Reception: Thursday, March 19, 6PM - 7PM
In the UAS +15 Window
For A.T. began as a meditation on cinematic elements - image, sound, motion, and time - as experiential phenomena. After months of exploring sound and light as static patterns in a gallery space, for a change of perspective, I picked up a Bolex and a roll of low contrast black and white film stock to shoot images that were supposedly nearly impossible to capture on film. Focused on snow and on smoke rising from chimneys against a grey overcast sky, the resulting film is a slowly decaying loop of ephemeral sepia toned imagery. While imperceptible at first, after a few moments, the image begins to take form and the film grain and the hand processing reveal a familiar Canadian experience akin to walking outside in winter; as smoke, clouds, and snow struggle to differentiate themselves as distinct objects of perception.
For A.T. is presented in partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers $100 Film Festival.
Christopher Payne is a Calgary based media artist. He holds a BFA from Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, and an MFA from the University of Ottawa. He has exhibited and performed in Gatineau, Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, Belgium, and Poland. Payne is currently the co-director of EM/MEDIA Gallery and Production Society, an artist-run centre in Calgary, Alberta. He is represented by PDA Projects, Ottawa.
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers $100 Film Festival
The $100 Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Calgary and one of only a few in the world that exhibit exclusively on Super 8 and 16mm film. Now in its 23rd year, the $100FF will feature over 30 short films from local and international artists at the Engineered Air Theatre at the EPCOR Centre for Performing Arts from Feb 26 - 28. The festival will also feature live performances from local bands: Lab Coast, Bitter Fictions and Bog Bodies, and an artist talk and workshop with experimental filmmaker Stephen Broomer (Toronto).