Occurs on Monday May 8 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Artscape Young Place
180 Shaw Street
Toronto ON M6J 2W5


× Instructor: Fan Wu & Daphne Xu

May 8-June 26, Monday, 6PM-8PM

Class Description: Deviant Time is an exploration of translinear time and rhythm in film/video and literary works, with writing, screening and movement activities. We will explore multiple temporalities, including: the variability of human-to-human time (idiorrhythmy); the time of institutions and state apparatuses (political time); cosmic, geological time (posthuman & nonhuman time); dream and hallucinatory time (time of the unconscious).

This eight-week course will be process-based, and participants are invited to develop a project throughout our time together. There will be support for the development of their projects both within and outside of designated class time. Structure-wise, every week we will begin with reading aloud together, movement activities, and then there will be a hands-on collective creation component and/or collective feedback. A selection of relevant fiction, non-fiction, and experimental films will be assigned for viewing, or segments will be shown in class, to discuss.

Class Objectives: To dive deeply into a series of key texts, including literature and cinema, as the foundation for thinking and making.

To give students the opportunity to explore their own projects related to non-linear and translinear time, in a low-stakes and improvisatory environment.

To engage in collective, intermedia creation during our class time.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: 1) While this course is primarily in-person, some classes will be held online so access to a computer and a zoom account is required. 2) After registration, a brief JotForm application must be completed and will be sent to you by the Education Manager. There are a limited number of spots in this course. Selected applicants will be notified by the Education Manager. 3) One of the classes will include an in-person film screening from 4PM-6PM. Date TBD.

Materials: Paper, Markers, Pencils

About the instructors: Fan & Daphne co-taught a course on epistolary film and currently collaborate at the edges of image, language. and sound.

Fan Wu's poetry book in progress is related to his PhD research: a creative and critical comparative project that examines Daoist philosophy and the writings of Georges Bataille. He’s currently working on an album of spoken word/ambient music that “covers” Robert Ashley through Daoist fables. He is also currently a resident at Trinity Square Video and Whippersnapper Gallery.

Daphne Xu is a Chinese Canadian artist and filmmaker exploring the politics and poetics of place. Her films have screened at Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel, and Art of the Real at Film at Lincoln Center. She is a Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University and an associate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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