Coordinated by renowned Toronto video curator Peggy Gale, Ecstatic Memory is a series of five video programs. Each program, selected by an artist or curator not usually associated with video art, will run for 10 weeks.
January 9 – March 21, 1999
Daina Augaitis, chief curator and associate director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, has selected Monodramas(1991) by Stan Douglas of Vancouver: ten videos for television, 30-60 seconds each, accompanied by a series of related Location Photographs and Scenarios.
March 24 - May 30, 1999
Artist Rebecca Belmore, presently based in Toronto, has selected Bringing it all back home (1997, 55:12 minutes), by James Luna of the La Jolla Reservation in California.
June 2 – August 8, 1999
René Blouin, director of Galerie René Blouin in Montreal, has selected Birthday Suit – with scars and defects (1974, 12 minutes), by Lisa Steele of Toronto.
August 10 - October 17, 1999
Doina Popescu, program coordinator at Goethe-Institut Toronto, has selected a program of short works by artists from Eastern Europe:
András Sólyom (Hungary), Funeral, 1992, 7 minutes
Grzegorz Królikiewicz (Poland), The Scythians, 1992, 17 minutes
Milan Bukovac (Croatia), Energy of Tape, 1992, 7 minutes
Ladislav Galeta (Croatia), Lieber Zoltan, 1995
Vlado Zrnic (Croatia), The Border of Time, 1995, 13 minutes
Simon Bogojevic Naratia (Croatia), The City, 1993, 4 minutes
Renata Poljak (Croatia), Trost (Grenzen und Rahmen) (Consolation: Border and Frames), 1993, 2:06 minutes
Piotr Wyrzykowski (Poland), Beta Nassau, 1993, 9:40 minutes
Piotr Wyrzykowski (Poland), Watch Me, 1996 15:15 minutes
(Total running time: approximately 80 minutes.)
October 20, 1999 - January 2, 2000
Loretta Yarlow, director/curator of the Art Gallery at York University in Toronto, has selected Hibou II and Les Chiens (both 1994), by Marie-José Burki, who currently lives in Brussels.