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November 20, 2003 to January 11, 2004

Curator: Sylvie Gilbert

Artists: David Armstrong Six, Tyler Brett, Kevin Ei-ichi de Forest, Nikki Forrest, Skawennati Tricia Fragnito, Meesoo Lee, Tim Lee, March21, Kelly Mark, Anne McGuire, Tricia Middleton + Joel Taylor, Monique Momblow + Yudi Sewraj, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Daniel Olson, Rob Ring

Thursday, November 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Preceded at 6 pm by a curator’s tour of the exhibition


We want your music videos! ANYTHING GOES!
Was there music? Was there a video camera? Send us the results!

How about that time Grandma got really festive and did her own rendition of the Spice Girls? Or did you ever honour your niece and her new husband with a love song performance at their wedding? Or what about the tapes from that karaoke party you held last year? Or have you made a tape of your 2-year-old lip-synching to Bob Marley in his pajamas?

We at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts would like to see what the public has to offer. Send us your amateur music videos and they will be shown in our Clips Club for the public to view. Clips by the public, for the public. Simply mail us your videotapes with your name and the video’s title, and take your place in the spotlight.

Mail your clips
VHS format only, and no originals; the tapes will not be returned:

CLIPS CLUB c/o Liane and Danny Taran Gallery
Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts
5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montréal, Québec, H3W 1M7

Deadline: November 20, 2003
Info 739-2301 x 351

Tricia Middleton + Joel Taylor, Theme Song II, 2001
Vidéo / Video, 3 min.

Rob Ring, Ultra Hustle Dance Party, 2002
Vidéo / Video, 60 min.

Earsplitting, enticing and utterly predictable, music videos revolutionized television in the 1980s, capturing the hearts and minds of an entire generation in a flood of songs and images orchestrated to the tune of a highly successful – and lucrative – music industry strategy.

Though initially perplexed by this marketing tool and the vast resources it commands, many video artists have yielded to its fascination and appropriated the medium. Modestly equipped with samplers, PCs and downloaded software, these offspring of the digital age have opted for derisive humour in works that parody music video conventions, turning the genre on its indiscriminating ear.

The works selected for this exhibition are short visual and musical essays that mimic the hallmarks of music videos – glamour, fame and the trappings of success – in disarmingly simple stagings and situations. The 18 artists involved offer up performances ranging from tragicomedy to improvisation and nostalgia, mining the pop mode to deliver 15 unique works featuring 15 equally priceless songs.

This exhibition is coproduced with Ontario’s Cambridge Galleries, where it will be shown from January 24 through March 7, 2004.

The Gallery gratefully acknowledges ongoing support form the ministère de la Culture et des Communications, The Canada Council for the Arts and the Arts Council of Montreal and wishes to thank Emploi-Québec for their support.

Top image: Tim Lee, Funny Face, Geaorge and Ira Gershwin, 1933, 2002
Installation vidéo / Video installation, 3 min. 30 sec.