April 19, 2013

Ghost Twin plays Toronto


Ghost Twin, my new music/film project with my wife Karen, will play our first show in Toronto on Thursday, April 25th at Noctune (550 Queen Street West) alonside locals The Cosmic Eye, Epoch Composed, Ghettocyb.org and Liquidrome (from Berlin).

March 19, 2013

Citizens Against Basswood screens at Hot Docs


Citizens Against Basswood will screen in Toronto at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival alongside the film Special Ed by John Paskevich.

The films will screen Mon, Apr 29 6:00PM (TIFF Bell Lightbox 3),Tue, Apr 30 10:30AM (The ROM Theatre) and Sat, May 4 9:15PM (Innis Town Hall).

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary film festival, conference and market, held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 2013 edition of the Festival runs from April 25 to May 5.

For showtimes and to purchase tickets:
http://www.hotdocs.ca//film/title/citizens_against_basswood

Shot in one take on a single roll of Super 8 and using found audio of answering machine messages, Citizens Against Basswood is an amusing record of a man’s dogged attempt to petition against the plan to plant trees in his neighbourhood. By voicing the sentiments of fellow residents, he offers multiple takes on his civic responsibility. - Jane Kim

November 12, 2012

The Magus @ The Commons


The Magus
Jaimz and C. Graham Asmundson
Corner Pieces: Texts for Loitering
a poster project by Lance Blomgren


The Commons is proud to present the exhibition The Magus. Curated by Noam Gonick, this project brings together  C. Graham Asmundson's paintings, drawings and works in yarn with The Magus, 2011, a film work by his son Jaimz Asmundson which documents his father's artistic process.  Seen here together for the first time, it is a focused glimpse into their unique creative and intergenerational collaboration. The exhibition will open Friday, November 23, 2012 and running until Sunday, January 6, 2013.
C. Graham Asmundson received a MFA from the Concordia University and has been a prominent artist and cultural worker in Winnipeg for many years, though rarely exhibiting outside his home community. His son Jaimz Asmundson is an experimental filmmaker, video artist, and electronic musician. They recently collaborated on The Magus, 2011, Jaimz’ groundbreaking documentary about his father's transcendent art practice. Graham's works create allegorical fields of figures at times mystical, often playfully queer and insurrectionary. Jaimz uses film, video and animation techniques to penetrate deeply into his father’s unusual process whereby random impulses, channeled from the supernatural world, guide the artist while in a trance state. His bold art making has often been the centre of controversy, including the Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, billboard project Homophobia is Killing Us, 1991, which was defaced by the Ku Klux Klan, leading to death threats. Jaimz Asmundson has exhibited in numerous festivals and  gallery contexts. Selected screenings for The Magus include FIFA - Festival International du Films sur l’Art (Montreal), Hong Kong International Film Festival, MIX NY and Lume International Film Festival (Brazil) – Artistic Contribution Award.
The opening reception will be preceded by a conversation with curator Noam Gonick and Jaimz and C. Graham Asmundson at 7pm in the exhibition.
Also at this time Lance Blomgren’s will present Corner Pieces: Texts for Loitering. As part of his ongoing series of public posters he has produced short texts written for and to be posted in the immediate environs of The Commons. Undermining the impersonal, public tone of the urban poster with an openly subjective, mundane and seemingly meaningless series of observations and histories, Texts for Loitering offers a contemplative or dumbfounding moment for local passersby and wanderers, hustlers and flâneurs. These posters function as an associative intervention, addressing both the reader and site itself, and work to implicate the reader in his or her own role within the larger relational—and often celebratory—flow of events in the neighbourhood.
Lance Blomgren’s text projects have been exhibited in Banff, Chicago, Berlin, and most recently as part of Magnetic Norths (Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal).  He is the author of the novella Walkups, and Corner Pieces, both published by Conundrum Press. Blomgren is a MA candidate in Curatorial Studies program at UBC.
The Commons is a venue for the presentation of art in all of its forms. In this way The Commons means to be a place where disciplines meet and mix, a place for cross fertilization and dialogue. The Commons facilitates the presentation of international art in Vancouver through collaboration with galleries from around the world and seeks to foster new economies for local artists through our exhibition program.
The Magus
Jaimz and C. Graham Asmundson

curated by Noam Gonick
Corner Pieces: Texts for Loitering

a poster project by Lance Blomgren


11/24/12 - 06/01/13
opening reception Friday November 23, 8pm
Curator/ Artists Conversation 7pm
This exhibition has been made possible with the assistance of the Winnipeg Arts Council 


The Commons - 119B E Pender Vancouver BC V6A 1T6
thecommonsvancouver@gmail.com
http://thecommonsvancouver.tumblr.com/

September 13, 2012

"The Magus" screens at VIA Music & New Media Festival

"The Magus" will screen at the VIA Music & New Media Festival as part of the Multimedia Event/Screening + Pittsburgh Release of INCITE #3: NEW AGES on Friday, October 5th at 6pm.

