How Does Life Live?

Art Gallery Of Algoma

10 East St, Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Film & video

Poetry & spoken word


Visual arts

Shot on an old 16 mm Bolex camera, HOW DOES LIFE LIVE features images of O’Brien's two daughters playing on a farm with a voice-over by the youngest, re-asking things that she had asked before. O’Brien had been keeping a list of the out-of-the-blue questions, like "Why are there so many people who don’t know me?” or “Why do trees just stand there?”, alongside the type of questions a child might ask regularly, such as “When will it be my birthday?” “The questions,” O’Brien wrote in the New York Times, "reflect that time between innocence and experience as they try to figure out who they are in relation to the world around them." How Does Life Live? is part of province-wide exhibition DO BLUE BUTTERFLIES EAT PARTS OF THE SKY?, and the Sault Ste. Marie cultural corridor. ABOUT THE ARTIST Kelly O’Brien is a Toronto-based independent filmmaker and mother. Her short diary films have screened internationally. She co-founded a super 8 film festival in Toronto and received an MFA in film production at York University. She is currently a PhD student in Environmental Studies and working on a feature length film about her family with the National Film Board.

This event is free.

About the exhibition

Art Gallery of Algoma

Fri Sep 25
Sat Sep 26
Sun Sep 27

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Organized by

Ontario Culture Days

How Does Life Live? is part of the province-wide exhibition DO BLUE BUTTERFLIES EAT PARTS OF THE SKY?, curated by Dave Dyment and commissioned for the occasion of Culture Days’ 10th Anniversary. This exhibition is made possible thanks to generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Province of Ontario. How Does Life Live? is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Algoma.

This event is part of a hub:

Saultites: Walk the Arts and Wellness Trail

Organized by James L. McIntyre Centennial Library

Culture Days 10th Anniversary KICK OFF will start with Opening Ceremonies, at the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site at 9:30 a.m., on Friday September 27, 2019. Make your way along the cultural corridor to vibrant festivities at the...


10 East St, Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Event Contact

Ontario Culture Days