The Pulse Of The Screen

The Polygon Gallery and XINEMA present The Pulse of the Screen, a program of experimental films that proposes the screen as a vibrant, lifelike body. Rhythmic vibrations and syncopated movements, which arise simply from the images’ pixels or the camera’s focus, suggest organic activities such as metabolism, sensory experience, and breath.

As screens become increasingly integrated in everyday life, these six abstract, hypnotic shorts imagine ways in which the moving image might resemble a living entity in its own right.

The films will be playing on a continuous loop at the Gallery from December 28 – 31

Please note: Some of the short films contain extended periods of flashing lights

Barry Doupé and Yota Kobayashi – Shikisou, 2012, 11:16

Richard Reeves – Yarwood Trail, 2009, 3:45

Joshua Stevenson – Luma Sheen, 2022, 5:22

Ovide Cohen – 01, 2022, 31:53

Nita Bowerman – digital self 1, 2017, 00:54

Nita Bowerman – digital self 2, 2017, 00:54
Duration: 54:04

XINEMA is an ongoing series that showcases emerging and established experimental filmmakers within and around “Vancouver”, BC.They aim to strengthen and preserve the experimental film scene by creating a space for open conversation, skill-sharing, and community.

The Pulse of the Screen is co-presented by The Polygon and XINEMA and is curated by Celina de Leon and Sidney Gordon with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Banner Image: Ovide Cohen, 01, 2022, video still