20th anniversary of an avant-garde festival

(Canscene ) –An arts event that during the last generation has helped placed Toronto in the forefront of alternative festivals will this year celebrate its 20th anniversary.

From April 5 – 14 Images 20 will showcase over 130 artworks in film, video, gallery installation, live performance and new media as well as artist talks, parties and walking tours. Located in more than 25 venues across the city, this vastly diverse festival represents media ranging from hand-operated 16mm viewing apparatuses to downloadable video works. It includes local, national and international artists, from student undergrads to high-profile luminaries including Guy Maddin, Lonnie van Brummelen, Babette Mangolte, Michael Snow, Jayce Salloum, Janet Cardiff, Bill Morrison and Carolee Schneeman

Introducing Momentum

The organizers are especially enthusiastic about Momentum, a 10-day symposium featuring dialogues, performances, panels and screenings from artists, theorists and activists at the forefront of media arts culture,” says Scott Miller Berry, executive Director.

Momentum is a cross-disciplinary symposium that features ten speaking engagements and events, one for each day of the festival, pairing a prominent Canadian media artist, cultural worker and theorist alongside an international counterpart. The project is an experiment in polymorphous dissemination aimed at infiltrating the mobile YOUniverse with a unique collection of ten Canadian video art works – on the download for any and every possible screen.

Personal attendance at the Momentum events is set at an average of $15.00 per day with lower prices for students and seniors. Other events will feature Pay What You Can (PWYC) pricing structures program.

Highlights:

On Screen – The Festival unspools 84 new films and videos by artists from Canada and 13 countries around the world, including the North American premiere of Babette Mangolte’s Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovic.

New works by Toronto artists Christina Battle, Andrea Cooper, Jesika Joy and many others.

Guest-curated programs of new video work from Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

Off Screen – The fastest growing section of the festival which this year seesover 40 works by Canadian and International installation artists in 19 venues throughout Toronto:

Live Images – One of the most popular series at the Festival, featuring film, video and audio artists, musicians and other performers live and in person with spectacular media art performances.
For more information, ticket pricing and on-line purchase please visit http://www.imagesfestival.com or call 416-977-5111

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