THRESHOLDINGS: Intimacies, Opacities, Embodiments

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This day-long workshop will move across practices and disciplines to explore the intersections of intimacy and liminality. What means are available to expand experiences of alterity or otherness, as in the surrender on the verge of sleep? How can such intimacies provide alternatives to attempts to make such experiences fully possessive, knowable, or extractable? The day will open with a series of participatory practice propositions, from somatics, choreography and drawing, before moving into a series of talks from artists and researchers, a reading session on Edouard Glissant’s work on “opacity”, and finally a keynote from Mel Y. Chen (Animacies) entitled “All that is Ash”. All events are free and open to the public; you can find the reading from Glissant at this link:

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Thresholdings: Intimacies, Opacities, Embodiments

James Administration Room 301, McGill University
10:00am: Welcome

10:15am Opening Remarks by Alanna Thain, Director IGSF and the Moving Image Research Lab, McGill University and Megan Fernandes, Visiting Professor, IGSF, Assistant Professor, Lafayette College

10:30-11:30 PRACTICE
Diego Gil, HUMA, Concordia University
Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Sandberg Instituut, University of Amsterdam
Nicole de Brabandere, IGSF and the Moving Image Research Lab, McGill University

11:30-12:30 LABOR
Elisa Giardina Papa, University of California, Berkeley
“The Labor of Sleep”

12:30-1:30 Lunch + reading session on Édouard Glissant “For Opacity”

Ronald Rose Antoinette, articule
“In the Work: Lea(r)ning in Struggle”

Nelly Yaa Pinkrah, Leuphana University
“To Weave a New Fabric. Édouard Glissant and Cybernetics“

4:00pm KEYNOTE
Mel Y. Chen, University of California, Berkeley
“All That is Ash”

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University, the Moving Image Research Lab, Anarchival Outbursts: Movement Practices of Post- Digital Cinema; Immediations: Media, Art, Event; Global Emergent Media Lab- Concordia University; the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) – McGill University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

McGill University is located on unceded lands which have traditionally served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst diverse indigenous peoples. The Kanien’kehà:ka/People of the Flint (Mohawk), who are a founding nation of the Haudenosaunee/People of the Longhouse (Iroquois) Confederacy, are recognized as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration for the workshop is required and space is limited. Please contact to register.

Both locations are accessible. All spaces will be scent-free. Please refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event.

Access McGill Campus through the Milton Gates. Wilson Hall is located at 3506 Rue University, and the James Administration building is located inside campus, just to the north of the Milton Gates.


Rhythm-of-Video-Feedback-1.jpgThe MIRL is pleased to present Rhythm of Video Feedback, a video installation, live performance, and talk taking place on Monday, February 29, 2015. Performance and talk/Q&A takes place from 4:30-6:30, with the installation open from 1 – 7 PM. Masayuki Kawai builds a video feedback system composed of dozens of analog audio-visual devices. He shows the machine on site as an installation and operates it as live performance as well.

Kawai’s “Video Feedback” works are made with an analog video feedback from a closed circuit system with free-flowing electronic data. No outer video/sound source is used; the video machines and circuits contain subtle noises that are amplified in the loop to generate infinite data flows. When these are put into the video input, they display various figure and colour mutations. When these are channeled into the audio input, they make sounds that are synchronized with the image. It is impossible to make these images and sounds by computer programming-simulation because the digital process eliminates the noise and gives privilege to the signals. Thus, through these works, we directly experience an organic creation of singularity with analog electronic video. Daisuke Harashima extracts from the installation and performance a concept of glitch as a rhythm of recursive generation of a pattern which is simultaneously singular and multiple. With the paradoxical concept of glitch, he explores the real and virtual power of a non-digital and in-formal logic as the potential of the technological environment.

Masayuki Kawai was born in 1972. He creates video works in a unique style that takes radical visions of philosophy and politics from the standpoint of the consideration and criticism of informational society and the essence of media. He explores his broad styles and activities unconstrained by existing genres such as films, contemporary arts, and media arts. His works have been shown in over 30 countries and has received numerous awards in media art festivals and exhibitions around the world. A collection of his works can be seen at the Queens Museum of Art in New York (U.S.) and at the National Museum of Art in Osaka (Japan). He was invited to as an artist in residence from the Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts, ISCP in NY, and Le Cube and Cite International des arts in Paris with support from the Jerusalem Foundation, Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japanese Government, POLA Art Foundation, Tokyo Wonder Site, City Government of Paris and Culturesfrance. To establish a critical role for video art in the society of spectacle, Kawai as a video artist, curator, and writer, directed a number of enlightening and challenging exhibitions and festivals and published an insightful book under the concept of “visual philosophy”. He holds a B.A. in aesthetics and M.A. in representation and culture from University of Tokyo. Website:

