Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada

Edited by Deanna Bowen
Book Launch Events and Screenings
November 21-23, 2019
Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

All events are free

In celebration of the launch of Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada, a ground-breaking anthology, edited by Deanna Bowen, MANO will hold three nights of screenings and discussions at the AGO’s Jackman Hall. Over nearly 500 pages of essays and artist folios Other Places investigates the historical and contemporary contributions that First Peoples, racialized, and LGBTQ artists and administrators have made to the media arts in Canada.

Book Details

Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada
Published by MANO-RAMO with the collaboration of Public Books
Edited by Deanna Bowen
Keli Safia Maksud, Anna Cox, Assistant Editors
Associés Libres, design; Archer Pechawis, web programmer
Available from http://www.otherplaces.mano-ramo.ca starting November 21st, 2019
Retail price $44.95, special launch event price $35.95 (20% off )
Paperback 486 pages

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.


Schedule of Events

Thursday November 21 6:30PM

Midi Onodera’s I have no memory of my direction
Midi Onodera in person

I have no memory of my direction, Midi Onodera, 2005, 77min, Canada


“I have no memory of my direction” is a feature length experimental narrative. The story unfolds through a Canadian-born Japanese woman’s voice-over as she dreams her way through Japan. Ostensibly searching for an emotional connection with her aging father, the woman contemplates her own inherited culture and familial touchstones. Her North American pop culture sensibility fuses with a distorted Japanese perspective to create a surreal interpretation of a “Japan of the imagination.” This fictional landscape is peppered with invented Japanese myths, ruminations on memory loss, the temporal space of digital photography and the ghosts of inherited imagination.

Thursday November 21 8:00PM

Searching and Finding the Videos of Louise Noguchi
Louise Noguchi in person

With a practice ranging across video, photography, sculpture, and installation Louise Noguchi has created an expansive body of work. Most often presented in the gallery, Louise’s videos pose challenges to cinematic genres and dominant historical narratives. Ranging from reflective contemplation to sharp humor her video works connect the personal to the social and political.

Crack, Louise Noguchi, 2000, 3.5min, Canada
Rope Tricks, Louise Noguchi1, 1998, 6.5min, Canada
Marker, Louise Noguchi, 2010, 28min, Canada
Searchers, Louise Noguchi, 2016, 13min, Canada

Friday November 22 6:30PM

Alison Duke’s Missing Minutes
a conversation with Alsion Duke and Jordan Arseneault


Alison Duke is absent from her own work in ways that not many filmmakers are. After meeting this empathic documentarian in Toronto in 2017, film researcher and activist organ/izer Jordan Arseneault had the privilege of sitting down with her last winter – with Montréal vidéaste Étienne Ganjohian – to delve into Duke’s filmic subjects, her strategy for authorial removal, and about 17 missing minutes from one unforgettable film. For the occasion of this special launch of Other Places, we offer a preview of Duke’s jaw-dropping fiction foray in progress Promise Me (in progress, prod. Fonna Seidu) and MediaQueer’s didactic short introducing this Black, queer conveyor of truths and keeper of promises. Filmmaker in attendance and in conversation with the very grateful author. – JA

Saturday November 23 6:00PM

In Visible Colours – A Micro Screening of History
Programmer Zainub Verjee in attendance

Peace for Sebastian Avecedo / Paz Para Sebastian Acevedo, Lotty Rosenfeld, 1985, 3min, Chile
Sari Red, Pratibha Parmar, 1983, 12min, UK
Eyes Skinned, Mona Hatoum, 1988, 4min, UK
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief, Carol Geddes, 1986, 29min, Canada
Black Mother Black Daughter, Sylvia Hamilton and Claire Prieto, 1989, 29min, Canada

Celebrating 30 years since the In Visible Colours Women of Colour and Third World Women International Film and Video Festival and Symposium was held in Vancouver this program revisits some of the seminal works presented as part of IVC.

Saturday November 23 8:00PM

Queer Canadian Films from the CFMDC 1975-85
Curated by Tess Takahashi

Jill Johnston: October 1975-6, Kay Armatage and Lydia Wazana, 1977, 30m, Canada
David Roche Talks to You about Love, Jeremy Podeswa, 1983, 22m, Canada
Ten Cents a Dance (Parallax), Midi Onodera, 1985, 28m, Canada

There’s something for everybody in this historical show. Between 1975 and 1985, much of the queer work that found its way into the CFMDC’s collection would not have called itself that. Rather than take queer as a noun that designates the identity of either a person or a film, I understand it here as a verb form – “to queer” – a form that suggests queerness as a practice or mode of reading that attempts to shift our perception of the world. As Jose Muñoz writes regarding the power of queer futurity, “Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.” Employing experimental, narrative, and verite modes, the filmmakers in this program were often doing exactly that – shifting the ways in which we make worlds for ourselves in particular spaces, even as they comment on the social conditions that surround them.

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