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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Video Pool Media Arts Centre announces Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009)

Still from Isolating Landscapes by Heidi Phillips

Still from Isolating Landscapes by Heidi Phillips

Isolated Landscapes:

Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009)

November 3 to December 1, 2017

Video Pool Media Arts Centre announces the exhibition Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009), curated by Kathy Rae Huffman. In development for over a year, the project will have four components: A physical Exhibition; an online exhibition; a series of public Gatherings; and a touring screening series in 2018.

Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009) is a major exhibition of the history of video art by women who live and work in the central Canadian region, or who have been informed by years of residing in (or growing up in) the region. The nineteen works in the exhibition (by twenty-one artists) were produced between 1984 -2009 and play a prominent role in the history of Winnipeg’s legendary Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The project represents pioneering, early video art production by women artists working in various genres, reveals their ability to utilize the available technology of the time, and many works respond to the region’s isolation and starkness, revealed in geographical, cultural and personal landscapes.  

All the works are held in the archives of Video Pool Media Arts Centre, many had early support from the organization, and demonstrates the many regional partnerships and mutual support of artists and agencies in the region.  

Video Artists are:  

Sharon Alward , Thirza Jean Cuthand, Shawna Dempsey, Nida Home Doherty, Elvira Finnigan, Wendy Geller, Garland Lam, Erika MacPherson, Maureen Medved, Divya Mehra, Lorri Millan, Hope Peterson, Heidi Phillips, Dominique Rey, Nicole Shimonek, Jennifer Stillwell, Reva Stone, Leslie Supnet, Sheila Urbanoski, and Lori Weidenhammer

In recognition of the role performance has played in the development of feminist video, Isolated Landscapes will include performances by:

Ming Hon; The Ephemerals: Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny Western;  Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan; and Freya Björg Olafson.

The exhibition portion of Isolated Landscapes will be on view 3 November to 1 December, 2017 at Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg.

A digital exhibition will be available for free at 3 November to 3 December 2017, after which it will be available for online purchase.

A weekend of Video, Performances, and The Gathering, will take place November 17-19 in Winnipeg at the Poolside Gallery, MAWA and Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts. The Gathering will be comprised of presentations selected from an open call, and will enhance the weekend with essential discussions about the future of video in a ‘post gender’, non-binary, technically enhanced world.  Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.   See the attached Call for Participation, also available online at:  

Four screenings will be held in early 2018: In Vancouver at VIVO Media Art Centre, Saskatoon at PAVED Arts, Montreal at Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) and Halifax at the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT).

Isolated Landscapes has been developed with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and with our partners, Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Mentoring Arts for Women Artists (MAWA) and

Additional biographical information, photos and texts are available from Video Pool Media Arts Centre.  

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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 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),, and is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Online Screening: Pasts/Futures


curated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez

BOT I by Praba Pilar

2014 | 13:10

Performance artist Praba Pilar’s video version of her techno-obra performatica, BOT I. Samuel Beckett gave us “Not I,” Asimov gave us “I Robot,” and now, from the neo colonial world center of silicon nanobots of San Francisco, California, Pilar offers us BOT I. The body in the techno craze? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency? Biopiracy and indigeneity? Military Robotics? Trafficking of women over the internet? E-Waste? Autobiographical and contemporary, this interpretation of the delusions and illusions of the technocultural era delivers us Out, Into This World….

pilar-BOT IA

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Sacred not sacred: pilgrimage by Shawn Olin Jordan

2014 | 4:00

Notions of externalized and internalized journeys, identity and place, and the mundane and the exotic are explored in a series of clips from an imagined nature documentary series. At question is our spiritual and psychological relationship with the land and how we project our unmet needs and desires onto it.

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Missed the online screening? Watch Sacred not sacred: pilgrimage on now!

Still by Leah Decter

2011 | 3:51

still is part of an ongoing body of work that addresses the persistence of colonial structures in contemporary Canada through a critical white settler lens. These works confront facets of this overarching concern through a practice of performing interventions into the land/scape and tampering with iconic elements of Canadian visual culture. Integrating the residue of an off-camera performance within a quintessentially ‘Canadian’ landscape as a politically, culturally and historically mitigated representation, still speaks to the ways dominant nationalist mythologies work to conceal colonial realities and perpetuate the inequities of colonial logics.


Missed the online screening? Watch Still on now!

Pasts/Futures notes from the Curator:

These video works bring up questions of possibilities for pasts and futures of a colonial, capitalist world.

