Online Screening: Journeys (Or alternatives to the Monomyth)

Journeys (Or alternatives to the Monomyth)

curated by Jessica Murwin

Brief Encounters and Sustained Engagement by Freya Björg Olafson

2012 | 10:00

Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement is part of the AVATAR series exploring methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet.  The series is inspired by the mantra “I post therefore I am”, whereby Internet users legitimize their existence by documenting their lives and uploading this media to personal webpages and blogs.  The work in this series facilitates an inquiry into our desire to share and publicize our lives.

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Eye Eye Captain! (Eau Claire) by Shawn Olin Jordan

2011 | 3:15

Narrated tale of the dynamics between passengers on a ship and extreme weather conditions using archived televised hurricane weather reports. The piece weaves together multiple layers of meaning: shifting perceptions, a mythological journey, and contemporary environmental issues.

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Roundtrip by Caroline Blais

2013 | 3:11

Leaving to travel, uprooting yourself, discovering new geographies, getting lost, finding yourself.

Partir en voyage, se dépayser, être dérouté, se changer les idées, revenir transformé.


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Call to Adventure:

Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement (Freya Bjorg Olafson, 2010)

You have woken from a dream into somewhere even stranger. A woman dances alone in a

room. The image is distorted, but you can make her out. A stream of individuals, one after

another, watches the woman. Some are curious, some baffled, some upset. But there is no

denying this act of dual voyeurism is exciting. Each new random individual representing a

potential interlocutor, changing the experience of the performance.

Multiple paths branch out. This is our starting point.

Initiation: Wherein we face the road of trails, woman is positioned as trouble source and

temptress, and clarity comes.

Eye Eye Captain (Eau Claire) (Shawn Olin Jordan, 2011)

A harrowing tale, a myth, in which the Captain of a tall ship has god-like powers to summon

storms and the narrator must be strapped to the mast for her own protection. What was it they

were after? Where was it they were going? At it’s heart, however, is much different narrative

about a journey less tangible.

Through experience we have become wiser.

The Return:

Roundtrip (Caroline Blais, 2013)

It has grown dark. The rhythm and structure of Roundtrip is hypnotic as we move through

landscapes that manage to be both nostalgic and unfamiliar; a cross-country through

fragments of land and sky, seasons and climates. We have traveled far and in this calm we

realized that we are home again, we have arrived.

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 get

to know your pets.

Call for Curators for 2017 Online Screening Series

Video Pool is home to Winnipeg’s only dedicated video archive of experimental and documentary work.  It is an incredible national treasure, developed from nearly four

stills from March 2016 online screening from Wendy Geller, Christine Kirouac and Divya Mehra

stills from March 2016 online screening from Wendy Geller, Christine Kirouac and Divya Mehra

decades of material! For the past four years Video Pool Media Arts Centre has been holding online screenings three to four times a year, that allow us to share the video gems that are part of our archive. The titles are made available to view for free on Video Pool’s website for a 48 hour period.

We are seeking curators for 3 online screenings. Curators will be responsible for choosing 3 videos from the Video Pool Media Arts Centre catalogue, write a brief text (2 to 3 paragraphs) about the program they have put together, and promote the program. Curators will receive $150 for their time.

Video Pool is responsible for providing the support of our Distribution Coordinator to help the curator access videos they would like to preview, pay artist fees, do promotion of the screening, and set up the videos on our website.

The themes for the screening are open, however we would like the first screening to be in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. The following screenings would take place in August and November.

The purpose of the screenings is to activate our archive and make artists work more accessible to the public. We will be using the screenings as an educational and fundraising opportunity for the archive.

Please email a letter of interest including a subject you would like to research and CV to:

Jennifer Smith

204-949-9134 x.4

Deadline February 12, 2017

Video Pool Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program

The Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program was a collaboration with Community Education Development Association (CEDA/Pathways).  Each participant was paired with a mentor from the arts community; Niki Little, Luther Alexander and Jackie Traverse to learn and create a video project.  This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Artist and Community Collaboration grant.


Kyler Harper | Simulation | 5 minutes | 2016

Simulation is a short film about a hacker named Neil Spencer who can hack with a phone working alongside by Lindsay Swift a very smart secretary. The two of them try to get an upgrade to get promoted, but an ordinary man stops them with superior hacking skills then Neil.


Curtis Harper | Circle of Confusion | 3 minutes | 2016

Circle of Confusion is a short film about a young man lost in the forest.  He’s desperate and looks for a way out. While looking for a place to find home he finds an abandoned house; a vision quest based on longing for a good home.


Jaylene Storm and Winona Bearshield | Going With The Flow | 3 minutes | 2016

This collaborative work was made by Jaylene and Winona along with their mentor Jackie Traverse as an experimentation for their first film.  It was inspired by the city of Winnipeg and what surrounds them here, including pizza, indigenous artists, and Video Pool.



