Unfolding sequences - Studio XX - Montreal

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 7 pm 

Studio XX
4001 Rue Berri, suite 201
(between Duluth and Roy, metro Sherbrooke)
Montréal, Québec, Canada H2L 4H2
T: +1 514 845 7934

Free admission for Studio XX members / 5,00$ for non-members 

Studio XX is proud to host the artist Ima Picó, for the presentation of Unfolding Sequences. The event will follow a residency by the artist at Studio XX from May 30 to June 5.

Curated by black duck and RED NOMADE, Unfolding Sequences is a selection of videoworks made by women artists based in Europe and South America exploring different ideas through the use of narrative elements and animation.

black duck undertakes curatorial projects to promote the work of contemporary artists working in performance, installation, digital media and video to an international audience. Projects include participation in festivals, international exchanges, exhibitions and events. 

RED NOMADE is an international cooperation project interested in the exchange of contemporary artists and intellectuals. The collective aim is to generate artistic, cultural and academic events in different cities in order to facilitate the meeting of visual artists, art critics, curators, writers and intellectuals. 

Artists: Victoria Lucas, Gillian McIver, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Ju Underwood, Heidi Schaefer, Dolo Piqueras, Claudia Martinez, Teresa Tomás, Andrea Racciatti, Marina Stavrou and Cristina Ghetti

This project has been possible thanks to DIVERSITY ART FORUM:

DIVERSITY ART FORUM  is an organization that supports art projects nationally and internationally. It is the diversity of the medium rather than cultural background of artists or groups that Diversity Art Forum is interested in. Diversity Art Forum aims to encourage various debates in the projects it supports.


Victoria Lucas’ art practice comprises video, installation and sound. She explores the transient nature of these mediums, allowing one to consider the ephemeral nature of existence against the passage of time. Lucas also creates sculptural works, which form static representations of a place, moment or memory; interrupting and immortalizing the perpetual expanses of time. 

The sinking
The Royal Navy heavily attacked the German battleship Bismarck on the 27th May 1941. Onboard one of these British units was Lucas' Great Grandfather, Fred Bird. His account of the two-hour attack that eventually sank the Bismarck is detailed in a diary, which has now become a part of a Family Archive. 

In 'The Sinking', Lucas sets out on a small fishing boat in the hope of finding the place where this event occurred. With no map to guide her, she is forced merely to look out towards the vastness of the Black Ocean. The borderless expanse of writhing space keeps its secrets hidden, the surface now protecting the many victims it once destroyed. A metaphor for the expanses of time, the film allows the viewer to consider the fragility of their own existence, through two connected experiences.

The sinking

Gillian is a writer, curator and film-maker based in London. She was one of the founding members of site responsive art group Luna Nera producing work in sites across Europe from landscape interventions in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia to declining industrial areas of Berlin. Her own practice is consistently concerned with history, memory and place and her collection of short films called ‘Places’ uncover strange sites in Berlin, Moscow, St Petersburg, Paris and Belfast – exploring the lost fragments that trace the past, and reveal the transitory nature of human existence. 

"The city is full of dark and mysterious places 
Locked doors, empty windows like blind eyes revealing nothing of what might lie behind them 
The city is a texture, built layer upon layer by time. History is measured by grains, flakes, fragments" 
Postindustrial Baroque collects together a series of mysterious explorations and excavations of derelict, deserted and decaying places in different cities. Filmed in London, Berlin, St Petersburg, Zurich and Belfast - to name but a few.

Postindustrial Baroque

Andrea Luka Zimmerman explores, though filmmaking, text and photography, the grey zones between public and private memory. Her practice aims to intervene in and rebel against the production of history and violence and to engage with everyday life within these systems. She was a founding member of Vision Machine (2001) which made, influenced by the methodology and thoughts of Jean Rouch, Miles Horton and Paolo Freire, the The Globalisation Tapes, numerous shorter experimental films and gallery works as well as interventions in public space. She is currently (2010) completing Prisoner of War, a feature length documentary, which is about a special forces commander whose life inspired the Rambo films. As part of "Fugitive Images" Andrea is one of the artists involved in the public art work "i am here" which is installed on the facade of Samuel House on the Haggerston estate until the estate is demolished and rebuilt round 2012, and the publication of the book, Estate (Myrdle Court Press, 2010). 

Between dream and nightmare, The Delmarva Chicken of Tomorrow is a traversal of here and elsewhere, first and third world; a fairytale of production, resources, capitalism, globalisation, refuse and refusal: The Delmarva Chicken of Tomorrow is a film not about the struggle to be seen, but about the struggle to see.

The Delmarva_chicken_of_tomorrow

The works of Ju Underwood derive from the starting point of emotional abstraction and exchange. Underwood is fascinated by the subtext, the hidden codes and communications of human existence. The works capture increments or transitional points of emotion, and through a process of research and experimentation, illustrate these in physical form. 

Around, 2010, Ju Underwood - Shaun Stamp 
Around was filmed during a residency in Enschede the Netherlands, along with fellow artist-in-residence Shaun Stamp. The film explores the notion of newness, arrival, disorientation, and the emotional response to previously unprocessed stimuli which is encountered on entering an unaccustomed environment. The music, composed and recorded by Underwood prior to the residency, acts as a counterpoint to the bombardment of physical images and activates a separate, more personal overlay of involvement. This initiates an exploration of the juxtaposition of internal and external experience.

