Burnt Fest 2018 – Final Selection and Screening Program

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Burnt Experimental Video Art and Film Fest is happy to invite you to its second edition screening on December 13, 2018!

Displacement, identity, sexuality, sharp humor and burning sarcasm on social and political issues, revisited history and space – as experienced by artists from 14 different countries. Join us for our second international edition, hosted by the amazing The Diving Bell Social Club / Club Social Le Scaphandre! Doors at 7pm, screening at 8pm.

Audience members will have an opportunity to select their favorite work, marking it directly on the program, resulting in an Audience Choice award! The even is PWYC – NOTAFLOF suggested $10. Funds collected at the screening will form the cash prizes for the Audience Choice and Jury Choice Awards!

PROGRAM

“Your Loneliness and This Suspended Time” (07:15) – Jinyoung Kim and Kevin Jung-Hoo Park, South Korea / Canada, 2018

Jinyoung Kim – http://www.jinyoung-kim.com

Kevin Jung-Hoo Park – https://vimeo.com/user9808383

A monologue of a person caught in the state of placeless-ness. The video presents extracts of private visual note-taking using cell phones and cameras, with a layer of text that narrates emotional negation of the self, confronted with a loss of a sense of place in an urban environment.

Moderob” (05:31) – Joyce Joumaa, Canada/Lebanon, 2018

Artist’s page: http://www.joycejoumaa.com/

A poetic essay that discusses boredom in relation to exile.

“say my names”  (01:40) – kimura byol-nathalie lemoine – Belgium / South Korea / Canada, 2015

Artist’s page: https://starkimproject.com/

“say my names” is a video-answer to a small talk-introduction question… ‘but what is your name… really?’ or ‘but how do you want me to call you… which name?’ So, few years of thinking… here is my answer in 100 words… in a 100 second video length.

“The Toaster I Used to Live in” (07:00) – Rojin Shaifei, Iran / Canada, 2016

Artist’s page: https://www.rojinshafiei.com/

Four Iranian girls with different beliefs about having sex. They talk about their opinion about having sex before marriage.

“1st Day & Next Minute” (02:45) – Sara Koppel, Denmark, 2017
Artist’s page: www.nakedlovefilm.com

An explicit punkrush adventure into a gender-fluid-person’s zone of desires where lust & responsibility is constantly dividing & demanding needs.

“Masquarade – Performative Space” (06:24) – Achaymaa Taha, Canada, 2017

The video is showcasing two different performances in which the artist is seen exploring the boundaries of the public and private in a sacred space, in this case a mosque. She is
wearing a cotton cloth that she dyed and sewed herself in a way to express herself and use it as an extension of body. The performances are meant to be an opening of the private praying space for the viewers, but it was also an occasion for the actual users of that space to interact with the artist and the performance itself.

Ich bin der übermensch (09:30) – Joacelio Batista, Brazil, 2018

Utopias are based on fragile structures that arise from the depths of our desires.

INTERMISSION

“The mountain, the parsley and the soil” (13:00) – Esthel Vogrig, Mexico / Canada, 2018

Artist’s page: https://vimeo.com/215955589

To disappear has become a common state in this particular neoliberal moment.
In some places, people are disappearing in the middle of an overwhelming amount of
mediatized images and choreographed circulation patterns, that control and determine
spontaneous states of emergence, especially in overdeveloped countries.
In other places, people are physically disappearing, sometimes in the sea, or in the desert, or they can disappear everywhere and at any moment, like in Mexico.
Affected by the more than 30,000 disappeared people in Mexico during the last ten years, due to an escalation of violence in a low-intensity war caused by neoliberal interest (being the most crucial drugs and foreign mines industries), this video was made when I first moved to Montreal, after perceiving how invisible is the current Mexican situation in Canada. The video portrays an inverted Narcissus, one that does not look at his image but that instead is ready to be crossed by and to dissolve with the surroundings. It proposes to think about the imminent necessity to disappear as individual subjects and to think beyond anthropocentrism.

“Brick” (00:22) –  Gundega Evelone, Latvia, 2018

Artist’s page: www.gundegaevelone.berta.me

A short cinematic poem dedicated to the most powerful and mighty block of the all times – the brick.

