Watch – Interview with David Rokeby

David Rokeby’s interactive installation “Dark Matter” (2010) was included in Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s AGE OF CATASTROPHE exhibition that ran from November 13 – December 12, 2015. Rokeby came to Winnipeg for the opening of the show and to speak at CATASTROPHE, CATACLYSM AND THE SINGULAR ACCIDENT symposium in conjunction with the exhibition. While he was here he also recorded this interview with Video Pool’s director, Dr. Melentie Pandilovski.
Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario in 1960, David Rokeby has been creating interactive sound and video installations with computers since 1982. His early work Very Nervous System (1982-1991) is acknowledged as a pioneering work of interactive art, translating physical gestures into real-time interactive sound environments. Very Nervous System was presented at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and was awarded the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts in 1988 and Austria’s Prix Ars Electronic Award for Interactive Art in 1991. His works engage questions of digital surveillance and the differences between artificial and human intelligence. David Rokeby’s installations have been exhibited extensively in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has been featured in retrospectives at Oakville Galleries (2004), FACT in Liverpool (2007), the CCA in Glasgow and the Art Gallery of Windsor (2008). He has been an invited speaker at events around the world and has published two papers that are required reading in the new media arts faculties of many universities.

In 2002, Rokeby was awarded a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art (for n-cha(n)t) and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale of Architecture with Seen (2002). In 2004 he represented Canada at the São Paulo Bienal in Brazil. In 2007 he completed major art commissions for the Ontario Science Centre and the Daniel Langlois Foundation in Montréal. His 400 foot long, 72 foot high sculpture entitled long wave was one of the hits of the Luminato Festival in Toronto (2009). In 2010/2011, Rokeby was a guest artist at Le Fresnoy Studio Nationale in Tourcoing, France, and artist-in-residence at the Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University, Toronto. He developed substantial new works for exhibitions in both places in 2012.
The Age of Catastrophe project was generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts.

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Watch – Interview with Paul Thomas

Dr. Paul Thomas’ interactive audio visual installation “Quantum Consciousness” (2015) was included in Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s AGE OF CATASTROPHE exhibition that ran from November 13 – December 12, 2015. Thomas came to Winnipeg for the opening of the show and to deliver a keynote address at CATASTROPHE, CATACLYSM AND THE SINGULAR ACCIDENT symposium in conjunction with the exhibition. While in town Dr. Melentie Pandiloski, director of Video Pool Media Arts Centre had a chance to interview Thomas about his work.
Dr. Paul Thomas is Associate Professor and Director of the Fine Arts program at University of New South Wales (UNSW), Art and Design. Thomas initiated and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference series 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2000, Thomas instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth 2002 and 2004.

Thomas is a pioneer of transdisciplinary practice. His work not only takes inspiration from nanoscience and quantum theory, but actually operates there. Thomas’s current practice is based on the research being conducted by Associate Professor Andrea Morello, Quantum Nanosystems (UNSW), looking at the probability of electron superposition in the development of quantum computing. Thomas’s previous projects investigated silver, the mirrors and quantum theories of light and parallel universes in the work Multiverse. Thomas’s nanoart works Nanoessence explored the space between life and death and death at a nano level, and Midas researched what is transferred when skin touched gold. The Midas and Nanoessence installations were in collaboration with SymbioticA: Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia, and the Nanochemistry Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology.
The Age of Catastrophe project was generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts.

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Watch – Catastrophe, Cataclysm and the Singular Accident Symposium

Catastrophe, Cataclysm and the Singular Accident was a one-day symposium open to the public during which artists, scholars, researchers and members of the community engaged in a discussion of the theoretical, aesthetic and political ramifications of tsunamis and technological disasters, epidemics and tectonic shifts, evictions and colonialisms, cataclysmic trajectories and avoidable/unavoidable outcomes. The papers explored both theoretical and practical implications of quantum thinking and chaos theory’s relation to art and consciousness; the mobile boundaries between human subjectivity and objects; the confluence of technological advancement and severity of accident; amputation and transplantation as motors of the succession of forms; digital technology and simulation; distributed consciousness moving from egocentricism to more ecological modes of thinking and being; the fusion of nature and technology in the catastrophic event; and concrete encounters with action against capitalist accumulation through dispossession.

