Metallic: A Fish Film
January 5 to February 10 2007
Performance: January 5
Artist Talk: January 20
This video installation was a silvery metaphor for the mutable, once-teeming oceans and spoke to the environmental threat they are facing. Carol Itter describes the work in typical poetic manner: "Draped in a shredded collage of reflective cloth, an elder fisherwoman observes a school of silvery fish-like shapes bobbing in the water, which triggers in her an atavistic compulsion to set a net and begin harvesting 'fish' from the once plentiful but now moribund ocean."
Itter's performance on the opening night was accompanied by Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee. Metallic was filmed in collaboration with cinematographer, Bo Myers. Assisted by Jackie Verkley, Elaine Walken, Claudia Molina. Sound by Peggy Lee and Teresa Conners. Filmed on Burrard Inlet in 16mm and transferred to video for the installation. Support from Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
Carol Itter is an artist/writer/performer/film maker whose profound work has moved audiences with its emotional significance and insight. Her exhibitions include The Pink Room (grunt 2000), and Rattles (Western Front 1984). She has collaborated extensively with artist Al Neil. Along with Daphne Marlatt, Itter compiled and edited an "amazing" collection of East End oral history, Opening Doors, which now resides in the British Columbia Provincial Archives.
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