Screenless Kestrel’s Eye presented as part of Aston Coles and Irene Bindi’s exhibition Moon Rehearsal Tape
March 10, 2016 – 7pm to 9pm
Moon Rehearsal Tape by Aston Coles and Irene Bindi is conceived as a space to be defined through a series of occurrences and transformations. For the final event in conjunction with this exhibition, the artists are preparing a screenless cinema as a poetic meditation on the possibilities of viewing that also serves as a reversal of the standard filmic priority of the visual over audial.
This upcoming screening is inspired by Melik Ohanian’s 2005 Invisible Film,wherein a 35mm projector stands in the California desert at dusk projecting Peter Watkin’s 1971 film Punishment Park into the open air of the desert where it was originally shot. Coles and Bindi will recreate this gesture using a second work, Mikael Kristersson’s film Kestrel’s Eye (1998). A meditative documentary about a family of kestrels perched atop a 13th century chapel,Kestrel’s Eye depicts an unobtrusive path from the birds’ vantage point, using only natural sound. As with Invisible Film, the artists will make an effort to reconnect the film to the space within which it was shot, in this case projecting and reflecting Kristersson’s film up into the night sky.
Conceptualizing cinema as something that happens more outside than inside the frame, Bindi and Coles explore the audience’s relationship to film as one that implies a sculptural triangulation of projector, screen, and viewer. It is hoped that by prioritizing the soundtrack, it will become the audience’s entry into the work. “Coles’ hand-built sound system, which has served as the central tool of the exhibition and its related programs, will be the transmitter.
Irene Bindi lives in Winnipeg. Her collage, ﬁlm, and sound works have appeared at venues across Canada and abroad. She is interested in the conceptual and material possibilities of alternative cinematic modes. Since 2008 she has also collaborated on sound projects with Aston Coles.
Aston Coles is an interdisciplinary artist in Winnipeg. His practice uses installation, sound and sculpture. His work isn’t about anything speciﬁcally. He works alone and collaboratively with Irene Bindi and performs solo noise as Single White Female.
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, and we extend gratitude to The Winnipeg Foundation and all our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.
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