Parallel Visions

Parallel Visions

Title: Parallel Visions
Location: MadLab
Description: Parallel Visions is a screening of Canadian and Mexican videoworks curated by Erandy Vergara and Ima Picó.
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-09-24
End Time: 19:00

Parallel Visions is a screening of Canadian and Mexican videoworks curated by Erandy Vergara and Ima Picó. The program was curated during Ima Pico and Erandy Vergara research residency at Studio XX, a bilingual feminist digital art centre for technological exploration, creation and critique founded in Montreal in 1996. The research residency included the collaboration of Groupe Intervention Video, an artist-run, non profit centre founded in 1975 that acquires, distributes, exhibits and produces independent videos directed by women.

Erandy Vergara is a Mexican independent curator specializing in Contemporary Media Art. She has participated in numerous curatorial projects and in 2008 she was granted the Abner Kingman Fellowship in Arts from McGill University in Montreal.

Ima Pico is a visual artist and curator based in Manchester. She undertakes curatorial projects under the name of black duck to promote the work of contemporary artists to an international audience. Projects include participation in festivals, international exchanges, exhibitions and events.
The selection was made during a research residency at Studio XX in Montreal with the collaboration of Groupe Intervention Video. This selection has been possible thanks to DIVERSITY ART FORUM.


Myriam Bessette N’acre (2007) 3:18
N’acre explores crackles and sparkles in a kind of chromatic sputter that suggests a pause in our viewing. For the video image evokes a contemplative dimension, even a form of stasis in our reception of it.

Frédérick A. Belzile Babayan (2010) 02:18 min

At dusk, a camera pans and shuffles on a ridge between two valleys. The sounds in the valley is an envelope standing between this horizon and us.

Aurélie Pedron Hiémal (2008) 2:50

Hiémal is a series of three short dance videos. Audrée Juteau and Carla Soto constructed the latter from improvisations. The camera is like a part of the dancer´s bodies. They don´t see what they are filming.

Kim Kielhofner Hail the failure of urban planning (2007) 2:07

Hail the failure of urban is a possibility of creation and constraint through a visual movement as an urban dweller. Accompanying the visual movement is a text of tenets of urban practice, both sincere and ironic.

Pavitra Wickramasinghe Stasis (video) – mountain (2005) 02:37

Stasis was made by taping a single long shot of a distant mountain; the camera started in tight and over 2:37 minutes it pulled back until the mountain was a tiny indistinguishable smudge in the middle of the image. After, the artist edited every single frame back to the original composition of the mountain, thus, blowing the image up as much as necessary to fill the screen. Hence, the crisp, clear image slowly dematerializes into pixels.

Nelly-Ève Rajotte Link (2009) 2:18

Passage, crosses, line and a fixed plan. Link is around the themes of the linearity and time that this video registers. Sound space is built while crossing the image via the line. In this work, Rajotte works with the planes and the confusing composition caused by the reflection of a water back.

Robin Dupuis Anoxi : la synthèse (2009) 6:32

Remix of a triptych produced over 4 years, the work assemble sounds and visuals synthesis in a narrative composition on the suffocation caused by the lack of oxygen. In Anoxi the elements in the picture are melting into new forms, separating and coming together in continuous transformation and variation.

Mika Taanila, Avanto, Helsinki


Marcela Armas Occupation (2007) 04:00

Ocupación is an action arising from the occupation of space for vehicular traffic, using the body, understood as a carrier and noise generator. The main idea is to walk instead of taking a car, taking into advantage of traffic congestion in cities.

Bruno Varela La Raza (From the series 3 Line) 2010/2011 01:33

Zapata (From the series 3 Line) 2010/2011 02:25

Zapata and La Raza are two works from the series Three Line, a DVD exploring the subway line running through Mexico City’s north (Indios Verdes station) to south (Universidad station). As most of the Three Line stations are named after key events of Mexican History, Bruno Varela uses it to reflect on its fractures and unofficial histories. Central to these works is the notion of appropriation, as all material is downloaded from the internet: movies, documentaries, amateur videos, and recordings are recycled and re-used to critically explore the current meaning of national symbols, and its appropriation in the production of an alien cultural product.

Jota Izquierdo Yellow Capitalism – Abel Carranza (2009) 09:25

This documentary focuses on Abel Carranza, member of the “Fantastic Twins,” a team devoted to the production of speakers-backpacks used by subway vendors. This work is part of Izquierdo’s project Yellow capitalism (Capitalismo Amarillo), which critically addresses capitalists conditions of production and consumption, along its failures and contradictions. An important part of this project has been devoted to researching the Mexican black market.

Iván Edeza Typography (2004) 01:00

Typography offers a journey through marginalized neighbourhoods, in which “sonideros” and popular bands (most commonly cumbia, norteño, and rock) have taken over empty walls to promote their events. On white walls painted with lime, the colourful fonts mix with graffiti and messages of the community have become the landmark of Mexico City’s frontiers.

Mauricio Limón Heyyoulistentome (¿si o no papi?) (2011) 07:57

Work involves a street characters commonly known as “viene-viene” (a squeegee), who cleans car windows at red lights to earn a living, and also arbitrarily appropriates parking places on the street, charging drivers for parking on “their” places. From an idle and childish dynamic (like smacking a friend with a cleaning rag), this video goes deeper into an ominous scenario that poses questions about our existence, particularly inside the complex, violent and confusing relationships existing between the different social structures of Mexican culture.

Melanie Smith/ Rafael Ortega Tianguis II (2003) 05:15 min

This video is a constant play on perspective and duplicity; a double image of a tour of a street market’s empty stalls. Despite the emptiness of the type of commodities available in these portable structures there is an attempt to compare these means of illegal distribution with the omnipresence of TV transmission antennae in the city’s life. The aim is to juxtapose one means of distribution with another. These markets have also been documented from the air, resorting to a biological metaphor of the infection of the state’s body.



Azucena Losana Ultra-vision (2005) 12:00

On this documentary Elba tells her story as the leader of a music band composed by blind musicians. Everyday, they perform at public squares, parks and subway stations in Mexico City’s downtown.

We’ll be complementing the films with some ‘Mexicanadian’ food from South American chef Xavi, combining tastes from both countries into a delicious twist on cinema-going fare.


‘Mexicanadian’ pork burritos £5
Tortillas stuffed with Canadian maple syrup-marinated pork, Mexican rice, ‘pico de gallo’ salsa, spicy Mexican sauce, home-made guacamole and coleslaw and homemade cream cheese.

‘Mexicanadian’ Vegetarian burritos £4.50 (v)

Tortillas stuffed with Canadian maple syrup-marinated mushrooms, Mexican rice, ‘pico de gallo’ salsa, spicy Mexican sauce, home-made guacamole and coleslaw and homemade cream cheese.

Churros £3

Mexican-style churros (long donuts), with three dips: hot chocolate and chilli, Canadian ‘bumbleberry’ and maple syrup

Popcorn £1

Topped with either chilli salt or maple syrup – or plain and simple.



For more of the collection, please see HERE