Movements, 2005

Movements, 2005 (excerpt)
Running time: 5:38 minutes / SD / colour

Gestural movements gain drama through the relationship between image, movement and sound. This video features Liu Fang improvising with the pipa (a Chinese string instrument) to a heron’s slow walk.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Brigitte Dajczer, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Liu Fang

About the musician: Liu Fang was born in the Province of Yunnan in 1974. She graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory for Music in l993. Since having moved to Canada in l996 she has achieved an international reputation for her masterful and deeply spirited pipa playing (a Chinese string instrument). In June 2001 she was awarded the Millennium Prize for Future Generations by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Gladys, A Life, 2005

Gladys, A Life, 2005 (excerpt)
Running time: 5:20 minutes / SD / colour

In summer of 2004, I had the privilege of spending several days with Gladys Barnes, a 95 year-old native of Trout River Newfoundland. We spent hours in conversation and silence accompanied by the camera as it captured the passing of time. Gladys, a Life, is footage taken from that experience.

In this video Gladys is in a state of sleep/awakening. The video footage has been slowed down so that we can better observe the complexity, diversity and vulnerability of the human experience.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Brigitte Dajczer, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

Time Passing, 2005

Time Passing, 2005 (excerpt)
Total running time: 9:40 minutes / SD / colour

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Brigitte Dajczer, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

On one screen we view ninety-five-year-old Gladys Barnes’ hands as she engages in conversation; on the other, we view six-month-old Anais’ hand as she lies in her chair observing her surroundings.

Solo, 2005

Solo, 2005 (excerpt)
Total running time: 7:23 minutes / SD / colour

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Adad Hannah, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: John Heward, Percussion

In this diptych, an Indian metal worker making tools is juxtaposed with the steady rhythms of a drummer. The pairing of sound and image becomes a meditation on the energies of making.

About the musician:

Born in Montreal, John Heward (1934-2018) is internationally recognized as a free jazz percussionist, drummer, improvisor and well-known painter and sculptor. Heward has worked with Paul Bley, Steve Lacy, Joe McPhee, Malcolm Goldstein and many other musicians. He has exhibited his work internationally.

Dana / Ben, 2005

Dana / Ben, 2005 (excerpt)
Total running time: 4:11 minutes / SD / colour

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Brigitte Dajczer, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Dana Reason – piano, John Heward – percussion

Two unrelated videos are shown simultaneously: one, of Dana Reason’s face as he improvises on piano; the other, slowed down superimposed footage of Ben Harkarvy.

About the musicians:

Dana Reason is an accomplished and recognized pianist in contemporary jazz and improvised music. She holds a Bachelors of Music from McGill University; a Masters in Composition from Mills College, and Ph.D. She has a PHD in Musicology?Critical Studies from the Universiy of California San Diego. She has preformed with Pauline Oliveros, Cecil Taylor, George E. Lewis, John Heward, Barre Philips among others. She is currently living in Oregon.

Born in Montreal, John Heward (1934-2018) is internationally recognized as a free jazz percussionist, drummer, improvisor and well-known painter and sculptor. Heward has worked with Paul Bley, Steve Lacy, Joe McPhee, Malcolm Goldstein and many other musicians. He has exhibited his work internationally.