Daisuke Harashima is a PhD student in Arts and Sciences at University of Tokyo. His research interests are information theories (from cybernetics and a mathematical theory or formal logic of communication, to second-order cybernetics, autopoiesis, transcendental empiricism, radical constructivism, fundamental informatics, neocybernetics, etc.) and media arts (focusing on the way they work out paradoxical ambiguities of freedoms and constraints, and self-producing sensors for singularities in present technological environment; collective activities; glitches and vibrations as sensuous continuums; verbal and virtual communications; ethico-aesthetic ecologies; improvisational morals of artificial and embodied intelligences; informal informations of insufficient reason and included middle). Among his publications are “Prediction and Production: Technological Singularity and Living Singularity.” in Gendai-Shiso (The Contemporary Thought)[Japanese] and “Close-and-Open: A Neocybernetic Approach to the Living System Condition in the Information Technological Environment.” Journal of Information and Media Studies [Japanese]. He also plays as a dj, vj or programmer/operator for media live performances. His recent work includes a video projection for a reenaction of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s “Requiem für einen jungen Dichter” at Suntory Hall (Tokyo), and video projections and stage settings for live performances of scscs (Nagoya and Tokyo) and number0 (Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagoya). Website:

This a satellite performance of ACTE: Volumes, taking place at La Vitriola on Friday, February 26 at 8 PM. For more information, please see the Facebook event page: or Resident Advisor listing:


RecollectionJAN29--724x1024On Friday, January 29th 2016, the MIRL will be hosting a screening of Kamal Aljafari’s Recollection (2015). The Isreali and American features shot in the town of Jaffa from the 1960s to the 1990s are the basis for the story of a dream. All protagonists are removed from the original footage, leaving an empty settlement formed by the town. Thus, the impossible is made from the “I” perspective, namely filming the past and compiling a picture album made of memories.

Kamal Aljafari is a Palestinian filmmaker based in Berlin. His films include The Roof (2006), Port of Memory (2009) and Recollection(2015). Aljafari was featured artist at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2009 in New York, as well as Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and Center for Film Studies at Harvard University in 2009 and 2010. He taught film at the New School and, between 2011 and 2013, acted as the head of the film directing program at the DFFB Berlin.

Screening takes place from 4 – 6 PM with a Q & A session led by anthropologist and filmmaker Diana Allan, from McGill University’s Department of Anthropology. Seating is limited. Please email Carolyn Bailey at to reserve a seat.

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For the 26th annual Day With(out) Art, a looping video presentation of RADIANT PRESENCE will be screened at the Moving Image Research Laboratory (Room B46 Leacock, McGill University) between 2 pm-4 pm on Tuesday, December 1st. This event is free and welcome to the public!

RADIANT PRESENCE is a digital slideshow with images from the Visual AIDS’ Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS. RADIANT PRESENCE features artwork by artists living with HIV/AIDS and those who are no longer with us. The artwork is interspersed with current statistics and information about HIV/AIDS today. It showcases the resilience and vitality of Visual AIDS’ Artist Members and their artwork, preserving the radiance of those who have passed while provoking dialogue about the needs and experiences of people living with HIV. The presentation provokes conversations about HIV criminalization and stigma, access to treatment, the shifting demographics of people living with HIV and the disproportionate effect of the epidemic on communities of color and transwomen.

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Accessibility info: Leacock Building is wheelchair accessible at the entrance facing lower campus or via the Arts Building (map follows). The MIRL is located in the basement and may be reached by elevator. There is also a wheelchair accessible bathroom on the basement level. A gender neutral washroom is located on the fifth floor, left of the elevators. For more:


Please join Cinema Out of the Box this Wednesday, October 7th 2015, for a screening, curated by filmmaker Matthew Rankin, of APOLLO GAUNTLET. West of the monument at Parc & Rachel, close to the space used by LARPers on Sundays, the screening will start at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

A man from earth uses magical gauntlets, rap songs and dancing to survive in a preposterously hostile planet as he searches for the evil scientist who transported him there. One part absurdist auteur animation, one part science fiction hip hop musical, one part demented and hallucinating Super Nintendo, Apollo Gauntlet is a hilarious and mind-boggling epic masterpiece created entirely by Myles Langlois (Royal Art Lodge) in his rural Manitoba basement. Originally appearing as an independent serial on Youtube in 10-minute installments, Apollo Gauntlet was purchased in 2012 by the corporate online comedy platform Rugburn, who idiotically re-edited and repackaged Langlois’ magnum-opus into hundreds of nearly unwatchable one-minute increments. Cinema Out of the Box restores this crazed and criminally under-appreciated Manitoba masterwork to its full 80 minutes of maximized insanity. Make These Gauntlets Powerful!

