Toby MacLennan

I come to film making as a visual artist in Performance and Installation Art. All of my films have been used as integral parts of installations exhibited in art galleries. The film, HOW WILL I KNOW I'M HERE, was originally projected out of the chest of a 10-foot wooden deer and onto a 15x20 foot screen. The screen was set up behind a large pool of water. The film images, projected out of the deer and onto the screen, were reflected in the water. The audience sat around the sides of the pool and dangled their feet in the water as they watched the film. Although my film work certainly has links to the Surrealist art movement, I consider all of my art work mainly an attempt to make sense of my personal experience. Making art affords me the opportunity of pulling crucial experiences under a spotlight where I can wonder about the mystery of these experiences out loud.

HOW WILL I KNOW I'M HERE was released as a film on its own in 1995. Since then it has won numerous prizes at film festivals in the Experimental Film category.