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E.S.P. — Anthrozoology
September 5th, 2021

Moberly Park
7646 Prince Albert St.
Vancouver, Canada


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Fillip is pleased to announce an upcoming screening as part of E.S.P., an ongoing series looking at the relationship between film and speculative modes of visuality.

Join us Sunday, September 5 at 7pm at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre Field House, Vancouver, for a free outdoor screening of work by Jade Baxter, Shigeko Kubota, Alexandra Lazarowich, Brian Lye, Gail Noonan, and Weihan Zhou. Copresented in partnership with Echo Park Film Centre North. Guest curated by April Thompson.

E.S.P. — Anthrozoology continues our investigation into documentary, narrative, and formalist film, presenting a program of shorts that include animation, celluloid, and single-channel versions of video installation. This program explores what it means to witness the natural world, and, in particular, the behaviour of animals: from amphibians to pollinators, fish to foxes. Each visual exploration is overshadowed by human interaction; from our observation to our pursuit, our reverence to our dependence. The films by Baxter, Kubota, Lazarowich, Lye, Noonan, and Zhou offer experimental forms that trace these interactions, ranging from cinéma vérité to visual haiku, stop-motion to spoken-word poetry and fiction, with elements of humour, existential dread, and love.


Doors at 7pm. Entrance to this screening is free but an RSVP is requested. Light vegetarian snacks will be served before the screening at dusk.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we request that attendees maintain a respectiful distance from other audience members throughout the event. Please use the sanitizer provided before helping yourself to snacks. All audience members are asked to self-assess before attending. If you are not feeling well, have recently travelled outside of Canada, or have had close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please do not attend.


Film Program:


Weihan Zhou
Frog, 2020, 3.5min


Jade Baxter
For Wildlife, 2014, 8min


Gail Noonan
Honey, 2002, 7min


Brian Lye
Love Birds, 2011, 7min


Brian Lye
Untitled (Hello Fox), 2013, 1.5min


Shigeko Kubota
Rock Video: Cherry Blossoms, 1986, 12.5min


Alexandra Lazarowich
Lake, 2019, 5min


Weihan Zhou
Astronaut, 2020, 3.5min


About the Artists:


Jade Baxter is an artist from the Nlaka’pamux Nation. She is a member of Skuppah Indian Band. Her current artistic objectives are finding utility in art during crisis and continuing to tell the stories that come from the timux and her nkAshykn. She predominantly works in media arts and craft, and recently has been moonlighting as a community relief volunteer after the devastating Lytton Creek Fire that consumed her home and hometown.


Shigeko Kubota (久保田 成子) (1937–2015) was a Japanese video artist, sculptor, and avant-garde performance artist who primarily lived in New York City. She was a key member and influence on Fluxus—the international group of avant-garde artists centered on George Maciunas—having been involved with the group since witnessing John Cage perform in Tokyo in 1962 and subsequently moving to New York in 1964. She was one of the first artists to adopt the portable video camera Sony Portapak in 1970. Kubota is known for constructing sculptural installations with a strong DIY aesthetic, which include sculptures with embedded monitors playing her original videos.


Alexandra Lazarowich is an award-winning Cree filmmaker from northern Alberta. Her short film Fast Horse was honoured with The Special Jury Prize for Directing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Her body of work as director and producer include Lake, Indian Rights for Indian Women, Cree Code Talker, Empty Metal, and INAATE/SE/. She is the series producer for the CBC’s multi-award-winning comedy documentary series Still Standing.


Brian Lye is a filmmaker, artist and educator living as an uninvited guest on the Traditional Territory of the Sinixt people. His lens-based works are preoccupied with magic, humour, and the everyday. His films and animations have won awards and screened internationally at venues such as Sundance Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, The Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona, and LIVE! Vancouver’s performance art biennale. He has been an artist in residence with the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and Oxygen Art Centre.


Gail Noonan is a visual artist and animator based on Mayne Island, British Columbia. Recently she recorded a CD of original songs, two of which were also made into animated shorts. In a complete shift in direction, she currently owns and operates Books On Mayne, a bookstore on the Gulf Island she has called home for the past 30 years.


Weihan Zhou is a visual artist and a filmmaker who works and lives in New York City. His works include experimental films, video installations, photography, and text, focusing on the choice and cognition of individuals trapped in unusual times and space. He received his BFA in Animation from the China Academy of Art and completed his MFA in Photo, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2020.


About the Curator:


April Thompson is a curator and writer currently based on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ / Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations, in Vancouver. Her practice is guided by critical investigations of photography and the moving image, spatial politics and new media.

