NFB legend Pierre Hébert comes to Ottawa / SAW Video

Thursday February 7, 2013 – SAW Video is honoured to present the work of media arts legend Pierre Hébert in an exclusive screening and live performance. The screening, Surface Tensions, includes films he made during his 34-year tenure at the National Film Board of Canada and his newer independent video productions. Hébert invites us to think about our relationship with images, and by extension, how we interact with the world around us. The filmmaker will be present at the screening to introduce and discuss his work. The following evening, he will give a special live performance of his piece Tropismes accompanied by clarinetist Lori Freedman.

Surface Tensions: The Films & Videos of Pierre Hébert

Friday, February 15th 2013, 8pm, Doors 7:30pm
ArtsCourtTheatre, 2nd floor,2 Daly Avenue
Admission $5

Presented by SAW Video Media Art Centre

Screening list:

  • Histoire verte / Story in Green (1962, 16mm, 3 min.)
  • Opus 1 (1964, 16mm, 4 min.)
  • Notions élémentaires de génétiques / Elementary Notions of Genetics (1971, 35mm, 7 min.)
  • Songs and Dances of the Inanimate World: The Subway (1984, 35mm, 14 min.)
  • Adieu bipède (1987, 35mm, 16 min.)
  • The Statue of Giordano Bruno (co-directed with Bob Ostertag, 2005, SD video, 12 min.)
  • Herqueville (2007, HD video, 22 min.)
  • Thunder River (2011, HD video, 8 min.)
  • Triptych-2 (2012, HD video, 10 min.)


Tropismes: A Live Performance by Pierre Hébert & Lori Freedman

Saturday, February 16th 2013, 8pm, Doors 7:30pm
ArtsCourtTheatre, 2nd floor,2 Daly Avenue
Admission $5

In Tropismes, Pierre Hébert creates and animates images of human faces in real time, using a combination of traditional drawing techniques and modern digital image mixing. Hébert’s animations will be performed in response to live improvised music by renowned contemporary clarinetist Lori Freedman.

Produced in partnership with Winterlude, the Downtown Rideau BIA, the OIAF (Ottawa International Animation Festival) and IMOO (Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais)

SAW VIDEO thanks its generous donors: Canada Council for the Arts,City of Ottawa,Ontario Arts Council, Tides Canada