Subtle Technologies joins the 34th edition of Images Festival as a Community Partner for their 2021 program, beginning May 20. We will be co-presenting from here with Images, VUCAVU, and The Future of Film Showcase. Read the program description below.


from here, May 20 —  June 02

David Howlett, Federica Foglia, Yihao Zheng, Udval Altangerel, Jaime Sánchez Camacho, Zuhaitz Silva García, Pedro Muñoz-Calero Franco, Blanca Martín Secades, Noncedo Khumalo. Programmed by Roxanne Fernandes.

May 20–June 2, 2021
View the program at www.vucavu.com

Monday, May 24, 2021 | 6:00PM–7:00PM
View the Live-Stream at www.imagesfestival.com

This program will be followed by a Q&A.

In this selection of student works, the idea of new futures through imaginative narratives and archival ruminations are explored. Dabbling in science fiction and dream states but remaining grounded in the playful possibilities of the “now,” these films ask us to consider what we know about ourselves and to renegotiate what that means.

Built as a fictional chronology, the program’s opening introduces us to a world reflected through expansive interpretations of the past and futures beyond us. Here, we are confronted with the idea of home and the necessary acts of moving, changing, and dreaming that accompany it. The place that was and is ever-changing.

Ensuing, from here presents notions of (im)migration—building it up through a lens of futurity—and questions how we process, commit to, and abandon feelings of personal and national identity. In an effort to find this idea of a home on the Earth we know, within the post-Anthropocene or beyond the confounds of time and space, we must also ask: What do we sacrifice and who do we become in order to achieve home, security, and love?


Films

9 Player

David Howlett
WORLD PREMIERE
CANADA, 2019, DIGITAL, 7 MIN
ENGLISH

Composed of one walk on Mont Royal, and eight recreations of the same space in sandbox-type computer games. 9 Player uses these “sandboxes” to imagine myriad futures and pasts, centred on addressing harm caused by colonialism and climate change. Each frame represents a possibility, from the ancient, beginning in the top left toward a distant future in the bottom right. In the middle of it all, the ghosts of today haunt this landscape through time.

Autoritratto

Federica Foglia
CANADA, 2020, 8MM>DIGITAL, 4 MIN
ENGLISH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Originally commissioned by Antimatter [media art], Autoritratto is a short self-portrait of the filmmaker, consisting of recycled 8mm footage of Canadian landscapes, old orphan films, mixed materials, ink, and film cement. As an immigrant, looking for, and collecting, past images of Canada is a way of imagining a past that I don’t have in this country. The re-writing of the self is produced through the archive of others via associative montage.

Expatriate Dreamer

Yihao Zheng
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
USA/CHINA, 2020, DIGITAL, 11 MIN
NO DIALOGUE

A Russian-born asylum seeker draws on his memories and recreates his home on an unidentified beach.

Орбита (Orbita)

Udval Altangerel
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
MONGOLIA, 2020, DIGITAL, 4 MIN
NO DIALOGUE (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Trailing the first Mongolian cosmonaut, the filmmaker orbits her home through her camera obscura. Her personal narrative weaves into Mongolia’s past as a satellite state. Orbita is the filmmaker reclaiming her name, and with it her country’s history.

PRÓXIMA CENTAURI II

Jaime Sánchez Camacho, Pedro Muñoz-Calero Franco, Zuhaitz Silva García & Blanca Martín Secades
CANADIAN PREMIERE
SPAIN, 2020, DIGITAL, 20 MIN
SPANISH/MANDARIN (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Experience the ultimate space adventure. Explore the amazing world of Próxima Centauri. Survive countless dangers, enjoy the most realistic combat system. Feel the incredible vibrations of a bus line, fight the dream every morning, clean your apartment, enjoy the anonymous life you always wanted.

Continuum

Noncedo Khumalo
CANADA, 2016, DIGITAL, 3 MIN
ENGLISH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

In the loneliness of a colourful space that floats gently yet lacks the true concept of time, two of society’s rejects find each other.


Biographies

David Howlett (he/him) is a Montréal/Ottawa-based artist who works across various new media disciplines. He has particular interest in technology and interactivity in art. He loves video, audio, sculpture, games, programming, dancing, banjo, and people.

Federica Foglia is a transnational visual artist, currently completing her MFA at York University. She is interested in issues of migration, displacement, women of the diaspora, accented cinema, and finding a visual language to represent these experiences. Her practice revolves around the remediation of archival materials, collage films with emulsion lifting, and performative and expanded cinema.

Yihao Zheng is a writer and filmmaker based in New York and Guangzhou, China. He is currently a Film MFA candidate at Columbia University.

Udval Altangerel is a filmmaker and programmer based in Ulaanbaatar and Los Angeles. In her work, she combines experimental, documentary, and narrative elements to explore the themes of personal and national histories, language, and (home)land. She is currently taking time off her studies at CalArts to work on her thesis, an autoethnographic essay film about her ancestral land.

Jaime Sánchez Camacho is a filmmaker and one of four directors of PRÓXIMA CENTAURI II. He is a graduate from the Madrid Film School in Spain.

Zuhaitz Silva García: I graduated as a documentary director in ECAM, Madrid, 2019. I am currently working on a documentary film along with my colleague Pedro Muñoz about the gaming industry and the creative process of making a video game. I am also working on a personal project based on some VHS tapes that I found. In the meantime, I am an electrician for several short films, videoclips, commercials, and tv programmes. The industry is not easy, but I’m finding my way.

Born in 1994 in Madrid, Pedro Muñoz-Calero Franco began his studies in Audiovisual Communication at the Complutense University of Madrid. After graduating, he was admitted in the Documentary Film Diploma at ECAM where he shot his firsts two short films, Catch and PRÓXIMA CENTAURI II. He makes experimental shorts and writes short stories.

Blanca Martín Secades: I graduated as a documentary director from ECAM, Madrid, in 2019. Since then, I’ve studied experimental film and photography. I’ve directed several short films, both documentary and fiction, and currently work as a photographer (mostly analog film) and an editor at y Ele Eke Film production. My goal is to keep studying, learning about the industry and making a path for myself.

Noncedo Khumalo is a Canadian born Animator and Filmmaker raised in Swatini, South Africa, and Botswana. She is influenced by her multicultural upbringing and Black Womanhood.

Roxanne Fernandes (she/her) is an arts administrator and budding Programmer living in Mississauga and working in Tkaranto. The daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Roxanne is currently trying to understand and uncover the simultaneous existence of both colonizer and indenturement roots that lie in her lineage through migratory histories, storytelling, and the land itself. She writes, researches, and creates through a lens that is experimental, auto-ethnographic, archival, photographic, and pedagogical.