Amanda Dawn Christie
Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, video, performance, photography, and electroacoustic sound design. She has exhibited and performed in art galleries across Canada, and her films have screened internationally from Cannes to Korea to San Fransisco and beyond. She was the 2014 Atlantic finalist for the National Media Art prize, and recently had a 10 year retrospective exhibition of her work curated by Mireille Bourgeois, at the Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben Cohen, and was also included in the Marion McCain Biennale of Atlantic Contemporary Art, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi. Since 1997, she has been actively involved with artist run centres, in both volunteer and staff positions: serving on various boards, working as both a technician and later as a director, teaching workshops, publishing articles, and serving on juries across Canada. She completed her MFA at the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, before moving to Amsterdam. Upon her return to Canada she worked at the Faucet Media Arts Centre & Struts Gallery. She later worked as the director of the Galerie Sans Nom and the RE:FLUX festival of music. She left the GSN last year to work full time as an artist with the support of a new media creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Concepts and themes explored in her work focus primarily on the relationship between the human body and analogue technology in a digital age.
Her experimental films have screened internationally including the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic), the ExIs Experimental Film Festival (Seoul, South Korea), the Madcat International Women's Film Festival (San Fransisco), the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), Starting from Scratch Film Festival (Amsterdam), Cine El Pocho (Oaxaca, Mexico), Antimatter Underground Film Festival (Victoria), Stem Cell Festival (Edmonton), $100 Film Festival (Calgary), the Oberhausen Short Film Festival (Germany), and the Leeds International Film Festival (UK), among several other festivals, and cinematheques. Her films are distributed by the CFMDC (Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre) in Canada, the Dutchfilmbank in Amseterdam, and Lightcone in Paris.
Her solo screening, "Dividing Roadmaps by Timezones: 10 years of moving pictures 1999-2009" has screened at the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa), the Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg), the Vogue Cinema (Sackville), and the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (Halifax). She has also been an artist in residence at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands) and the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (Halifax), as well as a visiting artist at the $100 Film Festival (Calgary) and the Yellowknife Film Festival (Northwest Territories).
Her experimental film practice is an extension of her photographic background and centres on hand-processing, optical printing, and other DIY strategies. She often works with re-photographing original footage, and manipulating images through complex optical and chemical processes. Her films explore questions of memory, identity, and physical sensation. She is currently transitioning from handmade 16mm and super 8 film into slicker 35mm film productions intended for loop based installations in visual art galleries.
She is also a founding member of the IRiSs Laboratories research and performance collective. IRiSs (Integrated Ruptures in Sensory spaces) Lab is a fluctuating collective of 6-8 members who present live improvisational performances using 16mm film projectors and surround sound. The collective has been presenting an average of 2-4 new performances per year since 2008, and is gradually building a repertoire of thematic works, between 40 and 90 minutes in length.
Her dance practice explores the relationship between the human body and the analogue machine as well as questions of personal narrative and physical risk. Her choreographic approach derives from various forms of release technique and contact improvisation as well as from the reinactment of remembered events and the exploration of physical risk and danger.
Her installation practice incorporates elements of video, photography, and audio based practices. She is currently beginning to incorporate basic electronics and shortwave radio into her installations and performances.
Over the past fourteen years she has served on the boards of directors of several artist run centres including: Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton), Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (Halifax), Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (Vancouver), and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (Canada). She was also an active member of the Filmhuis Cavea (Amsterdam), and has worked as an employee at both Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre (Sackville) and the Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton).