Sunday, September 11, 2016

Dave Dyment | Somewhere in the 20th Century

Dave Dyment
Somewhere in the 20th Century
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 20145
100 pp., 21 x 25 cm., hardcover
Edition of 5 signed and numbered copies

An artist's book as DVD easter egg, Somewhere in the 20th Century features one hundred film stills - one for every year of the 1900s. These are essentially outtakes from the film Timeline, which covers a much broader period (20,000 years) and includes well over 800 clips (300 of them sequential). None of the source films or television shows in the book appear in the film.

Timeline first exhibited as part of Earl Miller's curatorial project at Nuit Blanche 2011. It has subsequently shown at Nocturne in Halifax, at the Doris McCarthy Gallery in Scarborough and as part of the Montreal Biennale. Each time it is exhibited it is expanded to include films released in the interim. It is now approaching 90 minutes, or feature-film length.

This summer I have spent a few hundred hours adding new footage, replacing existing footage with better quality clips, and adding a soundtrack. It is screening on Saturday the 17th at 3pm at the Ontario Place IMAX Cinesphere, as part of In/Future, curated by Rui Pimenta & Layne Hinton. It will also be projected ambiently on the exterior of the the pods a few nights subsequently (without the soundtrack).


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  2. Bravo, Dave! What a special book to mark and remember the passing of the last century.