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Images > A screening curated by Louise Bak with discussion to follow
Friday November 28 > 3pm - 5pm >
Library Screening Room > OISE/UT > 252 Bloor St W > Free
Lullaby - Metronome
Videos by Mirha-Soleil Ross and Daniel Cockburn >
Filmmaker Daniel Cockburn obsessively
pounds his chest and speaks in an intentional monotone, trying to unwind
the rhythms of his own life in Metronome. Mirha-Soleil Ross' videos displays
ardent poetic, textual and performative elements to engage with the power
and peril of transsexual subjectivity. Daniel Cockburn is rigid about defining
rules and then playing those rules out until they are done. Mirha-Soleil
Ross isolates small and precise every-day gestures and then engages with
them until personal and political dynamics are revealed. Considered together
for the first time, we may ask how these different film/video projects address
a unique combination of localized curiosity, enterprise and citizenship.
What is at play in their work, is an expressing of one's self and various
forms of storytelling to examine the everyday world. But rather than to
inhabit the real in modes which prevail in consumer society, these works
give pride of place to the conflicts, mobility, sexuality and humour of
individual experience. Telling daily journeys that are equal parts hilarious,
critical and heartening, Daniel Cockburn and Mirha-Soleil Ross' work recognizes
new ways to exercise our critical faculties and pleasures in public. - Louise
Mirha-Soleil Ross is a transsexual videomaker, performer, sex worker, and
animal rights activist born in Montréal. Since moving to Toronto
in 1992, she has produced over a dozen videos, which have been screened
at festivals across Canada, the US and Europe, include: Tremblement de Chair
(2001), Allo Performance! (2002), and G-SprOuT!, a trans-poly-sexual-vegan-docu-porno
which won the "Pop Your Gender Bubble Award!" at Tranny Fest 2001.
As an activist, Mirha-Soleil developed Meal-Trans, Toronto's first publically
funded, multi-services program for low income and street active Transsexual
and Transgendered people. In 1997, she created Counting Past 2, a multi-disciplinary
art festival dedicated to the promotion of work produced by local and international
Transsexual and Transgendered artists. Mirha-Soleil is currently editing
a collection of interviews -to be published in 2004- with over 30 transsexual
and transgender artists whose work was featured at CP2 from 1997-2000.
Daniel Cockburn is a Toronto-based moviemaker and writer. His work has been
exhibited at various international venues, including: Cinematexas International
Short Film Festival; Images Festival of Independent Film & Video; Cinematheque
Ontario and the Venice International Short Film Festival. He has won the
Images Homebrew Award for work by a local emerging artist (Metronome and
The Other Shoe) Media City: Jury Award for best Canadian film/video/installation
(Metronome) Tranz Tech Media Art Biennial: FAMEFAME Jury Prize (Weakend).
He curates film and video both independently and as a member of the Pleasure
Dome programming collective, and has written on media arts for such publications
as Year Zero One Forum, Cinema Scope magazine, and A Blueprint for Moving
Images in the 21st Century (Pleasure Dome publication).
Louise Bak is a Toronto-based poet, performance artist, radio host, sexual
activist and scholar. She is the author of Tulpa (Coach House Books, 2002),
Gingko Kitchen (Coach House Books, 1997) and emeighty (Letters, 1995). Louise
has gained widespread attention as the co-host of Sex City, Toronto's only
radio show focused on intersections between sexuality and culture. Her performance
work has appeared in numerous galleries, festivals and video collaborations.
She also hosts a salon series called The Box, which encourages communication
creative borders. She is currently a doctoral student at the University
of Toronto in SESE and Women's Studies.