Seances presents a new way of experiencing film narrative, framed through the lens of loss. Guy Maddin has long been haunted by the idea that 80% of the films from the silent era have been lost. To reincarnate this vanished history, Maddin and the brothers Evan and Galen Johnson have emulated a multitude of film scenes with the express goal of combining and recombining them to create infinite narrative permutations.
In both iterations the audience has the opportunity to influence the film they are about to see. Through their interaction with a touchscreen, they trigger a unique version of a potential film, a screened version that only exists in that particular instant, offering its specific audience just one chance to see this film before it disappears. No pausing, scrubbing or further sharing possible. The project has been co-created by the National Film Board of Canada as both an installation and a web-based experience.
Part of the exposition Nuts & Bolts, Thu 26 Jan to Sat 4 Feb, 11:00-20:30, Het Atelier, free admission
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