David K. Ross's THE TRACES OF LOST FACTS Exhibition to Open This Fall at Rice Media Center Gallery

The Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts will exhibit "The Traces of Lost Facts," a collection by Montréal-based artist David K. Ross, at Rice Media Center's main gallery space starting September 8th in an opening night reception from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. through October 15th.

A screening of several of Ross' short films in the Rice Media Center Cinema will immediately follow the opening reception. The artist will be present to introduce his films, and engage in a Q&A session with the audience following the screening. This event is free and open to the public. The films will also be screened the following evening, September 9th.

In the installation of "The Traces of Lost Facts" visitors will utilize surveyor's transits to visually "reconstruct" for themselves the making of one of Ross's films, "Théodolitique" (2015). Taking its title from the earliest known (511 AD) written description of surveying actives, "The Traces of Lost Facts" presents a sample of the research materials generated by David K. Ross in the four-year long process of making Théodolitique, a film which draws together the ancient science of land surveying and the contemporary practices of film making.

For the installation, gallery walls are lined with the 'traces' that allowed the artist's film to take shape: location photographs, to-do lists, production budgets, equipment rental agreements, crew invoices, storyboard sketches and film rushes. Calling attention to the film's construction (it was shot using customized surveying equipment), all the material presented in the installation will be mounted 16 feet from the floor on Rice Media Center's walls, making these archival materials viewable only through a series of surveyor's transits placed throughout the various mezzanines in the building.

The films to be included in the September 8th and 9th program at Rice Cinema are:

Théodolitique (2015)
15:40 mins
35mm + CinemaDNG/ DCP

The European Rooms (2014)
27:00 mins
CinemaDNG/ DCP

Trailer (2013)
2:30 mins
S16mm / DCP

Le Phare (2012)
13:20 mins
S16mm / DCP

The exhibition shows September 8 through October 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Rice Media Center Main Gallery Space. For more information, please visit the online event page: events.rice.edu/index.cfm?EventRecord=30016.

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