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The Situated Cinema Project intervenes in Toronto’s public spaces

the situated cinema project
the situated cinema project
Pleasure Dome presents the Situated Cinema, a mobile cinema installation that tours the streets of Toronto from September 10-20, 2015. Launching on the Toronto International Film Festival’s Festival Street from September 10-13 at the intersection of King Street West and Peter Street, it moves to 8-11 Gallery from September 14-16 at 233 Spadina Avenue, and finally to Artscape Youngplace at 180 Shaw Street from September 17-20. This project intervenes in the city, creating unexpected situations where chance encounters and dislocated spaces forge new relationships between the spectatorial body and the urban landscape. Inseparable from its context, the Situated Cinema explores intersections of film and architecture through a rejection of conventional cinematic representation, reinventing the cinema space as temporary and mobile.

Commissioned for Pleasure Dome’s 25th anniversary, the Situated Cinema is created by Halifax-based filmmaker Solomon Nagler with architects Thomas Evans and Jonathan Mandeville (of passage studio). The structure features pilgrimage (2015), an experimental 16mm film loop created by Nagler and his artistic collaborator Alexandre Larose. Like the pedestrians who pass it, the cinema is a temporary visitor to urban spaces. The cinema mimics architectural permanence, but is actually ephemeral – collapsing quickly for reassembly elsewhere. Enabling spontaneous interactions, the unusual situation of the structure draws attention to the ways in which cinema shapes our bodies and culture, while creating an unforgettable embodied experience.

Additional programming includes an artists’ talk with all four creators at Artscape Youngplace on September 12 at 7:30pm, and a reception at Artscape Youngplace on September 17 from 6:00-11:00pm. Project hours run from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily.

Pleasure Dome is a Toronto-based exhibition group dedicated to the presentation of contemporary and historical artists’ moving images, producing innovative programming in both theatrical and “expanded” presentations including installation and other unconventional exhibition formats.

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