Le projet « Auroratone » : Nouvelles frontières du cinéma psychiatrique :: THE AURORATONE PROJECT: NEW FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRIC CINEMA


An Original Commission for Film POP 2012
Artistes divers | 60 min.

Sunday Nov. 25th, 7pm
The Townhouse Gallery
10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown , Cairo, Egypt, 002

After a sold-out screening in Montreal as part of Film POP 2012, The Auroratone Project makes its international debut in none other than CAIRO, EGYPT this weekend!

The screening takes place at the Townhouse Gallery, a contemporary art space in downtown Cairo.

The Auroratone Project is a commission of original short films by experimental Canadian filmmakers set to the music of POP Montreal’s 2012 participants. ‘Auroratones’ were abstract musical films used in mental institutions and army hospitals after WWII as a means of soothing post-traumatic stress disorder and general mental disturbance, invented by film enthusiast Cecil Stokes who was continuing on nearly two centuries of previous pseudo-scientific attempts to correlate colour with musical notes. For POP Montreal, filmmakers Leslie Supnet (Manitoba), Emily Pelstring (Quebec), Jon Rafman (Quebec), Alex MacKenzie (BC), Walter Forsberg (Manitoba), Leslie Bell (Alberta), Jaimz Asmundson (Manitoba), Cheryl Hann (Nova Scotia), Tamara Scherbak (Quebec), Heather Rappard (Nova Scotia) and Sabrina Ratte (Quebec) were approached to create original abstract films guided by the principles of Cecil Stokes’ Auroratones.

Print Source:
Kier-La Janisse, Film POP curator – film@popmontreal.com

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $154 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 154 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


Townhouse was established in 1998 as the first independent art space in Egypt with a remit to make contemporary arts accessible to all without compromising creative practice. A non-profit platform for creative inquiry, Townhouse supports artistic work in a wide range of media through exhibitions, residencies for artists and curators, educational initiatives and outreach programs. By establishing s
trong local and international relationships, as well as diversifying both the practitioners and audiences of contemporary art, Townhouse aims to support and expand the knowledge, appreciation and practice of contemporary arts in Egypt and the region.

Policy-making and programming­from day-to-day activities to far-ranging goals­are deeply informed by the gallery’s location in downtown Cairo’s bustling car mechanic’s district. Neighborhood workers and residents, artists and visitors all move within and without the gallery spaces and the lanes, blurring the line where Townhouse ends and the street begins.