As one of the greatest film festivals on earth (fact), TIFF make their fair share of exciting announcements. But this latest, about their original film exhibition on David Cronenberg, simply titled "David Cronenberg: Evolution", has to be among the most exciting.
Described as "an ambitious, multi-platform celebration of the work of the iconic Canadian filmmaker", the project's core component will be a comprehensive film exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox, tracing Cronenberg's evolution as a filmmaker.
The project also includes an experiential virtual museum called David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition; a full retrospective of Cronenberg’s films with multiple newly struck 35mm prints and new digital restorations; an interactive digital experience titled Body/Mind/Change, a Lance Weiler project and co-production with TIFF and CFC Media Lab; an art exhibition curated by Noah Cowan and David Liss titled David Cronenberg: Transformation, presented in partnership with the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA); and two original publications celebrating the film and art exhibitions. David Cronenberg: Transformation will run from September 5 to December 29, 2013 at MOCCA, with the opening reception taking place on September 4th, just in time for the Toronto International Film Festival.
If you're still baffled by the whole project, here's some more info from TIFF's press release:
Highlights of David Cronenberg: Evolution include key pieces and materials from Cronenberg’s extensive filmography—including costumes, props, photographs, audio-visual elements, art work and set-design drawings—such as the helmet from Videodrome (1983), the game consoles from eXistenZ (1999), the surgical tools from Dead Ringers (1988), the leg braces from Crash (1996), the typewriters from Naked Lunch (1991), and the pod from The Fly (1986).
David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition, launching online and in the CIBC Gallery on November 1, explores Cronenberg’s films through new scholarship and artistic explorations, including essays, academic writing, an interactive map and timeline, and a selection of rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg's past and present collaborators A natural extension of TIFF’s Higher Learning programming and Digital Resource Hub, David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition looks to enhance educational opportunities
The exhibition will run from November 1, 2013 to January 19, 2014. The film exhibition will subsequently go on tour - details to be announced. More info on the project can be found here.
Here's some wise words from the director to whet your appetite...
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