The Process of Weeding Out – December 2005

theprocessofweedingoutVideo Pool Media Arts Centre presents
The Process of Weeding Out

A program of recent Canadian and American video art curated by David Poolman and Jeremy Drummond

December 9, 2005 at the Cinematheque

Mixed tapes are not as common as they used to be. Before high-speed digital transfers, you’d compile tapes and pass them on to your friends. It was a way to gain access to otherwise inaccessible music and build a community of common interests. As curators, the mix tape is a framework for each screening we compile.
– David Poolman and Jeremy Drummond

A veritable raw mix tape, The Process of Weeding Out intrigues and investigates the intimate, raw and sometime humourous relationships of artists to their environments. Like a classic mix tape, the program flows across a varied array of ideas and approaches to the medium, creating new relationships beween the juxtaposed works.
Jeremy Drummond is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. His video work has been exhibited at venues across the world, including the Images festival (Toronto) and Transmediale.03 (Berlin)

David Poolman is an Assistant Professor of Art at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. His curatorial work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

poor_onan1Poor Onan, by Kyle Harris




breakdance1Breakdance, by Martin Brand



4ubritney14 U Britney, by Sarah Skapin



strongest_man1Strongest Man, by Jeremy Bailey



red_bugs1Red Bugs, by Ted Passon



mcservice1McService, by S.W.A.M.P.



infomercial_aesthetics1Infomercial Aesthetics, by Daniel Martinico



the_ocean1The Ocean, by Joe Barone



jenny_mitchell1Jenny Mitchell, by Jen Dorner



i_want_you_to_need_me1I Want You To Need Me, by Stefan St-Laurent



blackest_sabbath1Blackest Sabbath, by Tasman Richardson



before_letting_go1Before Letting Go, by Tom Sherman



draft_91Draft 9, by Dani Leventhal





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Wendy Geller screening at WAG – September 2005

An overview of the video work of the late Wendy Geller at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, curated by James McSwain of the Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:00pm

McSwain writes that Wendy Geller’s video work “encompasses a voice and structure that strips away the habits and politeness that shield us from the forces of nature, and the hierarchies of power that suffuse western society. In her humorous satire, her feminist sensibility revels in critiquing Freudian psychoanalysis as well as the role(s) of actresses within the Hollywood star system. However, Geller’s voice finds its most multilayered synthesis in her series Stories for the Garden. In these pieces, her anxiety concerning the body is articulated through the dread and ecstasy of nature’s consuming cycle of birth and death, as she constructs an allegorical journey that wins through to a fragile wisdom. These themes, sometimes raw, at times lyrical, connect the viewer to an artist whose creative energy sought to illuminate the human condition.”

This screening was organized by the Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Video Pool.

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Sarah Cook at aceartinc. – September 2005

scookSeptember 20, 2005
Video Pool and aceartinc. present a lecture by writer and curator Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook is a Sunderland University doctoral researcher in New Media Curation (a collaboration with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art). She worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and organised the EAT on-line forum there. She has been a curator-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada and has worked at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

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Garbage Hill at Cinematheque – August 2005

garbagehillresized1The ATELIER NATIONAL du MANITOBA & DANIEL BARROW present

Garbage Hill: A Retrospective of Discarded Winnipeg Film and TV

Video Pool’s Poolroom and the Cinematheque
August 26, 27 & 28, 2005



Programme 1
LO-FI Fantasies: VPW Cult Classics #1

Programme 2
Winnipeg Babysitter: VPW Cult Classics #2

Programme 3
The Self-Destructing Image: Winnipeg as Cinematic Object

Programme 4
Kubasa in a Glass: Fetishized Winnipeg TV Commercials (1978-1993)

Programme 5
Au Coeur troublé de l”Amerique: regards francophones sur l’expérience ouinnipégoise

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Charles Sheppard: Gameshow – June 2005

GAMESHOW version 1.0

A Multimedia Performance by Charles Sheppard
Saturday June 25, 2005

Gameshow version 1.0 is an interactive digital performance art event that explores the issues and dynamics of interactivity by placing a live performer in a computer generated 3D gaming environment, where she can interact with a live studio audience via video projection. Through the use of live chroma key technology and the familiar environment of 3D video games, the artist creates unique, interactive experiences for both performer and audience. Together they must navigate the game to achieve common goals of solving puzzles, exploring the environment, battling foes and finding objects.

Workshop Sunday June 26, 2005
Gameshow2: Behind the Scenes
In conjunction with the presentation of Gameshow version 1.0, Video Pool presents a one-day, hands-on workshop for members of Video Pool and Urban Shaman to experiment with the artist’s technology. Charles Sheppard will lead the workshop and introduce the implications of interactivity for performance art through discussion of his unique approach to media and performance.

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Vey Duke and Battersby – May/June 2005

thenewfreedomfounders1_1Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents
Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby:
The New Freedom Founders

May 27, 2005 – June 17, 2005

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Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard: – April 2005

2boystvresized1Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents
Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard

Artists’ talk and screening
Friday April 1, 2005 7:30 pm
Video Pool’s Poolroom (basement level Artspace Building)


Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3, 2005
Beg, Borrow or Steal: Multimedia Performance Creation on a Tight Budget

Together, these artists under the moniker of have created and toured multimedia performance pieces across Canada and Europe, often combining camp, elements of popular culture and an unconventional approach to art making and presentation. As part of the discussion the artists will present examples of their work and discuss their distinctive approach to art creation. webpage

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Frédéric Moffet Screening – March 2005

fredericmoffetresized1Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents
Frédéric Moffet
7:30 PM  Thursday March 24, 2005
Video Pool’s Pool Room
100 Arthur Street

Join us for a screening of three recent videos by Montréal/Chicago-based artist Frédéric Moffet.  Blurring the line between facts and fantasies, his work investigates the out-of-control body torn between ethics and desires.  His videos and films have been shown at festivals and galleries from Zurich to Hong Kong.

Frédéric Moffet will be present to introduce the videos and answer questions after the screening.

Hard Fat, 2002
Gainers are men who purposefully choose to gain wait because they enjoy inhabiting a larger body.  Through a conversation with Rick, the World Wide Web’s most popular gainer, the viewer is presented with an intimate portrait of the gainer’s psychological motivation and bodily transformation.  In his exploration of issues of bodily control the artist seeks to question our preconceived notions of desire, beauty and masculinity.

– Best Short, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (2003)
– Audience Award (ex-aequo), New York Erotic Film Festival (2002)

An Objective Measure of Arousal
, 2001
The artist probes the world of clinics specializing in the treatment of sexual offenders.  Focusing on the clinical methods of patient evaluation the artist approaches ideas of control and the relationship of the individual to the body.

– Third prize winner international competition, VideoEx, Zurich (2001)

Five O’clock Shadow
, 1998
A loosely narrative video, that investigates the shadowy details surrounding a man’s death.  The authorities have kept the man’s identity hidden but what can be learned from surrounding events?  Five O’clock Shadow exposes the duality and split between the exterior and, often foggy or deliberately hidden interior lives of human beings.

Frédéric Moffet

Frédéric Moffet was born in Montreal. He graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in filmmaking. He received a full scholarship in 1996 to complete a MFA in video at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he presently teaches in the Film, Video and New Media Department.

Meetings with Frédéric Moffet
Interested Video Pool members are invited to meet with Frédéric Moffet for a one on one discussion of their work.  Visits will take place on the afternoon of Friday March 24 and are open to all Video Pool members in good standing.  Visits will be 40-50 mins in length. Participants will be asked to bring a short sample of their work.  Appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.

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