Nicole Croiset – Tag Tales

Nicole Croiset - Tag TalesNovember 24 to December 04, 2011
Presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre
Opening Reception November 24 | 6-9pm
Studio 393 in Portage Place Shopping Centre

TAG TALES is a web-based interactive word game situated on screen in Studio 393 in Portage Place Shopping Centre. Tag Tales was conceived to be played in public areas where people shut down and turn on cell phones, mobile devices and portable computers.
The project TAG TALES gives the passerby the occasion to stop their daily routine or a lonely walk to exchange, via this medium of word games, a few quick thoughts. This might also be a pretext for a fun get together between those who spend time around the place daily, occasionally, or by chance.
The fluidity of the game is measurable by the flux of users on site and by their implication in this virtual space. The real time part of the game registers in counterpoint to the migratory movements of the participating public. It also offers an opportunity to become aware of the transformations of our mental and collective environments that influence more and more our habits, our daily routine and our way of life.
Conception and realization : Nicole Croiset
Computer programming : Alain Chesnais

Nicole Croiset lives and works in Toronto.
Early in her career, Nicole Croiset was a committed pioneer of new artistic practices. With the advent of video art in France in the ’70s, Croiset produced videotapes, installations and performances, presented in national and international events in New York, Paris, London, Rome, Bonn and Berlin, Taipei … or broadcast on television channels in Europe and the U.S.
Croiset’s research and experimental reflection on new media are often linked to a sociological approach and committed to its involvement in public art.
Croiset participates actively in the advent of three-dimensional computer graphics in the years 80/90, in France and works on special effects for television, motion picture films to be awarded and distributed at events dedicated to new technologies such as: SIGGRAPH 87 & 91, Images du Futur in Montreal, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Croiset’s work is held in public collections such as: Fond National d’Art Contemporain (France), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Getty Museum – special collections room (Los Angeles). Croiset’s current research is directed towards the interactive and immersive arts, including new media such as walls of light, LED video displays, micro-controlled facilities and mobile phones.

We thank and acknowledge the support of our funders and partners:
Canada Council For The Arts, The Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, The government of Manitoba, The Ontario Arts Council, The Winnipeg Foundation, The National Film Board,
The Thomas Sill Foundation, The W.H. & S.E. Leowen Foundation, Studio 393 & Graffiti Gallery

Studio 393 is an exciting pilot project art studio located on the second floor of Portage Place Mall in Downtown Winnipeg. Participating teens and young adults are able to access quality arts instruction and community resources at this exciting new store front space. Studio 393 will be in operation Summer and Fall 2011, offering amazing workshop opportunities to youth aged 13 -28 in silk screening, Hip Hop programming, Fashion Design, and Graphic Arts. Workshops during the pilot will be provided by Graffiti Art Programming and Martha Street Studio. Funding for Studio 393 is generously provided by The Winnipeg Foundation and The City of Winnipeg.

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Manitoba Folkways Collection: Record Launch

Manitoba Folkways Collection Record LaunchPRESENTED BY VIDEO POOL MEDIA ARTS CENTRE


Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Doors: 8:30pm
Show: 9:15pm
Location: The Lo Pub
Address: 330 Kennedy St, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cover: $10 includes admittance and a copy of the Manitoba Folkways Collection Vol.1 vinyl.

“And when you sing a song about your own lives, you are doing the same thing they do— you are making folk music.” -Alan Lomax, 1915-2002

Alan Lomax was an American folklorist and ethnomusicologist. He was one of the great field collectors of folk music and spent much of the early part of the 20th century driving across America in a car that he modified to house his recording equipment so that he could record the folk music of the American people. He contributed a large amount of recording to what would come to be the Smithsonian Folkways Collection. The mission statement of Smithsonian Folkways states that their mission “is to document people’s music.’”

Manitoba Folkways is an endeavor similar in nature to Lomax’s and the mission of the Folkways Collection. Artists Jen Delos Reyes and Kerri-Lynn Reeves drove across Manitoba in search of examples of contemporary vernacular music about the lives of Manitobans. Manitoba Folkways is an audio portrait of the province today.

The artists will proudly unveil the record at a launch that will include live performances from individuals featured in the collection on Friday, October 28, 2011 at The Lo Pub. The $10.00 cover fee comes with a free copy of the record. Please note that this event is 18+ only.

Photos of the making of the Manitoba Folkways Collection by Christopher Friesen, along with a listening station and information on the project will be on display at the Lo Pub from October 28th to December 28th.

Manitoba Folkways is made possible thanks to the generous support of: Video Pool, Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, and Manitoba Music.

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Erika Lincoln: Free Space Loss

Free Space Loss - Erika Lincoln


Erika Lincoln
Free Space Loss
Opening Oct 6, 7:00pm
October 6 – 29, 2011
3rd Floor Video Pool Studio, ArtSpace building.

Free Space Loss is a term used in communications to describe the tendency of a wireless signal to spread out over time and distance.

Free Space Loss readdresses the immersive experience of early Virtual Reality Systems by using an older technological model of Virtual Reality -The Head Mounted Display (HMD) – using motorcycle helmets to explore panoramic photographs.
A panoramic image of the local cityscape suspended in a 3-D environment is displayed on the LCD screens, outfitted in the helmets. As the viewers wear the HMD’s, they become linked to a network where their physiological outputs are tracked and measured, in turn altering the panoramic images. The panoramas on the screen are commonly seen city images used in postcard, travel advertisements, and promotional items showing famous landmarks or buildings. Over time the image becomes entirely different from the original, exposing the panorama – a depiction that can be easily constructed and manipulated.

Erika Lincoln is a Canadian based electronic media artist working in kinetic sculpture and responsive installation. In her work she mixes objects with communication and control mechanisms to visually trace patterns found in human made systems and natural processes. Her work has shown in Media Art festivals and events across Europe including Artbots (Dublin), Filmwinter (Germany), Pixxelpoint (Slovenia), and Love the Robots (Zurich). In Canada, she has shown in galleries and festivals including The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plug In ICA, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec, Send+Receive Audio Festival, and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. Over the past ten years Erika has been awarded several grants from The Canada Council for the Arts and The Manitoba Arts Council. She has attended residencies at The Banff New Media Institute in Canada and Medialab Prado in Spain.

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