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Winter Landscapes
1971 – 2019 | TRT: 00:26:39

eteam on ice
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eteam | 2019 | 00:04:56 | United States | Color | 16:9 | HD Video

The video art duo eteam records a day of skating on a snowy lake in upstate New York.

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eteam on ice
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eteam | 2019 | 00:04:56 | United States | Color | 16:9 | HD Video

The video art duo eteam records a day of skating on a snowy lake in upstate New York.

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Optimism
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Deborah Stratman | 2018 | 00:14:43 | Canada / United States | B&W and Color | 4:3 | Super 8 film

Documentarian Deborah Stratman travels to the Yukon Territory observe slivers of sunlight in the town of Dawson City.

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Snow
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Videofreex | 1971 | 00:07:00 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

A short experimental video capturing a New Years Day snowstorm in 1971, recorded by Parry Teasdale of the Videofreex.

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Traveling from the Yukon to New York City, Winter Landscapes combines three moving image works which capture the stillness of scenic winter environments: eteam on ice (2019), Deborah Stratman's Optimism (2018), and Snow by the Videofreex (1971).

An experiment in movement and abstraction, eteam on ice depicts collaborators Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger skating on a frozen New York state lake. Using both drone and handheld footage, eteam moves through linear, snow-covered geometric fields — spaces unknown, yet familiar to the viewer. In Optimism, a 2018 experimental documentary by Deborah Stratman, the filmmaker travels to the Yukon Territory to interview residents of Dawson City, a small, isolated town known for gold mining. By combining scenes of the town's history with local events and the rugged surrounding landscape, Stratman weaves together a portrait of a town where gold replaces the lack of sunlight. The newly-preserved 1971 tape by the Videofreex, Snow, captures a New Year's Day snowstorm in New York City. Shot by Parry Teasdale, and also including an original score by him, this video poem captures a city at a standstill: children sled, wind whips snow over empty streets, and New Yorkers search for warmth in a deserted urban landscape.

Although each work included in Winter Landscapes is very different in content and style, they each encapsulate what it is to record the icy landscapes of winter.

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eteam on ice, eteam

It’s a delight; not fragile yet.

It’s not hockey bashing and blades.

Not the escapades, or a snake.

It’s an expanded definition of drawing.

What is it to balance on a blade? The improbability of the structure of a skate to hold a body, the delicacy of balance — this is just one of the gestures that are repeated and held within the icy structure of the eteam’s video. The expanse of a frozen lake is seen in the gaze of a drone, while the red hat of the solitary human draws a line through the vast frozen landscape. What begins as a sonic heartbeat beneath the ice, turns into a throbbing anthem of epic proportions. Everywhere the extremes. Everywhere held together by a considered tenderness. Who could have predicted that the solitary figure drawing onto ice would be the perfect fit for Queen’s Under Pressure? In the ice real strange world of eteam’s action drawing, it makes perfect sense. It is the vast and the personal who meet; omniscience of drone paired with closeups of a hand; the stick makes a mark, so does nature herself. As viewers we yield to the pressure, the vertigo of far and close. We yield to beauty.  

— Dani & Sheilah ReStack

Deborah Stratman, Optimism

The urge to relieve a winter valley of permanent shadow and find fortune in alluvial gravel are part of a long history of desire and extraction in the far Canadian north. Cancan dancers, curlers, ore smelters, former city officials and a curious cliff-side mirrored disc congregate to form a town portrait. Shot on location in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

"With this puzzle of sound and Super 8 images, Deborah Stratman playfully blends the attraction of gold and a climatic phenomenon: in this town nestled at the bottom of a valley, sun beams are as rare as gold nuggets. How can the star be drawn down if not by capturing and diffracting its rays?"

— Charlotte Garson, Cinéma du réel, 2018

Snow, Videofreex

On a snow-covered New Year's Day in New York City, Snow captures a city at a standstill: children sled, wind whips snow over empty streets, and New Yorkers search for warmth in a deserted urban landscape.

Shot by Parry Teasdale in 1971, with music also by Teasdale.