April 6, 2011 @ 9:30
Polish Combatant's Hall
206 Beverley St.
Images Festival hosts me for this suite of works featuring the inimitable Caroline Golum.
Live Images #4: CINEMA IS NOT CELLULOID
An archivist by trade, Andrew Lampert spends his days reconstructing and preserving films, combining elements and materials to create a physical catalogue of significant works available in unchanging form to contemporary and future audiences. As an artist he tends to reverse this process, separating the elements that comprise a film to draw attention to the shifting relationships between sound and image, history, memory and time. His performances consist of silent films with live narration, sound tracks with live projection or a combination of both. The illusion of reality is sacrificed to the reality of the moment and the accidents that happen when elements are out of sync: "The projector and the screen and the projectionist and the audience together are far more integral to cinema than any film running through a projector in a booth behind the audience." For Lampert, cinema is what happens in the moment, and his performances engage with the layers and intersections of time as it is recalled, recorded, projected and replayed.For the Images Festival Lampert will perform the works AM I FROM BROOKLYN?, an autobiographical guided tour of Brooklyn and beyond; RIGMAROLE REVERSAL, a non-sync account of a lost soundtrack; and CAROLINE GOLUM AS in which the eponymous actress auditions to play the filmmaker's great great great great great aunt in late 1700s Siberia.