FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 hours of darkness (reflections on this place i call home)
Curated and introduced by Christina Battle
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 9:00pm
West Lecture Hall
Oberlin College Science Center
“17 hours of darkness (reflections on this place I call home) brings together a collection of works by contemporary Canadian artists exploring the dark and nagging anxieties associated with the Canadian landscape. An investigation of my own obsession with Canada’s natural climate, artists represented attempt to navigate the darkness that envelops our days for so many hours of the year. As we brace for another long winter I wonder how this obsession has shaped our collective memory and in turn impacts on the Canadian experience… oh, and of course, there’s some hockey in there too.” – CB
With works by: Christina Battle, Scott Miller-Berry & Adam Segal, Jason Britski, Clive Holden, Sara MacLean, Penny McCann, and John Price. Accompanied by a contextualizing handmade slideshow!
Free and open to the public.
About Christina Battle
With a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Alberta and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Christina currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. An active member of the city’s arts community, she has worked within Toronto’s vibrant artist-run culture as jury member, arts administrator, technical coordinator, board member, educator and curator for various organizations including the Images Festival, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her artworks have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), the National Film Board of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, and have screened internationally in festivals and galleries including: The London Film Festival (London, England); The Images Festival (Toronto), The Toronto International Film Festival; The International Film Festival Rotterdam; White Box (New York); and in the 2006 Whitney Biennial: “Day for Night” (New York), among others.
About Pioneer Species
Pioneer Species is a newly formed micro-cinema screening alternative, independent, and experimental media every Wednesday night at various locations in Oberlin, Ohio. Often, visiting artists and curators will be present to introduce their programs. The micro-cinema is managed by students of the Oberlin College CINE 323: Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts course.
About Viewing Positions
Viewing Positions: Contemporary Cinema in Context is a series of screenings and discussions that explore a variety of approaches to film and media practice today. Presented by the Cinema Studies Program at Oberlin College, with support from the Blanchard Fund. All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, please visit http://www.pioneerspecies.net