POOL CUE: VP members’ screening


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Donna Szoke: Reasonable and Senseless – Nov. 2006

twoimagesrs_1_3Donna Szoke
Reasonable & Senseless: The Technical Disaster

On display in Jazz Winnipeg’s Arthur St. window space (100 Arthur St.)

November 10 – December 8, 2006


Artist’s Talk and Opening Reception
Friday, November 10, 2006
8 PM
Video Pool Studio (3rd Floor)
100 Arthur St. (Artspace)
Winnipeg, MB

Refreshments will be served

Reasonable & Senseless: The Technical Disaster is a multi-channel video installation presented on 20 tiny, four-inch monitors displayed in rows, on two shelves.  Historic footage depicting a famous disaster is displayed on each monitor, while one animated letter apears and disapears –superimposed as if writen in smoke – on top of each clip.   Seen together they spell out the words “reasonable & senseless.”

Of course the Hindengburg exploded.  How could it have done otherwise? With that much hydrogen, static electicity, idealism, promise, and live coverage, what else could have happened? – Donna Szoke

Donna Szoke looks back at catastrophes of the past and sees them, not as accidents, but as the culmination of human  desire and technological experimentation uncheked by ethics.  She makes use of historic footage – replayed and looped – to reveal an uneasy relationship between the horror and infatuation inspired by catastophic events.  Seen as a logical progression, disaster finds it’s
conclusion in documentation by the media.  The hypnotic images of spectacular disasters, created by media coverge, often produce a sense of wonder, obscuring from view the disaster’s causes.  Reality, is far less pictureque.  Logic, Szoke points out, when cut off from out hearts, is a dangerous tool.

Donna Szoke is originally from Winnipeg, and resides in Vancouver. She holds a BA, a BFA, and is currently an MFA candidate in the Interdisciplinary program at SFU. Her work investigates narrative, and the relationship between language, or absent language and the haptic reception of art. Her art practice includes video, installation, sculpture, and kinetics.  On occasion, she will curate and write as a means of visual / conceptual research. In 2004 she received a Media Arts Commissioning Grant (Canada Council) with the Orchid Ensemble band to create a responsive, immersive media environment for live performance.  Her video work screens internationally.

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IMAA National Conference – September 2006

agm06_imaamurdermedia_1Independent Media Arts Alliance National Conference
Winnipeg is known as the murder capital of Canada. However, in September 2006 during the IMAA Conference, Winnipeg’s arts community will attempt to kill this horrible nickname by saturating the city with film, video, and new media, turning Winnipeg from Murder City to Media City.

(right: Winnipeg coupons by L’Atelier National du Manitoba)

From September 20th to 23rd, 2006, Winnipeg will play host to the Independent Media Arts Alliance’s annual national conference and will present some of the most innovative and exciting film, video and new media art in the country.  This three day festival and conference will showcase impassioned and contentious artwork and thinking in independent media art.

This year’s conference will focus on topics of interest and relevance to the entire independent film, video and new media sector – censorship, new media, archiving, best practices, new technologies, and funding. Symposia, panel discussions and debates with some of the country’s foremost media artists, curators, writers and thinkers will be featured, along with an outstanding program of media works in a variety of formats, genres and venues.

Check out the IMAA website for conference news.

An event not to be missed!  Engaged and vociferous debate is highly encouraged.

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Amy Lockhart Screening – September 2006

lockhartwalkforwalkVideo Pool Media Arts Centre presents
Walk for Walk: Animated Works by Amy Lockhart
Wednesday September 20, 2006
9 PM  at the Cinematheque
Main floor, Artspace Building
100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Canada
Admission:  Free

The animated works of Amy Lockhart exemplify the homey charm and naïve humour of do-it-yourself animation.  Films in this program span the artist’s 7-year animation practice and include her most recent animation, an epic non-linear narrative, Walk for Walk and the wildly popular Miss Edmonton Teenburger series.  Whimsical and absurd, the animated films and videos in this program speak of innocence, dreams and hope. This program is presented in conjunction with the IMAA Conference, September 20-23, 2006.

Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker, animator and artist.  She has attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, completed an artist residency at the Quickdraw Animation Society and a fellowship at the National Film Board. Amy has received international acclaim, speaking and exhibiting her work at various art institutions, including The California Institute of the Arts, where she was recently the artist in residence.

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The Pit Bar, Dawson City – July/August 2006

pitbarVideo Pool presents

The Pit Bar, Dawson City
by Allison Hrabluik

July 21 – August 18, 2006

Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts
021-100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Closing reception: August 17, 7 pm

The Pit Bar, Dawson City deconstructs the seamless representation of perspective and movement in traditional video. Artist Allison Hrabluik meticulously constructs a miniature, three-dimensional stage with paper
cut-outs of figures taken from each frame of her original video and recreates her source footage using stop motion techniques.  The video will be installed alongside its toy-like theatrical set and paper figures, providing viewers with a glimpse of the artistic process. The Pit Bar features Canadian indie-rock stars The Constantines and was recorded in Dawson City.

Allison Hrabluik is a Toronto-based multimedia and video artist.  She has shown her work at venues nationally and internationally, such as the Dawson City International Film Festival; Mercer Union, Toronto; Downtown Artspace, Adelaide, Australia.


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Any Port in the Storm – June 2006

anyport2prAny Port in the Storm
A site specific video installation
by Alex Poruchnyk

June 16 – 25, 2006

Belair, Manitoba

12 – 5 PM Tuesday – Sunday 

Any Port in the Storm is an eight-channel, site-specific video installation housed in a semi-subterranean building constructed especially for the piece.

The work develops the theme of shelter – both physical and psychological – by leading viewers though multiple, loosely connected narratives. Filled with multiple speakers and monitors, the bunker-like installation space comes alive with the sights and sounds of the world around us.  Emerging from the installation into the surrounding forest, the viewer’s experience of this natural site is reframed by the introspective mood of the installation.

