Call for Submission: Isolated Landscapes Gathering

Still from August by Sharon Alward

Still from August by Sharon Alward

Open Call: Isolated Landscapes: The Gathering

Deadline for submission:  September 15, 2017

Video Pool Media Arts Centre invites proposals from cis and trans-women, and trans and non-binary artists for presentations/performances, thematic subjects and points of view for The Gathering, which will take place Saturday, 18 November 2017, 10:30 – 5:30,and Sunday, 19 November 2017, 1:00 – 4:30.

The Gathering is a free public program, open to all.  It will be a day-long discussion moderated by Ardele Lister, on the occasion of the exhibition:  Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009), curated by Kathy Rae Huffman from the Video Pool Media Arts Centre Video Archive.  

We invite proposals from cis and trans-women, and trans and non-binary artists, researchers, scholars and activists to participate in a DAY-LONG SERIES of discussions about the issues and experiences faced in the often male-dominated field of media arts.

IN ADDITION TO HERSTORICAL AND PRESENT REALITIES, WE’D ALSO LIKE TO DISCUSS innovative future POSSIBILITIES for women’s WORK in an age of technological acceleration and expansion. The session will be moderated by Lister and co-directed by Huffman. The days will conclude with a potluck supper hosted at MAWA, and performance presentations.

Canadian Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for formal or informal presentations. Possibilities can include discussions of a particular artist’s or group of artists’ works, broader thematic discussions about issues affecting women working in media arts, brief histories of a particularly underrepresented ‘scene’ or body of work pertinent to our moving forward, theoretical or practical research position papers, including topics such as intersectionalities of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and gender-identification as they relate to artistic production and reception; navigation of institutions and contexts, including questions of canalization, and marginalization etc.

Presentations should be no longer than 30 mins, and oriented towards concrete discussion.

Participation is competitive, and participants will be selected by Ardele Lister and Kathy Rae Huffman, in collaboration with Video Pool Media Arts Centre.  A fee of $300 will be offered to each selected participant.  Those from outside of Winnipeg must organize their own travel and accommodation, however some assistance for housing may be available.

To ensure a broad range of people with different levels and kinds of experience and expertise, we ask each applicant to submit their CV/portfolio along with a 150 – 500 word letter of intent, with the title of your presentation, to isolatedlandscapes@videopool.org no later than Sept 15, 2017. (Please include Isolated Landscapes Gathering in the subject heading).

Selected participants will be notified by September 22, 2017.

The Gathering moderator:

 Ardele Lister, born and raised in Calgary, came to filmmaking when she co-founded the women’s collective ReelFeelings in Vancouver in 1973. When- in ‘76 – ReelFeelings’ film, So Where’s My Prince Already? was selected for the International Festival of Women’s Films in New York City, she relocated to New York.  Lister’s analog and digital works have been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, and museums. Her 1984 work Hell, a computerized interpretation of Dante’s Inferno, broke new ground in the creative applications by artists of otherwise commercial technologies, and helped shape a new digital aesthetic. The issue of defining identities in our globalized culture, and the role of media in shaping those identities, characterizes much of her research. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Kunsthalle (Berlin).  In 1977, she founded and edited The Independent, the first monthly publication for independent video and filmmakers, still in publication online. She teaches media in the Visual Arts Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and lives in Brooklyn.

 

The Exhibition Curator:

Kathy Rae Huffman is a freelance curator, networker and media art collector. Since the early 1980s, Huffman helped establish video and new media art, online and interactive art, installation and performance art in the visual arts world. She has curated for, written about and coordinated events for numerous international art institutions, consulted and juried for festivals and alternative arts organizations. Huffman not only introduced video and digital computer art to museum exhibitions, but she also pioneered tirelessly to bring television channels and video artists together in order to show video artworks on TV.  From the early 1990s until 2014, Huffman was based in Europe, and embraced early net art and interactive and 3D online environments in her curatorial practice. She is co-founder of FACES, an international online community for women in media art, in 1997. She has held curatorial posts at the Long Beach Museum of Art (California), the ICA Boston, and Cornerhouse, Manchester (UK). Huffman currently resides in Ventura County, Southern California.

 

Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009) is a project lead by Video Pool Media Arts Centre, with supporting partners Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, and Mentoring Artists or Women’s Art (MAWA), VUCAVU.com, and is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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