YOU THE CITY: A half-day workshop on city-as-subject, with visiting artist Ben Russell
November 24, 2014
November 24, 2014

24 November 2014—1:30pm-5:30pm
Cineworks, Howe


Cineworks and Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver present:

YOU THE CITY A half-day filmmaking workshop on city-as-subject with visiting artist Ben Russell (US) 1.30pm–5.30pm, Monday 24 November (please arrive early) $40 Cineworks members / $50 non-members;

Taking its title from the 1990 play by Fiona Templeton, in which the “you” slowly shifts from audience member to cityscape, this 4-hour workshop takes a decidedly subjective approach towards understanding how filming a place turns it into a character, a body, and a speaking subject – one that is defined through its formal qualities and mirrored through the eyes and ears of cinema itself. Through a selection of screenings (Lertxundi, Nishikawa, Rivers, Russell) and portrait exercises, we will work through a character-driven definition of urban space – one that views perspective, camera movement, and focal length as character traits; one that finds ideology in both architecture and shot duration; and one that ultimately confuses author with subject, that calls out to YOU THE CITY.

NOTE: Participants should come with some kind of image-and-sound capture device with the means for easy playback.

BEN RUSSELL Ben Russell’s films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient, Russell has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Viennale, and the Museum of Modern Art. He has toured worldwide with film/video/performance programs and was named by Cinemascope in 2012 as one of the ’50 Best Filmmakers Under 50’.