How can an artist engage intimately with the issue of war from any distance? How is art production and reception implicated in the development of ideologies and technologies that promote conflict and violence? I have been exploring these questions in my art practice since 2002. 

I’m interested in how war is manifest in cultural and theoretical ideas and in the meaning and consequences of war in history and art production. For the past few years I have been making a body of work that closes the distance between war production and cultural production by fusing familiar images or objects of war with moments in cultural and art history, a de-familiarisation that re-engages us with the complexities of our relationship to war. The work also raises questions on the relationship between violence, aesthetics and ethics in art production. 

Second Iraq War (Heidix Remix)
Second Iraq War is a ’Remix’ of found footage of explosions from the war in Iraq.

Second Iraq War (Heidix Remix)
Dolo Piqueras was born in 1981 in Valencia, Spain, where she is currently living. She studied Fine Arts at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. After that, she undertook a PhD program in Visual Arts and Intermedia, and a Master in Visual Arts and Multimedia. She wrote her dissertation about relation between film and interactive installations and a master thesis about art, interaction and videogames. In 2008 she was an exchange student at Master in Interface Cultures and since 2006 she is Assistant Scholar of "Laboratorio de luz" also in Valencia. At present she is preparing her doctoral thesis and researching about film, videogames, devices and interaction. 

Secuencia 01. Animation. 2010

Secuencia 01
Born in Catamarca, Argentina, Claudia Martinez lives and works in Valencia, Spain. She works in mixed media, from installation to sculpture to drawing, using sometimes photography and performance. In her works she explores the relationships between space and material, with an emphasis in the sensuality of objects and the relation of the artworks and time (execution and permanence) 

Animation. 2010
This animation is part of a drawing project where the main concept revolves around the ideas of movement and perception.


Teresa Tomás animations have been screened in international festivals such Kanazawa Citizen in Japan, RuArts in Moscow, Arte Digital in La Habana and Videotage in Hong Kong, Itinerancias, Instituto Cervantes in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New Mexico y Brasilia. In Spain she exhibited in Art Inevolution, VIA-LAB, Pre-bem, Observatori and in the Video Festivals Valladolid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 

Viento. Animation. 2011



Andrea Racciatti was born in Rosario, Argentina and has a Visual Arts degree from the National University of Rosario. She co-ordinates with Cristina Ghetti the international project Red Nómade, a contemporary artistic and intellectual intervention collective. She works in painting, digital art and video art and has participated in national and international solo and group exhibitions since 1980, including: La Noche, Jacques Martínez Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2009. Impresiones Urbanas / Urban Impressions, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Valencia, Spain and VVVgallery 2007; El sutil vértigo de la imagen / The subtle vertigo of the image, Spanish Cultural Centre, Rosario, 2005; Kiss me DVD, 6´ in The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, USA; FIVU Montevideo, Uruguay; International Video Dance Festival, Buenos Aires; Danza em Foco in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Postfotografías, la desrealidad de la imagen /Postphotographs, the unreality of the image in Recoleta Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires, 2004. In 2005-6 she participated in the touring exhibition En busca de la belleza real / In search of true beauty. She lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Born in November 1984. After two years of literature studies at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), he decides to study at the National University Institute of Audiovisuals (IUNA). As a director, editor and script writer, he has done two short films that have been selected at numerous festivals at Argentina and all around the world: “Interestratos” and “De cómo A venció al Anomal”, and a video clip for the underground rock band “Olfa Meocorde”, titled “Gareca”. He is the director and co-founder of the independent film company “La Conciencia Films”. As a member of Fundesur foundation, wins the 2010 support of the “Fondo Nacional de las artes” for a documentary project named “En el camino”. At the moment he is post-producting his third short film, titled “El Demócrata”, and has just been selected to participate in the 6th Talent Campus Buenos Aires.

Interestratos. Video. 2010


Born in Greece, lives in the Netherlands. BA in Literature, MA in Fine Art.
‘The work is a continuous practice of inhabiting space. Films, paintings and drawings trace time and its intermittencies and explore forms suspending on the boundary between definition and abstractness.’

Face Like Marble_You Were Telling Me, I Wouldn’t Listen
The work is a film investigation on absence. It belongs to a series of works that seek to explore the qualities of the drawing process.

Face Like Marble_You Were Telling Me, I Wouldn’t Listen

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cristina Ghetti lives and works in Valencia, Spain. She is a visual artist and designer, developing her work in the field of painting, animation and multimedia. She has a five-year degree in Fine Arts from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. She is at present studying the “Master in Visual Arts and Multimedia” at the same university. Cristina Ghetti is director of the organisation “Red Nomade", group dedicated to interventions and exchanges between visual artists and critics. Her work has been shown individually and collectively in exhibitions in Europe, USA and Latin America. She has won prizes and scholarships in Argentina, France and Spain and her artworks are in institutions and private collections. 

Hypnoptic series. Animation. 2010

Hypnoptic series

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