The Critical Media Lab was founded in fall of 2021 to provide scholarly, critical, and creative resources for faculty and students working in documentary arts and multimodal anthropology. Housed in McGill University’s Department of Anthropology, in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), and part of the Leadership for the Ecozoic network, the CML offers practical workshops in video, film and sound, as well as screenings, artist talks and round-table discussions for members of the McGill community wishing to incorporate practice-based approaches into their teaching and research. With a teaching lab, screening room, and audiovisual equipment, the CML provides hands-on instruction in production and post-production. It exposes scholars and makers in a range of disciplines, to both the history of ethnographic film and the flourishing contemporary field of sensory ethnography. It is committed to fostering innovative pedagogical approaches and strategies for knowledge production and dissemination, and to supporting creative work that furthers equitable social, political and environmental change. 

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Screening + GoPro Workshop - Aunérade Beaucage
Other Points of View - Filming chance and contingency
April 8, 2-6pm, 3475 Peel St.
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Screening and Artist Talk: 
Octopus (Poulpe), HD colour, 18min, Panama, 2016.

Followed by a hands-on workshop on GoPro cinematography:
GoPro cameras offer unprecedented vantage points to represent the ecologies in which we are embedded. Join us for a technical course followed by a formal exploration on the Mount-Royal, experimenting with the different points of view these small cameras allow for. This event is presented in partnership with L4E, Leadership for the Ecozoïc.

Octopus is an experimental, poetic and psychedelic movie about the passage between life and death. Entirely shot with a GoPro camera in Bocas del Toro, Panama, Octopus tells the story of a mourning experience. This is portrayed through the drowning of a being who choose to abandon the real, to leave the earth and to travel underwater into the collective unconsciousness. This soul will discover pure beauty but also the destruction of it because of pollution. Let us penetrate the depths and abyss of the Caribbean Sea, where the upside and downside are reversed, where there is no frontier anymore between dream and reality and where life and death are only one.