Exhibitions

All That Glitters: A Month of Queer Art, Film and Music

Saturday, November 8, 2014 to Saturday, November 22, 2014

FCG is proud to offer a month of programming that will explore complex expressions of queer identities through the lens of the camera. Selected presenters, Jamie Q, Wendy Pearson, Scott Miller Berry, Deidre Logue and Allyson Mitchell have chosen films that will be screened at Forest City Gallery throughout the month of November. Each screening will conclude with a 45-minute presentation addressing topics introduced by the chosen screening, as well as relating the film to the speaker’s own interests and creative practices. This block of programming aims to exhibit perspectives and images from queer artists, musicians, and film makers, and considers to what extent such practices allow individuals to express their gender and sexuality. These presentations will investigate relationships between queerness, art, and film, and will also illuminate some of the politics and perspectives of those involved.

This program seeks to feature screenings chosen by members of London’s art and queer communities, in order to highlight queer cultural voices from a local perspective and will conclude with a music event (Queer Hear Here) hosted by Gen Pop on November 22nd 2014. Popcorn will be provided at all of the screenings and presentations. To make the film screenings more cozy, these events (except for Queer Hear Here) is a BYOC (Bring Your Own Cushion) Event. We encourage you to bring a pillow and/or blanket to make floor seating more comfortable. 

Various All That Glitters events are organized in collaboration with LOMAA (London Ontario Media Arts Association) and the McIntosh Gallery. 

More about the events:

Saturday, November 8th / 2:00 to 4:30 PM

At Forest City Gallery, 258 Richmond Street

2:00- Screening of My Prairie Home by Chelsea McMullan (77 minutes)

3:30- Presentation by Jamie Q 

Free Event/ Times are Approximate

About this event:  Jamie Q presents My Prairie Home by Chelsea McMullan. In this feature documentary-musical, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician. Themes of gender and queerness in the film will give context to an artist's talk by Jamie Q, who will discuss how these topics have informed their own visual art projects.

 

Thursday, November 13th / 6:30 to 9:00 PM

At Forest City Gallery, 258 Richmond Street

6:30- Screening of Orlando (Virginia Woolf Adaptation)

8:00- Presentation by Wendy Pearson (Professor of Women’s Studies/ Feminist/ Sci-Fi Lover)

Free Event/ Times are Approximate

About this event: 

Wendy Pearson presents Orlando, Sally Potter's 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel about an Elizabethan gentleman who is blessed (or perhaps cursed) with staying forever young. Stylish and beautifully filmed, Orlandopresents us with new perspectives on the question of what it means to be a man or a woman and asks if gender really makes any difference at all. The film features some fine queer performances, not least by Tilda Swinton as both the male and female versions of Orlando, but also a remarkable performance by Quentin Crisp as Queen Elizabeth I. The post-film discussion will examine the relationship between the queer and gender-bending aspects of the film and will ask whether our answers to the questions Woolf asks of gender and sexuality are any clearer today than they were when Woolf first embodied them in the person of Orlando.

 

Saturday, November 15th / 6:30 to 8:30 PM

At Forest City Gallery, 258 Richmond Street

6:30- Presentation by Scott Miller Berry 

7:15- Screening of De Profundis by Lawrence Brose (65 minutes) (Guest Programmed by Sebastian Di Trollio)

Free Event/ Times are Approximate

(may contain explicit imagery; not suitable for all audiences)

About this event: 

Scott Miller Berry, of Images Festival (Toronto), will be introducing Lawrence Brose's experimental film De Profundis. Lawrence Brose is an experimental film artist and has created over thirty films since 1983. His films have been shown at international film festivals, museums, art galleries, and cinematheques in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. In 1989 he began a series of film collaborations with contemporary composers to explore the relationship between the moving image and music. 

Buffalo-based filmmaker, curator and arts advocate Lawrence Brose’s landmark De Profundis is a 65-minute meditation on gay desire based on Oscar Wilde’s infamous prison letter presented via lush hand-processed imagery. The film utilizes vintage erotica, home movies, radical faerie gatherings, pagan rituals and drag shows alongside a piano score by Frederic Rzewski which incorporates Wilde’s text as a means of exploring assimilation and sexuality through hand painted frames and manipulation. The result is an exploding utopia of colour and a layered but equally privileged soundscape. A simply haunting work of terrifying beauty. Recently the film has come under scrutiny by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Justice Department as Brose now faces serious charges for allegedly possessing illicit digital images. One hundred of the listed images in the charges are film frames from De Profundis. The fact that he is under indictment for using images made by others to examine the taboos that such laws are meant to prevent is as overreaching as it is disturbing. This prosecution should be viewed as a challenge to artistic freedom, brought by a U.S. Attorney’s office that previously unsuccessfully prosecuted Critical Art Ensemble founder Steve Kurtz. 

Credit: Early Monthly Segments/ De Profundis, Lawrence Brose, 1997, 16mm, 65 minutes, USA/ Music: Frederic Rzewski, with additional compositions by Lawrence Brose and Douglas Cohen

This screening is a fundraiser for Brose’s legal defense fund. For more information and to donate please visit lawrencebroselegaldefensefund.com

 

Friday, November 21st / 7:00 to 10:00 PM/ Licensed Event

Organized with LOMAA and McIntosh Gallery

At Forest City Gallery, 258 Richmond Street

7:00- Presentation by Deidre Logue 

8:00- Presentation by Allyson Mitchell 

9:00- Screening of SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: Works by Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell (Guest Programmed by Christine Negus)

Free Event/ Times are Approximate

About this event:  SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES/ Works by Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell

This screening brings together the two separate practices, but interconnected lives, of artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell. Self-proclaimed 'axe-grinding' feminists and general badass killjoys, the screening focuses on works that skirt anxieties about life's follies, the lesbian renegade and the foreboding unknown that lies in wait for us all. With videos that span the gamut of both their practices - ranging from Logue's enduring, task-based performances and Mitchell's playful narratives - this program presents their similar use of endearing violence and, above all, wicked humour that will rattle you to the core.

For the past 20 years, the film and video work of Canadian artist Deirdre Logue has focused on the self as subject. Using ‘performance for the camera’ as a primary mode of production, her compelling self-portraits investigate what it means to be a queer body in the age of anxiety.

 

Saturday, November 22nd / 8:00 to 11:00 PM/ QUEER HEAR HERE: Musical Event Curated by GEN POP

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At Forest City Gallery, 258 Richmond Street

Featuring:

Some Men

Wormwood

Boy Pussy

$5- $10 Sliding Scale Door Admission