The custom-built structure is located approximately two hours north of Winnipeg, on 14 acres of land near Belair, Manitoba.  Isolated and alone, the building is ideally situated to exemplify the themes of shelter and survival in the piece.

Opening Reception, 7PM , June 16th
Video Pool and the artist will host a BBQ to celebrate the opening of the installation.  An assortment of vegetarian and meat options will be served.  All are welcome.

Video Pool will run a free shuttle departing from 100 Arthur St. to the installation site at the times listed below:

Friday June 16  @ 5:30 PM (opening reception)

Saturday June 17 @ 2:00 PM

Saturday June 24 @ 2:00 PM

Sunday June 25 @ 2:00 PM

A round trip will take approximately 4 hours.  Please note that the bus will leave to return to Winnipeg at 9:30 on the evening of the 16th to accommodate the opening reception.


Alex Poruchnyk is a video and installation artist.  He teaches video at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art. He graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours Degree in 1976; he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Windsor in 1981.
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Active Layers – May/June 2006

01activelayers_1Active Layers:
Women Artists and New Media

May 26 – June 24, 2006
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 5 PM
Teresa Ascenção, Michelle Gay, Amelia Jiménez, Liss Platt, Veronica Verkley

Curated by Ingrid Mayrhofer, Active Layers presents the work of five women artists using interactive technologies to engage the viewer’s imagination and experience.

Interacting and performing with, through and to the artworks, the viewer explores hidden layers and renders active images.

Opening reception 8 pm Friday, May 26
3rd floor, 290 McDermot Avenue

Visiting artist’s talk: Veronica Verkley
2 pm Saturday, May 27
at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art,
611 Main Street, Winnipeg

For more information please see the Active Layers homepage

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Satan MacNuggit Video Road Show – June 2006

jculpimageVideo Pool Media Arts Centre presents the
Satan MacNuggit Video Road Show
The activist media art of Jonathan Culp

8PM, Saturday, June 10
Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse
91 Albert Street, Winnipeg

The Satan Macnuggit Video Road Show is a guerrilla underground screening project, bringing subversive video to bars, barns and galleries, far and wide.

Seven works by rambling Toronto video activist Jonathan Culp will be shown.  They are:

Grilled Cheese Sandwich [trailer] (2005, 2 min)
Ghost Squat (2005, 5 min)
Eventually (2005, 5 min)
How Does It Work? (2001, 22 min)
The Boob (1998, 2 min)
Jonathan Culp! (1996, 4 min)
It Can Happen Here (2006, 47 min)

PLUS: Video footage of the recent Critical Mass clash with Winnipeg police will precede the screening.

This screening traces Culp’s development as an activist film maker – moving from documentarian and agit prop styles to a poetic reflection on personal politics.  Recently he has engaged in blurring genres by introducing elements such as found footage and hand processing techniques into the familiar format of the documentary film.

I wish to challenge activist video’s secondary, ‘service’ status within activist movements, asserting video production in itself as an ideological struggle that must be rendered visible.
– Jonathan Culp

Jonathan Culp is the creator of over thirty short films and videos, including collage, documentary, and super 8 works. As co-founder of the Toronto Video Activist Collective, Culp was an early proponent of ‘video activism.’ He has helped to promote truly independent video via the Satan Macnuggit Video Road Show, and as film and video editor for Broken Pencil magazine. In 2003 Culp was cited as ‘Toronto’s Most Indefatigable Underground Video Guru’ by NOW Magazine.

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Walking and Being at Plug In ICA February 16


Winter by Nicole Shimonek


Video Pool Media Arts Centre in cooperation with Plug In ICA presents

Walking and Being, a series of videos curated by Grant Guy
7:30 pm Thursday February 16 2006

Plug In ICA, 286 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg
Formal screening with curator’s introduction
Refreshments will be served.

Following the screening, Walking and Being will be available for viewing February 17-24 during regular Video Pool hours, in the Video Pool third floor studio.

Previous exhibition dates:

. Charlottetown, PEI, Island Media Arts Coop, November 18, 2004
. Montreal, Quebec, Groupe Intervention Video, February 8, 2005
. Syracuse, New York, Everson Museum/Syracuse Film and Video Festival, April 27, May 1, 2005
Includes Video Pool Media Arts Centre artists: Grant Poier, Brenna George, Nida Home Doherty, Ley Ward and John Morgan, Jack Lauder, Marian Butler, Janet Hawkwood, Terry Billings, Alex Poruchnyk, Erika MacPherson, Val Klassen, Nicole Shimonek, Lori Rogers.

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Art’s Birthday January 14

img_0022_3Art’s Birthday 2006 was a smashing success thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, and enthusiastic guests!


With the generous donations of the following Art’s Birthday sponsors, Video Pool raised funds to support the public screening and exhibition of media art.
Thank you!
Ace Art Inc.
Antiques and Funk
Aqua Books
Bikram Yoga
Cake Clothing
College St. Boniface
Comic Book Factory
Connect Four
The Fyxx
Good Food Club
Hooper’s Bazaar
Into the Music
Janzen Photography
The King’s Head Pub
Mac Helper
Manitoba Theatre Centre
Plug In ICA
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Red River Bookstore
Scissors, Paper, Stone Salon
SISU Vitamins
The Line-up
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Underground Cafe
Warehouse Artworks
Yoga North

Art’s Birthday is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou. He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art.  But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born.  According to Filliou, it happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Filliou proposed a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives.  In recent years, the idea has been taken up by a loose network of artists and friends around the world.  Each year the Eternal Network evolves to include new partners working with the ideas of exchange and telecommunications art.

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