Friday, March 9, 2012

Amy Greenfield: free screenings, lecture, installations, March 9-10

Ryerson’s Kodak Lecture Series
and The Loop Collective



March 9 – 10, 2012
with Amy Greenfield in person!
Events include:

– Kodak Lecture: Friday, March 9, 7pm, Ryerson University’s Eaton Lecture Theatre

– Two separate programs of Greenfield’s cinema works: Saturday, March 10, 2pm and 6pm, at the AGO’s Jackman Hall

– World premiere of BodySongs Two, a video installation by Amy Greenfield

– Book launch of Flesh Into Light: The Films of Amy Greenfield (Intellect Press/ U of Chicago Press, 2012) with book signings at both the Kodak Lecture and Jackman Hall screenings

All events are free and open to the public

“Amy Greenfield shows us how camera movement and human motion can be ecstatically joined together.” – Whitney Museum Of American Art

Amy Greenfield is an internationally award-winning New York experimental filmmaker and performer.  Since the 1970s she has pioneered a new cinematic language of human motion. This language evokes primal inner experience and a woman’s representation of the body―intensely visual and kinesthetic―poetic, often nude and timeless. Greenfield has made and frequently performed in almost forty films, holograms, live multimedia, and video installations. She is an innovator in moving holographic sculpture and has “developed a new form of video . . .choreographing for the video camera and television screen.” – Museum Of Modern Art, NYC, Video Art A History

Kodak Lecture: Amy Greenfield
Presented with the support of the Ryerson School of Image Arts Student Lecture Series

Friday, March 9th, 7pm – 9pm
Eaton Lecture Theatre, Rogers Communication Centre (RCC204) Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street, Toronto ON

FREE. Arrive early for guaranteed seating.

Amy Greenfield will talk about her work in the field of cinema and the body.

Robert Haller says of Greenfield’s work in Flesh Into Light: “For Greenfield, the body, moving with, and against, the close-up camera, can be the concrete image of inner human nature, an instrument for its expression, and a vessel for images and actions which crystalize meanings and mysteries of experience . . . At their conclusion her films impart a sense of ecstatic fulfillment as they take us, with her protagonists, to or beyond physical limits.”

Following the lecture Greenfield will be available to meet the audience and sign copies of Flesh Into Light.

For more information please see the School of Image Arts web site:
Contact: Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof (

Kodak Lecture Series have been made possible through the financial support of Kodak Canada.

Lighthouse Screening Series: Amy Greenfield’s Cinema of the Body
Presented by the Loop Collective

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Program One: 2pm
Program Two: 6pm
* both programs will be followed by book signings

Jackman Hall, Art Galley of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON
FREE. Donations are welcome.

Please join us for the first Canadian one-woman screenings of Amy Greenfield’s work featuring Canadian premieres of her major works, and the world premiere of BodySongs Two, a new video installation by Greenfield that will be on display in the lobby outside the theatre.

Greenfield will be present to talk about the films with the audience and sign copies of Flesh Into Light: The Films of Amy Greenfield.

Program One – 2pm
94 minutes plus discussion

Videotape For A Woman And A Man (1975-78) 32 minutes
World Premiere of 2011 restoration

Antigone/Rites Of Passion (1990) 62 minutes
Note: Greenfield will show 62 minutes of this 85-minute film, replacing the prologue with her in-person introduction to the film

Program Two – 6pm
81 minutes plus discussion

MUSEic Of The BODy (1994/2009) 10 minutes
Downtown Goddess (1995/2004) 11 minutes
Dark Sequins (2005) 14 minutes
Light Of The Body (2004) 11 minutes
Wildfire (2003) 12 minutes
Element (1973) 11 minutes
Tides (1982) 12 minutes

For more information see the Loop Collective web site:
Contact: Angela Joosse (

The Loop Collective acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $13.4 million in media arts throughout Canada.

World Premiere of BodySongs Two
15 minute video loop | 1979/2011

BodySongs Two is an installation that distills Greenfield’s work with the nude into a black and white video “sculpture” of intertwining male/female forms both timelessly formal and unfolding with moment-by-moment intimacy. The raw footage was shot on a Sony Portapak in 1979 by cinema verite pioneer and cameraman, Richard Leacock. After Leacock passed away in 2011 Greenfield felt compelled to re-look at the hours of footage and cull the essence.

Wednesday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (closed Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11)
10am – 5pm daily
School of Image Arts Gallery (IMA 310) 122 Bond St. Toronto ON
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Jackman Hall, Art Galley of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON
2pm – 8pm

Ongoing installation in the lobby outside Jackman Hall

Flesh Into Light: The Films of Amy Greenfield
By Robert Haller
Intellect Books and the University of Chicago Press, 2012

Since 1970 Amy Greenfield has developed a new language, for film and electronic media, of the body in motion. This language evokes primal inner experience and a woman’s representation of the body: poetic, often nude, and timeless. This book explores the innovative work of a pioneer in a little-understood American art.

Publisher’s web site:,id=4815/

This presentation has been made possible with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Kodak Canada, Ryerson University and The School of Image Arts.

LIGHT OF THE BODY (segment) from Amy Greenfield on Vimeo.

TIDES HD from Amy Greenfield on Vimeo.

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