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Light Reading series 9
David Rimmer




Surfacing on the Thames, David Rimmer

no.w.here, London
Tuesday 24 February | 7pm
Tickets: £5 door / £4 advance
Telephone: 02077294494
Email: james.holcombe |at| no-w-here.org.uk

Booking is advised for this event, as places are limited.


Light Reading continues in February with a special event with the Vancouver- based artist David Rimmer.

Rimmer will present several new pieces of work at no.w.here, which have been made while on recent trips to India, including Digital Psyche (2007), Padayatra (Walking Meditation) (2005) and On the Road to Kandahar (2003) as well as some key works from the 1970s onwards such as Surfacing the Thames (1970) and Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper (1970) as a critical overview of his practice to date.

David Rimmer is one of Canada’s most prolific avant-garde filmmakers, having established a critical reception for his work since the mid 1960s. A contemporary of artists such as Michael Snow, Rimmer’s work has developed over the years through a prolonged engagement with the filmic subject and the altered phenomenological experience it creates in the viewer through the medium of film. Rimmer is especially noted for a body of work made in the 1970s called the “self-reflexive” pieces, which include works such as Surfacing on the Thames (1970) and Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper (1970) which will be shown at no.w.here. These works explore the nature of the film materials and how the medium constructs illusions of movement, depth and presence. His practice has also encompassed documentary films that have profiled performance artists and artworks as well as numerous films inspired by his travels. His films illustrate the qualities of “an exemplary craftsperson” as described by the Canadian film critic and writer Bruce Elder, displaying the subtleties and intricacies of their making that are maintained throughout his practice.

David Rimmer lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. His works have been screened at exhibitions and film festivals internationally since the 1960s. Selected recent screenings include the Vancouver Film Festival, 2003, the Toronto Film Festival 2003, Tokyo International Film Festival 2003, a retrospective of films at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2002, and a retrospective of films at the European Media Art Festival at Osnabruck, Germany, 2002.


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