The Extras was a video performance referencing the form of a film shoot, involving an actor (Michele Sereda), numerous background performers, cameras, lighting and sound crews. The Extras contextualized local Saskatchewan film history within an experimental live tableau. The Extras aimed to create a conceptual monument to the world of Karl May, Winnetou, and Chinganchgook, with reference to Uranium exploitation and entrepreneurial cultures in the city.
It was a collaborative project with artist Michele Sereda, artistic director of Curtain Razors. An original creation by the Szuper Gallery (UK), the production of The Extras was adapted to Regina’s own particular relationship with film production, potent architectural sites that carry political histories relevant to the province and the city. The performance incorporated local film history as material to work with to develop the performance, and a slate of diverse extras were drawn from the community to be performers. The performance involved 23 local extra performers, crew, cameras, lighting, and sound. Curtain Razors collaborated with interdisciplinary performance group Szuper Gallery and had the technical support of the Saskatchewan FilmPool Cooperative, and dissemination support from Mackenzie Art Gallery.