Pleasure dome

Public art installation brings cinema to Festival Street

Amidst the frenzy that accompanies TIFF red carpets and screenings, it's difficult to find a serene spot on the wonderfully chaotic Festival Street. One art installation, however, lets audiences interact with film in a unique and intimate manner.

The Situated Cinema Project; in camera, commissioned by Toronto media arts groups Pleasure Dome, is described as an exploration of film and architecture. Curated by Solomon Nagler, it lets passersby view the 16 mm film pilgrimage - created by Nagler and Alexandre Larose - through a box-like structure designed by architects Thomas Evans and Jonathan Mandeville of Passage Studio.

"I think really, the idea is to try to bring a kind of contained cinema space to an urban environment and show films in that context," says Evans.

Rather than watching a movie in silence, viewers can hear the city unfolding around them. Apertures on the outside of the installation allow those nearby to peek inside, playing with the notion of watching and conversely, being watched. As the transient cinema moves from location to location throughout TIFF, the creators imagine audiences interacting with it in different ways.

The Situated Cinema Project will remain at King and Peter until Sunday. Since it's a mobile micro-cinema, it'll pick up and move to Chinatown's 8-11 Gallery from September 14-16. Afterward, it'll end up at Artscape Youngplace where it'll remain until the end of the festival on September 20.


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