Moving Images in Contemporary Culture

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This past fall, the Images Festival and TYPOLOGY launched Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting the moving image. Our pilot event, Beyond the Projection, took place on October 17 with the participation of many local curators and programmers. Our second event, The Space of Production: Notes on Technical Support, took place January 23 and featured a presentation by Victoria Brooks, EMPAC Curator of Time-based Visual Art (more information on this page under Events).

We are now pleased to announce the third and final event, co-presented in partnership with The Power Plant, Mercer Union, and the Images Festival, featuring the Amsterdam-based art historian and author Sven Lütticken. On March 31st Lütticken will present his lecture, Motion, Captured as part of The Power Plant’s International Lecture Series, in which he will analyze artistic practices from the Constructivists to Harun Farocki and Hito Steyerl, not to mention Picasso and Drake, in relation to motion study, tracking, and capture. On April 2nd, Lütticken will lead an intimate seminar titled Contemporary Collaborative Strategies as a follow-up to the lecture. 

We have two free tickets available for the March 31st lecture at Studio Theatre in Harbourfront! Get at us any way you know how to enter your name for the ticket draw this Monday. We are only making this giveaway available to our Facebook page followers and email subscribers — a very select bunch of highly intelligent and critically engaged folk — so if you are seeing this your chances at tickets are very, very good.


About the speaker

Sven Lütticken teaches art history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he coordinates the Research Master’s Programme Visual Arts, Media and Architecture: Critical Studies in Art and Culture. He is the author of the books Secret Publicity: Essays on Contemporary Art (2006), Idols of the Market: Modern Iconoclasm and the Fundamentalist Spectacle (2009) and History in Motion: Time in the Age of the Moving Image (2013).

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The Power Plant is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that increase knowledge of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art.

IMAGES is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. With a mandate is to present and promote excellence in independent film, video and other time-based media; to expand the definitions of media art and art in general; and to expand the audience for this work, Images showcases the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen.

Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art. We provide a forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international contemporary art and related cultural practices. We pursue our primary concerns through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, publications, events and special projects.

TYPOLOGY is a not-for-profit initiative which seeks to advance curatorial inquiry and build curatorial community at the local, national, and international levels. Providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework, Typology is an open platform for diverse curatorial and artistic practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

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