L E   F I F A
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No Bottom (Boundless the Source)

North American Premiere

No Bottom (Boundless the Source)

Andrew Forster

Canada | 2023 | 49 min
Presented only in theatres

Born in Brooklyn and a long-time resident of Montreal, Malcolm Goldstein is widely recognized for his contribution to European and American experimental and improvised music. Beginning in the 1960s, this has included collaborations with John Cage, Ornette Coleman and the Judson Church collective in New York. This video seeks to understand Goldstein’s unique definition of experimental improvisation, as he continues that experiment through the performance of a series of new works composed for the ensemble Quatuor d’occasion (Nicolas Caloia, Émilie Girard-Charest, Jean René, Malcolm Goldstein). What Goldstein calls soundings” seems to have two steps. The first is a way of improvising where the bow, the instrument and the body are intermediaries in the exploration of the material surround through the vibration. The second is the score, the notations like a map which guides where and how the exploration should be focused and modulated. In marine navigation, sounding is the technique of dropping a weighted line to determine the depth of water. When the depth exceeds the length of line, when we are beyond the range we can know, the sounding call is no bottom” — the title of this video document.

This film is part of the FIFA EXPERIMENTAL section program PERFORMANCES.

In presence of the director Andrew Forster and the artist Malcolm Goldstein on March 24, 2023 at Concordia l’University in Montreal
Director Andrew Forster
Production In association with Musique rayonnante, Montréal, La fondation andré forestier / L'institut pour l'inconnu
Artistic Direction Andrew Forster
Sound Recording Shae Brossard
Cast Nicolas Caloia, Émilie Girard-charest, Malcolm Goldstein, Jean René
Sound Bruno Pucela
Music Malcolm Goldstein

In Partnership with


• Université Concordia - J.A. de Sève, LB-125, Pavillon J. W. McConnell
Friday, march 24, 2023, 08:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.


Andrew Forster

Andrew Forster

Andrew Forster is from Montreal and is the principal researcher at The Institute for the Unknown (L’institut pour l’inconnu). His first video-installation, Duet, involved 2 dancers re-performing the gestures of a suicide bomber who had decided to surrender and go on living. His first full-length video is The Machine Stops with story by E. M. Forster and decor by Le Corbusier — a meditation on nature and the designed world. His first documentary is No Bottom — Boundless the Source about violinist Malcolm Goldstein’s investigation of nature through vibration. His most recent exhibition L’institut pour l’inconnu: 1 — Nature” (2022, Montreal) is a slapstick investigation of human conceptions of nature featuring an animated water drop.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
The Drop / La Chute / La Goutte (2022)
The Machine Stops / La Machine s’arrête (2019)

In the same session

Université Concordia - J.A. de Sève, LB-125, Pavillon J. W. McConnell

Friday, march 24, 2023, 08:00 p.m.

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