Exhibition: February 10th – March 5th, 2016
Reception and Talk: Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Mermaids flip a tale of twin detriments, domiciles cradle morph invaders, crocodile trails swallow two-legged twigs in a fecund mash of nature's outlaws... down in the Everglades.
Wayward Fronds references a series of historical events that helped shape the Florida Everglades today, while fictionalizing its geological future and its effects on both native and exotic inhabitants. Guided by recent talks in the Florida legislature to finally disburse billions of dollars in restoration funds, events in this film unfold by giving way to a future eco-flourished Everglades. Nature begins to take over, en-gulfs and tames civilization after centuries of attack, and even guides it into its mysterious aqueous depths, forcing humans to adapt and evolve to its surroundings.
Fern Silva uses moving image to produce a sonic and cinematographic language for the hybrid mythologies of globalism. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including an array of international film festivals, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Museum of Art Lima, Museum of Modern Art P.S.1 and many others.
WAYWARD FRONDS is presented in partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers' $100 Film Festival, running February 25 - 27th at Arts Commons' Engineered Air Theatre. For more information see 100dollarfilmfestival.org.
On Thursday, February 18th, 2016, join CSIF Programming & Communications Director Nicola Waugh and UAS Director Ginger Carlson for a discussion centered on collaboration, exchange, and resource sharing in Calgary's arts sector to coincide with the public reception for WAYWARD FRONDS.