Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist working in experimental film, video installation, contemporary dance, photography, and electroacoustic sound design. Since 1997, Amanda has been actively serving on various boards of artist run centres, teaching workshops, publishing articles, and serving on juries across Canada. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, before moving to Amsterdam. After living in the Netherlands for a year, she moved back to Canada to work as production supervisor at the Faucet Media Arts Centre & Struts Gallery. She currently works as the director of the Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton, while continuing to maintain and develop her own active art practice.
Her experimental films have screened internationally including the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic), the ExIs Experimental Film Festival (Seoul, South Korea), the Madcat International Women's Film Festival (San Fransisco), the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), Starting from Scratch Film Festival (Amsterdam), Cine El Pocho (Oaxaca, Mexico), Antimatter Underground Film Festival (Victoria), Stem Cell Festival (Edmonton), $100 Film Festival (Calgary), the Oberhausen Short Film Festival (Germany), and the Leeds International Film Festival (UK), among several other festivals, and cinematheques. Her films are distributed by the CFMDC (Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre) in Canada, the Dutchfilmbank in Amseterdam, and Lightcone in Paris.
Her solo screening, "Dividing Roadmaps by Timezones: 10 years of moving pictures 1999-2009" has screened at the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa), the Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg), the Vogue Cinema (Sackville), and the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (Halifax). She has also been an artist in residence at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands) and the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (Halifax), as well as a visiting artist at the $100 Film Festival (Calgary) and the Yellowknife Film Festival (Northwest Territories).
Her experimental film practice is an extension of her photographic background and centres on hand-processing, optical printing, and other DIY strategies. She often works with re-photographing original footage, and manipulating images through complex optical and chemical processes. Her films explore questions of memory, identity, and physical sensation. She is currently transitioning from handmade 16mm and super 8 film into slicker 35mm film productions intended for loop based installations in visual art galleries.
She is also a founding member of the IRiSs Laboratories research and performance collective. IRiSs (Integrated Ruptures in Sensory spaces) Lab is a fluctuating collective of 6-8 members who present live improvisational performances using 16mm film projectors and surround sound. The collective has been presenting an average of 2-4 new performances per year since 2008, and is gradually building a repertoire of thematic works, between 40 and 90 minutes in length.
Her dance practice explores the relationship between the human body and the analogue machine as well as questions of personal narrative and physical risk. Her choreographic approach derives from various forms of release technique and contact improvisation as well as from the reinactment of remembered events and the exploration of physical risk and danger.
Her installation practice incorporates elements of video, photography, and audio based practices. She is currently beginning to incorporate basic electronics and shortwave radio into her installations and performances.
Over the past fourteen years she has served on the boards of directors of several artist run centres including: Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton), Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (Halifax), Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (Vancouver), and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (Canada). She was also an active member of the Filmhuis Cavea (Amsterdam), and has worked as an employee at both Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre (Sackville) and the Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton). She currently serves as president of the Independent Media Arts Alliance and works as the director of the Galerie Sans Nom.