A New, Revitalized Student Space at Innis
The second floor student lounge outside of the Innis College Library is getting a facelift. The newly-renovated lobby will serve as a vital social space for students with new lighting, flooring, and furniture.
Set to be officially unveiled this fall, the lobby’s centerpiece will be a “motion picture weaving” by Canadian artist and filmmaker, Richard Kerr. Titled t/social contract, Innis College is proud to serve as a home for one of Kerr’s masterpieces. Although this is the first of Kerr’s works to be housed at the University of Toronto, several of his films ave been screened at the College since the 1980s.
WHAT IS A MOTION PICTURE WEAVING?
These dynamic installations consist of a light board backdrop onto which old bits of film strips are weaved into abstract designs; t/ social contract is woven from rare 65mm film strips. Depending on which film is used, the design offers a strikingly varied macro/micro viewing experience.
Richard Kerr is a professor of film production at Concordia
University and a filmmaker associated with Sheridan
College’s “Escarpment School” in the 1970s. He has
produced a series well-received 16mm films, including On
Land over Water (Six Stories) and The Last Days of Contrition.
Kerr began working more in video installations during the
1980s while teaching in Regina. Following a single unhappy
sojourn into feature filmmaking, Willing Voyeur (1992), he
began “weaving” found footage materials and mounting
them on lightboxes. The series extended into Motion Picture
Weaving Lightbox, with more than forty installations, many of
them, like t/ social contract, incorporating 70mm and IMAX
materials. Kerr’s motion picture weaves have toured through
Canada and are in museum collections, including TIFF’s
suite of six. This spring, Concordia’s Fine Arts Gallery mounted
a retrospective of Kerr’s work. Simultaneously, Montreal’s
Vox Populi gallery showed Kerr’s most recent digital video
films, Action: Study and House Arrest, as well as installations
featuring Kerr’s spinning camera technique.
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