Syphon Launched with Citizen Kane

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What: Syphon Launched with Citizen Kane
When: Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm
Where: The Screening Room, 120 Princess Street, Kingston, ON

Having conquered Sweden with its new gold-plated edition of Syphon in February, Modern Fuel now continues its plans for world domination by insinuating the Kingston launch of Syphon 1.4 into the Cinematica screening of Citizen Kane at the Screening Room on Wednesday March 28 at 7:00 pm. We like to think that Kane's career in the publishing world mirrors our own, which, born from the pursuit of idealistic social service, gradually evolved into a ruthless pursuit of power. Also, before Bronwyn McLean suggested Syphon, we were kicking around the idea of having "Rosebud” as the title of our publication. As it is, Syphon honours the etymology of the term "hoser," referring to those farmers who, on the Canadian prairies during the great depression of the '30s, would siphon gas from their neighbours’ vehicles with a hose. Syphon reclaims the somewhat derogatory expression and applies it to all those trying to make ends meet in artist-run culture.

The latest issue of Syphon, an arts and culture publication that is meant to act as a conduit between the arts community in Kingston and communities elsewhere, includes art and articles by Abbas Akhavan, Jennifer Allen, James Goddard, Claire Grady-Smith, Vincent Perez, and a special A/V supplement curated by Michael Davidge. The issue also features a project by Front magazine. Syphon has a mandate to feature local, national, and international arts coverage with an emphasis on arts scenes and activities that are located outside of the major art centres found in larger cities. The publication aims to engage a readership that includes its subscribers, the greater Kingston community and communities beyond, and, with this launch, will reach an audience in Sweden for the very first time.

The A/V supplement, Video Surplus/Varied Toil, complements the issue’s special theme of “Art and the Economy.” The Video Surplus program, featuring works by Jubal Brown, Ulysses Castellanos, Duke&Battersby, Nahed Mansour, Jennifer Matotek, Nicole Rayburn, Tasman Richardson, and Daniel Wong, offers a précis on the diversity of video art production in Canada over the past decade, while presenting a portrayal of art production that underscores the cultural contradictions of capitalism. The artists in the video program provide a complex illustration of the ways in which labour is both ritualized and refused in their artworks, often through the very act of consumption itself. The experimental audio documentary Varied Toil, by James Goddard, completes the disc.

Citizen Kane, the 1941 film that simultaneously made and broke Orson Welles' career in Hollywood, is being screened as part of the Screening Room’s "The Big Picture" Film Series. In celebration of both cinema and the act of cinematic appreciation, the Screening Room has inaugurated its new repertory programme by screening ten films that are often cited by critics and audiences as "the greatest." You may have seen them before on a grainy TV in a busy living room, but here's an opportunity to enter a dark, distraction-free cinema and experience big movies on the big screen! Still one of the most entertaining movies that the studio system ever produced, it's difficult to believe that Citizen Kane was made by a 25-year old first-time director.

Citizen Kane
119 minutes / USA / B&W / G
$6 general admission for all Cinematica screenings

Includes free copy of Syphon 1.4