WALK WITH US (Wiebke von Carolsfeld), Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
German-Canadian director Wiebke von Carolsfeld won over audiences in 2003 with her first feature, Marion Bridge. Switching to documentary in Walk With Us, she captures internationally acclaimed artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, skilfully weaving us in and out of their video and audio works.
That's no small feat, considering Cardiff and Miller make a habit of messing with our perceptions. But their mode of phenomenological exploration itself always remains accessible, while achieving depth and often remarkable beauty. Anyone who witnessed their choral music piece, Forty-Part Motet, at the Power Plant in 2004 can attest to that.
Von Carolsfeld follows a woman walking through their disorienting 1997 audio-visual piece Playhouse. As the woman progresses, the director cuts to Cardiff and Miller answering questions about their work, joking around and building their 2005 piece Pandemonium, set in a crumbling American penitentiary.
Friday (February 24) at the Al Green Theatre, as part of the Canadian Art Film Series. (After the screening, Canadian Art magazine contributor Sascha Hastings chats with the two artists and director.)