Amanda Dawn Christie: Land Lost
curated by Mireille Bourgeois
solo exhibition including works from 2004 - 2014

Curatorial statement by Mireille Bourgeois

Land Lost is a solo exhibition that attempts a modest lineage of Christie’s art practice: from experimental film, to performance, through to photography and installation. The exhibit looks at the influence of spectacle and performance found in Christie’s work, the implications of nature in the artist’s films, and the personal sometimes self-deprecating world of DIY technology. Here, Land Lost means to negotiate between one’s own site-specific state and the non-narrative space of memory and the mind. Amanda Dawn Christie, recently shortlisted for the IMAA National Media Art Prize, has gained notoriety for her alternative processes and approaches to celluloid, and has brought to life a unique fusion of technology-driven performances, whilst remaining somewhat bound to electronics from our so-called past. For Amanda Dawn Christie: Land Lost, the artist carefully suspends reality, creating a fictional space with subtle streams from her life, but does not shy away from rupturing the dream-state to confront the viewer with the interlinked relationship of the self and the demise of technology.

A bilingual catalogue of the exhibition, containing full colour reproductions and four essays written by Mireille Bourgeois, Scott Birdwise, Pip Chodorov, and Amanda Dawn Christie, are available for purchase .  The catalogue was launched on November 19 during the FICFA (Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie).


List of works in the exhibition:

The Marshland Radio Plumbing Project
site specific radio sculpture performance and photo documentation
Sackville, 2009 - ongoing

16mm film on video
Halifax, 2004

Off Route 2
35mm film loop and artifacts
Moncton, 2011

Last Days of Cinema
C-prints mounted on dibond
Amsterdam, 2008

Last Days of Snow
video documentation
Various locations 2011 - ongoing

Mechanical Memory
16mm film on video
Vancouver, 2005

Spectres of Shortwave: Sine Waves and Snow Falls
HD video triptych and hexphonic sound
Sackville / Moncton 2014


List of essays in the catalogue (all four essays are translated in English and French):

A View from Nowhen
by Mireille Bourgeois

Amanda Dawn Christie: An Experimental Filmmaker in the Art World
by Pip Chodorov

A Meditation on Improvised Narrative
by Amanda Dawn Christie

A Plane of Intimate Experience
by Scott Birdwise

Exhibition History:

Galerie d'art Louise et Reuben Cohen, Moncton - Oct 8 - Nov.30, 2014.
The exhibition was first presented at the Galerie Louise et Reuben Cohen at the Université de Moncton from October 8 - November 30, 2014.  The exhibition's opening was held at 5 pm on Wednesday, October 8, with the artist and curator present. A guided tour/conference was offered on November 19 as part of FICFA (International Francophone Film Festival in Acadie).