Temporal Contours – Sound Performance Social

Video Pool Media Arts Centre cordially invites you to Temporal Contours, a new quarterly series of sound-based performances taking place in Poolside Gallery.

To kick off the series we welcome Burden, Dogon Lock and Joel Mierau,

Temporal Contours is intended to to create an open, inclusive and comfortable space for the exploration and experimentation of all things sonic.

Friday December 8 2017 | 7:30PM

Feel free to come early / stay late, as we’ll be spinning records and serving drinks.

In addition, Eye and Ear Control Records will be here with the distro and a chance to hear some of what’s in stock.

co-presented with send+receive: a festival of sound & Eye and Ear Control Records

send+receive: a festival of sound

Eye and Ear Control Records





Dogon Lock

Tape music for fans of tape music:


Joel Mierau

Joel Mierau is an artist working with sound, living in Winnipeg. He is always listening. His process is informed by this intimate perception of subtle changes in sounds which influence how he navigates through his work & performances; many of which consist of long tones and the discrete movement of objects. The act of intentional discretion is used to create sonic events that lead listeners across the barriers that hinder oneself from being present in the moment, to actively listen, and to possibly find something to be desired from within their discomfort.

Poolside Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Artspace Building at 100 Arthur St. Please use the elevator to access.

Video Pool is wheelchair accessible from the King St entrance.



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The Gathering: Schedule (November 17 to 19, 2017)

The Gathering is the collective sharing of experiences among the participants and the public. Participants for this have been selected from a national and international call for submissions. Each participant brings their own insights, working methods and experiences to The Gathering in the spirit of collaborative engagement and creativity. The proceedings of the working groups will be streamed and broadcast, with the participants bringing their innovative ways of working from the historic examples given in the exhibition towards new modes of feminist inquiry and activism in new media.


All welcome.

Events are all free of charge except the Big Wig performance by Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan. Buy tickets here.

The Potluck on the evening of the 18th is reserved for women, women identified and non-binary artists.

November 18th is the Santa Claus Parade in downtown Winnipeg, please keep this in mind when planning your transportation to the event, there are some suggestions of parking and travel routes on our facebook event.

Note: Events take place at Finch Gallery Workspace (74 Princess Street) unless otherwise stated.


Friday, November 17

Saturday, November 18

Sunday, November 19


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Kelly Ruth – pH: Measurement of Success

pH: MepH_Work in progress 09:08:17asurement of Success ::: Kelly Ruth


Exhibition: October 6 – 28 2017
Artist Presentation: Friday October 6: 6pm
Reception: Friday October 6: 7 pm
Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12 – 5 closed long weekends
Poolside Gallery is located on the 2nd flr of Artspace Building 100 Arthur st Winnipeg MB

This exhibition is an adjunct presentation with send+receive: a festival of sound on from October 12 – 15 2017. Please visit here for more information: http://sendandreceive.org/


pH: Measurement of Success:

As an artist I am concerned with the interplay between class, economics and environmental collapse. Specifically our relationship to freedom and our submissions to the controls over our time while the environmental casualties pile up around us.

Since the time of the Industrial Revolution our modes of labour and production have radically transformed the way we relate as humans, to each other and the land. In response to the capitalist model we are living in, I think it is of critical importance to observe the differences between competition and mutual aid as it relates to the organization of societies while considering ourselves in community with the natural world. Working primarily in fibre, new media, (natural and synthetic) and sound I am considering our place in history and our possible future trajectories.

pH: Measurement of Success is an interactive sound and light installation which uses conductive thread for circuits which are hand woven into cloth. At the heart of the installation is a hand woven cloth, dyed using plants, which represents the coral reef. Additionally a sound composition for the piece is designed in many parts and is affected by the presence of humans within the space.



This program is part of the send+receive festival of sound, V19.






