An Evening of Wanderings

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Video Pool Media Arts Centre will be hosting a fun filled evening at aceartinc. November 26th, 2014

Come around 6:30pm for snacks, drinks and mingling.

7:00pm Artlink Magazine Launch

Video Pool Director Dr. Melentie Pandilovski and Dr. Praba Pilar will launch the most recent issue of the Australian magazine Artlink. This issue features articles about Video Pool’s Toxicity exhibit held in December 2013/January 2014.

7:15pm Artist Talk with Helga Jakobson

With work that often incorporates detritus from her immediate environment, whether components of the natural landscape or relics from her great grandparents’ homestead, Helga Jakobson’s practice is a responsive and reflective attempt to quantify experience.

Exploring and wandering throughout rural landscapes inspires work which tends to revolve around themes of philosophy, mortality, and the human experience. Her interests are in craft aesthetic and the hand-made, and she often finds herself considering metaphysics, pseudoscience, and the role of the creative producer as responder, explorer and critical engager of the current cultural climates within which they exist.

As a natural extension of her explorations into the human experience and philosophy her practice has moved into the realm of Bio Art. Her practice is now shifting to include participant interaction, performance, natural healing treatments, scientific research, and dissemination of research.

Helga’s artist talk will enlighten us on her practice and what she sees the future holding for her.

Helga and Melentie will be launching Video Pool’s new BioArt Chapter during this discussion.

8:00pm Canadian Premiere of Architecture of and Atom (62mins) and Winnipeg and the Infinite Whistle (short) directed by Juliacks

Throughout the non-linear narrative, we grow to love a group of grieving weirdos who meet at a swim class for immigrants. Following the wild and misinformed imagination of one member of the group, they all fall into a splintering fantasy world as they go on an adventure in the French Alps. There the group moves into and gets lost in an abandoned pool. In their creative escape from a dubious impending war around them, they find a syncretic object, an anthropomorphic ‘infinite’ whistle. They use the ‘infinite’ whistle to move into death worlds (parallel places of reconstructed repeating sonic memories of the group.) But the ‘infinite’ whistle also uses them. They grieve. One cannot venture into death worlds if there are no dead.

Architecture of an Atom is a transmedia art narrative written, directed and executive produced by JULIACKS in co-production with a number of North American and European art organizations including the Moderna museum, Néon, LA BOX, Atomic Center, Florian of the GrrrndZero collective, 360m3, ALT_CPH, the Crack and Helsinki comics festivals, and film producers Nattlek, Killer & SBKFilmaking, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom as well as many individuals, bands and communities without whom this film would not be possible.

JULIACKS is a transmedia artist, director, writer, producer, performer and event designer creating narrative universes using the mediums of filmmaking, multi-media performance installations, comics and theater in North America and Europe.

All revolving and connected by a unifying narrative, JULIACKS’ stories touch upon social-cultural issues such as the denial of death, the relativity of insanity, the plight of the immigrant, the ill and the elderly, and the construction of both conflict and memory. The audience interacts with the work on several levels—literal, symbolic, visual, aural—sometimes simultaneously, at times sequentially, referencing not only the contemporary context but also artistic predecessors and archetypal elements.

One half of the nucleus of the narrative universe, the medium length narrative fiction film, was shot in August 2013 in Lyon, France and the French Alps and in Dec 2012 in Winnipeg, Canada with clips from Sweden/Denmark/Italy/USA. Using video, 16 mm film, 8mm, & cell phone footage.

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Watch – Heath Bunting – Artist Talk

Based in the UK, Heath Bunting focuses on the development of open democratic and communication systems and social structures on the Internet and in the public space. He is a co-founder of net.art. Recently, he has moved into the field of genetics proclaiming it to be the next new media, and is also making steps towards producing work within financial networks, believing money to be the ultimate media for artistic practice.
Visit http://irational.org  to learn more about the projects Bunting discusses in the talk

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Watch – Caroline Monnet – Artist Talk

From September 5 – 27, 2014 Video Pool Media Arts Centre presented “Amik(waa)”, an installation by multi-disciplinary artist Caroline Monnet. The show took place at Gurevich Fine Art in association with their exhibition “In Celebration of Women’s Art” in recognition of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art’s (MAWA) 30th anniversary.
In this talk Monnet discusses her work “Amik(waa)”. The installation investigates the connections between the inherent knowledge of Monnet’s Algonquin ancestry — the Beaver Clan — and the natural world. Monnet’s sacred eight pointed geometric and mirrored installation echoes the ceremonial lodge of her ancestors, sharpening our visual and metaphysical conditions that allow us to view the past, the present and the future as a mirrored and personally reflective surface. With the inclusion of an audible soundscape, the installation invites all our senses to partake in an experience that spans across generations and cultures, and connects the beaver to the knowledge she holds sacred.

