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7pm at Deluge: The Popular Touch

A Chant for the Power 100
Bill Burns | 7:05 | Canada | 2017 | BC Premiere
The Power 100 is a list of powerful art world collectors, curators, museum directors, and artists, published each year by ArtReview Magazine. A (Georgian) Chant of the Power 100 List accompanies a typical day in my life. The day includes a walk through my neighbourhood in Toronto, a visit to the zoo and lake as well as a few profiles of my cats. The Georgian Chant is sung by Alan Gasser and Emma Whitla.

Nina Yuen | 10:00 | USA | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
This film is rooted in the desire to offer its character, Britney, a real place in the world. To invent this new space, Yuen describes her return to an abandoned house. The film looks at the shape of this failure, which lies in front of the audience, closed, like a whole, to which nothing can be added. (Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen)

Uncle Bingo
Adam de la Cour | 5:20 | UK | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
A man recalls an unusual encounter in a public toilet with the mysterious individual known as “Big Pete.” Amidst the low-key surroundings, will he finally find the answer to one of life’s biggest questions?

Art and Theft
Sara Magenheimer | 7:22 | USA | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
Magenheimer’s video explores the bounds of narrative and the illusion of received wisdom in the seven minutes and twenty-two seconds it takes to rob a house. Images of medieval art, popular cinema and “live” news reportage speak candidly to the constructedness of all storytelling traditions.

Kinds of Caves and Wholes and Parts
Serena Lee | 5:02 | Canada | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
A silent slideshow plays: claustrophobic digital collages of carpeted cat trees and a Russian Ragdoll named Tucker in a windowless Southern Ontario office. Meanwhile, the artist is heard singing, a cappella, a combination of “Desperado” and “La Vie en Rose” (re-addressed to the feminine). The singing is earnest and builds as the songs intertwine according to an interior harmonic logic. There are allusions to carpet dream interpretations: sometimes, colour speaks louder than objects. How will anyone know that you feel this way unless you tell them? Originally created as a performance commissioned for the 30th Images Festival as a tribute to artist Deirdre Logue.

In Glass Houses
Ariana Gerstein | 7:30 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
An interview is conducted exploring methods used to facilitate a real research project whose aim it is to capture and analyze human micro-expressions for use by a variety of industries. But the particular research or the use of human subjects is really just a point of departure. This film takes a moment to touch on our use of technology and vice versa. The images in the film are created in three ways: 1. By scanning the actor and two other support figures interacting with the scanner glass and each other, one frame at a time. 2. By filming the actor revealed by the light of the scanner as he is being scanned. 3. Through line drawings and smears which trace or mark points of contact between the actor and the scanner glass.

The Popular Touch
Paul Tarragó | 23:00 | UK | 2018 | World Premiere
Work, film, work, film, work—day to day—week to week. Home movie domestic comedy experimental drama. Autobiography too. Uh-huh.
This is part four of what was meant to be a trilogy but has now, undeniably, expanded. Starting in 2003 I decided to make a series of pieces alongside my regular films, a strand that would be a kind of fake autobiography. But as all creative work is, to some extent, autobiographical, and as I appear in most of my films, and all the people in these films are who they say they are, then what made this different from the rest—or from real life, really—became kind of blurred. Fuzzy even.
So this is fuzzy fiction—latest in the line—preceded by: Making Things Meaningful (2003), Resident of Earth (2005) and We Are Time (2012, performance).

9pm at Deluge: FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele! Volume 2

Martta Tuomaala | 53:00 | Finland | 2017 | Cdn Premiere

Perkele is a Finnish curse word which refers to the devil. Suomi means Finland in Finnish, but Soumi means absolutely nothing. FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele! dives into the dark side of Finland. A hilarious and dizzying document of a durational performance combining politics, black humour and protest rap in a form of an indoor cycling workout program: one woman’s gritty protest against all-male austerity politics.

Martta Tuomaala is a multidisciplinary artist working in Helsinki. Her works often deal with the position of workers, the struggles of individuals and communities, and the abuse of power. Tuomaala has worked in different low-income fields for several years, and her own experiences have inspired her to create projects emphasizing workers’ rights issues. In 2014 she created a multi-channel documentary installation, Cleaner’s Voice, based on interviews with 16 cleaners.

Tuomaala focuses on various forms of film and video and her practice also involves socially engaged art and militant research. She gained a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Aalto University in 2014 and she works as a script writer, director, producer and occasionally, also as a performer in her own cinematic artworks.

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