My son and I have each made a movie for the Yukon 48 Hour Film Challenge Festival this weekend.
Each project is only allowed to be a maximum of 2.5 minutes, and has to be entirely filmed and edited in two days. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoy these type of constraints as they force to you to focus on the work and not worry too much about everything else in the world you could possibly do.
We did something a bit different this time though. As my son and his friend Ben made their film (in which I am an actor) I shot my film as a documentary of the making of their movie. However, there is a twist.
The festival takes place on Saturday November 12th in Dawson City and Whitehorse.
I wrote a post in 2011 called “Artists in Dark Times“. Now, in this new era of irrational grudge conservatism, it seems it is time to add another update.
I’ve seen motivational memes floating around that highlight the importance of the arts during times like these. What I want to point out right now is how, perhaps, the direction of contemporary art might change during the next four years.
It’s no secret many view the current international art scene as somewhat decorative, vapid objects couched in high production values. This shortens the distances between the art and clients with more money than sophistication. I happen to largely agree with this view but I don’t see the high end art market as ever really being separate from deep and powerful conservatism in general.
However, the stream of art history is parallel but often different to the market, winding its way through and around such giant presences in it’s path. That is where we will see a documented rise of pointed political art that is media based. We will also see large, immovable art projects that act as emotional counterpoint to the erasure of applied environmental and social values in the US during the next four years. These solid works survive via their strength of media repliciability.
Watch what art and artists this Trump regime surrounds themselves with. Take note. This is the dark, soulless gold field of the art world. It is the also the greatest achievement for a subtle critical work to slip its way into it.
I am very honoured and excited to have my short experimental documentary “The Grand Journey Here” included in the 2016 Antimatter [mediaart] Festival. Some of my favourite artists from right here in Dawson City (Jeffrey Langille & Nicole Rayburn) are being screened as well.
Honoured to have my work “The Grand Journey Here” broadcast on Delete TV in Melbourne on C31, June 5 at 11pm.
The world premiere of my first film will be screening at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival, March 24-27 2016.
An autobiographical narrative that explores the emotional and philosophical texture of landscape and location, this experimental documentary is a collage of time lapses, animation and stream of conscious poetry.
Dawson City is a thriving creative community. Writers, artists and performers abound here so it makes sense this hardy and eccentric community is equal to the task in creating a mid-winter contemporary art festival. (s)hiver is now in it’s second year and addresses the long dark of winter nights here through outdoor installations and various performances and exhibitions throughout the city. It’s already garnered international attention.
I’ll be participating with three distinct projects: a 2d work installed out in the middle of the frozen Yukon River, a roving performance and projection (wearable technology) throughout Dawson and a permanent series of text-based augmented reality installations.
If you happen to be in Canada’s far north-west that night, stop by and say hi. (I know that sounds ridiculous)
“Pretty Vacant: The Photographic Allure of Canada’s Abandoned Motels”
I post these photos on instagram.com/christopherjhealey
See the photo gallery feature.
Listen to the radio interview.