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”.

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Missed the online screening? Watch Armour for Living on VUCAVU.com 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.

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Missed the online screening? Watch Isolating Landscapes on VUCAVU.com 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.

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Missed the online screening? Watch Étoiles on VUCAVU.com 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.

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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.

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 VUCAVU.com 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 VUCAVU.com 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.

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Missed the online screening? Watch Roundtrip on VUCAVU.com 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

vpdist@videopool.org

204-949-9134 x.4

Deadline February 12, 2017

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.
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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).
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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.

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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.

International Women’s Day 2016 Online Screening

Video works by Christine Kirouac, Divya Mehra and Wendy Geller curated by Bev Pike were available to watch online March 8 & 9!

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, Video Pool was excited share three works in our collection made by incredibly talented Manitoban women, curated by Bev Pike.


Girl on Girl Action by Christine Kirouac
2001 | Video | 5:33

"Girl on Girl Action" by Christine Kirouac

“Girl on Girl Action” by Christine Kirouac

This short film combines two opposite contexts of social interactions, one being life-size rock em’ sock em’ boxing footage at a seedy cowboy bar, and the other a refined tea party for two set against the dramatic fall forest. Both activities share a ritualistic nature that appears as natural as the absurdity of the situation itself. The result challenges expectations of feminine behavior, using a humorous narrative, as well as leaving the viewer unsettled and the match uncharacteristically unresolved.


Like Me by Divya Mehra
2008 | Video | 4:03

"Like You" by Divya Mehra

“Like Me” by Divya Mehra

In this video, I perform a traditional dance of the North Indians to a song that was first sung by my ancestors.

Missed the online screening? See Like You on VUCAVU now!


Jill Skinner – Diary of a Star by Wendy Geller
1985 | Video | 9:20

"Jill Skinner - Diary of a Star" by Wendy Geller

“Jill Skinner – Diary of a Star” by Wendy Geller

Through multiple costume changes and by assuming multiple personas the artist deconstructs the idea of celebrity. As the videotape unfolds the costumes and personas become increasingly transparent while the environment surrounding the artist becomes more and more claustrophobic. With a darkly humorous undertone the artist examines the suffocating effects of vanity and the conflict between desire and disappointment that underlie cultural notions of celebrity.


SOPHIE TUCKER’S SISTERS

This program for International Women’s Day 2016 is evocative o f the following quote by Sophie Tucker, the Last of the Red Hot Mamas (as told to the BBC in 1964).

I’ve always made up my mind to do what I wanted to do.  With numbers, with songs, with dresses, with anything with people.  If I make up my mind that’s what I want to do it’s done.  

I get what I want, I do what I want, I am the boss.

Tucker was a singer famous for her saucy Flapper era songs.  The 1920s and 1930s were lively times in which Manitoba women tossed their Victorian corsets, raised their hemlines, and some even sought professions and higher education.  Cheeky humour was, and so it remains, part of any emancipatory movement.  Sophie’s part in the revolution built on decades of feminist lobbying so women could be persons under the law, could own property, could claim their own children and vote.

Many of her songs advocated women take charge of their own romances.

Video Pool has many artworks by women that embody Sophie’s role-modelling.  This program features three tapes that compliment each other to embody her witty iconclastic mission.

            – Curator Bev Pike

Call for Curators for 2016 Online Screenings

Online Screening call for Curators 2016

Over the last three 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 of video that spans over 30 years. The videos are made available to the public on our website for 48 hours.

For 2016 we are seeking curators for 3 online screenings. Curators will be responsible for choosing 3 videos from the Video Pool Media Arts Centre Catalogue, and write a brief text (2 paragraphs) about the program they have put together. 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, 2016. The following screenings would take place in August and November 2016.

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

Jennifer Smith

vpdist@videopool.org

204-949-9134 x.4

by Feb 21, 2016 at midnight

Craft Year 2015 – Online Screening

Thanks for watching everyone!

In celebration of Craft Year 2015, the Manitoba Craft Council is pleased to partner with Video Pool Media Arts Centre to bring you this program of shorts by three Manitoba artists whose work intersects with craft: tamara rae biebrich, Chantel Mierau and Seth Woodyard.

While documentaries and how-to videos are ubiquitous online (and we love them!), the works presented here emerge from a place deep within the artists’ practice and speak to craft in subtler ways.  With humour and sensitivity, they reflect on the role of repetition and process, material and necessity – concepts inextricably intertwined with thinking about craft.  The sensual and subversive nature of craft is surfaced through a lowered visual field that draws our eyes downward to the hands.  The identity of the makers is blurred; the focus is on the larger community and a common human experience.  Time-based media have a unique power to make visible the invisible;  in this case, the labour and sheer time itself that making entails is revealed.

Thank you to Jennifer Smith for the hidden work involved in bringing these videos to a wider audience and to the artists for sharing their vision.

-Tammy Sutherland, Manitoba Craft Council Programme Coordinator

The videos were available for viewing from Friday, September 25 at 5pm to Sunday, September 27.

Her Hands are Dangerous | tamara biebrich

Her Hands are Dangerous | tamara rae biebrich

Her Hands Are Dangerous by tamara rae biebrich

2007 | 3:10

Through a candy-coated lens, Her Hands Are Dangerous.. challenges consumerism with the gesture of creative and domestic labour.

This 3-minute experimental video evokes the aesthetic of super 8 film projections, with a soundtrack driven by the movement of hands and punctuated with simple drawings.

