Toronto Media Arts Centre

Involution

October 30, 7:00 PM

EMILIA-AMALIA

In Production Studio

EMILIA-AMALIA continues HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM—a year-long collaboration with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC)—with a collectively curated film screening by Claire Greenshaw, Annie MacDonell, Gabrielle Moser and Erica Stocking. Inviting artists and curators to respond to E-A’s programming, and to the CFMDC film collection, these ongoing curated screenings activate holes, gaps and omissions as strategies for intergenerational knowledge transmission, political resistance and feminist praxis.

Involution

  1. The uterus shrinking or returning to normal size after birth.
  2. A function, transformation, or operator that is equal to its inverse, i.e. which gives the identity when applied to itself.

At the time of year when the veil between the living and dead is the thinnest, this program presents an experience of motherhood as a shifting of boundaries between the Self and an Other. Time and space fracture and become contaminated. Bodies multiply and decay, mothers are remembered; they are squeezed and rung out. Worlds are destroyed and remade for speculative future inhabitants, whether zombies, queens, vampires, monsters or babies.

Featuring works by Helen Benigson, Hanna Black, Leigh Bowery, Thirza Cuthand, Catherine Elwes, Edward Owens, Corin Sworn, and Leslie Thornton.

Run time: 64 minutes

EMILIA-AMALIA is a feminist working group based in Toronto. Initiated in 2016, E-A activates modes of informal knowledge sharing and experimental writing to explore relationships of mentorship, collaboration and indebtedness between generations of feminist artists, writers, and curators.

HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM takes up E-A’s ongoing interest in practices of failure, refusal, withdrawal, deliberate omission, and generative stoppages as sites for feminist organizing and conduits for lost intergenerational knowledge.

The hole is the gap left in feminist histories. It is the void left by withdrawn or failed or abandoned projects. he hole is the grave and the womb. It is the blindness of the unseeing eye, and mouth open wide to take it all in.

Co-presented by Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre

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