Keynotes: Dr. Paul Thomas (Sydney, AU), David Rokeby (Toronto, CA),Catherine Richards (Ottawa, CA)

Speakers:Jonah Corne, Tom Kohut, Andrew John Milne, Praba Pilar, Melentie Pandilovski, Michelle Teran

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Age of Catastrophe


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Book Launch – Marshall McLuhan + Vilem Flusser’s Communication + Aesthetic Theories Revisited


November 15, 2015, 6pm-8pm
Video Pool Media Arts Centre Production Studios
300-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB

Video Pool Media Arts Centre is proud to present the launch of the book MARSHALL MCLUHAN AND VILEM FLUSSER’S COMMUNICATION AND AESTHETIC THEORIES REVISITED. This scholarly book of academic analyses and artists’ position papers represents the proceedings of the international conference of the same name convened by Dr. Melentie Pandilovski in 2012. This book includes discussions McLuhan and Flusser’s influence on media and communication theory as it applies to contemporary and new media art, film, philosophy and politics, and this book would be of immediate interest to readers and researchers interestested in: distributed consciousness and telematics; cinema and causality; collective evolution; media and theology; digital culture; Occupy Wall Street and other political movements; cybernetics; contemporary technological art; the ideologies of clinical practice; asemic writing; institutional critique and many other topics.

BARBARA RAUCH: Antenna Methods

CLINT ENNS: Charting the Montage: The Roots of Algorithmic Cinema

DAN MELLAMPHY: Between Beckett and Bec: The Mètic Hexis and Flusserian Flux of Vampyroteuthis Abductionis

DAVID E. CARRILLO FUCHS and MARCO ANTONIO CALDERÓN ZACAULA: A Flusserian Approach to the Compound Visual Interface: the Limits of the Technical Image

Dr. MELENTIE PANDILOVSKI: The Shifting Platform of Media

MONIKA VREČAR: Art in the New Media Environment: Change versus Novelty

PAUL LEVINSON: Occupy Wall Street in the Global Village

PETER SCHWENGER: Asemic Writing: Backwards Into the Future

PROF. PHILLIP POCOCK: Vilém Flusser and Marshall McLuhan – Matrix and Wave: Toward a Quantum Theory of Media

POLONA TRATNIK: Observing – Knowing – Mediating: The Body as World to Explore

RICHARD CAVELL, Mechanical Brides and Vampire Squids

ROY ASCOTT: Flusser’s Dread and McLuhan’s Dream

SCOTT BILLINGS: Giacometti’s Foot: Automobility and Cinematic Causality

SIMONE MAHRENHOLZ “We Do Not Make Gestures, We are Gesticulations of the Environment” – Flusser’s Aesthetico-Logical Critique of Contemporary Epistemology

STEPHEN CROCKER: Sense and Common Sense in McLuhan

TOM KOHUT: Electronic.Technical.Digital: The Ontology of the Digital Image

Artists presented in the anthology: Richard Altman, Manuel Chantre, Lei Cox, Andrew Milne, Doug Smith.

Please join us for this celebration of the results of long effort, and have a toast to Video Pool’s first book-length publication!

For more information about purchasing a paper or electronic version of this book, please contact

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VUCAVU Info Session


VUCAVU is almost here!

Video Pool Media Arts Centre is excited to share with our members and supporters information about our partnership with seven other Canadian Independent Media Art Distributors, resulting in VUCAVU is a bilingual online platform used for the dissemination of independent Canadian video and film.  After over three years of planning and working on the project, we look forward to launching the platform in Spring 2016!  Video Pool Media Arts Centre will have over 100 titles on the platform to begin and will constantly be adding new titles.
We will be holding Q&A session for members about the platform on November 18th at 6pm in the 3rd floor studio at Video Pool.  Please RSVP to our Distribution Coordinator Jen by emailing if you are interested in attending the session. Read on to learn more about what we have been up to.


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Linda Dornan – Artist in Residence

We are very pleased to be hosting interdisciplinary artist, Linda Dornan during the month of October as an Artist in Residence at Video Pool. Please join us at the end of the month for her artist talk.

Linda Dornan – Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 28 / 7pm
Video Pool Studio (3rd Floor, 100 Arthur St.)