Event History
2021
  1. E.S.P. — Anthrozoology
  2. Means of Production: The Employee with Joshua Schwebel
  3. Makeready: What Makes a Book a Book?
  4. Shannon Ebner: Stray World
  5. Project Series: Ian Wilson
  6. The Services Working Group
2020
  1. Moyra Davey: Two Hot Horses
  2. Kathleen Ritter: Gaslight
  3. Penny Slinger: Exorcisms
  4. E.S.P.: New Mineral Collective
  5. Means of Production: Sound, Silence, and Process with Guillermo Galindo & Raven Chacon
  6. Online Screening: Postmodern Times
  7. Means of Production: Community and the Work of Unworking with Am Johal
2019
  1. Means of Production: (In)consequential Thinking with Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross
  2. E.S.P.: BeDevil
  3. Launch: Supplement 5: Mr. Peanut Summit
  4. E.S.P.: Ecologies
  5. Reading Group: Rebecca La Marre in Conversation with Tiziana La Melia
  6. Reading Group: The Culture Game with Patrick Cruz
  7. David Reinfurt: A *New* Program for Graphic Design
  8. E.S.P.: Visible Language Workshop
  9. Means of Production: Value Systems with Sarah Williams
  10. Stagelessness with Grupa o.k.
  11. E.S.P.: Visual Fields
2018
  1. Means of Production: On the Difficult with Jaclyn Bruneau
  2. Means of Production: Living as an Artist with Eli Bornowsky
  3. Means of Production: W.A.G.E. with Andrea Fraser
  4. Kandis WIlliams: Reproduction is Not a Metaphor
  5. Andrea Fraser: Museums, Money and Politics
  6. Means of Production: How to Make a Book with Steidl
  7. Means of Production: Photography as Tool with Winfried Heininger
  8. Listening Group: VWAM
  9. Means of Production: Research with Mercedes Eng
  10. Means of Production: Criticism with Steffanie Ling
  11. Reading Group: A History of Resistance with Grace Ndiritu
  12. Means of Production: Printing with Brick Press
  13. Reading Group: On Kathy Acker
  14. Chris Kraus on Kathy Acker
2017
  1. Reading Group: Nathan Crompton on Utopias
  2. Reading Group: Antonia Pinter
  3. Listening Group: The Red Krayola
  4. Supplement Launch: Berlin
  5. V-Girls: The Question of Manet's Olympia
  6. Hotel Theory Reader: Vancouver Launch
2016
  1. Reading Group: Zanna Gilbert
  2. Mr. Peanut Summit
  3. Reading Group: Grant Arnold
  4. Reading Group: Martine Syms
2015
  1. John C. Welchman: Joseph Kosuth's The Second Investigation in Vancouver
  2. SWARM XVI: Fillip, Punk 'til You Punk
  3. Eternal Network
2014
  1. Christopher Régimbal on Institutions by Artists
  2. Fillip Office Open House!
  3. Fillip 19 Launch and Screening
  4. Screening: The Hart of London
  5. Triple Canopy
2013
  1. Slide Shows at X Marks the Bökship
  2. Institutions by Arists Launch at Et al.
  3. Intangible Economies at Artists Space
2012
  1. Institutions by Artists
  2. Institutions by Artists: Print Centre
  3. Intangible Economies at Art Berlin Contemporary
  4. Sumi Ink Club
  5. Grouper: Sleep
  6. Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder
  7. Fillip 16: Berlin Launch
  8. Fillip 16: Toronto Launch
  9. Pa/per View Art Book Fair
  10. It's a Book, It's a Stage, It's a Public Place
  11. Destroy All Monsters Screening
  12. Fillip at ARCO Experts Forum
2011
  1. Intangible Economies
  2. Quiz Night
  3. David Horvitz: Room 129
  4. Recent Publications
  5. Of Times Recent and Distant
  6. Secondary Information: The Persistence and Absence of Criticism
2010
  1. The AAAARG Library
  2. Everything is Dangerous
  3. Fillip 12 Now Available
  4. Unter dem Motto
  5. International Chilliwack Biennial
  6. Motto Storefront: Ooga Booga
  7. Motto Storefront: Working Format
  8. Motto Storefront: Metahaven
  9. Motto Storefront: Oscar Tuazon
  10. Motto Storefront: Andjeas Ejiksson
  11. Motto Storefront: Avalanche Launch and Screening
  12. Motto Storefront: Rob Giampietro
  13. Motto Storefront: Stuart Bailey
  14. Motto Storefront
  15. John C. Welchman on Paul McCarthy’s Pirate Project
  16. David Horvitz Artist Talk
  17. Ryan Trecartin: Screening and Artist Talk
  18. Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers and Traducing Ruddle
  19. Getting Something Into One's Head
  20. Fillip Review Panel: Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite, Anne Truitt, and Expanded Literary Practices
2009
  1. Autogestion Book Launch
  2. Antonia Hirsch at Space, London
  3. Silvia Kolbowski at Whitechapel Gallery
  4. Fillip Library and Reading Room Launch
  5. Fillip Summer Sale
  6. Corinn Gerber of Passenger Books
  7. Stockholm and Berlin Launches
  8. David Horvitz of ASDF
  9. Montréal Launch and Collaboration
  10. Issue Nine Vancouver Launch
  11. Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
  12. Fillip Review Panel: February 2009
2008
  1. Vancouver Launch of Two Artist Multiples
  2. The Apartment Inhabits the Fillip Studio
  3. Nick Thurston of Information as Material
  4. Rotterdam Dialogues: The Critics
  5. Fillip Review Panel: October 2008
  6. Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister
  7. Next: Documentary Perspectives in Contemporary Art
  8. Paul Chan Screening
  9. Issue Seven Vancouver Launch & Talk
  10. 22nd KIOSK Exhibition in Rennes
2007
  1. Fillip at castillo/corrales, Paris
  2. Fillip at the New York Art Book Fair
  3. LA Launch and Talk
  4. A History of Tokyo Art Speak
  5. Issue Five Vancouver Launch
2006
  1. New York Art Book Fair
  2. Word on the Street
  3. The Invisible Reading Room
  4. Kiosk: Modes of Multiplication
2005
  1. Fillip Issue 1 Launch
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