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Move John Graham

SEAFF IV | Move | John Graham

MOVE depicts the surreal dream life of a young comatose man, and how it attempts to guide him to consciousness. Although he seems to be disconnected from life, his interior self echoes symbols of caring from the outer conscious world. Even after he appears to awaken, his imagination presents more ambiguity.

John is a multidisciplinary visual artist and independent filmmaker based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. John’s award winning short experimental films have been screened at over 70 film festivals worldwide in 16 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, UK, and the USA. In making a crossover to independent film-making, John has found that his surrealist tendencies can be potently expressed in short film.

SEAFF III | GIF Me Something To Hold On To

GIF ME SOMETHING TO HOLD ON TO is an experimental short film full of bold colours and frantic textures. It is an exploration of the animated GIF, especially the seamless looping aspect of the medium.

Chhaya Naran is a queer, trans artist and animator. Currently based in Vancouver, BC, they hail from Ontario, and are a part of the South Asian diaspora. Alongside their animation practice, Chhaya is also a writer and a creator of zines. In all their work, Chhaya is influenced by their multiple overlapping identities, as well as a love for friends, family, food, and fantasy.

SEAFF III | The Knits

“The Knits” straddles a liminal filmic space between performance-for-video and contemporary fairy tale. A mother lovingly and arduously knits a sweater. Simultaneously this same sweater unravels as her daughter makes her way across Canada by foot. Along the way, the work tugs at the interwoven loops of art versus craft, gendered materiality, and the nostalgic artifacts of technologies.

In knitting, one literally gives one’s time—chronicled in interwoven loops of yarn—to keep someone warm. Hand-knitted sweaters bring us closer to our mothers and grandmothers as we physically carry a document of their love and labour next to our skin, almost like a protective second skin. This project is a loving homage to Barbara Birke (the artist’s mother) and her chronic affliction of “the Knits”.

The artist wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council Media Artists Creation Grant.

Lisa Birke is an award winning Canadian video artist who situates between the traditions of fine art, experimental film and performance art. Her short films have installed in galleries and museums internationally and been screened at numerous film/video festivals including Slamdance Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival, Athens International Film & Video Festival, along with many others. Birke is assistant professor of Digital and Extended Media at the University of Saskatchewan.