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Splitting the Choir: Book Launch, Retrospective Program I
dir. Donigan Cumming

Splitting the Choir: The Moving Images of Donigan Cumming
Club SAW, Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 pm
An award-winning photographer, videographer and visual artist, Donigan Cumming has internationally exhibited and screened videos that are widely praised (and criticized) for their genre-bending, unsettling iconoclasm. Splitting the Choir – a collection of essays along with a video script, a new interview with the artist and a videography – marks a period of sixteen years since Cumming’s first video, A Prayer for Nettie (1995). The essays in this volume take up a range of topics in relation to Cumming’s videos, from the role of photography and memory in the moving images and temporalities of video to questions of ethics, representation and performance in the documentary. The essays demonstrate that as Cumming continues to chart the underrepresented life-worlds and experiences of the marginal (elderly, ill, damaged, broken) citizens of Montreal, those who would seem to be so radically “other,” he insistently reminds us of the things we share in common.

Contributors: Scott Birdwise, Mireille Bourgeois, Zoë Constantinides, Blake Fitzpatrick, Marcy Goldberg, Mike Hoolboom, Tom McSorley, Solomon Nagler, Craig Rodmore, Christopher Rohde.

Donigan Cumming will be in attendance at the opening night of the Book Launch/Retrospective to introduce and discuss his work. Splitting the Choir will be available for purchase for $15.00.

Visit www.donigancumming.com for more information.

This publication is made possible with the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Film Institute.

  • Petit Jesus (1999) 
  • Erratic Angel (1998)
  • Karaoke (1998)
  • Four Storeys (1999)
  • My Dinner With Weegee (2001)
  • Pencils, Ashes, Matches & Dust (2009)
NOTE: The Retrospective of Cumming’s work continues with a second evening of screenings at Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington) on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9:15pm.