Dans sa quête pour le scientifique mesquin qui l’avait transporté sur une planète lointaine, un homme de la Terre utilise des gantelets magiques, des chansons de rap et de la danse pour survivre. À la fois un film d’animation d’auteur, une science fiction musicale absurdiste et un Super Nintendo brisé qui hallucine, Apollo Gauntlet est un chef-d’œuvre épique, tout aussi fou que hilarant, créé par l’artiste Myles Langlois (Royal Art Lodge) dans son sous-sol au Manitoba. Passé quasiment inapperçu à sa diffusion originale sur Youtube en 2010, Apollo Gauntlet a été acheté en 2012 par Rugburn et remonté et transformé en capsules d’une minute, ce qui dénaturent gravement la vision artistique de Langlois. Cinéma Out of the Box est fier de faire la restoration de ce grand chef-d’œuvre méconnu à ses 80 minutes de folie maximale. Make These Gauntlets Powerful!


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Sat. Oct 3, 2015 // samedi 3 octobre 2015

How might the dispersed notions of diaspora be brought to light by screen? What does a fruitful relation between diasporic expression and representation via moving and time-based image media look like? COMMON ALIENS: Art and Shorts Outdoor Film Screening is a collaborative curation of 12 short films by North American people of colour, featuring an eclectic array of styles.

The featured Artworks & Shorts range in ways of expression and storytelling from filmmaker’s autobiographical insights to experimental slivers of their personal or observed diasporic experiences.

Comment un projecteur de cinéma peut-il éclairer les notions dispersées de la diaspora ? Comment se manifeste une relation fructueuse entre l’expression et la représentation diasporiques par le biais du film et des médias ? ÉTRANGERS COMMUNS : Courts-métra(n)ges sous les étoiles est une programmation collaborative de 12 courts-métrages réalisés par des personnes de couleur d’Amérique du Nord, représentant un éventail éclectique de styles.

Les œuvres à l’affiche déclinent sous différentes formes d’expression et de narration, des points de vue autobiographiques aux bribes expérimentales tirées de leurs expériences diasporiques personnelles ou observées.

Artists & filmmakers // Artistes et réalisateurs

Jennifer Chan, Boyfriend
James Huang, Database
Noncedo Khumalo, Gaborone
Hera Chan, Cabinet
Cynthia Or and Linx Selby, Tremor
Grace An, So What
Aonan Yang, A Winter Song
Yung Chang, Ali Shan
Alisi Telengut, Tengri, Tears of Inge
Shahir Krishna, ∂∫¬
Omar Elhamy, Aquarium

11227566_959526430785893_4360701391630773565_o(Still from Ali Shan (2013) dir. Yung Chang)

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Please join Cinema Out of the Box and East Asian Studies Students’ Association for a moonlight screening of Studio Ghibli’s 2013 adaptation of Japan’s oldest extant folk narrative, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA! Master animator Takahata Isao (GRAVEYARD OF FIREFLIES, POM POKO) renders the tale of a radiant moon princess emerging from a stalk of bamboo in a style indebted to traditional Japanese art from various premodern eras, yet with a breathtaking modern edge. Nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Animated Film, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA is a sophisticated example of anime’s development as a medium of feature filmmaking in Japan and a touching, emotionally complex twist on the social pressure to marry faced by fairy tale princesses the world over.

Joignez-vous à Cinéma Out of the Box et McGill East Asian Studies Students’ Association (EASSA) pour une projection en plein air sous la lune. Nous vous présenterons LE CONTE DE LA PRINCESSE KAGUYA, une adaptation de Ghibli parue en 2013 de la plus ancienne légende japonaise. Le maitre d’Anime Takahata Isao (LE TOMBEAU DES LUCIOLES, POM POKO) illustre l’histoire d’une sublime princesse de la lune sortant d’un boisé de bambou, suivant la tradition artistique japonaise provenant de plusieurs époques pré-modernité, tout en aillant une approche moderne à couper le souffle. En nomination pour l’Oscar du meilleur film d’animation en 2014, LE CONTE DE LA PRINCESSE KAGUYA est un exemple sophistiqué de la transition des films d’animation vers le cinéma au Japon et une représentation complexe et sensible de l’obligation au mariage vécue par les princesses de conte de fée.

