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in the nature of things by Barbara Sternberg

The world premiere of in the nature of things by Barbara Sternberg in Person!
with early works by the 2011 Governor General's Award Recipients
Barbara Sternberg and David Rimmer

Saturday, February 18, 4pm 
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Enter via McCaul Street (open @ 3pm)

Barbara Sternberg and David Rimmer, recipients of The 2011 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, have used a range of techniques to explore the medium of film throughout their respective careers. In particular, optical printing has allowed them both to achieve complexly layered imagery and intricate patterns of repetition, enabling each to craft their own unique poetics of cinema. Subjects in their work range from the minutia of daily life, such as women playing on a beach in Seashore (Rimmer, 1971)to meditations on life and death as in C’est La Vie (Sternberg, 1997) and Migration (Rimmer, 1969).

We are especially excited to open the program with the world premiere of Sternberg’s latest film, in the nature of things (42min. 2011). Organized around a central image of the forest as a transitional space, the film continues her exploration of dialectics: the human and the natural world, young and old, living and dying. From its layering of images upon images and frames within frames, to its rich colour palette and dense polyrhythms, it is a film that demands to be experienced rather than simply watched.

Toronto filmmaker Barbara Sternberg has been making films since the mid-seventies. Her films have been screened widely across Canada as well as internationally at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin, The Museum of Modern Art and Millennium Workshop in New York, and the Ontario Cinematheque, Toronto. Her work is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada. Sternberg's films work at the intersection of film and life- questions of vision, perception, motion and temporality.

The Vancouver experimental filmmaker David Rimmer is one of Canada’s best-known and most internationally acclaimed film artist. His frequently contemplative films investigate both the nature of the film medium and the quality of perception, and go beyond the structuralist/materialist approach to film: they explore the structure of the medium, yet simultaneously operate on a metaphoric or poetic level.


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