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Clive Holden’s Utopia Suite Disco

WNDX presents Clive Holden’s UTOPIA SUITE DISCO at PLATFORM
-Fri June 5 to Sat June 27, 2009 (admission is free and all are welcome)

  • OPENING RECEPTION AND BIG DISCO PARTY Friday June 5 at 8 PM at PLATFORM (100 Arthur)
  • CLIVE HOLDEN ARTIST TALK Saturday June 6 at 2 PM at Cinematheque (100 Arthur)
  • Plus, on Thursday June 4 at 7 PM, Clive Holden will introduce Astra Taylor’s “Examined Life” at Cinematheque.


Participate in Y.O.U.: YOUR OWN UTOPIA Q: What would Manitoba look like today if Louis Riel had succeeded?



Writer, filmmaker (Trains of Winnipeg), vernacular philosopher and visual artist Clive Holden has fashioned a utopia machine entitled UTOPIA SUITE DISCO - a ‘suite’ of short stories and quasi-fictional essays, short films, cinema based art installations, visual music, photo booklets and utopian lectures.

UTOPIA SUITE is a multi-year project which began with two launch events in 2008, in Toronto at Images Festival and in Amsterdam in a co-presentation by the Holland Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The core conceit at the heart of UTOPIA SUITE is that hope (utopianism) begets movement (cinema) which begets hope and so on, creating positive cycles. The utopian space created by the project and the utopian conversation the project foments, are considered very much a part of the project.

A central area of exploration in Utopia Suite is the relationship between still and moving images, especially their cultures and conversations. In a time of rapid change with many new lenses and therefore new perspectives, what can each culture learn from each other?

Clive Holden’s main UTOPIA SUITE project collaborator is Rotterdam-based composer Oscar van Dillen. Their work focuses on another formal goal of the project: to experiment with cinema as music, to hear moving images as much as see them and to learn more about film’s next phase through music. This imaginative film/video installation comments on and challenges the notion of utopia.


WNDX acknowledges the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council and of our venue sponsor PLATFORM Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts for enabling us to bring this program to Winnipeg.

We also acknowledge the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts.