Retrospective of director Dominic Gagnon at Cinema NOVA in BrusselsDélégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles Brussels Thursday, May 19, 2022 to Saturday, May 21, 2022
Photo: Annik MH de Carufel (Le Devoir)
Dominic Gagnon is a filmmaker based in Québec who has been making films exploring the hidden corners of the Internet for over ten years now. He uses directly the videos of users posted on YouTube, and thus, he reports on our habits of production and consumption of videos. As he likes to say:
"Many human activities have migrated to the web. We meet, we work, we make art, we even have round tables, virtual open houses, virtual cocktail parties... All this, one day, we will have to be able to watch it on a movie screen (...) to make sense of this whole world that is migrating online."
His films are so many arrangements of personalities and ambiguous situations that give us the opportunity to think about our relationship to images as well as the fundamental contradictions at the heart of our society. From his cross portrait of American survivalists preparing for what they see as the coming state failure - "RIP in Pieces America" (2008) - to the portrait of a Frenchman living in China who posts his state of mind on YouTube every day - "Big in China. Georges and the Vision Machine" (2021), Dominic Gagnon also made a mental cartography of the South - the party, the madness, the extreme events - in "Going South" or a choral portrait of teenagers who, in 2012, played at preparing for an end of the world that the end of the Mayan calendar would announce with "Hoax_Canular".
Dominic Gagnon is a filmmaker who is touring international festivals and is one of the leading figures in Internet-based cinema.
On Thursday, May 19, 2022
20:00 Big in China. Georges and the Vision Machine
22:00 Big Kiss Goodnight
On Friday, May 20, 2022
20:00 RIP in Pieces America
On Saturday, May 21, 2022
21:00 Going South
23:00 Tomber vers le haut
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