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ART CRAWL SCREENING: ‘neige noire’ by Carl Brown

Friday, May 12th, 2017 @ 7pm
Factory Media Centre,
228 James St. North Hamilton ON

Factory Media Centre is pleased to screen neige noire by established Ontario filmmaker Carl Brown as part of our Factory Media Gallery Series during the monthly James St. North Art Crawl.

Carl Brown’s films and photographs have been exhibited internationally, including the Centre Pompidou, to the Louvre, the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Musée de Beaux Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kunst Gallery in Seoul, the Sao Paulo Biennale, and the Madrid Bienal de la Imagen en Novimento. Carl’s breathtaking colour and a meditative rhythm is founded on a material-oriented technique involving the chemical manipulation of film, such as hand-processing, toning and tinting, liquid emulsion, reticulation, stacking and dried crystal bleach formations, and optical printing.

Curated by Josephine Massarella

by Carl Brown & John Kamevaar
Canada / 1:04:00 / 2003 / sound / colour

Screening in 16mm dual-projection. Begins at 7pm.
Projected by Stacey Case.

Wrapped in the skin of this form that is known as the body lies the memories and the soul of that self. So too, the skin of the film is the emulsion which holds together all the photochemical secrets just under its surface. This work is a testament to my unwrapping of these two energies and blending those photochemical secrets with my energy of unconscious…sometime conscious memories of events that took place upon the expulsion of the one life to the other. A metamorphosis that can really only be understood when standing in a foreign place. A region of myself and of film that as of to this point had not been charted. I create the destination and the two skins begin to crack and peel like a first good sunburn. Underneath rages all the chromatic scale of emotion, that will give birth to the notion, a new beginning…..Neige Noire….things in description time duration emulsion water molecular movement grain the constant kinetic movement that consists of the foreground/background only the eye can see soft sliding emulsion the footing in reality never really sure constant flux through vision the fear that creates the flux the transportation of the fear which constitutes a large part of our mental makeup the loss of which results in over-heating uncomfortable sweating an emersion of the body into the water of the sliding emulsion to gain some footing, any even a false sense that footing may give escape move through the childhood memories the jewel cuts the water splits the fear opening up the life’s screen better/deeper vision an understanding acceptance of the fear washes the sweat and grime of that reality away calm heroine.
– Carl Brown


This screening is has been sponsored by the Ontario150 Community Celebration Program and the City of Hamilton to support the Factory Media Centre in commemorating and celebrating Ontario’s 150th anniversary in 2017. By sharing the work of established and iconic Ontario filmmakers, the Factory Media Centre hopes to inspire the community and encourage public dialogue about filmmaking in Ontario, & highlight the great talent found in our province.






A special thanks to Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre for their help with this screening.