The Power Plant

Constructions of Time: Still and Moving Imagery

Sun May 01 2016

6:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Doors open at 9:30AM. Coffee and pastries available for purchase. The symposium will be followed by reception with cash bar at The Power Plant.

Space is limited. E-mail or call The Power Plant at 416.973.4949 to reserve tickets. Please note that if the event is sold out, reserved tickets that are not picked up by 9:55 AM will be released.

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young, production still from Untitled (Structures), 2012. Dual channel video installation, 35 mm film transferred to HD video, 16 min 47 sec, Produced by Karin Chien, and commissioned by the Menil Collection, Houston, with the support of Jerean and Holland Chaney, in collaboration with the Des Moines Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Additional funding provided by Joseph Chung, Marilyn and Larry Fields, and Elliot and Kimberly Perry. Material support provided by Kodak, Panavision, Harbor Picture Company. Courtesy the artists and Lucien Terras Inc., New York.

This one-day symposium invites audiences to consider different ways in which the relationship between still and moving images is mobilized in contemporary artistic practice. Defined through and against one another, the relationship between stillness and motion is fundamental to moving image theory and discourse, and remains a central examination in many artists' work. The symposium features contributions from artists, curators and writers who will present both theoretical and practice-led perspectives on the topic, offering new approaches to thinking about this relationship in an age of image proliferation.


Our morning session explores temporality as it relates to still photography and the cinematic experience of moving imagery. Speakers will consider the contemporaneity and intersectionality of each, foregrounding the relationships between film and photography, and motion and stillness. Close attention to these relationships will point towards the possibilities for each medium as they relate to temporality, materiality, memory and historicity.


The afternoon session considers constructions of time. The speakers will offer research and curatorial methodologies that expose temporal paradigms in philosophical, artistic and poetic terms. How might intersection of still and moving images offer a model for simultaneously looking forwards and backwards? How might we consider the visibility of still and moving imagery in an age of image proliferation?


9:30 AM Doors Open, coffee and pastries available for puchase10:00 AM Welcome and Introduction: Julia Paoli, Associate Curator, The Power Plant

10:15 AM Presentation: Sohrab Mohebbi, Assistant Curator, REDCAT

10:45 AM Presentation: Annie MacDonell, Artist

11:15 AM Respondent and Moderated Q&A: Jacob Korczynski, Independent Curator

11:45 AM Keynote Presentation: Fionn Meade, Artistic Director, Walker Art Centre

12:45PM Moderated Q&A: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs, The Power Plant

1:00-2:30 PM LUNCH BREAK | Boxed Lunches available for purchase, catered by Parts & Labour

2:30 PM Presentation: Leslie Hewitt, Artist


3:30 PM Presentation: Filipa Ramos, Editor in Chief, art-agenda and Co-Curator, Vdrome

4:00 PM Presentation: Jean-Paul Kelly, Artist

4:30 PM Respondent and Moderated Q&A: Rebecca Comay, Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

5:15 PM Closing Thoughts: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant

5:30 - 7:00 PM Reception at The Power Plant, cash bar