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AMIK(WAA) by Caroline Monnet

Amik(waa) - multimedia installation by Caroline Monnet

Amik(waa) – multimedia installation by Caroline Monnet

Video Pool presents Amik(waa)
An installation by Caroline Monnet
September 5 – 27, 2014
In association with the exhibition In Celebration of Women’s Art presented by Gurevich Fine Art in recognition of MAWA’s 30th Anniversary
Opening Friday, September 5, 2014 – 7pm
Gurevich Fine Art
200 – 62 Albert St.
Caroline Monnet – Artist Talk
Saturday, September 6 – 1pm
Gurevich Fine Art
200-62 Albert St.
Gurevich Fine Art & Video Pool Media Arts Centre are proud to celebrate Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art’s (MAWA) 30th anniversary with In Celebration of Women’s Art: Featuring Amik(waa) by Caroline Monnet  an exhibition that supports and celebrates the rich diversity of women artists.
Opening September 5th at 7:00PM, In Celebration of Women’s Art features four gallery spaces of artwork featuring the women artists of Gurevich Fine Art including artists, Aganetha Dyck, Aliana Au, Bette Woodland, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Carole Freeman, Deborah Danelley, Diana Thorneycroft, Elaine Banerjee, Elise Dawson, Eva Stubbs, Kae Sasaki, Katharine Bruce, Marie Doris Valois, Marielouise Kreyes, Megan Krause, Miriam Rudolph, Reva Stone, & Sue Gordon.The exhibit will also feature visual artist Caroline Monnet’s installation Amik(waa) presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre.  The exhibit will be on display until September 27th.

 

About Amik(waa):
Caroline Monnet’s multimedia installation Amik(waa), investigates the connections between the inherent knowledge of Monnet’s Algonquin ancestry — the Beaver Clan — and the natural world. Monnet’s sacred eight pointed geometric and mirrored installation echoes the ceremonial lodge of her ancestors, sharpening our visual and metaphysical conditions that allow us to view the past, the present and the future as a mirrored and personally reflective surface. With the inclusion of an audible soundscape, the installation invites all our senses to partake in an experience that spans across generations and cultures, and connects the beaver to the knowledge she holds sacred. Amik(waa)‘s sound is developed in collaboration with the artist Christian Richer.

About Caroline Monnet:
Caroline Monnet (1985) is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin ancestry from Outaouais, Québec. Her work demonstrates a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Monnet has exhibited in Canada and internationally in such venues as the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Haus der Kulturen (Berlin) for the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica (UK), Cannes film festival (not short on talent), Montréal Museum of Contemporary Arts (Montréal) and Arsenal (Montréal). Monnet lives in Montréal and is also a founding member of the Aboriginal digital arts collective ITWÉ.

Learn more about Caroline Monnet at her website.
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Our annual exhibition in Platform Gallery (Main Floor 100 Arthur St.) of works by Video Pool’s fundholders. This year’s show includes the 2013 – 2014 recipients of the Media Production Fund and the New Artist in New Media Fund, Shawn Jordan, Jaimie Isaac, Ryan Amadore, Kevin Tabachnik, Marianne Jonasson & Elvira Finnigan. The show will run Tuesday to Saturday, Noon – 5pm July 25 to August 23, 2014.

 

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Watch – Risa Horowitz’s Artist Talk

Risa Horowitz spent the month of May 2014 as an Artist in Residence at Video Pool. While here, she developed ideas and prototypes for her work in progress ‘Imaging Saturn’. ‘Imaging Saturn’ visualizes the planet’s motion during the course of its 29 year-long orbit around the sun. In this talk Horowitz shares her processes and experiences in developing a series of micro-controlled kinetic sculptures of the planet that, with image recording devices, will depict its appearance throughout its orbit.
Through ‘Imaging Saturn’ Horowitz explores the sublime and incomprehensible scale of the universe, and our ability to make sense of that scale both logically and intuitively. While working across visual and media arts and science, Horowitz discusses the ways that the project aggravates boundaries between the expert and amateur.

http://www.risahorowitz.com/

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Heath Bunting visit July 10 -14, 2014

July 10 – 14 Video Pool will host world-renowned artist Heath Bunting
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PRESENTATION
Friday, July 11 – 7pm
Video Pool Studio
3rd Floor 100 Arthur St.
FREE

Heath Bunting will make a presentation regarding “The Status Project” http://status.irational.org/

WORKSHOP
Saturday, July 12
11am to 5pm
FREE

Heath Bunting will lead an outdoor survival workshop with the goal of training artists in survival techniques so they can out-live the organised crime networks during the final crisis. The workshop will cover fire, water, food, shelter and improvised tools.
If you would like to take part in the workshop please email an expression of interest to vpprogramming@videopool.org with “Survival Workshop” in the Subject Line.