Kelly Ruth is a Textile/New Media artist who has been activating her textiles and tools through using electronics, sound, and integrating microcontrollers into the foundations of her woven cloth. She has created several bodies of work using fibre, dyeing with plants and weaving, recognizing these as early technologies and ethnographic relationships that humans have had with the land. In her work she is primarily concerned with the interplay between class, economics and ecology. In her live sound performances she uses contact microphones on her weaving loom collecting and manipulating the sounds through pedals and effects. Kelly has a background as a textile dyer/painter for dance, theatre and film companies across Canada. She is also a garment industry activist and models her manufacturing ideals through running her small business as an artisan garment and woven jewelry designer. She is a recent graduate of the Foundation Mentorship Program at Mentoring Artists For Women’s Art, a recipient of Video Pool’s New Artist in New Media Arts fund, and has been awarded several grants from the Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council.


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send + receive: a festival of sound 2017 warm-up in Poolside Gallery – Friday September 22

Aston Coles Dec17Winnipeg_YearEndPoolside Gallery & Video Pool Media Arts is super excited to be a part of this primer to Send + Receive’s 2017 edition of it’s long-running festival! Please join us, first in Cinematheque for the film What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band at 8:30 and afterward in Poolside Gallery for a reception and performance from Aston Coles. All signs point to this being a ruckus evening!!

send + receive began in 1998 as a project of Video Pool Media Arts Centre in response to new modes of creation and distribution emerging from technological developments in communications and audio/music industries. In 2001, due to an increase in interest for the event by local, national and international communities, send + receive became an incorporated entity, further enabling growth in creative and critical programming. send + receive and Video Pool are happy to continue their long-standing partnership through new forms, as this be the first of what we hope are many performances in sonic experimentation in Poolside Gallery.

co-presented with Winnipeg Film Group and Video Pool Media Arts Centre

v. 19 – Pre-festival event – Friday, September 22, 2017

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Matt Smith Artist in Residence


We are looking forward to having Matt Smith as our Artist In Residence! Matt has been involved in media arts since the 1990s in a variety of capacities and has worked for the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, co-founded the loose collective of technicians and artists, FirstFloor Electronix, co-hosted the highly experimental FirstFlooRadioshow on CITR in Vancouver, and produced sound-art and radio shows for international broadcast. Matt founded Artist Run Limousine which between 2003 and 2009 spawned a series of international productions of “Audiomobile”, 59285b65-25bc-4ee9-af5f-6c9a4c4a89beand, as a member of the Second Site Collective, created an environmental sound piece using his remote-sensing software at Sun Yat Sen Garden spring of 2013. In 2013 a solo-show at CSA in Vancouver featured photography related works from 2008 to 2013. His interests are largely focussed on technical photography and digital networks, with a variety of projects exploring perception – not only of space and time, but also the technological ecology that we surround ourselves with.

Matt is giving a workshop at Video Pool (September 26/27) teaching participants how to connect popular creative real-time media environments (PD, Processing, other open-source software), to a simple, commercial laser-scanner. The workshop will cover basic laser-scanner operation, it’s overall limitations and capabilities, and will focus on using a computer to control the laser-scanner in real-time. Workshop participants will work collaboratively to develop a laser show to play inside Eckhardt Hall at the WAG. Matt’s piece is to be comprised of video clips of people dancing transposed into a laser show and triggered by music on the outside wall of the Winnipeg Art Gallery during Nuit Blanche 2017. The public is invited to contribute dance moves, poses or other movement by either visiting Poolside Gallery during the last half of September or submitting material online.




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Dinka Pignon – Exhibition and Artist in Residence – August 2017

Video Pool Media Arts Centre is excited to have sculptural projection artist Dinka Pignon in Residence from August 15 – 30, developing her new work, Game Over. Dinka will also be exhibiting Pool in Poolside Gallery which will be open for the Lost in Artsp_ace event on Thursday August 24 and will run through September 8, 2017. This project is made possible through the direct support of the Winnipeg Foundation and through the ongoing support of our funders, donors and volunteers.


Artist Presentation and reception: Tuesday August 29, 7pm, 2017

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5 pm.














