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Filmmaker Michael Snow, director of avant-garde ‘La Region Centrale’, dies at 94

Michael Snow died on January 5 at the age of 94, the reasons for which have not yet been specified. Born in Toronto (Canada), he worked throughout his career as a sculptor, painter, professional jazz musician, and film producer. Documentary film central region is the essential title of his film career. It was shot with a robotic camera on top of a mountain, in the middle of the Canadian desert in winter.

in the 1960s it became one of the great names of the artistic avant-garde, His work explored the nature of perception, language, and temporality until he was recognized as one of the key figures in experimental cinema and video installation. Snow studied at Upper Canada College and the Ontario College of Art, and in 1957 his work was first displayed to the public.

in New York, the city where he moved with his partner Joyce WeilandAlso an artist, promoted the movement of structural cinema and film avant-garde with a pioneering film. wavelength (1967) explored the interior of a room, revealing the producer’s interest in camera movement, the language it could access and the relationship between image and sound.

In those years he came into contact with filmmakers who shared similar artistic concerns. were among the experimentalists Hollis Frampton with whom he cooperated precisely wavelength! Stan Brakhagewho made a lasting impression on Chantal Ackermann, the director of Jean Dielmann, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Brussels,

Some of his most popular movies are Rameau’s Nephew by Diderot (Thanks to Denis Young) by Wilma Schoen (1974) o so it is (1982), although the most recognized title is undoubtedly the aforementioned central region that he tried to show Images that an alien ship would capture If it landed on our planet.

The camera had a mechanical arm that allowed movement in any direction and could also record in reverse. Using instructions recorded on a magnetic tape, Snow was able to control the movement of the arm, creating short routines that had to be checked and programmed daily. The only sounds heard are beeps and electronic noises that are synchronized with the movement of the camera.

Beyond films, Snow played jazz professionally in the 1950s and 1960s, an activity he painting and sculpture, Later, he formed the Canadian free improv ensemble CCMC and played concerts, first in Canada and then internationally. Since the mid-1970s, he has released over a dozen albums.

For his pictorial, sculptural and photographic works, it has been presented all over the world and is part of many collections. apart from being A reference to video installations completed many commissions for sculptures and received many awards. Some of his most recent exhibitions are sceneryat the La Virerina Image Center in Barcelona (2015), and Michael Snow: Photo-centricat the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014).

In 2015 Ediciones Polygrafa (Barcelona) published a massive monograph dedicated to his work: Michael Snow: Sequence. history of his art, was his last work for the cinema cityscape2019.

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