THIS HAS BEEN THIS WILL BE: Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk

June 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is pleased to announce a presentation by Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk as part of its inaugural LAIR (Local Artist in Residence) program over 2010/11. During her residency, titled The Laboratory of Intrinsic Fragility and Inevitable Decay, Kazymerchyk completed the three-channel Super 8/16mm work THIS HAS BEEN THIS WILL BE.

“THIS HAS BEEN THIS WILL BE takes form from an archive of Super-8 portraits of commercial, industrial, residential and civic infrastructure that was expropriated, demolished and restructured in the four years leading up to Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics. THIS HAS BEEN chronicles Woodwards’ construction, Little Mountain House demolition, Trillium Park clearing, Broadway and Kingsway 2009 Christmas fire, Canada Line excavation and Olympic Village raising.  These portraits are material and political evidence of the limits of photography’s possession. In Camera Lucida, Barthes articulates this limit as the capacity to confirm only a small fraction of time -1/15th to1/500th of a second between having been and continuing to be. Dangling from the edges of the image is a past and a future. Collectively the portraits in THIS HAS BEEN present an attempt at ‘chasing the death of the moment’ (Barthes). The work is organized as a triptych of temporally and spatially non-linear documents of places that are tethered between having been and becoming, under the influence of expedited social, political and economic processes. They are less a sentimental reflection on a history that was, than critical research into a history that is being made.”

– Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk

Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk is the Events & Exhibitions Coordinator at VIVO Media Arts Centre, The Director of Programming of the Signal & Noise Media Art Festival and Programmer of DIM Cinema at the Pacific CinÈmathËque. She is currently making a film, To: Hope, From Here, that also considers belonging and meaning in a pre- and post-Olympic Vancouver.  THIS HAS BEEN THIS WILL BE screened on Wednesday June 15, 2011, 7pm at the Cineworks Annex, 235 Alexander St.


The LAIR (Local Artist in Residence) Program is supported by Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and the City of Vancouver Cultural Services. Cineworks gratefully acknowledges the support of our membership, volunteers, sponsors and the ongoing financial assistance of our funders­–the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council and the City of Vancouver.  For further information, please visit


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