On top of the wide selection of quality short films (from around the Yukon and around the planet) for which the Dawson City International Short Film Festival has come to be known, this year there will be an innovative new addition to the line-up. The inaugural Cold Cuts Video Festival has also been incorporated into the event, adding a whole new artistic and experiential dimension. The exhibition was officially launched at an opening reception earlier today at the gallery space at the Yukon School of the Visual Arts (SOVA) and runs through the duration of the film fest weekend.
Cold Cuts is an exhibition of video works by contemporary Canadian artists, and aims to push the artistic envelop of the DCISFF’s offerings by incorporating more nontraditional or experimental time-based media productions. There are eight videos being shown as installations in two different locations during the video festival — three at KIAC’s ODD Fellow Ballroom, and five at the SOVA campus. Offerings vary from the satirical to the sublime to the socio-political, but all are interesting and thought-provoking examples of art as video.
The Cold Cuts Video Festival is the brainchild of SOVA instructor Nicole Rayburn, who curated the selections, and nursed the project from concept to fruition, with financial assistance from SOVA, KIAC, and the Yukon Arts Fund. Rayburn sees Cold Cuts as a natural extension to the main film festival, and a way for attendees to experience more experimental, artistic pieces.
Thematically, the videos installed at SOVA look at how the artists’ intersect bodily with their environment, while those at KIAC deal more with the “bodily intersection with space from the point of view of the camera, thereby offering the viewer a perspective more entangled with the camera.”
SOVA Director Curtis Collins was pleased with the successful launch of Cold Cuts, not only as a performance-oriented gallery-based art exhibit, which naturally fits into the School’s current focus, but also because of the video festival’s longer-term potential in helping to add a foundation year for student filmmakers to SOVA’s mission and curriculum.
After the reception, Film Fest creators, organizers, volunteers, and festival goers mingled at a social event at The Billy Goat Restaurant, networking, schmoozing, and generally sharing the palpable buzz about the screenings that were due to start later in the evening.
Blog post contributed by Dan Dowhal, Writer-at-Large. Danny is a Toronto-born author and digital media producer who first came to the Yukon as a Berton House Writer-In-Residence. His novels include Skyfisher and Flam Grub. He now makes his home in Dawson City.