Pleasure Dome, Toronto’s finest experimental media arts screening organization, kicks off their summer season this year with an exhibition of work by Kuwait-born artist Basma Alsharif, which runs from June 1 to July 14, 2012, and features an artist talk on July 12. Other highlights of the summer season include James Richards’ work, which combines re-used footage from television and the internet, followed by a group screening of works by artists like Duncan Campbell and the late Stuart Marshall, all of which is curated by Richards himself.
Allow me to jump in with a personal recommendation: the work of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby will be curated by Mike Hoolboom in a screening on Friday, June 15, 2012. The event doubles as a book launch for The Beauty is Relentless, a book edited by Hoolboom about the duo’s work, which is, if you’re wondering, always dark yet amusing, sombre yet playful. This event is not to be missed by media arts lovers, experimental or not.
The summer season is rounded out by the legendary American photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank’s Me & My Brother, an open screening under the stars, and the pleasingly descriptively-titled event “Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment (SPANE),” which is likely to be exactly what it sounds like.
Happy experimenting with media arts this summer! Visit http://pdome.org/wordpress/ for more information.
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