Winter 2021 Online Screenings at Pleasure Dome


Winter 2021 Online Screenings at Pleasure Dome |

Three thematic screenings will be available on our website through what we’ve dubbed a ‘digital magazine’. Each issue goes live for one week and a PWYC rental gives you access for two days to the films and supporting content, such as essays, interviews, and links to join virtual community events like Q&As.

Welcome to the Memory Palace
PWYC Rental from Feb. 17 to Feb. 24, 2021
Closing Q&A Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:00 pm EST

The memory palace is a mnemonic device, whereby one imagines a very familiar building, associating pieces of information with objects or locations within it. The root word for archive comes from the meaning ‘the master’s house’. The films in this program explore history, power, and memory through the architectures of sleep, of the domestic and local, and through ideas of nationality and haunting, the illusiveness of identity, and machine memory.

The Wind Sleeps Standing Up, Sharlene Bamboat (Canada, 2016)
Enfant Effrayé, Madeleine Aimée (Canada, 2020)
Faces Without Visage, Hesam Rahmani (Iran, 2019)
Terra Velha, Andrew Lima (Canada, 2019)
Memory Room 451, John Akomfrah (UK, 1997) TBC
SDtoHDuprezMaxV2_009.mp4, Anna Spence (USA, 2018) TBC
Caribou in the Archive, Jennifer Dysart (Canada, 2019)
Cirkut /Canadettes, Sara Angelucci (Canada, 2019)

Curated by Pleasure Dome Board Director Clare Samuel. This event is sponsored by CONTACT Photography Festival and the Ryerson Image Centre. The closing Q&A will be moderated by Samara Chadwick.



Genre Reawakenings: Experimental Horror Shorts
PWYC Rental from April 21 to 28, 2021
Closing Q&A Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 pm EST

To reawaken a genre is a type of resurrection. In horror, such resurrections—whether by magic or experiment—never go according to plan, often bringing the haunted or concealed into plain focus. The transgressive or painful results of these confrontations are irrevocably lingering, if not transformative. This program is both a celebration of and commentary on horror; a genre with the capacity to uniquely underscore political and aesthetic concerns. The artists featured here reconfigure the formal and thematic conventions of narrative horror films with an urgency that reminds viewers: when one entity is reawakened, it is rarely alone.

Curated by Pleasure Dome Board Director Katherine Connell.


Measures of Motion
PWYC Rental from May 26 to June 2, 2021
Closing Q&A Wednesday, June 2, 7:00 pm EST

At a moment when the space between us is rife with anxiety and risk, the task of moving towards intimacy with comfort or ease can feel next to impossible. How do we move in isolation? Where do we move in spatial constriction? The term “social distance” became a part of our everyday lexicon this past year. But it seems as though our bodies have been rehearsing for remote dances in bedroom theatres and detached duets on sidewalk stages for longer than that. Our phones are keepers of ubiquitous, collective choreographies that we might not even know we’re participating in. Many of the videos in this program were created before the pandemic, and yet the ways in which each one uses choreography and movement to measure intimacy and distance or mediate desire and survival seems very much of this moment. In Measures of Motion, we see a multiplicity of ways that moving bodies resist social and political anxieties through connective gestures, solitary confrontations, and choreographies of care.

Curated by Pleasure Dome Board Director Jennifer Laiwint.

Images: Stills from Terra Velha, Andrew Lima (Canada, 2019) / Incidents, Hajeer Moradi (Iran, 2019) / Drills, Sarah Friedland (USA, 2020)

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