The March 20 2012

J’ACTE / I ACT

soirée powerhouse projection performance !

MANON DE PAUW, montréal
LAMATHILDE, montréal
SHEENA HOSZKO, montréal
ISABELLE LAPIERRE, montréal
DAYNA MCLEOD, montréal
ANNE GOLDEN, montréal
VERONIQUE GARNEAU-ALLARD, québec
VICTORIA STANTON, montréal
DIYAN ACHJADI, montréal
CATHY SISLER, toronto
MIHEE NATHALIE LEMOINE, montréal
DEBORAH VANSLET / SARAH WILLIAMS, montréal
KINGA ARAYA, montréal

Screening tuesday march 20, 7pm

J’ACTE / I ACT

Touring video program in collaboration with artist-run centers in Quebec.
Curator Eugénie Cliche.

1rst stop
in collaboration with LA CENTRALE and EDGY WOMEN festival

20 mars 2012/ 19h - free

presented by Groupe Intervention Vidéo
Distribution/Exhibition/Production of works by women

Historical and topical overview of performance video. Artist Eugénie Cliche was invited to focus on a specific aspect of Groupe Intervention Video’s collection. The program she curated features a dozen artists (often performers) and covers the period 1996-2012.
The act of performing is defined as a gesture, an intervention, a trick, an accomplishment. Perhaps it can also be a report or a contract?

duration : 60 mn
1 Lullabye for the almost falling woman, Cathy Sisler, 1996, 21’03 , Québec
2 Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire ?, Mihee Nathalie Lemoine, 2010, 01’, Québec
3 Twitch, Deborah VanSlet / Sarah Williams, 1999, 5’00, Québec
4 Artist statement, Kinga Araya, 2003, 03’30, Québec
5 When parts of you are still away, Victoria Stanton, 2009, 5'32. Québec
6 Gloréal Glamour, Véronique Garneau-Allard, 2006, 2'00, Québec
7 Brothers, Anne Golden, 1998, 06’, Québec
8 Peptalk, Dayna McLeod, 2011, 01’08, Québec
9 Don’t blink for 45 seconds, Sheena Hoszko, 2007, 1’31, Québec
10 Échelle humaine, Manon De Pauw, 2002, 4’, Québec
11 Fade in grey, Lamathilde, 2011, 0’28, Québec
12 Camouflagehead, Diyan Achjadi, 2000, 3’, Canada
13 Play with me mon coeur, Isabelle Lapierre, 2009, 3’00, Québec

LULLABYe FOR THE ALMOST FALLING WOMAN, Cathy Sisler
Experimental, Quebec, 1996, 21 min 03s, color, no dialogue
A woman who is always on the verge of collapsing,looks for a job. She collapses in public. It is impossible for her to fall asleep at night ... During the night, she realizes that her collapse may have a positive subversive meaning that could use to sabotage anti-establishment ...

QU'EST-CE QUE ÇA VEUT DIRE ? Mihee Nathalie Lemoine
Experimental, Quebec, 2010, 01 min 40s, color, no dialogue
A Flemish song from childhood… changed into questions of identity… numbering people, gender and queer.

TWITCH, Deborah VanSlet/ Sarah Williams
Experimental, Quebec, 1999, 5mn, color, no dialogue
A site specific dance video set in Montréal high above the city streets. We join two women who meet and interact, sometimes oblivious to and sometimes hyper-aware of their surroundings. Twitch sets this intimate relationship against the backdrop of a big city sky, through a boiler room, down a wooden stairway, and out onto the street. Twitch is playful and poignant. Inventive camerwork, an innovative soundtrack and intrepid choreography.

ARTIST STATEMENT Kinga Araya
Experimental, Quebec, 2003, 03 min 30s, b & w color, no dialogue
A naked female figure faces the wall and hits it monotonously with towels. Formally the video refers to the photographic series showing prostitutes from the red light district in New Orleans made in 1912 by the American artist E.J. Bellocq. These photographed figures often turned away from the lens and had their faces blurred or veiled. Araya’s use of primary color also refers to her artistic beginnings as a painter. Artist Statement - being a statement about painting- has many connotations: social, feminist, political even historical.

