Eric Deis on Tue, 23 Oct 2007 22:07:24 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> For Immediate Release: The Lotus Eaters: New Vancouver Video Art

The Lotus Eaters: New Vancouver Video Art
Curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland

October 25th, 2007
8 PM
Grand Luxe Theatre
The Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue


The land of the Lotus Eaters is known for attracting newcomers who join others on the island to eat the delicious lotus plant: those who become Lotus Eaters leave everything behind to stay and partake everafter of the lotus. This Greek legend is a metaphor charged with layers describing the complex circumstances of so many Vancouverites who have come to this city, each on a personal pursuit.

For the first time in Western Front's history, the Media Arts Programme is pleased to present a curated screening of recent video works by artists who call Vancouver home. Selected from an open call, the screening features eight standout videos produced within the last four years. The Lotus Eaters brings together divergent practices and concerns, ranging from questions about documentary subjectivity to the use of allegory in fabulist filmmaking.

Videos by Abbas Akhavan, Sobhi al-Zobaidi, Eric Deis, Meesoo Lee, Isabelle Pauwels, Kristina Lee Podesva, Igor Santizo, and Donna Szoke plot a distinct trajectory in the recent history of video production in Vancouver. From al-Zobaidi's interviews about the sea as a signifier of boundless territory to Deis' transformation of an apartment through a dousing of water, these videos are critical, engaged, aesthetically rigorous, and above all, unexpected.

The Media Arts Programme acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $11.8 million in media arts throughout Canada.

For further information, please contact:

Alissa Firth-Eagland
Director / Curator of Media Arts
The Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V5T 1S1
(604) 876-9343


Eric Deis
Adjunct Professor, Photography
Emily Carr Institute

(604) 707-0251

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