Reconstructing Screen Experiments from Expo 67’s Archives

Rescheduled: This talk was initially scheduled to take place on February 13th, but had to be rescheduled due to severe weather.

Knot Project Space continues its Video in the Public Sphere speaker series with a lecture by Monika Kin Gagnon, Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University, who has published widely on various topics relating to cultural politics and visual / media art. Gagnon’s talk will focus on the screen experiments which took place at Expo 67, as well as the “making public” of these historic works through strategies of simulation.

The ongoing research project that has become CINEMAexpo67, was partially born of a simple desire to see Expo 67 multiscreen and large format films in something resembling their original viewing formats. This presentation will briefly introduce Expo 67 and some of the key spectacular film installations, as well as discuss some of the digital simulations that have been worked on alongside the original filmmakers, and archivists from the Cinémathèque québécoise, Library and Archives Canada, and the Ville de Montréal since 2005. The talk considers the various possibilities of re-animating and activating “difficult” archival materials for new publics, including the technical complexity and ethical challenges of these amazing screen experiments from the 1960s.

About the Speaker Series

The Video in the Public Sphere speaker series aims to open up and sustain a discursive space in which the wider Ottawa community can navigate, expand upon, and challenge the notion of publics through critical lenses and contemporary concerns. A series of visiting artists, critics and curators, working at the intersection of artistic production and public space, will engage with the complexities of this terrain from various points of entry. Each will deliver substantial talks at Knot Project Space about their work and research, and in some cases also conduct intensive follow-up workshops and discussion groups.

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