LIFT announces Danish Visiting Artist Tinne Zenner





Toronto, April 20, 2017—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Tinne Zenner has joined us from Copenhagen as a visiting artist from April 10 to May 21, 2017 to work on completing a film that she shot this winter in Greenland, while attending a residency at Nuuk Art Museum. While in town, Zenner will be presenting her film Arrábida • Há Só Uma Terra as part of the Images Festival (April 23 at 9:00pm) and presenting an artist talk about her work at PIX Film Gallery, 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit C, on May 18 at 7:00pm. [If in New York City, Arrábida is also screening at UnionDocs this Sunday, April 23 at 7:30pm].
As a visual artist, Zenner predominantly works with film, 3D animation, objects, and installations. “In my work, I often focus on how time, history, memory and political aspects are embedded in physical structures and how the material of film itself can withhold this as visual information and abstraction,” Zenner writes. “Working with 16mm film, I focus on the physical material and the working process, from recording to editing – with the limitations and the precise focus this material demands. In filmic processes, I have sometimes felt constrained to work with what already had a physical existence. A newer method of working is through 3D animation and ways to include this—with a layer of digital data and a constructed spatial formation—into the material of film.”
At LIFT, Zenner will be composing a new film using our optical printers, film transfer suite and dark room, utilizing footage shot in Greenland in the winter of 2017 combined with 3D animations into a new 16mm film. The film focuses on the symbiosis of landscape and architecture, as well as glitches in translation of language and culture in a post-colonial modernity.
On Sunday, April 23, Zenner’s film Arrábida • Há Só Uma Terra will screen as part of the International Shorts program entitled “There is Land!” at the Images Festival (Sunday April 23 2017, 9:00PM). Arrábida • Há Só Uma Terra is a portrait of the fertile Arrabida Nature Park south of Lisbon, Portugal and the massive concrete factory that inhabits this landscape. The film merges 16mm footage shot in the area of Arrábida with 3D animation of the topographic landscape as an equal analogue layer.

On Thursday, May 18 at 7:00pm at PIX Film Gallery (1411 Dufferin Street, Unit C), Zenner will present an artist talk and a screening of her films, featuring her previous films and a work-in-progress screening of her new work.

Tinne Zenner’s visit is made possible in part through support from The Danish Arts Council. Her artist talk at PIX Film Gallery is generously supported by the LivingArts Kitchen.

Tinne Zenner (b. 1986, Denmark) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Copenhagen. She holds an MFA from The Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Working with analogue film and 3D animation, her work explores the physical structures, in which layers of history, politics and collective memory are embedded. Her work has been shown at a number of international film festivals including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Projections – New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Image Forum Tokyo, Sheffield Fringe and Courtisane Festival. Zenner is a co-founder and member of Sharna Pax, a film collective based in London and Copenhagen working between the fields of anthropology, documentary and visual arts.
There is Land! International Shorts 2
Images Festival
Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:00pm – 10:00pm
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue
University of Toronto
Tickets available via The Images Festival: $12 general, $6 for students, seniors and underemployed
The Rendered Earth: Films and Artworks by Tinne Zenner
Thursday, May 18, 2017
PIX Film Gallery
1411 Dufferin Street, Unit C
FREE Admission
The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is Canada’s foremost artist-run production and education organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. LIFT exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers and artists through affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment; professional and creative development; workshops and courses; commissioning and exhibitions; artist-residencies; and a variety of other services. LIFT is supported by its membership, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Foundation, the Government of Ontario and the Toronto Arts Council.
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