The film will be presented in the original Japanese, with subtitles in English.

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Rejoignez nous ce samedi pour une expérience de cinéma hors norme sur la Grande Terrasse Rouge de la rue Saint-Denis en collaboration avec la Coopérative L’Estrade.

La projection est cyclopropulsée et seront diffusée deux films montréalais- en commençant par Street Musique, un court-métrage absolument charmant réalisé par Ryan Larkin et par la suite Cosmos, un documentaire collectif en six parties, réalisé par Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin et Denis Villeneuve
Venez profiter de la Grande Terrasse Rouge! Amenez vos belles personnes, quelques amis, de quoi grignoter! En espérant vous y retrouver~

La projection aura lieu entre les rues Duluth et Rachel dans l’espace gazonnée de la Grande Terrasse Rouge.
Join us this coming Saturday, September 26th 2015, for a walk/cycle-in movie theatre on the Mile-Long Red Boardwalk on Rue St-Denis in collaboration with Coopérative L’Estrade.

We’ll be screening two Montreal-based films – beginning with Street Musique, an infinitely charming short film by Ryan Larkin and then Cosmos, a 6-part documentary collectively made by Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin and Denis Villeneuve. Come enjoy the amazing mile-long red boardwalk! Bring your beautiful selves, some friends and some snacks! Hope to see you there~

The screening will take place between Duluth and Rachel, on the lawn of the Red Boardwalk.


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En collaboration avec “Performance Studies International: Trans-Montréal”, Cinema Out of the Box présente:
Documentaire / 81 minutes / Versions française et anglaise.

C’est à 30 ans, après avoir parcouru la planète, qu’Olivier et Mélanie réalisent qu’ils entretiennent des liens avec le bout du monde alors qu’ils n’ont jamais posé les pieds dans une réserve indienne, chez-eux, au Canada. Le jeune couple décide alors de parcourir la Côte-Nord du Québec à vélo afin de mieux comprendre les relations entre Québécois et Premières Nations. D’où vient cette méconnaissance des Autochtones, alors que des études montrent que plus de la moitié des Canadiens français ont au moins un ancêtre amérindien? Pourquoi les préjugés sont-ils toujours aussi tenaces? Comment les choses peuvent-elles évoluer? De rencontres fortuites en rencontres programmées, la quête des cinéastes croisera celle, surprenante, d’un Innu parti à la recherche de ses ancêtres en Normandie et la démarche bouleversante de la sœur du caporal Lemay, tué lors de la crise d’Oka en 90.

In collaboration with Performance Studies International: Trans Montreal Sept 17-18, Cinema Out of the Box presents:
Quebekoisie (Documentary / 81 minutes / French and English Versions. Dir. Mélanie Carrier et Olivier Higgins)

Mélanie and Olivier decided to cycle the North Shore of Quebec, Canada, to better understand the complex relationships that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. This quest for identity would push them to travel deep inside themselves and to faraway lands. Their encounters, both planned and spontaneous, include the surprising tale of an Innu man in search of his ancestors in Normandy, and the heart-wrenching story of the sister of Corporal Marcel Lemay, who was killed during the 1990 Oka crisis.

Mélanie Carrier et Olivier Higgins:

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En collaboration aver Rad Frosh, une organization de McGill pour une orientation alternatif. Leur thème pour cette année est “Fall Out of Orbit!”


Joindrez-vous à nous pour une projection de “Born in Flames”, une film féministe de science-fiction qui prend place dans un États-Unis socialiste et démocratique et qui examine des possibilités d’activisme et la justice sociale. En cas de pluie, l’évènement sera lieu à L’Asterisk, une espace sécuritaire pour les jeunes LGBT proche de Parc Jarry.

Nous avons hâte de te voir ♥


In collaboration with Rad Frosh, an awesome McGill-based alternative orientation organization whose theme for this year is Fall Out Of Orbit!


Hey friends! Join us on September 5th, 2015 at 8pm for a screening of “Born in Flames”, a 1983 feminist science fiction film that explores potentialities of activism and social justice in an alternative socialist United States democracy, as well as our current reality. If it rains, the event will be held at L’Asterisk, a safe space for LGBT youth near the park!

Hope to see you there ♥