Penny McCann

Penny McCann

In residency, october 10th to october 22th

Land Lines (of time and place) in no particular order

McCann’s experimental work often takes the form of a kind of indefinite journey, where landscapes of memory and dream track across the frame in flashes of light and colour. The horizon is a central visual and conceptual trope, suggesting at once the projection of a sublime destination and an impossible experience of time and memory fulfilled.

                                   – Scott Birdwise, Canadian Film Institute

During her residency at Daimon, Penny has completed the ninth work in her ongoing series of poetic landscape films, a multichannel installation project entitled Land Lines (of time and place) in no particular order. Utilizing Super 8 and 16mm film shot over several years, much of it hand-processed, then transferred digitally, Land Lines creates a meditative space where moments in time flicker, joining with images manipulated by chemical processes and the human hand to create a psychic landscape of time and place.

The artist thanks Daimon for their support in realizing this project, Christopher Payne for his invaluable technical assistance and Phil Rose for his steadfast editing support. The production of Land Lines has been made possible with the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.


Ottawa media artist Penny McCann‘s body of work spans more than twenty years and encompasses both dramatic and experimental films and videos. Her work has been exhibited extensively at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Centre national d’art contemporain (France), Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (Germany), the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB), the Images Festival (Toronto), the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa), and the Festival International du film sur l’art (Montreal). Her most recent film, Crashing Skies (2012) has been exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and has screened in Canada, Germany, the US, and Mexico.