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Lost Cat! Community art-making series

Brian Lye

Saturday, September 23, 2023

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Oxygen Art Centre, #3-320 Vernon St. (alleyway access behind Baker St.)

Admission is free

Oxygen Art Centre presents a series of community art events entitled Lost Cat! Taking place during the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters, the series offers free art-making sessions with regional artists on a range of mediums and techniques.

The first workshop of the series takes place on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Oxygen Art Centre. Artist and filmmaker Brian Lye leads the workshop, which explores phytograms on 16mm film.

Participants will make camera-less films using plants, vitamin C, washing soda, and motion picture film. We will use an eco-processing technique that involves laying plant matter directly on the film strip. The plant matter will leave an imprint on the film that will be projected at the end of the workshop. Participants need to be present for the entire two-hour workshop.

Lye’s research interests include early cinema, special effects, play, human/nature, cognitive development, psychogeography, and the everyday. His films have screened in festivals, galleries, and television networks such as Sundance Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Canal+, SBS Television Australia, Images Festival Toronto, Vancouver International Film Festival, The Museum of Sydney, Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona, and others. 

In addition to being an artist and filmmaker, Lye is an Oxygen instructor who will be offering a more in-depth phytogram film class during the Fall 2023 semester, as well as youth programming. For more information about these classes please visit Oxygen’s website or contact Natasha Smith, Education Coordinator at education@oxygenartcentre.org.

The public are invited to attend the first Lost Cat! event at Oxygen Art Centre on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. All materials provided. No experience necessary. Interested participants are expected to take part in the full two-hour session. Contact Oxygen Art Centre with any questions about the sessions or access needs to the facility.

Lost Cat! is generously supported by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

Image Credit: Brian Lye, Phytogram documentation, 16mm film, 2023

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Oxygen Art Centre




Oxygen Art Centre acknowledges with gratitude that we are located on the tum xula7xw/ traditional territory of the sn̓ʕay̓ckstx/the Sinixt People. As uninvited guests we honour their ongoing presence on this land. We recognize that the Sinixt Arrow Lakes, Sylix, Ktuxana, and Yaqan Nukij Lower Kootenay Band peoples are also connected with this land, as are Métis and many diverse Indigenous persons.