CAMOUFLAGEHEAD, Diyan Achjadi
Experimental, Canada, 2000, 03 min, color, no dialogue
A textured, visually rich animated short in which sampled images of soldiers and weapons are projected onto a woman's head.

WHEN PARTS OF YOU ARE STILL AWAY, Victoria Stanton
Experimental, Quebec, 2009, 5 min 32s, color, no dialogue
Whether leaving or arriving… (am I? I am) always in transition. Coming home happens in stages. My head is often last to appear. My heart, in worry of “what happened when I was gone?” offers disembodied thought balloons to nowhere. A landscape helps to ground me. This is how I arrive.This video was initially produced for a live performance commissioned by the Edgy Women Festival in 2009, for their annual "Edgy Challenge."

CAMOUFLAGEHEAD, Diyan Achjadi
Expérimental, Canada, 2000, 03 min, couleur, sans dialogue
A textured, visually rich animated short in which sampled images of soldiers and weapons are projected onto a woman's head.

WHEN PARTS OF YOU ARE STILL AWAY, Victoria Stanton

Experimental, Quebec, 2009, 5 min 32s, color, no dialogue
Whether leaving or arriving… (am I? I am) always in transition. Coming home happens in stages. My head is often last to appear. My heart, in worry of “what happened when I was gone?” offers disembodied thought balloons to nowhere. A landscape helps to ground me. This is how I arrive.This video was initially produced for a live performance commissioned by the Edgy Women Festival in 2009, for their annual "Edgy Challenge."

GLORÉAL GLAMOUR, Véronique Garneau-Allard
Experimental, Quebec, 2006, 02 min, color, no dialogue
Do ads think we're dumb ? Can we have fun instead of just thinking about being beeeeautiful? Yes. We can. At Glamour Gloréal we think it's possible to have fun while criticizing. Laugh for free!

BROTHERS, Anne Golden
Experimental, Quebec, 1998, 06 min, color, no dialogue
Two lesbian twin brothers play out a prescribed sleep-work-play existence. But, when evening comes...

PEPTALK, Dayna McLeod
Experimental, Quebec, 2011, 01 min 08, color, english
This is a peptalk. A fucking get-it-together peptalk.

DON’T BLINK FOR 45 SECONDS (after Kathy Dillon), Sheena Hoszko
Experimental, Quebec, 2007, 1 min 31 s, color, no dialogue
A 45 second performative video work addressing the thresholds and limitations of the body in relation to control. For a period of 45 seconds the subject peers into the camera trying not to blink.As time progresses fingers are used to prop open the eyes until they well with tearsand finally close. This work pays homage to the 1971 video by Vito Acconci entitled « Pryings », where Acconci and collaborator Kathy Dillon struggle for a period of 21 minutes: he trying to keep her eyes open, she trying to close them shut.

ÉCHELLE HUMAINE, Manon De Pauw
Experimental, Quebec, 2002, 04 min, color, no dialogue
"Échelle Humaine" is a physical, visual, and audio commentary on the ‘fast paced’ rhythm of our lives, and our own need to be forever actively and productively ‘doing’. The video takes place in a university screening room. This institutional and minimal surrounding, allows us to see what is passing us by through a large window. In a way that plays with transparencies, reflections, fades, and dissapearances, the video lets real time meets reconstructed time in a seemingly natural rhythm created through jump cut editing.

FADE IN GREY, Lamathilde
Experimental, Quebec, 2011, 28s, color, no dialogue
A short performance on the process of disappearing.

PLAY WITH ME MON CŒUR, Isabelle Lapierre
Experimental, Quebec, 2009, 03 min, color, no dialogue
A playful, but unsettling, reflection on identity, ideals and the myth of romantic love. The visual recipe is a blend of video and animated digital images.