Michael Snow, La Région Centrale, 1970. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX

Michael Snow, La Région Centrale, 1970. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX

Michael Snow, La Région Centrale, 1970. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX

Michael Snow, La Région Centrale, 1970. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX

This 1971 masterpiece of experimental cinema, presents the landscape in a way never seen before by the human eye. It was filmed on a deserted mountaintop in Quebec, with a specially designed mechanised camera able to move without human intervention in every direction imaginable. The camera lens could pass within inches of the ground and zoom into the infinity of the sky, initially panning through 360 degrees, then sideways, upside down and in circular motions, accompanied by a continuous mechanical soundtrack constructed from the camera control sounds.

Biography
Michael Snow was born in Toronto in 1929. He is considered one of Canada’s most important living artists, and one of the world’s leading experimental filmmakers. Recent solo exhibitions include: Michael Snow: Photo-Centric, Philadelphia Museum of Art, US, 2014; Michael Snow: Objects of Vision, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, 2012; Solo Snow: Works of Michael Snow, Akbank Sanat, Turkey, 2012; Michael Snow, Secession, Vienna, Austria, 2012; and Solo Snow, Le Fresnoy, France, 2011.

His work is in various private and public collections throughout the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Ludwig Museum, Austria and Germany; the Musée National d’Art Modern, Centre Pomidou, France; the Musée des Beaux Arts, Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; and the National Gallery of Canada. Among his many awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Order of Canada, and two Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. 

Credit
Curated by AV Festival. Courtesy of LUX.

La Région Centrale
Dir. Michael Snow

£5/£3.50

Sat 1 March 2014, 1.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP
starandshadow.org.uk

FILM CREDITS
Year: 1970–71
Runtime: 190min
Format: 16mm
Country: Canada
Language: English

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