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Past / Future

Barbara Sternberg and Jeannie Mah

1997, 13:51 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 558.01

Shot in Dooney's, a Toronto neighborhood cafe which had been threatened by a Starbuck buy-out, PAST / FUTURE contains distant echoes of Manet's "A Bar at the Folies-Bergeres" and Godard's "Vivre Sa Vie" where happenstance is allowed to coincide with a certain formalism.
Friends, food and art swirl around objects representational and real, as PAST / FUTURE wanders between the public and the private before veering towards the contemplative.
Empty frames full of potential (as past history is for future realization) alert us to the power of perception.

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