If you would like to screen these videos please contact the Distribution Coordinator Jennifer Smith at

Video Pool Media Arts Centre continues their online screening with Insomniac’s Dream

Insomniac’s Dream

In conjunction with Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2016, Video Pool is excited share four works from our collection selected by Letch Kinloch and Kegan McFadden. Video Pool will host this selection for exclusive online viewing from Friday 30 September – Sunday 02 October.

Howie Cherman

Untitled (Time Stand Still Life), 1997
2:40, Black & White
The kinetic/static composition references a potential for action within the contained architectural and psychological space. The elements within the frame allude to an implied action within an implied narrative of continuous presence, though no action takes place.


Freya Bjorg Olafson
HYPER, 2012
3:00, colour
The word ‘hyper’ is derived from the Greek ‘above, beyond or outside’. In mathematics, hyper is used as a prefix, to denote four or more dimensions. Specifically, this work explores the possibility of passing to a fourth dimension wherein perception of past, present, and future becomes more fluid. This video was created in residency at Studio 303 Interdisciplinary Performance Centre in Montreal.

Didn’t catch the online screening, watch HYPER_ on VUCAVU now.



Scott Leroux

Pepper Green Pepper, 2014

6:11, colour
Using a simple method of screen capturing low res images Scott Leroux creates a dense pallet of ever changing visuals drenched in subconscious efforts. Then par to the course is a score produced in similar fashion by XIE (eXperimental Improv Ensemble).
Didn’t catch the online screening, watch Pepper Green Pepper on VUCAVU now.
Erika MacPherson
All of Me, 1996
3:06, b+w
An incident at the fridge. Some floozy, a gal in waiting, a gal in a camisole, a guy in a dress, a gal in a kilt, and a gal in charge. A meal of knowledge, a kiss… an incident.


Didn’t catch the online screening, watch All of Me on VUCAVU now.

Insomniac’s Dream
Somewhere between sundown and sunrise, we meet — or at least we keep trying to. To record another moment together. Where once there was discourse, we are now disquiet. Distant, distinct, disoriented. When I am x-rayed I think you are visible, for a moment, and when you stare stare at the moon maybe that’s me staring back, anxiously awaiting, always awake. Always the potential —to reunite, to fall awake to the part where our bifurcation occurred, to grab hold, hold, hold (pause).
Occupying this state, dreaming awake, your uninterrupted presence is a folly act — mocking, making absurd the reality of this existence. In which case, this physical rejoinder and your less than sharp materialization is a persistent tease at the impossibility of rewinding to anything, to a place where we once knew.  So we travel. We leave and arrive, together once again. Speaking nonsense, but together. We’ve rewound to the parts that worked when they worked and from here we start. Wake up. Wake up. Wake up. wakeup. wkeup.
Letch Kinloch and Kegan McFadden, respectively, occupy a place on the spectrum that includes publishing, writing, curating, and making artwork. Insomniac’s Dream is their first joint effort.

Exiled Mothers


Join us for the Winnipeg Premier of Sharon Alward’s new documentary Exiled Mothers.

October 17th, 7pm
Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street

The film Exiled Mothers takes us on the artist’s journey to recover her own repressed memories as she examines the social construction of relinquishment, adoption, and motherhood. It introduces us to many other Canadian mothers, who as young women—caught between love for their children and a social snare that demanded surrender—shared the same experience as Sharon that takes a lifetime to resolve. More than a film about adoption and loss, we witness an important period in the history of Western women as we emerge from the fog of a time when the judgment of so many, wilfully separated masses of mothers from their children.

-Karen Lynn, President of the Canadian Council of Natural Mothers

About the Artist

Sharon Alward is a Canadian artist. Her performances, videos and installations use rituals as a process to transcend suffering, to provide opportunities for creativity, transformation and wholeness and as a process for healing. Cited as one of the 100 most innovative Canadians in MacLean’s magazine, her works have been exhibited in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including the Liverpool Tracey Biennial, LACE Los Angeles, Western Front, the National Screen Institute and the American Film Institute.

“I have always been interested in art as a healing agent and believe through performance, ritual and witnessing we have the opportunity to share our pain and initiate healing. Performing ritual allows us the opportunity to transcend suffering and dehumanizing experiences, open ourselves up for healing and journey towards wholeness.”

Sharon has been teaching for 30 years at the University of Manitoba, School of Art. She is a Full Professor and a Senior Fellow of St. John’s College.

This is a free screening.
The venue is wheelchair accessible through the entrance on King Street.



Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents:


at Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts

121-100 Arthur Street

Opening Reception: August 5, 7pm

Exhibition Runs: August 3- 18

Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm

featuring new works by: Daniel Barrow, Andrew Milne / Chantal Dupas, Alexis Kinloch, Niki Little/Breanna Little/Becca Taylor, Kelly Ruth


Watch – Interview with David Rokeby

David Rokeby’s interactive installation “Dark Matter” (2010) was included in Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s AGE OF CATASTROPHE exhibition that ran from November 13 – December 12, 2015. Rokeby came to Winnipeg for the opening of the show and to speak at CATASTROPHE, CATACLYSM AND THE SINGULAR ACCIDENT symposium in conjunction with the exhibition. While he was here he also recorded this interview with Video Pool’s director, Dr. Melentie Pandilovski.
Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario in 1960, David Rokeby has been creating interactive sound and video installations with computers since 1982. His early work Very Nervous System (1982-1991) is acknowledged as a pioneering work of interactive art, translating physical gestures into real-time interactive sound environments. Very Nervous System was presented at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and was awarded the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts in 1988 and Austria’s Prix Ars Electronic Award for Interactive Art in 1991. His works engage questions of digital surveillance and the differences between artificial and human intelligence. David Rokeby’s installations have been exhibited extensively in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has been featured in retrospectives at Oakville Galleries (2004), FACT in Liverpool (2007), the CCA in Glasgow and the Art Gallery of Windsor (2008). He has been an invited speaker at events around the world and has published two papers that are required reading in the new media arts faculties of many universities.

In 2002, Rokeby was awarded a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art (for n-cha(n)t) and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale of Architecture with Seen (2002). In 2004 he represented Canada at the São Paulo Bienal in Brazil. In 2007 he completed major art commissions for the Ontario Science Centre and the Daniel Langlois Foundation in Montréal. His 400 foot long, 72 foot high sculpture entitled long wave was one of the hits of the Luminato Festival in Toronto (2009). In 2010/2011, Rokeby was a guest artist at Le Fresnoy Studio Nationale in Tourcoing, France, and artist-in-residence at the Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University, Toronto. He developed substantial new works for exhibitions in both places in 2012.
The Age of Catastrophe project was generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts.

Watch – Interview with Paul Thomas

Dr. Paul Thomas’ interactive audio visual installation “Quantum Consciousness” (2015) was included in Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s AGE OF CATASTROPHE exhibition that ran from November 13 – December 12, 2015. Thomas came to Winnipeg for the opening of the show and to deliver a keynote address at CATASTROPHE, CATACLYSM AND THE SINGULAR ACCIDENT symposium in conjunction with the exhibition. While in town Dr. Melentie Pandiloski, director of Video Pool Media Arts Centre had a chance to interview Thomas about his work.
Dr. Paul Thomas is Associate Professor and Director of the Fine Arts program at University of New South Wales (UNSW), Art and Design. Thomas initiated and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference series 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2000, Thomas instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth 2002 and 2004.

Thomas is a pioneer of transdisciplinary practice. His work not only takes inspiration from nanoscience and quantum theory, but actually operates there. Thomas’s current practice is based on the research being conducted by Associate Professor Andrea Morello, Quantum Nanosystems (UNSW), looking at the probability of electron superposition in the development of quantum computing. Thomas’s previous projects investigated silver, the mirrors and quantum theories of light and parallel universes in the work Multiverse. Thomas’s nanoart works Nanoessence explored the space between life and death and death at a nano level, and Midas researched what is transferred when skin touched gold. The Midas and Nanoessence installations were in collaboration with SymbioticA: Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia, and the Nanochemistry Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology.
The Age of Catastrophe project was generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts.

Watch – Interview with Nina Czegledy

Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator, works internationally on collaborative art & science & technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment as well as paradigm shifts in the arts inform her projects. She has exhibited and published widely, won awards for her artwork and has initiated, lead and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide at international events.
She visited Winnipeg for Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s exhibition “Age of Catastrophe” in November 2015 where Video Pool’s Director, Melentie Pandilovski had a chance to interview her.
“Age of Catastrophe” was generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Watch – Interview with Michelle Teran

Michelle Teran’s video work “Mortgaged Lives” was included in Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s AGE OF CATASTROPHE exhibition that ran from November 13 – December 12, 2015. Teran came to Winnipeg for the opening of the show and to speak at CATASTROPHE, CATACLYSM AND THE SINGULAR ACCIDENT symposium in conjunction with the exhibition. While she was here she also recorded this interview with Video Pool’s director, Dr. Melentie Pandilovski.
Michelle Teran is a Canadian-born artist whose practice explores media, performance and the urban environment. Her work critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city. Her performances and installations repurpose the language of surveillance, cartography and social networks to construct unique scenarios that call conventional power and social relations into question. Currently, she is a research fellow within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship program at the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design, 2010-2014. She is the winner of the 2010 Transmediale Award, the Turku2011 Digital Media & Art Award, the Prix Ars Electronica Honourary Mention (2005, 2010) and the Vida 8.0 Art & Artificial Life International Competition (Madrid, Spain, 2005). She lives and works in Berlin.
The Age of Catastrophe project was generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts.