The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies

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Stephen Broomer
Single channel video – loop (04:46), 2016


A 360-degree pan is host to shadows and changing light. Some hesitation. Insulation, concrete, and a wooden netting of walls. After a time the pan reverses. In layers it crosses itself. The shadows move against these time values. A light turns off in reverse. A tighter composition, still panning – a tilt of the frame turns into a 360-degree rotation, passing continuously. The mechanism emits a gentle hum, which assumes chordal structures as it is sped and reversed. The only way this can end is suddenly.


Shot in the basement of the artist’s childhood home, in the summer of 2016.



Stephen Broomer is a filmmaker and film preservationist. His films have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and Lincoln Centre. Broomer’s first book, Hamilton Babylon, was recently published by University of Toronto Press.



The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies

November 10, 2016 – December 16, 2016

Featuring new works by:

Becka Barker
Leslie Bell
Marten Berkman
Philippe Blanchard
Stephen Broomer
Sabrina Ratté
Nicolas Sassoon

Curated by Madi Piller, with an essay by Clint Enns

Presented with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Initiatives


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