About the video:
Generator is a musical fiction which takes us to the heart of dystopia. Working with avant-garde pop singer and thereminst Clara Venice, the film creates a post punk apocalyptic screen-scape of a splintered world under siege. Very much in the spirit of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel, The Road, Margaret Atwood’s survivalist tome The Year of the Flood, and Nobel prize-winning Doris Lessing’s Canopus in Argos science friction series, the film follows a handful of human castaways in the throws of fragmented surreal events. Above all, it demands of us an answer to the question: is this Dystopia to be our common future?
Connection to project:
Generator explores the relationship between individuals and a post-apocalyptic world in which individuals have taken power back from those who had abused it. The video features Clara’s theremin playing, which is the only instrument played without touching it, and uses only the musician’s own conductive power to make beautiful music out of thin air. Taken as a metaphor, the theremin is a reminder of the power we have to channel our energy into creation rather than destruction, and harnessing technology for the good of all people.
Pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and romantic — Clara Venice wears her art on her sleeve. She is one of the only people in the world who plays the Theremin as a proper instrument, which adds an emotional and haunting diversity to her music. Her mesmerizing visual style – part Harujuku girl, part 21st century pop princess – draws listeners into her playful and melodic dream world. Clara is currently at the National Music Centre as their Artist in Residence, and recently joined the Barenaked Ladies on their cross-Canada tour. Her debut EP Love Riddle was co-produced by Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies, Lou Reed, Rheostatics) and mixed by Dave Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Carly Rae Jepsen).
Peter Lynch is one of Canada’s most widely acclaimed filmmakers. His work is often compared with that of Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. His first dramatic short, Arrowhead, received the 1994 Genie Award. In 1996, he made Project Grizzly, one of Canada’s most renowned and celebrated documentaries. These were followed by The Herd and A Whale of a Tale. His 2001 Cyberman was featured at over 50 international film festivals, and listed as a top 10 feature films of the year by Film Comment. His critically acclaimed installation Buffalo Days recently had its world premiere at TIFF. He is currently producing a number of dramatic feature films. He has also had a long history with video art and installation work dating back to when he organized Video Culture International in the 1980s. This was a landmark video new media festival, including producing projects with Brian Eno, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola and Shirley Clarke.