2020 Visiting Artist

Aaron Zeghers  

Aaron Zeghers is a Canadian artist working in film, video and photography. Based in rural Manitoba, Zeghers works primarily as an experimental filmmaker, utilizing analog formats and obsolete technologies, in-camera effects, various types of animation and other experimental techniques to create his films and expanded cinema performances. Zeghers’ films have screened at festivals and venues around the world including International Film Festival RotterdamSheffield Doc/FestVancouver IFFAnn Arbor Film FestivalFestival du nouveau cinémaDOXA Film Festival, and New York’s Mono No Aware. As a film programmer, Zeghers is the founder of the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and the current Festival Director for the Gimli Film Festival, Manitoba’s largest film festival.

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Artist Talk:

"Noise from Inside the Cultural Industrial Complex" 

Friday April 3rd, 2:30PM | Location TBA | FREE

With a specific focus on film festivals across the world, filmmaker and festival administrator Aaron Zeghers unpacks the concept of the "industrial complex" and applies it to the world of not-for-profit cultural institutions. Traditional capitalist systems of hierarchy are explored and compared to Zeghers' own notion of the "inverted pyramid", a system of hierarchy related specifically to film festivals. The conversation will also explore Zeghers' large compilation of collected research into film festival finances, in contrast with film festival policies (ie. payment of artists, film submission fees, etc).  The goal here is to explore inherent systems in place within arts & cultural institutions and how they became that way over time and in response to greater societal movements. The veil is lifted on the hidden-but-inherent motivators that drive not-for-profit cultural institutions to operate in a certain manner - a status quo that artists have no choice but to work within.

Workshop:

Super 8 Seance with Aaron Zeghers 

Saturday April 4th, Time TBA | CSIF (#100 1725 - 10 Avenue SW) | Price TBA

Learn to conjure the sensual secrets from deep within the super 8 cartridge in this half-workshop, half-thought experiment, half-mystical experience. Comprised of one 4-hour class, participants will learn the mystical nature of analog filmmaking through both theoretical and practical studies. The alchemical secrets of the small-gauge to be learned include open exposure photography (which mimics double exposure), light table animation, stop motion techniques, cross fades and other tricks on the all-powerful Braun Nizo Super 8 camera (among other cameras as available)! Participants are encouraged to come with ideas in mind, cameras in tow and are welcome to contact the instructor in advance with questions / ideas / things they hope to learn, as this will be a collaborative learning odyssey. Register here. 

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