Performance with Visiting Artist Natalia Kozieł-Kalliomäki

November 16, 2023

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) present

Based in Finland, Polish filmmaker Natalia Kozieł-Kalliomäki joins us on Friday, November 24, 2023 to present a 16mm expanded cinema performance. This performance complements her residency as the fourth resident in LIFT’s collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Saastamoinen Foundation. The residency supports the making of a new film-based work by alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts. Natalia has been with us since September 1 and will be presenting a work entitled “WARM DATA.”

“I stumbled upon my first lonely shoe on College Street, and from that point on, they seemed to multiply. A lawnmower sat patiently at the bus stop, as though it had been left there only briefly. On bustling Spadina Street, a pot of soup cooled next to a lamppost. I passed by a plastic dog that was barking and a wooden booth filled with books perched above the gas meter. Then, a Coca-Cola truck, an everything bagel, and a theatre adorned with a sign that read “Welcome to Paradise” came into view. From my position tilted downward and with my head held high, I’ve derived pure pleasure during my three-months gazing at Toronto. It’s a city where contrasts coexist harmoniously. ‘WARM DATA’ is a slice of my information presented in the form of expanded live-cinema.”
—Natalia Kozieł-Kalliomäki

Friday, November 24, 2023
Starts at 7:00pm
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
1137 Dupont Street, Main Classroom

Admission: Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested $5.00)
Join us afterwards for a short Q&A with the filmmaker.

Natalia Kozieł-Kalliomäki
(b. 1987, Bydgoszcz, Poland) is based in Helsinki, Finland. She completed a first MA in painting at Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk and completed an MA at the University of the Arts in Helsinki in printmaking. She has been showing her works of printmaking and expanded cinema internationally in exhibitions and festivals, such as Alert Live Art Festival, Hanko Film Festival, Wejherowo palace, and the Huuto Gallery; Helsinki.

This event is part of Kozieł-Kalliomäki’s visit which is made possible by the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki in partnership with the Saastamoinen Foundation.

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.

For additional information please see or e-mail LIFT Executive Director Chris Kennedy at


Friday 24 November 2023, 19:00 to 21:00

Non-members: Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested $5.00)
Members: Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested $5.00)

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) 
1137 Dupont Street 
Toronto Ontario