“Do You Smell That?” (02:14) – Mauricio Sanhueza, Peru, 2014


In July 2012 Peru, according with The White House report (U.S.A.) regained its former distinction as the world’s top cocaine producer with 358 tons. This work represents in a sarcastic way, the mechanisms of power and the double discourse of a country that is promoted as a tourist destination but is better known for drug trafficking, the violence and the death that this brings with it, not only within Peru but around the world.

“Somewhere in Between” (07:00) – Mirelle Borra, Netherlands

Artist’s page: https://mirelleborra.com


The video Somewhere in Between reflects on the Indo diaspora after the decolonization of the Dutch East Indies (nowadays Indonesia). Hundreds of thousands of people of Eurasian heritage were forced to leave the country after the Bersiap period (the bloody separation between the Netherlands and its colony). The narration of the video conflates a number of comments left on online Indo community networks. Shaped like a stream of thoughts — Somewhere in Between highlights different aspects of the process to redefine identity and culture. The starting point for Somewhere in Between came from one of my favorite main courses on the menu of Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands. The dish is called rijsttafel (rice table) an elaborate meal with rice and many side dishes — the origin of the rijsttafel is colonial and it is no longer served in present-day Indonesia. It reveals how traces of the spice trade and three hundred years of a colonial past still remain present in Dutch society today. Somewhere in Between is one narrative in an interchanging world of migratory experiences. These particular migrating stories re-contextualize the past and give us insight to the present.

 

“Snow” (01:01) –  Sylvia Toy, USA, 2018

Artist’s page: www.youtube.com/user/SylviaToyStLouis

This selfie abstraction was inspired by and is composed of my own forgotten, rejected clips. I shot and edited it on iPhone. The soundtrack includes manipulated background TV noise.


“Me Is Doing” (02:00) – Piotr Kuszyński, Poland, 2018

Leading life without conviction in an unreal empty world, filled only from time to time through hope and elation.

“The Event” (05:12) – Mo Flannery, Australia, 2017

 

This is an autobiographical account from the position of the observer from a CCTV traffic control room. It recounts the moral and ethical dilemma of watching through mediated screens a protest by a single woman against an authoritarian system. A woman who closed a major freeway in a provocative stance. It also informs the complexities that arise to that of bearing witness to an event out of the ordinary.

“10th Frame” (01:10) – Kent Tate, Canada, 2018

Artist’s page: https://vimeo.com/kenttate

Memories are a confluence of the personal and the collective, the secret and the shared.
Shaped by time and space, memories alter perceptions of what is remembered as well as what is forgotten. Pope John Paul II arrived at the Vancouver International Airport on Sept. 18, 1984. Days before his arrival, Transport Canada urged people to stay away, stating that there would be “absolutely no opportunity” to view Pope Paul at the airport. A local reporter at the time remarked that “You’d take 10 frames and you’d never get him, and then suddenly his face would appear between the two cops standing in front.” Eleven years earlier on Sept. 18, 1975 Patty Hearst was arrested by the FBI 1,532 Km south of Vancouver.

“To Whom Have You Abandoned Us, Our Father?” (09:00) – Yarema Malashchuk, Roman Hime, Ukraine, 2018

Artists’ pages:

yaremaandhimey.com

vimeo.com/yaremahimey

 

A docufiction about professional choristers singing sacred songs in the local opera. Lamentation of the ukrainian working class on-stage and behind.

“A Plastic Bottle’s Stair Dance” (05:19) – Mikhail Basov, Russia

Artist’s page: https://vimeo.com/user3541247

A plastic bottle performs a stair dance, hopping up and down, tapping off wild rhythms like a Broadway dancer.

“A tribute to the Orange Things” (00:39) – Chris Schultz, USA, 2018

Artist’s page: http://schultzca.net/

I like to pick up things off the ground and ask myself, “What the heck is this thing?” This is where “A tribute to the Orange Things” originated.

“Flying to Tony” (03:48) – Julian Harper, USA, 2018


An exploration of performance and empathy. I struggle with the images of people who look like me. Wearing their image, I feel is a way to carry a certain kind of history. I want to explore why some images are naturally politicized or welcome in spaces. And I want to know if I create some connection between these images and myself.

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