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Archive/Counter-Archive at the Canadian Screens conference

1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thistle 248
St. Catherines ON L2S 3A1


Two Days of Canada 2019: Canadian Screens | Brock University, November 8-9


A/CA Principal Investigator Janine Marchessault will be delivering the Keynote Presentation and A/CA Student Researcher Claudia Sicondolfo will be presenting a paper at the upcoming Two Days of Canada Conference 2019: Canadian ScreensThe conference explores the socio-political, cultural, and technological constructs surrounding Canadian screen production and consumption.


Keynote: "Living Archives: Recent Curatorial Approaches to Mediated History"

Dr. Janine Marchessault (York University)

Friday, November 8 at 7:30 PM | Thistle 248, Brock University

All welcome, no RSVP required

Dr. Marchessault's keynote will engage with the Archive/Counter-Archive project to discuss how artists are using audio-visual archives as a medium to disrupt traditional forms of history, collection and national narratives. Several films festivals in Canada have commissioned works by artists to “remediate" archives and to generate new understandings of history tied to a diversity of communities. The concepts of "liveness," "activation," and "performativity" are at the centre of these localized articulations that she argues, reflect a new sense of place and planetary entanglement. Among other works she will discuss Chooka, an Iranian-Canadian short film by Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko.


“Home-Made Visible: Regent Park Film Festival Goes National”

Claudia Sicondolfo (York University)

Friday, November 8 at 9:00 AM - Panel 1A: Film Festivals in Canada | Sankey Chamber and GSB206, Brock University

Working with the case study of the Regent Park Film Festival’s Home Made Visible (HMV) project, Sicondolfo's paper confronts contemporary interpretations of community-cinema and interrogates the often tenuous politics of participation and screen visibility in settler-colonial states (Dhillon 2017; Simpson 2017) for non-majority and Canadian cinematic publics. As the first national initiative for this otherwise local and community-oriented festival, HMV interrogates and challenges the implications of personal, archival visibility within national creative Canadian citizenship discourses.


To register for the full conference: https://twodaysofcanada2019.eventbrite.ca