Dinka Pignonis an interdisciplinary media artist working with spatial video installation and performance art. Her experimental practice is characterized by a strong affinity for the phenomenal, liminal, conceptual and minimal. Her work is situated in the field of ‘mixed reality’, operating on the borderline between the real and the virtual. Her installations involve large-scale video projections that reshape the architecture of the space and create illusionary effects over objects. The installations become virtual environments for performance, often inviting audience participation. Over the last 30 years Pignon has produced a large body of work that has exhibited internationally. Parallel to her own practice she has coordinated and curated interdisciplinary art events, festivals, experimental workshops and international art exchange programs. Devoted to artist-run culture she has spent most of her working life in artist-run centers: 15 years at the Fylkingen for New Music & Intermedia Art in Stockholm and 10 years at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver.

Check out some of Dinka’s past work here:

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Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration

Scott-Organ Room

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Residency to take place: February 2018


Scott Leroux was a creative force during the time he spent making artwork at Video Pool Media Arts
Centre. He had boundless energy and an ability to bring people together around his and others’ acts
of expression. Scott was a multi-talented musician and composer, photographer and video-artist, and
developed a unique artistic process through experimentation. His presence breathed an air of
curiosity into Video Pool’s studios. Suddenly, and sadly, Scott passed away on October 29, 2016.
Video Pool is honoured to announce that his legacy will continue through a fund created by the
Leroux family in Scotts name that offers $1,200 for a one-month residency in our new Poolside
Gallery. Artists will produce new work and are encouraged to spend this time experimenting and
pushing the boundaries of Media Arts, using Poolside as a ‘living laboratory’ where work can be
explored, developed, exhibited, and discussed. Artists are invited to propose a project through the guidelines below:


  • Applicants must be current members of Video Pool or willing to purchase a General Membership: http://www.videopool.org/membership/
  • Members can only hold one fund at a time at Video Pool.
  • All types of technology-based artistic projects are eligible, including web based art, installation or performance works with strong media art component, physical computing, interactive art, robotic or experimental electronic art, video installation, or sound works.
  • Works in progress are not eligible.
  • School projects are not eligible.
  • Commercial projects are not eligible.

NOTE: Applicants to the Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration are strongly encouraged to contact the Programming Coordinator prior to submission. For more information email: vpprogramming@videopool.org


Fund recipient will have access to Poolside Gallery, and should make a list of proposed equipment for their project. Video Pool will attempt to provide access to equipment needed, but may not be able to fulfill all requests.

Please note that Poolside Gallery has some physical constraints. The space is approximately 380ft2 with 6 doorways and 1 post. In addition, unfortunately we are currently not able to exhibit work involving loud audio volumes. While we will do our best to accommodate most projects, applicants are encouraged to adapt their work to the room. For a layout of the gallery please visit:

Poolside Gallery layout


The Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration will be juried by Video Pool’s Executive Director, another member of Video Pool staff, and 2 media artist’s from the community. Notices of the jury’s decision will be sent out within 8 weeks from the application deadline by the Programming Coordinator.


Each individual is required to adhere to the following:

  • The recipient must pursue the project as proposed. Any dramatic deviation in the project’s content must be cleared with the Programming Coordinator.
  • Projects must credit Video Pool Media Arts Centre and the Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration.
  • The recipient must submit audio/visual documentation of the project to be used for promotional materials and social media.
  • The recipient must allow the public regular weekly access to them while working in the Poolside Gallery.
  • The recipient is required to submit a final report and financial statement. A template will be provided to successful applicants to facilitate this process.


One copy of the application and ALL supporting materials must be received at the Video Pool office by midnight on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it defaults to the next working day. Email applications are preferred, however they can also be dropped off in person or by mail.

Submissions must include the following:


Provide a synopsis of the proposed project and a visual/sound treatment detailing how the project will be realized (not to exceed 2 pages). Jurors should get a clear sense of the work, how it contributes to the applicant’s artistic development and why the applicant wants to pursue the proposed piece.


List of all equipment necessary for the work.


Provide an outline for the public engagement aspect of the residency. This might include artist talks, open studio time, workshops, meetings, discussions etc.


Should detail relevant artistic experience of the applicant (not to exceed 3 pages.)


