R. Bruce Elder

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Biography



Since 1975, R. Bruce Elder has been building two formidable bodies of work, as an artist working in the experimental tradition, and as an author of critical texts on art and cinema. His artistic achievements were recognized in 2007 with a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Canada’s most prestigious award in those field, and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Jonas Mekas, founder of the New York Filmmakers Co-op and principle visionary of the American avant-garde cinema, has dubbed him “the most important North American avant-garde filmmaker to emerge during the 1980s.” Something similar could be said of Elder’s monumental works of art criticism. His role as an author has in recent years assumed the task of charting the relationship between cinema and art movements through the twentieth century, as we see in his recent book, DADA, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect, his previous, Harmony & Dissent: Film and Avant-garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century, and the forthcoming Cubism and Futurism: Spiritual Machines and the Cinematic Effect. In 2009, he received the Robert Motherwell Book Award from the Dedalus Foundation for Harmony + Dissent

Raised in Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario, Elder began his critical and creative work while an undergraduate student in philosophy at McMaster University in the late 1960s. There he learned from the celebrated political philosopher George P. Grant, who introduced Heidegger’s discourse on technology to a generation of Canadian poets and thinkers and whose thoughts on nationhood, love, and technology would inform Elder’s work as an artist and writer.



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Films & Projects



The Book of all the Dead



Exultations: In Light of the Great Giving Part 6: Et Resurrectus Est- 1994

Exultations: In Light of the Great Giving Part 5: Burying the Dead: Into the Light-1993

Exultations: In Light of the Great Giving Part 4: Exultations: In Light of the Great Giving-1993

Exultations: In Light of the Great Giving Part 3: Azure Serene: Mountains, Rivers, Sea and Sky-1992

Exultations: In Light of the Great Giving Part 2: Newton and Me- 1990 (co-cinematographer Alexa-Frances Shaw)

Exultations: In Light of the Great Giving Part 1: Flesh Angels- 1990

The Book of Praise



A Man Whose Life Was Full of Woe Has Been Surprised by Joy (1997)

Crack, Brutal Grief (2000)

Eros and Wonder (2003)

Infunde Lumen Cordibus (2004)

The Young Prince (2007)

What Troubles The Peace At Brandenberg? (2011)

A Gathering of Crystals (2015)

Return to Nature! The True Natural Method Of Healing and Living and the True Salvation Of the Soul: Paradise Regained—The Core Of the Body—Water, Human Curative Power, Light, Air, Earth, Food, Fruit Culture (2012)

Alone (All Flesh Shall See It Together) (forthcoming, 2018)



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Writing & Publications



Books



Elder B. (2018). Cubism and Futurism: Spiritual Machines and the Cinematic Effect. : 591.
Forthcoming June 2018, Wilfrid Laurier Press


Elder B. (2013). DADA, Surrealism and the Cinematic Effect. : 776.
In Press, Wilfrid Laurier Press


Elder B. (2012). Image and Identity: Reflections on Canadian Film and Culture. Paperback: 483.
Published, Wilfrid Laurier Press


Elder B. (2010). Harmony and Dissent: Film and Avant-Garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century. Paperback: 516.
Published, Wilfrid Laurier Press


Elder B. (1999). The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and Charles Olson. ebook: 572.
Published, Wilfrid Laurier Press


Elder B. (1998). A Body of Vision: Representations of the Body in Recent Film and Poetry. : 400.
Published, Wilfrid Laurier Press


Articles, Reviews, Essays



“Mon Oncle Antoine.” Descant 6 (Spring 1973): 74-79; reprinted in Feldman, Seth and Joyce Nelson, eds. Canadian Film Reader. Toronto: Peter Martin, 1977: 194-99.

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