For Issue 8 of wissenderkuenste.de, filmmaker Ali Kazimi has contributed five images from an anaglyph version of his installation Fair Play. The principle is simple: Each stereo image consists of a pair of images: one for the left eye and the other for the right eye. All stereo viewing systems seek to isolate the images, so the left sees only the one intended for it, and the right sees the one intended for it. Our brain creates the perception of a 3D image while viewing a 2D screen by fusing these two slightly offset images together. Fair Play brings together all strands of Kazimi’s research including stereoscopic 3D filmmaking, stereoscopic 3D photographic history and images, as well as early twentieth-century Canadian immigration history and colonialism.
Ali Kazimi is filmmaker, author and media artist whose work deals with race, social justice, migration, history and memory. He is the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual and Media Arts. His critically acclaimed documentaries include Narmada: A Valley Rises (’94), Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas (’97), Documenting Dissent (’01), Continuous Journey (’04), Runaway Grooms (’06), Rex versus Singh (’09) & Random Acts of Legacy (’16) . The films have been shown at festivals around the world, winning more than 30 national and international honours and awards. Highlights include a Gemini Award (Donald Brittain Award) for Best Social/Political Documentary; Golden Gate Award, San Fran. Intl. Film Fest; Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival. Kazimi has been recognized as innovator in stereoscopic 3D cinema. He is a recipient of a prestigious John Evan Leaders Fund, from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for the Stereoscopic 3D Lab @York (2012-16). His research in S3D film-making has been ongoing since 2009. He was the founding filmmaker, in 3D FLIC (3D Film Innovation Consortium) an inter-disciplinary academic/industry partnership. During the summer of 2019, Fair Play was exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada as part of the Governor General Award winners exhibit. He is also the recipient of a honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of British Columbia.