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

Poolside Gallery Launch Party

+VP Seeded poster-FINAL copyWhen: May 12 | 7pm to 1am
Where: 2nd Floor of Artspace – 100 Arthur Street

FINALLY, after nearly 35 years of supporting the development, exploration and dissemination of Winnipeg’s creative artistic practice, Video Pool Media Arts Centreannounces the opening of our very own POOLSIDE GALLERY, an intimate presentation venue for the creative exploration of media arts practices.

Come and celebrate with us at the May 12th launch where the techniques and aesthetics of media arts practices meet with the elements of the natural environment in the exhibition SEEDED. Music by DJ Ruthless.

The POOLSIDE Media Art Gallery will be Winnipeg’s only gallery dedicated to contemporary media arts practices. It will provide local and visiting artists an intimate venue to showcase their work in a physical space. Located on the second floor of the Artspace building, POOLSIDE will be an important catalyst in the development of Manitoba’s media artists and will act as a social hub for community engagement, critical reflection and learning.

The name POOLSIDE comes from a publication created and developed at Video Pool Media Arts Centre from 1989-2009. Each book was a resource for artists, curators and historians and provided an opportunity for video and media artists to have their works highlighted. It’s exciting to turn that celebrated publication into a physical place where the audience can enjoy a more personal experience with the art.

How Will It Work?
POOLSIDE Gallery will provide a platform for the research and dissemination of exploratory practices in media art installations and events, and will act as an extension of Video Pool’s current facilities (Flex Studio, 5.1 Surround Suite, Tracking Studio, Isolation Booth, Electronics Lab, Temperature Controlled Archive). POOLSIDE will be made available to media artists to develop, disseminate and document media art installations and performances and host workshops for presenting artists to share information on the process and technologies that illustrate their curriculum.

If you wish to financially support POOLSIDE you can do so through Canada Helps, or by contacting VP at

Video Pool Plant Sale Fundraiser

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Video Pool Plant Sale Fundraiser at 100 Arthur Street, Main Floor and Second Floor.

May 12 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
May 13 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

We will have fruit plants, veggie plants, squash plants, house plants, cactus, succulents, terrariums, and functional plant art made by Michael Lucenkiuw and Andy Rudolph!

Alison Davis will be teaching a mini stop-motion animation workshop. For $5 you can make a 10 second stop-motion video with plants!

Along with the sale you can join us in Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s new PoolSide Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Artspace building, for a vegetation and growth based exhibit called Seeded. With work by Terry Billings (SK), Kelsey Braun (MB), Julie Gendron + Emma Hendrix (MB), Ken Gregory (MB), Joel Penner (MB), Colby Richardson (MB), curated by Jennifer Smith.

On May 12th stay into the evening for grand opening of our brand new PoolSide Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Artspace building, starting at 7pm.

We are still accepting donations for plants, soil and plant clippings, please contact Jen at if you have something to donate.

International Women’s Day Online Screening

International Women’s Day Online Screening

Curated by Maddy Jantz

Armour for Living by Hope Peterson

1987 | 1:50

The Common Handbag: it contains the only survival equipment carried by many women.  Is it a useless burden, or a vital accessory?  This short story plunges into the woman’s “tool box”.


Missed the online screening? Watch Armour for Living on now!

Isolating Landscapes by Heidi Phillips

2007 | 5:00

Isolating Landscapes is a short experimental film which includes found footage of landscapes, sailboats, and people washing in water. Thematically, the work seeks to describe detachment and loneliness.


Missed the online screening? Watch Isolating Landscapes on now!

Étoiles by Caroline Blais

2013 | 2:45

Meteors and lunar rocks seen through a microscope slowly morph into an interstellar landscape.

Des météorites et de roches lunaires vues à travers un microscope se transforment en un paysage interstellaire.


Missed the online screening? Watch Étoiles on now!

Notes from the curator:

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.

The world has taken us down a strange path— one where sexism, racism and environmental disregard dominates and continues to persist. Many have risen up and fought for a more compassionate world, but despite this, we have found ourselves in a time where a man who embodies these exploitative ways runs the most powerful country in the world.

Marginalized groups have felt the weight of this exploitation since its inception— its deep roots are not easily ignored. For groups at the intersections of marginalities, this weight is even heavier. But never in modern times has our collective reality been so blatantly dismal.

In these turbulent times, the creation and appreciation of storytelling is increasingly important. Not only can rich stories restore our spirits, they may also offer us direction on how to reflect upon and express our inner turmoil. I hope that the specks of humanity within these stories resonate with you.

As the increasingly common protest chant goes, “people gonna rise like the water, gonna calm this crisis down.” We have risen in the past, both distant and recent, and we will continue to rise.  With chaos comes movement, and with movement, an opportunity for change. Its up to us to make the change a positive one.

Enjoy the Videos? Consider a donation to our Tape Archive!

Video Pool’s online screenings are made possible through the financial and volunteer support of individuals and organizations that contribute to the preservation and restoration of the 2200 titles in our archive. Your donation will directly support the preservation activities of more than 34 years of video making in Winnipeg, the Prairies and Canada, and will ensure Manitoba Video Art remains a significant part of the International dialogue.

VUCAVU launches #EyesOnVU


Streaming the best in Canadian film and video, VUCAVU is a new online platform featuring over 1000 titles, including over 150 titles from the Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s catalogue, with more being added every week. On Wednesday, February 15 VUCAVU launched its #EyesOnVU campaign which features themed programs guest-curated by a diverse group of Canadian artists and curators.

The #EyesOnVU/#EntreVU themed programs will be launched every second Wednesday until September. The programs are FREE to stream and include interviews with the curator.

VUCAVU is a bilingual video-on-demand service for the general public and a great resource for educators, researchers and curators. With works being added daily it is becoming a much sought-after sight for artists to feature their work and for programmers and educators to find works to screen.

As part of the #EyesonVU program IMAGES-IN-NATION: The True North curated by Patrice James of the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa, you can watch Manila Road by Fernando Dalayoan from the Video Pool Catalogue.

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As part of the #EyesonVU program A Sense of Belonging curated by Caroline Monnet you can watch Adam and Eve Saulteaux by Theo Pelmus and Kris Snowbird and Francophone-hybride by Jacquelyn Hébert from the Video Pool catalogue.

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For more info on VUCAVU please contact:

Jennifer Smith

Video Pool Distribution Coordinator

204-949-9134 x.4

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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Missed the online screening? Watch Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement on now!

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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Missed the online screening? Watch Eye Eye Captain! (Eau Claire) on now!

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.


Missed the online screening? Watch Roundtrip on now!

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.