1978. The video uses historical photographs, interviews, archival footage of the musicians and a text citation from Gertrude Stein’s “The Making of Americans” to reflect on the juncture of two different manifestations of political form in the history of black music.