The Belgo Report

The Belgo Report is a monthly podcast talking about visual arts in and around the Belgo Building, Montreal’s largest centre of visual arts and home of over 30 contemporary art galleries and artist’s studios.

Every month host Bettina Forget chats with the artists, gallery owners, and curators who bring their amazing talent to the building, and gives you an in-depth behind-the-scenes look into Montreal’s contemporary art scene.

#8 • Starlight, Polaroids, and Time

December 15, 2013
The Belgo Report - Episode 8

In this episode of the Belgo Report we’re talking about light, time, polaroids, and contemporary alchemy. Host Bettina Forget and Montreal artist Fiona Annis discuss dead stars, pre-film photographic techniques (which require some solid knowledge of chemistry), and how Fiona uses her art to bridge the past and the present. Much like Fiona Annis, Anthony Vrakotas also investigates how echoes of the past invade today’s technology. Anthony uses expired polaroid film to capture the elusive memories of his childhood. His exhibition titled An Instant used to be Three Minutes Long refers to the time it takes to develop a Polaroid image – a process that seemed magically instant not too long ago.

This episode features an eclectic collection of space-inspired music:
Space Lion – 4 Hero by  The Seatbelts
We Who Are Not As Others by Jazzanova
Protostar – Antares (Alpha Scorpii) by GV Sound
Supernova Sonata by Alex Parker
Hymne an die Nacht by A. M. Mahler, performed by Maude Paradis (mezzo soprano) and Clark Schaufele (piano)

Useful links:
Galerie Lilian Rodriguez
Fiona Annis website
Mésures Celestes concert featuring Maude Paradis and Clark Schaufele [Vimeo]
Supernova Sonata video by Alex Parker
Galerie Nicolas Robert
Anthony Vrakotas website

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