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Titles featured in GIF Roulette

36 Chambers of Shaolin
Above the Rim
Aces Go Places
Aces Go Places 2
All the Wrong Spies
Astroboy
Batman
Boyz n the Hood
Brave Archer
Brave Archer 2
Chicken and Duck Talk
Chungking Express
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Deer Bell
Dimensions in Dialogue
Dr. Slump
Dumplings

Eat Drink Man Woman
Five Deadly Venoms
Front Page
God of Cookery
God of Gamblers 2
Golden Warrior Gold Lightan
Goonies
Gremlins
Hard Boiled
Hausu
I Love Maria
In the Mood for Love
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Juice
Kwaidan
Legend of the Condor Heroes (1983 TVB)
Macross

Momotaro Sea Warriors
Mr. Boo Meets Pom Pom
Mr. Vampire
Nine Venoms
Old Master Q
Return of the Condor Heroes (1983 TVB)
Return of the One-Armed Swordsman
Security Unlimited
Sixteen Candles
Spider and Tulip
Stand By Me
The Lost Boys
The Magic Touch
The Private Eyes
Touch of Zen
White Men Can’t Jump

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Join Howie Tsui for a deep dive artist talk on visual sampling, loops, fragmentation, and memory through GIFs from film and TV that have impacted and informed his recent media work. Part of this conversation will be held with Grayson Lee.

NOVEMBER 15, 2020 AT 7:00PM

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I heard my heartbeat:

Tutum tum, Tutum Tum, Tum Tututum, Tutum Tum

I know this rhythm, warm, growing. The cadence of a poem remembering its own pentameter.

Natarseen nalarzeen, Maa hame baahamasteem

This is a popular chant in Iranian protests, taking its beat from the metric counts of Persian epic poetry.

U _ _ , U _ _ , _ U U _ , U _ _

The prosody leads the way this poem is read. The rhythm echoes thousands of people marching down the streets of Tehran. Bodies in synch, voices in tune – a crowd in climax. Rhythm mirrors heartbeats, then one beat united, a movement…protest…revolution.

Na ekhtelaas na barjaam, Moghaavemat yek kalaam

Poetic, paternal, and harmonic. One voice shaped by thousands of bodies. A beat without an instrument to play it on. Occasional foot heels striking the ground, hands clapping to introduce a transition in tempo

They say history repeats itself; cyclical, monotonous and repetitive. Like chanting. A call for action and an abstraction, rising in collective objection with increasing fervor. Are they cultural weapons?

مرگ†بر†تو،†مرگ†بر†تو،†مرگ†بر†تو

The medium is… The medium is… Meaning is not just words, but the material qualities of the language and the execution of action (sharp as knives).

Streets become stages, activists turn into actors. These repeated rhyming couplets shouted in a call-and-response format make use of common prosodic strategies such as internal rhyme and assonance.

Iranee meemeerad, zellat nemeepazeerad.

We mimic each stressed syllable, internalize the prosody, and embody the segmentation of slogans. Our phonological awareness surpasses the ability to detect, segment, and manipulate the sounds in language. We are masters of rhythm, teachers of rhyme, poets of turmoil, and deliverers of the voice!

Maa bachehaye jangeem, bejang ta benajgeem

Translation, as a fundamental metaphor of our time, highlights the challenges posed through cultural, political, and linguistic fragmentation in a global setting.

clap, [rest], clap, [rest], clap, clap, clap

Translation, a means of transcending crossing borders can also be the act of bordering. It can create common understanding while at the same time identifying key differentiators. These chants remain Farsi, while letting the performers be the translators, the actors, and the remediators. Meaning is derived not from the meaning of the words, but from the physical and material elements of the words.

Marg [rest] bar[rest], dik taa tor!

The decades-long social revolution unfolding in slow bass percussion is one melody line.

Can you feel the beat? Can you hear the emotional impact of the phrase? Can you hear the urgency to create a repetitive pattern? Can you hear the old man shout in front his shop window? Can you feel the power?

“Because our societies have the illusion that they change quickly, because the past slips away forgotten, because identity is intolerable, we still refuse to accept this most plausible hypothesis: if our societies seem unpredictable, if the future is difficult to discern, it is perhaps quite simply because nothing happens. Except for the artificially created pseudo-events and chance violence that accompany the emplacement of repetitive society.”i

KHAAREJii explores the paradoxes within the act of translation as a mechanism that opens up a space between different cultures, while creating a space for misrepresentation and a border that sets dual settings such as source and target, center and periphery, local and foreign. It celebrates the impossibility and failure of translation and considers the alternatives in translation.

I See Jacques Attali, Noise: The Political Economy of Music, The University of Minnesota Press, 89-90

ii KHAAREJ in Farsi can be translated as: outside, foreign, out of tune/out of key (in music), outer, exterior, abroad, quotient (mathematics), and beyond.

Register for Sahar Te's Artist Talk!

Join Sahar Te in a deep dive artist talk on her audio-visual practice that weaves in elements from literature, translation, sound, oral history, and theatre.

NOVEMBER 14, 2020 AT 7:00PM

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Register for Oliver Husain's Artist Talk!

Join Oliver Husain in a deep dive artist talk on lenticular cinema, an invention dating back to the 1930s that uses thin vertical wires mounted in front of the screen to create a glasses-free 3D effect.

NOVEMBER 13, 2020 AT 7:00PM

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Howie Tsui – GIF Roulette

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GIF Roulette

I compile an array of GIFs from film and TV that have held significant impact and inform my recent media work. My interest in visual sampling, loops, fragmentation, and memory comes together in this program through an oscillating mosaic of moving images.

GIF Roulette will feature a mixed media sound and text digital installation, and an artist talk.