Limited to 2 samples and may include: online links to video (max.10 minutes running time); audio on CD or online (max. 10 minutes play time); or, max 10 still images emailed with the application or on CD or USB (.jpg or .tif only.) Please include a list detailing the support material and label all support material with applicant’s name and title of the work. Do not submit originals, as Video Pool assumes no liability in the loss of, or damage to, any support material. A deadline date will be set for applicants to pick up non-web based submission materials (ie. CDs, DVDs, etc.), after which, materials will be destroyed.

For additional information, please contact:

Kelsey Braun

T: +1 204.949.9134 (x.108)
E: vpprogramming@videopool.org

vpprogramming@videopool.org with the subject line SCOTT LEROUX FUND
or by mail to:
Scott Leroux Fund
Video Pool Media Arts Centre
300-100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3

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AUGUST 4 – AUGUST 18, 2017

Opening Reception Friday August 4, 2017 @ 7PM

Exhibition: August 4th -August 18th, Tue – Sat, 12 – 5pm

An exhibition featuring recipients of Video Pool’s NEW ARTIST IN MEDIA ART AWARD and MEDIA PRODUCTION FUND



Video Pool Media Arts Centre is thrilled to announce the exhibition of four new works developed at Video Pool Media Arts over the past year. These artists are the recipients of financial, technical, equipment and facility support in order to realize their creative projects, utilizing VP’s mechanisms and their own creative energy to develop these exciting new works.

Revisions is a series of works exploring temporal instability and a re-imagining of the progression of time.



Andrea Roberts

Colby Richardson

Michelle Wilson

Natalie Baird+Jillian Groening



The Artspace Building is wheelchair accessible from the west side entrance at King Street and Bannatyne Avenue.

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Paradigm TV opening!

Thanks to all who made it out this past Friday June 16 for the opening of Scott Leroux’s Paradigm TV! It was an honour to be able to share Scott’s work with family and friends, and we hope that many more are able to take in this special project. Paradigm TV runs until July 15, 2017!


Paradigm TV – Nature channel – Scott Leroux (2015)

Paradigm TV is a cast of video collaborations and solo works directed by Scott Leroux. Broadcasting through four channels Paradigm TV has something for everyone Experimental, Contemporary Dance, Music Videos, even Nature. As you flip through the channels you might find your self bombarded by a blast of colourful glitched-out pixels, soothed by a flower in the wind, mesmerized by the careful movement of a human body, or feeling nostalgic by a throwback to 90s music video culture. No matter what you’ll find something for you on Paradigm TV.

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 5pm



Poolside Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Artspace Building on 100 Arthur St Winnipeg Canada.

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Scott Leroux – Paradigm TV June 16 – July 17


Scott Leroux Paradigm TV – Scott Leroux, 2015 (detail)



Paradigm TV is a cast of video collaborations and solo works directed by Scott Leroux. Broadcasting through four channels Paradigm TV has something for everyone Experimental, Contemporary Dance, Music Videos, even Nature. As you flip through the channels you might find your self bombarded by a blast of colourful glitched-out pixels, soothed by a flower in the wind, mesmerized by the careful movement of a human body, or feeling nostalgic by a throwback to 90s music video culture. No matter what you’ll find something for you on Paradigm TV.

Scott Leroux (1988-2016) earned his BFA (honours) from the University of Manitoba where he studied photography, video, painting, and improvised music. As a self taught organist and composer Scott’s use of mediums delves deep into the subconscious, seeking beauty and harmony in the banal.

Scott Leroux was a unique and creative force during the time he spent making artwork at Video Pool. He had a boundless energy and an ability to bring people together around his and others’ acts of expression.

Sadly Scott passed away on October 29, 2016. It is with great honour that we are able to host an exhibition of his work Paradigm TV. Please join us for the reception 7pm, Friday June 16, 2017, at Poolside Gallery. Paradigm TV will be open through July 15. We thank Scott’s partner Zorya and his parents Janice and Doug for their on-going support and encouragement in these endeavours.

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