 

The Clean House | Chantel Mireau

The Clean House | Chantel Mierau

The Clean House by Chantel Mierau

2011 | 7:21

In this two channel video, the image of cutting and sewing a pure white cloth underpins a narration about clean laundry, comfortable chairs, moths, dust and death, drawing parallels between repetition in the home, and tradition in the House of God.

 

Missed the online screening? See The Clean House on VUCAVU now!

 

 

Working to Please | Seth Woodyard

Working to Please | Seth Woodyard

Working to Please by Seth Woodyard

2009 | 9:25

This video in one component in a larger installation called Man Made (2009) that includes architectural sculptures, video projections, and a performance piece. It documents part of the process of making one of the sculptural components of the installation. The artist is seen steaming and bending wood to make ribs for a dome. The piece emphasizes the repetitive and sensual aspects of the creative process, turning menial task into ritual.

 

International Women’s Day Online Screening

Thanks for watching everyone!

Video Pool invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015 with us by watching three videos online for free by three talented artists in our distribution catalogue.  For this online screening we have for you: The Avoidance of Destruction: An Alternative by Sarah-Lynne Otsuji, Brief Encounters and Sustained Engagement by Freya Björg Olafson, Eye Eye Captain! (Eau Claire) by Shawn Olin Jordan.  Available for viewing from Friday, March 6 at 5pm to Sunday March 8 only! Watch, enjoy and please share!
This program is curated by Rowan Gray.

Screen shot 2015-03-04 at 5.15.41 PM The Avoidance of Destruction: An Alternative by Sarah-Lynne Otsuji

Invisible spiritual and psychological issues permeate every aspect of life, and yet remain hidden in average experience. The transformation from suffering to joy is one such process, and is explored in this three-part piece.

Missed the online screening? Watch The Avoidance of Destruction: An Alternative on VUCAVU now!

Screen shot 2015-03-04 at 5.18.16 PMBrief Encounters and Sustained Engagement by Freya Björg Olafson
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. –
http://www.freyaolafson.com/

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

Screen shot 2015-03-04 at 5.19.38 PMEye Eye Captain! (Eau Claire) by Shawn Olin Jordan
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.

http://shawnolinjordan.com/

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

Prairie Winters – Online Screening

Thanks for watching everyone!

Video Pool was very excited to be able to share The Tooth Maker by Amalie Atkins, Imprint by Leah Decter and Threshold Economics by Hope Peterson for 48 hours only!
From Friday, January 16 at 5pm to Sunday, January 18 these three videos from our distribution archive were available for everyone to watch online for free.

The Tooth Maker by Amalie Atkins

The Tooth Maker by Amalie Atkins

The Tooth Maker by Amalie Atkins
2003 | 3:00

A woman discovers she is suddenly toothless! This movie is so scary and sweet it will make you want to eat sugar. Will she ever be able to crunch candy again? Will the toothmaker be able to transform the snow into a new tooth?

 

 

Imprint by Leah Decter

Imprint by Leah Decter

Imprint by Leah Decter
2008 | 6:49

Imprint is rooted in personal and national narratives – stories of refuge sought in a country founded on a Colonial process itself saturated with the displacement. A winter storm insists its presence on an expansive flat plain where a figure performs a ritual in two parts. One is a contest between footsteps and the blowing snow, a marking, unmarking and remarking of territory. The other, a deliberate act of remembrance, is an echo of the Jewish custom of leaving pebbles on a grave. Drawing on notions of agency, memory and loss, Imprint speaks to stories of the movement of people in which location and dislocation are inextricably intertwined.

Missed the online screening? Watch Imprint on VUCAVU now!

Threshold Economics by Hope Peterson

Threshold Economics by Hope Peterson

Threshold Economics by Hope Peterson
2011 | 5:30

Shot over a period of a year and a half in and around a Winnipeg apartment building, Threshold Economics is surveillance video by the occupant subject. This single-channel experimental video poses an unstable visual narrative creating an atmosphere of precarity. The sound design derives from location recordings and was remixed by Michel Germain. “Tinged with a faint influence of radio noir, this cinematic immersion offers a complex of security peepholes, passing shadows, disembodied voices, the music of steam radiators. Whether as an apartment dweller or detective, the protagonist and viewer alike negotiate walls, windowsills and doorways with stealth, caution and a thrifty gaze, dwelling in anticipatory moments between the inside and outside, the private and public, the familiar and the unknown.” (SAW Gallery catalogue, May 2011)

Missed the online screening? Watch Threshold Economics on VUCAVU now!

Journeys – an online screening

Between Friday, July 18 and Sunday July 20, three videos from Video Pool’s distribution archive were available to watch online. Thanks for watching everyone!

Winnipeg to Saskatoon by Brenna George

Winnipeg to Saskatoon by Brenna George

2009, 2:20
A road trip video. The Canadian prairie landscape is sketched in simple forms in this on-the-move approach to landscape art.

Missed the online screening? Watch Winnipeg to Saskatoon on VUCAVU now!

 

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Journey Through Fear by Dennis Jackson

1998, 5:53
The story follows an old Aboriginal mushom (grandfather) as he checks his week’s worth of traps while hunting along the shoreline. As he ventures out with his dog sled team, he reflects on how he got where he is. The expansion of communities has pushed his trap line further north just as his father before him. While at the fishing hole, he encounters a large black bear jumping out of the shoreline. His only chance is to run to the sled to get his rifle. The faster he runs, the closer the bear gets.

 

 

zipp-untitled#1 2004, 2:04

A collage of found film footage degraded by the artist and time.