A Conversation with Electronic Artist Norman White and
Dutch Filmmakers Ine Poppe and Sam Nemeth will follow the screening.
Admission: Donate What You Can
Subtle Technologies and Factory Media Centre are thrilled to be presenting the documentary film Them F*ckin Robots by Netherlands filmmakers Ine Poppe and Sam Nemeth.
This documentary celebrates the career of one of the world's leading electronic media artists, Norman White. The documentary follows his work from the 70s through to the present, and includes archival images of White and his family from the 40s to the 60s. While White is currently best known for his robotic works, the film also discusses his other electronic works including his evocative light murals. The film includes interviews with some of the hundreds of students White trained and influenced at OCADU and Ryerson.
The filmmakers and Norman White will be present for a discussion following the screening.
Norman White is one of the most influential media artists in the field. He produces humorous and beautiful works, and has trained hundreds of artists at the Ontario College of Art and Design to make their own handcrafted media art from 1976 onwards. This is one of the reasons a vast number of acclaimed media artists come from Canada. However, media art does not cover the entire realm of White's work: he has a large oeuvre, from paintings to light murals to interactive robotics.
Dutch filmmakers Ine Poppe and Sam Nemeth filmed White in his studio based in a huge water mill in Ontario and followed him and his students at work. It took Poppe and Nemeth five years to finish the film.
This was for several reasons: it was hard to obtain material of the early works of White (video was still a 'new' medium) but moreover was it hard to fund a film about media art. In the contemporary cultural climate in the Netherlands no art or film fund dared to take the risk of financing a documentary about media art, also because the film is about a 'foreign' artist. This reflects thematically in the film.
The question whether or not media art has a place in the mainstream art world is addressed as well as why it took Norman White such a long time --he started in the sixties with electronic art -- to be widely recognized. The film contains material from the seventies, eighties, nineties and the present, including original footage of the White family shot in the forties, fifties and sixties.
Them F*ckin' Robots will be distributed as a download on the internet. Learn more here.
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We thank the Mondriaan Foundation for their support in presenting this film.