Based in the UK, Heath Bunting focuses on the development of open democratic and communication systems and social structures on the Internet and in the public space. He is a co-founder of net.art. Recently, he has moved into the field of genetics proclaiming it to be the next new media, and is also making steps towards producing work within financial networks, believing money to be the ultimate media for artistic practice.
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Digital Distribution Platform Announced

Video Pool is excited to share the Canada Council for the Arts’ announcement of a 1.5 million dollar investment into a new digital distribution platform.

We are thrilled to be part of this amazing group of distributors who have been working so hard to get the platform off the ground to benefit Video Pool Members and the Media Arts Community at large!

If you have further questions about the platform you can contact our Distribution Coordinator, Jen at vpdist@videopool.org

From the Canada Council for the Arts:

$1.5 million to support national digital platform for the distribution and dissemination of media artworks

Ottawa, May 22, 2014 – The Canada Council for the Arts today announced it will invest $1.5 million to support the creation of a national digital platform for independent works of Canadian film and video. The platform will support the distribution and dissemination of independent media artworks, making thousands of works available to programmers, curators, directors, artists and the general public. Canada Council is providing one time funding over three years for the initiative, which will be developed and administered by a coalition of Canada’s independent media arts distributors.

About the platform and coalition
  • The digital platform responds to a need for an online infrastructure to support the distribution and dissemination of creative content to local, national and international presenters, curators and the public buyers.
  • This initiative builds on recommendations contained in the Distribution of Artist-Driven Film and Video study, which examined Council’s role in sustaining the health of the media arts sector and improving accessibility of productions and financial return to artists.
  • The platform launch is scheduled for spring of 2016, and will feature existing media artworks and add new ones on an ongoing basis.
  • No funds from Council granting programs were diverted to support this initiative.
  • The Canadian Coalition for Independent Media Arts Distributors was created in 2013. It includes the following organizations: Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV), Les Films du 3 mars (F3M), Moving Images Distribution, Vidéo Femmes, Video Out Distribution (VIVO), Video Pool, Winnipeg Film Group. Other organizations may join the Coalition going forward.
“This distribution and dissemination platform creates an important and necessary digital space from both a supply and demand perspective,” said Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council. “It will offer independent Canadian media artists a new portal through which to showcase their work, and for presenters, unprecedented access to high quality content. The end result? More outstanding Canadian media artwork reaching audiences at home and internationally.”
“The Independent Media Arts Alliance acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and this important investment to the digital distribution project,” said Kevin Allen, IMAA president. “The funding will have a tremendous impact on the media arts community and infrastructure nationally, by creating new exhibition and distribution opportunities for artists, as well as finding new audiences nationally and internationally for Canadian independent media artwork.”
About the Canada Council for the Arts 
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. Its awards celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Canada Council Art Bank is a national collection of over 17,000 Canadian contemporary artworks – all accessible to the public through rental, loan and outreach programs. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates within the Canada Council.Media contacts:
Heather McAfee: 1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414, ext. 4166
Mireille Allaire: 1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414, ext 4523
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Risa Horowitz – Artist Talk

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7pm
Video Pool 3rd Floor Studio
Free event + open to the public 

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Video Pool Media Arts Centre invites you to attend an Artist Talk by Regina based artist Risa Horowitz. She has spent the month of May working in our studio as an artist in residence.
Horowitz will present her work in progress, Imaging Saturn. The project visualizes the planet’s motion during the course of its 29 year-long orbit around the sun. She will share her processes and experiences in developing a series of micro-controlled kinetic sculptures of the planet that, with image recording devices, will depict its appearance throughout its orbit.
Through this project Horowitz explores the sublime and incomprehensible scale of the universe, and our ability to make sense of that scale both logically and intuitively. While working across visual and media arts and science, Horowitz will discuss the ways that the project aggravates boundaries between the expert and amateur.

Imaging Saturn will be exhibited in a partnership between Video Pool and Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts in early 2016, and is supported by a Media Arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Check out her blog about the residency here.
Risa Horowitz is a conceptual photo-based artist who has lived and worked in seven Canadian provinces. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and abroad, and she is represented in Toronto by MKG127 Gallery. Horowitz is assistant professor in the department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina.

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