Digital Installation • Nov 1 - 19

^Click here to check out the digital installation of GIF Roulette by Howie Tsui, any time online from Nov 1 - 19.

Artist Talk • Nov 15, 7 - 8 PM 

Tickets for the live stream artist talk are free but must be acquired through our ticketing platform.

About Canadian Spotlight

Every year, Reel Asian chooses to spotlight a Canadian filmmaker to showcase local talent and activate their work as part of festival programming, with screenings of the artist’s choice and deep-dive artist talks. This year, with the festival’s move to a digital platform, we are taking the opportunity to introduce innovative, non-traditional, experiential programming made with digital presentation and engagement in mind. Through the Canadian Spotlight, we hope to amplify artistic voices, support sustained engagement with interdisciplinary creative practices, and introduce new audiences to dynamic, contemporary media work.

1 Nov, 2020 12:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Howie Tsui_Photo Credit Rémi Thériault

Howie Tsui • Visual Artist

Vancouver visual artist Howie Tsui (Tsui Ho Yan /徐浩恩) was born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos and Thunder Bay. Working in a variety of media, Tsui constructs tense, fictive environments that subvert venerated art forms and narrative genres, often related to the Chinese literati class. Tsui synthesizes diverging socio-cultural anxieties around superstition, trauma, acculturation, and otherness through a distinctly outsider lens to advocate for liminal and diasporic experiences.
Image c/o Rémi Thériault

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Sahar Te – KHAAREJ No. 3

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KHAAREJ No. 3

My practice mobilizes methods that open up alternative realities and confront convention, attempting to challenge common approaches to “original” content and looking into how parallel contrasting realities often exist simultaneously. My interactions with multiple cultures and geographies bring me to question the notion of absolute truth and lead me to explore the role of past narrativization as it shapes the future. These interventions range from linguistics and semiotics, social dynamics and ethics, to media studies and oral histories. Through each project, I engage in sociological and techno-political discourses to understand hegemony within different power structures. Additionally, my personal encounters with sociopolitical situations and interdisciplinary interest in literature, translation, sound, oral history, and theatre bring me to an audio-visual practice.

KHAAREJ No. 3 will feature a mixed media sound and text digital installation, and an artist talk.

Digital Installation • Nov 1 - 19

^Click here to view the digital installation of KHAAREJ No. 3 by Sahar Te, any time online from Nov 1 - 19.

Artist Talk • Nov 14, 7 - 8 PM 

Tickets for the live stream artist talk are free but must be acquired through our ticketing platform.

About Canadian Spotlight

Every year, Reel Asian chooses to spotlight a Canadian filmmaker to showcase local talent and activate their work as part of festival programming, with screenings of the artist’s choice and deep-dive artist talks. This year, with the festival’s move to a digital platform, we are taking the opportunity to introduce innovative, non-traditional, experiential programming made with digital presentation and engagement in mind. Through the Canadian Spotlight, we hope to amplify artistic voices, support sustained engagement with interdisciplinary creative practices, and introduce new audiences to dynamic, contemporary media work.

1 Nov, 2020 12:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Sahar Te • Artist

Sahar Te is a Toronto-based artist whose practice exists at the intersection of research, text, installation, and performance. Te obtained her BFA from Alberta University of Arts, and her MFA from the University of Toronto. Te’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at spaces including the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the University of Toronto Art Museum, SBC Gallery in Montreal, Illingworth Kerr Gallery in Alberta, Lona Galeria in São Paulo, and Darbast Platform in Tehran.

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Lenticular Lencture

Lenticular cinema is an invention dating back to the 1930s. Simply put, a fence of thin vertical wires was mounted in front of the screen to create a glasses-free 3D effect. There are very few accounts of viewers who have witnessed this technological wonder in action, and its history is shrouded in myth and propaganda. But imagine, if we had this now, we could free our screens simply by erecting thin wire fences in front of them and, just like that, turn them into holograms. At the same time, we would free ourselves from being bound to the rectangles we’re looking at. We could move along with the holograms, even dance with them, like in the novel The Invention of Morel. That would be so nice.

Lenticular Lencture will feature a digital installation of French Exit, and an artist talk.

Digital Installation • Nov 1 - 19

^Click here to watch the digital installation of French Exit, by Oliver Husain, online from Nov 1 - 19.

Artist Talk • Nov 13, 7 - 8 PM 

Tickets for the live stream artist talk are free but must be acquired through our ticketing platform.

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Every year, Reel Asian chooses to spotlight a Canadian filmmaker to showcase local talent and activate their work as part of festival programming, with screenings of the artist’s choice and deep-dive artist talks. This year, with the festival’s move to a digital platform, we are taking the opportunity to introduce innovative, non-traditional, experiential programming made with digital presentation and engagement in mind. Through the Canadian Spotlight, we hope to amplify artistic voices, support sustained engagement with interdisciplinary creative practices, and introduce new audiences to dynamic, contemporary media work.

1 Nov, 2020 12:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Oliver Husain • Filmmaker

Artist and filmmaker Oliver Husain is based in Toronto. Husain’s projects often begin with a fragment of history, a rumour, a personal encounter, or a distant memory. He uses a wide range of cinematic languages and visual pleasures—such as dance, puppetry, costume, and special effects—to animate his research and fold the viewers into complex narrative set-ups.

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Catch the experimental, interdisciplinary work of Husain, Te and Tsui any time on the Reel Asian website between Nov 1 – 19.

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Join Husain, Te and Tsui over the weekend as they deep dive into the creative process behind their featured work, their own creative pursuits and considerations as artists, and satisfy any unaddressed curiosities you might have through the live Q&A!

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