22 February – 8 March 2014
Situated Cinema is a collaborative project by Canadian film artists’ Solomon Nagler and Alexandre Larose that reinvents cinema as a temporary construct within the gallery. Combining architectural structures with experimental film, Situated Cinema deconstructs traditional modes of cinematic experience by introducing new forms of spectatorship formed through the intermingling of the experience of the gallery and the relative intimacy of film. Comprised of two 16mm projectors and one 8mm projector, each playing silently with light emanating in the darkened gallery space, Situated Cinema emphasises and exposes the mechanics of film-based production and projection, revealing that which is so frequently obscured and often fetishised.
Solomon Nagler’s films have screened across Canada, in the United States, Europe and Asia at venues such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; L’Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne; and Lincoln Center, New York. His work has been presented at: Winnipeg Cinematheque; Excentris Cinema, Montréal; Festival des cinémas différents et expérimentaux, Paris; The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers; and The Canadian Film Institute, Ontario. Originally from Winnipeg, Solomon Nagler currently lives in Halifax where he is a professor of film production at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.
Alexandre Larose is a French-Canadian artist based in Montréal. His critically acclaimed films have been shown internationally since 2006. His work has been screened and in curated programs at major institutions including: European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck; Art Gallery Ontario; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; New York Anthology Film Archive; Austrian Film Museum, Vienna; Media City Film Festival, Ontario; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Jihlava International Documentary Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival; and Images Festival, Toronto. His recent installation work has been exhibited at the Eastern Bloc, Montréal and the École des Beaux-Arts, Montréal.
Situated Cinema is assisted by Consulate General of Canada, Sydney, Government of Canada; The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec; CINEFLUX: A Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Emerging Cinema & Media Arts and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.