“My project is a video installation which I am describing as a topological adventure, temporarily called Parallel Quest. A quest through the landscape of the Tantramar marshes by the Bay of Fundy to the lava fields of Iceland and now, prairie settings. At the moment, I am designing it as a three projection installation of pathways, landscape interventions (environmental destruction), dreamlike events, and memory re-enactments. There is no main character except for the camera and the landscape, and there is no end in sight of the quest to understand  how we perceive and affect the natural world. I will be working on both the video and soundscape while at Video Pool.”

– Linda Dornan


Linda Rae Dornan is an interdisciplinary artist creating video, installation and performance art, and writing. Her work explores visuals, performativity and embodied text about place, memory and being. She has won the Strathbutler Award and the Linda Joy Award, has been the recipient of many grants, and has exhibited / screened works across Canada, the United States, and in South America and Europe. She lives in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Factoid #3 presented in partnership with send + receive v17

Factoid #3 | Mark Fell (UK)

Factoid #3 an audio visual installation by Mark Fell (UK)

Presented by send + receive v17 in partnership with Video Pool Media Arts Centre;

Video Pool Media Arts Centre, 100 Arthur St. #300, 3rd floor Studio | FREE

September 29 – October 3, Tues. – Thurs. 9 AM – 6: PM, Fri. 9 AM – 7:30 PM, Sat. 11 AM – 5:00

Philosophy has asked about the linkage between the structure of consciousness and the structure of now, yet it has left sound out of this question. How does sound contribute to this linkage? Consider for example the repetitive temporal structures present in techno musics, or the prolonged tones of Tibetan music ñ some rather primary relationships between time, consciousness and sound could be imagined. Informed by recent studies in the psychopathology of time, Fell’s intense and confrontational installation Factoid #3 promotes a destabilized association between time, the self and sound. Here phenomenological emphases on flow, linearity, and the present as embedded in both the previous and the imminent are rejected in favour of disassociated supra sequential nows. This work contains extremely bright flashing light, high intensity sound and generative temporal structures. You are asked not to enter the space if you suffer from photosensitive epilepsy.


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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.


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Device_art 5.015

"Zoetropic Apparatus" (2014)  by Andrew Milne. Photo by Jacqueline Young, 2014.

“Zoetropic Apparatus” (2014) by Andrew Milne.
Photo by Jacqueline Young, 2014.

Video Pool is pleased to announce its participation in the eleventh annual international exhibition Device_art 5.015, to be held at the Klovićevi dvori Gallery, the Gradec Plateau, the Zagreb Academy of the Fine Arts and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb (Croatia), from September 24 to October 4, 2015. Organized by Zagreb’s KONTEJNER bureau for art praxis, this show is made possible through the partnership of Kapelica Gallery (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Eastern Bloc (Montréal, Canada) and Video Pool.

Starting from the romantic vision of the Artist-as-Inventor, Device_art has grown since 2004 into one of the leading international festivals which deals with the phenomenology of the technical device (analogue, digital, so-called “high” and “low” technologies) as art practice, pointing to new perspectives on our technologized everyday life.

Combining critical research and communication with contemporary art, Device_art 5.015 will present exhibitions, performances and presentations by Eastern European and Canadian artists such as Catherine Béchard & Sabin Hudon (Canada), Myriam Bleau (Canada), Boštajan Čadež (Slovenia), Iva Ćurić (Croatia), Maxime Damecour (Canada), Vitar Drinković (Croatia), Craig Fahner (Canada), Philippe Franck (Belgium), Erin Gee (Canada), Hrvoje Hiršl (Croatia), Alice Jarry (Canada), Kristina Marić (Croatia), Andrew John Milne (Canada), Paradise Now (Belgium), Predrag Pavić (Croatia), Nataliya Petkova (Bosnia & Herzegovina/Canada), David Rokeby (Canada), Saša Spačal & Matic Potočnik (Slovenia), Robertina Šebjanič (Slovenia), Isidora Todorović (Serbia), Bill Vorn and Louis-Philippe Demers (Canada).

We are particularly pleased to congratulate David Rokeby, Bill Vorn & Louis-Philippe Demers, who, along with former Video Pool employee and Board member Andrew John Milne, will be taking part in the Age of Catastrophe exhibition held by Video Pool and Actual Contemporary November 13-December 12, 2015.

Device 5.015 will be mounting exhibitions in Montréal and Winnipeg via Eastern Bloc and Video Pool in 2016, so keep your eyes peeled for further developments.

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