Four Canadian artists transform and repurpose an archive of incomplete and decaying 35mm Hong Kong films salvaged from the basement of The Royal Cinema into new projects.

Lost Secrets of the Royal
Nov 9 – Dec 11 | Blackwood Gallery & A Space Gallery
Artists: Daichi Saito, Cindy Mochizuki, Louise Noguchi and SoJin Chun. 


The Lost Secrets of the Royal project is a commissioning initiative of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival working with four contemporary Asian-Canadian artists to produce media works for the gallery setting. The discussions leading to this project originate with Colin Geddes’ donation of an archive of incomplete and decaying 35mm Hong Kong films salvaged from the basement of what is now Toronto’s Royal Cinema. The only stipulation for Geddes’ donation of this trove of orphaned reels was that they became the source for remaking, transforming and plundering into new works.


The projects realized within this commission are Cindy Mochizuki’s Yokai and Other Spirits with Daïchi Saïto’s Never A Foot Too Far, Even at the Blackwood Gallery and soJin Chun’s Officer Tuba Meets the Happy Ghost with Louise Noguchi’s Snake’s Shadow at A Space Gallery from November 9 – December 11, 2011.


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Blackwood Gallery
Installations by Daïchi Saïto and Cindy Mochizuki
Kaneff Center, University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road North
(905) 828-3789, blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca
Hours: Mon to Fri 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Wed 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Sat- Sun 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Opening Reception at Blackwood Gallery: Wed Nov 9, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Transportation to Blackwood Gallery for the Opening reception: Wed Nov 9, 6:30 PM
Bus departs OCADU, 100 McCaul St at 6:30 PM. Bus departs Blackwood Gallery at 8:30 PM


A Space Gallery
Installations by soJin Chun and Louise Noguchi
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110
(416) 979-9633, info@aspacegallery.org
Hours: Tue to Fri 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sat 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Artist Talk at A Space Gallery: Sat Nov 12, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Opening Reception at A Space Gallery: Sat Nov 12, 5:00 PM – 7:00 pm