In BOT I, a disembodied, feminized mouth becomes abstract, becomes part of the screen. Becomes a cyborg bursting with awareness, and painting a picture of a nearing apocalyptic world: hazardous materials, human trafficking, Christopher Columbus…STOP! Its programming informs this cyborg to become more “efficient,” but it resists.

Sacred not sacred: pilgrimage begins with a view of decontextualized landscape. Machines function among the frozen land, and forgotten remnants from an industrial world peek out through the snow. A meditative voice-over questions human relation to nature, the sublime, and the exotic. It asks, “what matters?”

As Sacred not sacred ends with themes of thawing and regeneration, Still opens with the hopeful sound of birds. But is it smoke that we’re looking at? Rushing water? A wider shot offers some context but a disappearing relic makes us question: was anyone ever there?

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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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Curators of the 2017 Online Screenings

Meet the Curators of the 2017 Online Screenings

Jessica Murwin-januaryJessica Murwin

January 2017

Jessica Murwin is an independent filmmaker and programmer based in Montreal, Quebec. Her focus is championing stories about and by women, First nations and LGBTQAI+ peoples in the hopes of reclaiming narratives from white-cis-hetero-patriarchy. She would love to meet your pets.







Madeline Jantz- marchMaddy Jantz

March 2017

My name is Maddy Jantz and I’m a student of sociology, musician and aspiring filmmaker. I’ve lived in Winnipeg my whole life, and am just beginning to step into the marvellous film scene that shines so brightly in our city. While choosing the pieces for this year’s International Women’s Day online screening, I saw it as crucial to choose pieces that would help us reflect on our world’s current state, as well as on our individual reactions and our shared humanity.







mariana headshot-JuneMariana Muñoz Gomez

July 2017

Mariana Muñoz Gomez is an artist living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is interested in addressing issues of identity, language, and otherness in her work, particularly as they relate to marginalization in the West.






Yasmin Nurming-Por-Septebmer

Yasmin Nurming-Por

September 2017

Yasmin Nurming-Por (b.1989) is a curator, writer and educator from Toronto, ON, based in Banff, AB. Previous curatorial projects include Blind White (2015), At Sea (2015), andARCTICNOISE(2015). Her writing has appeared in Drain Magazine, esse, Inuit Art Quarterly,, and c magazine. In 2015-2016 she was a instructor of Art History and Media Writing at Humber College in Toronto. Yasmin holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto (2013), and is currently the Curatorial Research Practicum at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre.



Noor Banghu- NovemberNoor Bhangu

November 2017

Harnoor Bhangu holds a BA in History of Art from the University of Winnipeg, where she is currently working on her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices. She focuses primarily on South Asian, Central Asian and Middle-Eastern artists who interrogate gender, religion and diaspora in their work. In her recent work, she has begun to look critically at the ways in which marginalized bodies take up or contest spaces online.



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Welcome Beth Schellenberg



Video Pool Media Arts Centre is thrilled to have Beth Schellenberg working with us over the summer.  Beth started working at VP on June 13th and will be with us through the end of August.  Beth will focus her time on working with Kelsey in Programming and running the Poolside Gallery, and will lead the organization of VP’s yearly fundholders show to be launching in August.

Beth Schellenberg hails from northern Saskatchewan and is currently finishing a self-guided honours degree at University of Winnipeg focused on pop culture, new media, and experimental criticism. She is excited to spend her summer working at Video Pool and playing at the beach and will be starting an MA in Cultural and Curatorial studies in September. 

Beth can be reached at

We are grateful to Canadian Heritage and the Young Canada Works program for partially funding the position.

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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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Job Call: Programming Assistant (Summer Student)

Video Pool Media Arts Centre is hiring for the position of Program Assistant. This position is a 16 week position at 35 hours/week. The funding is partially coming from the Young Canada Works program, as such we are looking for a current student under the age of 30 who will be returning to school in the fall. The position would fit a post-secondary student studying Fine Arts or Art History. The Program Assistant will be responsible for executing the summer programming in our new Poolside Gallery.

Committed to employment equity, Video Pool Media Arts Centre encourages applications from Indigenous people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Application deadline: June 5, 2017 by 5pm

Anticipated start date: June 12, 2017
Anticipated end date: August 31, 2017

Salary: $15/hr
The ideal candidate will:

o Be a postsecondary student studying Fine Arts or Art History.

o Proficient in working in a Mac environment.

o An understanding of WordPress, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

o Work well as part of a team.

o Strong organizational skills.

o Demonstrated ability for attention to detail.

o The ability to take direction and to self direct


Submit a cover letter and CV by June 5, 2017 by 5PM.


Subject: Program Assistant Position

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