Almanac (Circa 1970)

In 1970, the Stills Division of the National Film Board of Canada commissioned a series of photographic booklets by West Coast artists that were later compiled into an anthology. The B.C. Almanac(h) C-B artists conceived the book as an exhibition, and designed the accompanying exhibition as a 3-D version of the book’s production. To bring to light this forgotten event in the history of West Coast media art, Presentation House Gallery has reprinted the anthology and remounted the exhibition, along with works from the period by artists featured in the book. Tonight’s program celebrates the collage and deconstruction aesthetic of the B.C. Almanac. Not all the films were made in the year the book was published, but all are representative of the vibrant multidisciplinary art scene of the West Coast as it embraced the expressive potential of newly accessible camera technologies.

Cosmic Ray | Bruce Conner/USA 1961. 5 min. 16mm
Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper | David Rimmer/Canada 1970. 9 min. 16mm
7362 | Pat O’Neill/USA 1967. 10 min. 16mm
Aaeon | Al Razutis/Canada 1970. 24 min. 16mm
Runs Good | Pat O’Neill/USA 1970. 15 min. 16mm
Crossroads | Bruce Conner/USA 1976. 37 min. 35mm

Total running time: approx. 99 minutes

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Organized in partnership with Presentation House Gallery and its exhibition B.C. Almanac(h) C-B, on display September 30 - November 29, 2015.