Vtape is pleased to present:
Curatorial Incubator v.7:
FRAK FACEBOOK: celebrating the anti-social

Growing Up Stupid , curated by Mireille Bourgeois (Ottawa)
Vtape Video Gallery, February 16-20 2010

This year, The Curatorial Incubator, v7 – FRAK FACEBOOK: celebrating the anti-social called for proposals to participate in this research and presentation project that aims to uncover works that buck the current trend of “social networking” and “living in public” that is so prevalent today. FRAK FACEBOOK: celebrating the anti-social explores the urge to burrow under the covers, to hide in the basement – in short, the drive to NOT connect, to NOT be nice. Our 3 emerging curators have answered the call with gritty aplomb. With her programme, Mireille Bourgeois posits stupidity as “an act so powerful that it can interrupt the very foundation of thought.”

On her program: “This program focuses on non-narrative forms of video, using disorder, chaos, or the ridiculous subvert and revolt against overbearing structures such as war, mass-produced culture, and the rhetoric of power. Acting outside the bounds of social behavior is a way to at once distance oneself from society and history, and bring oneself closer to humanity, by communicating in a way that does not need language to be implicit or shared.”(M.B)

The Programme

Drawing Attention
Penelope Buitenhuis
20:00, 1984
Buitenhuis speaks from the position of youth in critical interaction with a world from which they want to liberate. Due to the complex phrasing of simple poetic words that lure us away from linear narration and into an underlining web of meaning, the characters take the form of punk Shakespearians.

Penelope Buitenhuis was born in Toronto, studied at UBC and the Sorbonne in Paris, Penelope graduated from the Simon Fraser University film program in the eighties. In 1989, a retrospective of her shorts called Guns, Girls and Guerillas was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, JFK centre in Washington and in Berkley. Publications on her work include a lengthy piece in Fringe Film in Canada, by Mike Hoolbloom. In 1990 Buitenhuis directed her first feature Trouble, a political rock and roll set in post-wall Berlin. The film won Best Film honors at Montreal Women’s Film Festival and the Magdeberg Film Festival in Germany. Her NFB documentary Tokyo Girls, about hostessing and geisha in Japan, won two Geminis and two Leo Awards in 2002 and best doc at the Columbus Film festival. She is presently developing feature film projects Midnight Climax, Punk Not Dead and Regenerate.

Black Flag
Istvan Kantor
9:00, 1998
Are we starved of food, or humanity? What can we do after all your choices have been taken away? Istvan Kantor’s Black Flag very literally suggests we can create chaos out of what has been forced onto us; television, concrete, machines and shiny objects meant to distract.

Istvan Kantor, recipient of the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts, also known as Monty Cantsin, open-pop-star, the founder of Neoism, “Self-Appointed Leader of the People of the Lower East Side”, is an action based media artist/subvertainer/producer, active in many fields, performance, robotics, mixed-media, installation, painting, sound, music, video and new media. Kantor was born in Budapest where he studied medical science. In 1976, at age 26, he defected to Paris and from there he immigrated to Montreal. He also received many prestigious awards among them the Telefilm Canada Award for Best Canadian Film and Video in 1998, in Toronto and the Transmediale Award in 2001, in Berlin.

Skinny Teeth
Jennifer Reeves
7:00, 2001
In Skinny Teeth two teenage punk girls disrupt the stepford stale air of an Ohio shopping centre, challenges the expectations of social class and normative behaviour.

Jennifer Reeves (b. 1971, Sri Lanka) is a New York-based filmmaker. Her films have shown extensively, from the Berlin, New York, Vancouver, London, Sundance, and Seoul Film Festivals to the Robert Flaherty Seminar, Princeton University, and the Museum of Modern Art, and many independent cinemas in the US, Canada, and Europe. In late 2007 and early 2008, two major retrospectives of Reeves’ films were hosted by the Kino Arsenal in Berlin, and by the San Francisco Cinematheque. Reeves has also been awarded a 2008 Media Arts Fellowship from Renew Media/ Tribeca Film Institute, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, to develop a new experimental narrative feature FIRELIGHT SONG about the first female forest ranger in the United States. Reeves teaches film courses part-time at Cooper Union and the Bard College MFA Program.

What’s the love making babies for
Ryan Trecartin
20:00, 2003
With Trecartin, we face a very nasty human condition; the video operates as a portal from Alice in Wonderland, connecting us with the morbid reality of earth’s chaos.

Ryan Trecartin is one of the most innovative young artists working with video today. Trecartin’s fantastical video narratives seem to be conjured from a fever dream. Collaborating with an ensemble cast of family and friends, Trecartin merges sophisticated digital manipulations with footage from the Internet and pop culture, animations, and wildly stylized sets and performances. While the astonishing A Family Finds Entertainment (2005) has drawn comparisons to Jack Smith, early John Waters, and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Trecartin crafts startling visions that are thoroughly unique. (EAI)

Curator’s bio:
Mireille Bourgeois received a Bachelor in Fine Art in 2002 at NSCAD, and a Masters at the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies in New York (2009). She has also independently curated/contributed to programs at the Eastern Edge Art Gallery, The NBCCD gallery, Electric Arts Intermix, Creative Times, Emerson Gallery and for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as well as published critical writing in Visual Arts News, Creative Times Press, and C-Magazine.

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