Brian Lye


September 9—October 22, 2011


Satellite Gallery Storefront Window

560 Seymour St.

related event

MIX: An Evening of Art, Music, Video, and Performance

September 17th, 2011


image credit

Still image from Training a Fool is Not a Joke.

Courtesy of the artist.

Training a Fool is Not a Joke is best viewed from dusk to dawn.

training a fool is not a joke

training a fool is not a joke will screen in the windows of satellite gallery from september 9th until october 22nd as part of re-live vancouver, curated by jesse birch.

Set in the back yard of a South Vancouver home that is slated for demolition, Lye performs as an apprentice tree pruner who has been hired to remove a large dead branch from a tree. However, the inexperienced arborist is put at risk when the task at hand goes awry. These follies of the everyday point to the adverse effects of Vancouver real estate speculation, while evoking the pitfalls associated with the act of re-performance itself.

Brian Lye is a Vancouver-based filmmaker and artist who uses imagination and humour to reflect on life experiences. He has lived, worked and studied in Canada, Japan, Uganda, Australia (where he attended the Sydney Film School), and the Czech Republic (where he attended the Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). His films have been included in numerous national and international festivals and screenings including: the Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto (Official Selection), Sundance Film Festival (Official Selection) and the Melbourne International Film Festival (Official Selection). He was the winner of The Ellen, Filmmaker to Watch Award, at the Aspen Shortsfest in 2011. For Re-LIVE 2011, he is happily playing the fool.

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