Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Tree Museum

The Tree Museum is a curated space for artists to create site specific works in nature. Located in Muskoka near Gravenhurst, it's a ten minute drive from Highway 11 on Doe Lake Road.

The museum is curated by EJ Lightman and Anne O'Callaghan, and they have been committed to exploring the relationship between humans and nature.

I produced a 10 minute television arts piece on the Tree Museum several years ago, and I recently paid a visit with my family.  We were fortunate that EJ Lightman was on site. We chatted about the evolution of the space and the relationship of decades-old works and their natural surroundings.

Here's a short iPhone video I shot during my visit last month:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

TIFF, Future Projections: Springtime by Jeroen Eisinga

Dutch artist Jeroen Eisinga's "Springtime" is a startling and impressive performance work captured in a black and white. In the film that runs 19 minutes 5 seconds, he sits patiently as a swarm of over 250,000 bees engulfs him.

I happened to meet Eisinga at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCCA). He and I struck up a brief conversation, and he talked about how the process of sitting for the bees was somewhat meditative. Yes, he was stung numerous times. But he the sensation of the bees to be pleasurable connection with nature.

The film was curated by AndrĂ©a Picard as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Future Projections programme, and is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCCA) in Toronto until September 16, 2012.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

TIFF, Day One

The Toronto International Film Festival opened today. Here's a short iPhone video I shot capturing the buzz at the TIFF Bell Lightbox:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Daniel Liebskin's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the ROM

It's been several years since the completion of architect Daniel Liebskin's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). I have been meaning to take a closer look at the structure and its relationship to the street, but rarely find myself in the neighbourhood.

Recently, I was riding my bicycle along Bloor St. at Avenue Rd. in Toronto, and wanted to capture some video. Interestingly, what caught my eye were the reflections of traffic and street life in the windows. Here's my short iPhone video: