press release

Established in 1987, Toronto's Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Alongside film + video screenings, the festival presents groundbreaking live performances, media art installations in 10+ local art galleries and online projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists within our three exhibition platforms: Images On Screen (film/video screenings), Images Off Screen (gallery exhibitions + online projects) and Live Images (multidisciplinary performances).

The 2014 Images Festival showcases over 100 projects in 20+ venues throughout Toronto including our new "pop-up" gallery at Chinatown Centre Mall and at our main theatrical venue: the Art Gallery of Ontario. In addition to screenings and gallery shows, Images presents artist talks, forums, guided gallery tours and parties. Situated in gallery venues including A Space Gallery, Gallery TPW, InterAccess, Mercer Union, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, XPACE and YYZ among others, Images Off Screen 2014 presents exhibitions by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Nurjahan Akhlaq, Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat + Alexis Mitchell), Ayesha Hameed, Richard Ibghy, Jesal Kapadia, Reena Katz, Marilou Lemmons, Maha Maamoun, P. Mansaram, Brian McCarthy, Naeem Mohaimen, Darryl Nepinak,, Sarah Pierce, Lucy Raven, Aura Satz, Vivek Shraya & the Torontonians and many others.

Live Images features film, video and audio artists, musicians and other performers live and in person with spectacular media-based live performances. Highlights include Andrew Lampert's Making Space For More wherein Lampert has concocted a culinary evening at the AGO's Frank Restaurant featuring a live music performance by Michael Snow and sizable servings of sensory overload featuring works from the Art Gallery of Ontario's archives; Taku Unami will present an improvised performance work called The Curse of Vacancy, a shadow play rendered in the silhouettes of cardboard boxes; Lucy Raven's On Location lecture performance draws on many of her ongoing interests: labour, industry, globalization and questions around the way we see, and many others.

Images On Screen presents a wide range of work and disciplines—from formal experiments to innovative documentary, from films which address a range of political, feminist and a multitude of social and cultural issues over ten nights in over one hundred films + videos in 15 screenings. On Screen includes films by CAMP, Duncan Campbell, Jennifer Chan, Inhan Cho, Jean Eustache, Eve Heller, Hiwa K, Brett Kashmere, Oliver Laric, Narimane Mari, Chris Marker, Jesse McLean, Rebecca Meyers, Sophie Michael, Beatriz Santiago Munoz, Otolith Group, Benjamin Pearson, Charlotte Pryce, Alain Resnais, Aykan Safoglu, Travis Shilling, Hito Steyerl, Vipin Vijay and dozens more!