June, 17th 2021


From November 27th 2013 to February 2nd 2014  / 

Third Page from the Sun

A video installation from Theodore Ushev presented by the Cinémathèque québécoise and the National Film Board of Canada.

PALIMPSEST : Noun (from Greek palimpsēstos "scraped again"). A very old document on which the original writing has been erased and replaced with new writing.  [..] writing material (as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased.

Originally, three books: a practical guide, a referential work, a collection of seminal tales from western culture.

More simply: a film festival catalogue, a dictionary, the Bible. Three works whose materiality has become obsolete by the digital dematerialization.

In a liberating gesture - is it a sacrilegious waste or an aggressive salvage initiative? - the artist and filmmaker Theodore Ushev covers with painting the pages, concealing the words and blurring the signs to create three films on the basis of this material, generating another sense, another movement, another energy...

We are now in the heart of an act of creation through destruction, at the centre of a powerful artistic steam-venting made of three abstract animations that spread out on as much screens, brought out and structured by an original score by Ana Sokolovic. Between three books ceremoniously shown and this heap of smeared pages dropped off in the middle of the room, there is the artist's action. There is also the technical dispositif of cinema which gives birth to the material. A commentary on the fragility of culture, 3rd page after the sun updates the notion of palimpsest.

Free entrance

Installation credits


About the Filmmaker

Theodore Ushev was born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, in 1968. He graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and began his career as a poster artist in his native country. In 1999, he settled in Montréal, where he quickly acquired a reputation as a prolific and talented animator thanks to such films as The Man Who Waited (2006) and Tzaritza (2006).

In 2006, he began work on an acclaimed trilogy on the relationship between art and power: Tower Bawher (2006) was soon followed by Drux Flux (2008) and Gloria Victoria (2013). He simultaneously made a number of short films that deal with the rapport of artist filmmakers with the world. They include Lipsett Diaries (2010), his best-known film and a 16-time award winner, Nightingales in December (2011) and Apart (2012). His fascination with new content delivery platforms has led him to make films for the Internet (Vertical, 2003) and mobile phones (Sou, 2004) as well as a music video (Demoni, 2012). Theodore Ushev presents today Third Page from the Sun : The Installation  in which he introduces through a new exploration of space, a daring reflection on the future of books.

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