Michael Snow, Wavelength, film still, 1967; 16mm film, sound, color, 45 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.

Michael Snow was born in Toronto in 1928, and lives there now. He is a musician (piano and other instruments) who has performed solo as well as with various ensembles (most often with CCMC of Toronto) in Canada, USA, Europe, and Japan. Numerous recordings of his music have been released. He is also a filmmaker, and his films have been presented at numerous festivals worldwide, and are in the collections of several film archives.

He has been a painter and sculptor, though since 1962 much of his gallery work has been photo-based or holographic. Work in all these media is represented in private and public collections worldwide. Since 1970 he has made video, film, slide and sound installations, and bookworks. Retrospectives of his painting, sculpture, sound installations, photoworks, and holography, and solo and group shows of his visual art works have been presented at museums and galleries around the world. Snow has executed several public commissions, the latest of which, Lightline, on the exterior of Toronto’s Trump Tower, was launched in 2016.

Snow has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972), the Order of Canada (Officer, 1982; Companion, 2007), and the first Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000) for cinema.

Michael Snow’s visit is sponsored by the Visiting Artist Series of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.

Film Screening

Michael Snow, Wavelength, film still, 1967; 16mm film, sound, color, 45 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.

Wavelength (16mm film)
So is This (16mm film)

7 PM
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Carr 103
East Campus, Duke University

Installation Array

Condensation (A Cove Story) [Installation View]
, 2009, video projection, silent, 10:30 minutes looped.. Image courtesy of The Power Plant, Toronto.

Condensation (A Cove Story) by Michael Snow

February 13 – March 3, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017
4 PM
Bay 11, Smith Warehouse

The title from Condensation (A Cove Story) refers to the temporal compression implied in image acceleration. In Snow’s words, “This work is a temporally compressed, condensed recording of several weather-events which took place on and near a wild landscape in the Canadian Maritimes”. The piece provides a way to understand the camera not as a capturing device, which registers prepared stories and settings, but rather as an instrument whose own particularities and possibilities are the main issue at play.

Similar to other consecrated works such as Wavelength (1966-67) or La Région Centrale (1971), the images serve as the trace of an invisible yet implied installation: a camera left alone at a site. We witness what seems to be an operator-less recording, where the camera functions as a tool, which affects and transforms the visible while capturing it.

Condensation (A Cove Story) transmits the spontaneous dialogue between the landscape and the camera which results in a sequence of images that speak about their progressive transformation to a third party, the public, that takes place in the space of art.

The Installation Array is a new space for multi-media art installations by students and faculty. It is located on the second floor of Bay 11 in Smith Warehouse.

Artist Talk

Michael Snow in 2012 with Seated Sculpture, 1982, Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Photograph by Craig Boyko.

“Michael Snow – Photo-Centric

7 PM
Friday, February 17, 2017
Carr 103
East Campus, Duke University