The program curated by Brett Kashmere features videos, films and performances by Jaimz Asmundson (The Magus), Jeremy Bailey (The Future of Creativity), Jacob Ciocci and Ryder Ripps (Extreme Moments Sitting Down), Clint Enns (Self Improvement), Eliza Koch (Please), Jesse McLean (Magic for Beginners), Shana Moulton (Whispering Pines 4), Lillian Schwartz (Galaxies 3D), and Leslie Supnet (Sun Moon Stars Rain).

This is a new age (for New Age-ism). INCITE #3: NEW AGES focuses on the renewed fascination with New Age spirituality, philosophy and aesthetics among contemporary media artists, while seeking to address the generational shifts and divides brought on by the emergence of digital technology.

September 11, 2012

"Scintoma" premieres at POP Montreal

I was commissioned by to create a film for the Auroratone Project at the Film POP segment of the 2012 POP Montreal Festival in Quebec. The screening is 9pm on September 21st at the Film BOX (Quartiers POP – 3450 St-Urbain, 3rd Floor).

The Auroratone Project is a commission of original short films by experimental Canadian filmmakers set to the music of POP Montreal’s 2012 participants. ‘Auroratones’ were abstract musical films used in mental institutions and army hospitals after WWII as a means of soothing post-traumatic stress disorder and general mental disturbance, invented by film enthusiast Cecil Stokes who was continuing on nearly two centuries of previous pseudo-scientific attempts to correlate colour with musical notes. For POP Montreal, filmmakers Leslie Supnet (Manitoba), Emily Pelstring (Quebec), Jon Rafman (Quebec), Alex MacKenzie (BC), Walter Forsberg (Manitoba), Leslie Bell (Alberta), Jaimz Asmundson (Manitoba), Cheryl Hann (Nova Scotia), Tamara Scherbak (Quebec), Heather Rappard (Nova Scotia) and Sabrina Ratte (Quebec) were approached to create original abstract films guided by the principles of Cecil Stokes’ Auroratones. As an added bonus, project mentor Walter Forsberg will give historical context before screening the only surviving original Auroratone, as well as Auroratone-like videos by Schtuff and actress and animator Kate Dollenmayer (Mutual Appreciation, Funny Ha Ha).   - Curator, Kier-La Janisse

My film titled Scintoma is a first person perspective of myself as I make my way home from work, while suffering from a wicked migraine, and then fall into a fever induced psychaedelic dream.

The film uses the track "Crystal Fortress Over the Sea of Trees" by the band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.

July 1, 2012

The Magus


2011 | 12 mins | HD | Experimental Documentary

A Film By Jaimz Asmundson

"The Magus" is a multi-format, process-based experimental film that explores the root of artistic creation. The film documents visual artist, C. Graham Asmundson's body of work over a rigorous six-month period.

June 6, 2012

"The Magus" screens at Queer City Cinema

"The Magus" has been selected to screen at Queer City Cinema, the 9th Biennial International Queer Film & Video Festival, in Regina, Saskatchewan, which runs June 7 - 9, 2012. It will screen as part of the Short Film Program 3 on Friday, June 8th @ 7:00pm at the Neutral Ground Gallery (1856 Scarth Street).

Queer City Cinema (based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada - The Queen City) is the largest and oldest ongoing queer arts festival between British Columbia and Ontario. This biennial festival was initiated in 1996, and saw its 8th installment in June 2010. A total of 77 artworks were exhibited, screened and performed at QCC 8, representing 97 artists from twelve countries. Upcoming festivals include Performing Out Festival 3 (October 5-8, 2011); Media Arts Festival (June 6-9, 2012), and Audibly Out Festival 3 (January 30-February 2, 2013).