Video Pool Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program

The Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program was a collaboration with Community Education Development Association (CEDA/Pathways).  Each participant was paired with a mentor from the arts community; Niki Little, Luther Alexander and Jackie Traverse to learn and create a video project.  This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Artist and Community Collaboration grant.


Kyler Harper | Simulation | 5 minutes | 2016

Simulation is a short film about a hacker named Neil Spencer who can hack with a phone working alongside by Lindsay Swift a very smart secretary. The two of them try to get an upgrade to get promoted, but an ordinary man stops them with superior hacking skills then Neil.


Curtis Harper | Circle of Confusion | 3 minutes | 2016

Circle of Confusion is a short film about a young man lost in the forest.  He’s desperate and looks for a way out. While looking for a place to find home he finds an abandoned house; a vision quest based on longing for a good home.


Jaylene Storm and Winona Bearshield | Going With The Flow | 3 minutes | 2016

This collaborative work was made by Jaylene and Winona along with their mentor Jackie Traverse as an experimentation for their first film.  It was inspired by the city of Winnipeg and what surrounds them here, including pizza, indigenous artists, and Video Pool.



If you would like to screen these videos please contact the Distribution Coordinator Jennifer Smith at

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Video Pool Media Arts Centre continues their online screening with Insomniac’s Dream

Insomniac’s Dream

In conjunction with Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2016, Video Pool is excited share four works from our collection selected by Letch Kinloch and Kegan McFadden. Video Pool will host this selection for exclusive online viewing from Friday 30 September – Sunday 02 October.

Howie Cherman

Untitled (Time Stand Still Life), 1997
2:40, Black & White
The kinetic/static composition references a potential for action within the contained architectural and psychological space. The elements within the frame allude to an implied action within an implied narrative of continuous presence, though no action takes place.


Freya Bjorg Olafson
HYPER, 2012
3:00, colour
The word ‘hyper’ is derived from the Greek ‘above, beyond or outside’. In mathematics, hyper is used as a prefix, to denote four or more dimensions. Specifically, this work explores the possibility of passing to a fourth dimension wherein perception of past, present, and future becomes more fluid. This video was created in residency at Studio 303 Interdisciplinary Performance Centre in Montreal.

Didn’t catch the online screening, watch HYPER_ on VUCAVU now.



Scott Leroux

Pepper Green Pepper, 2014

6:11, colour
Using a simple method of screen capturing low res images Scott Leroux creates a dense pallet of ever changing visuals drenched in subconscious efforts. Then par to the course is a score produced in similar fashion by XIE (eXperimental Improv Ensemble).
Didn’t catch the online screening, watch Pepper Green Pepper on VUCAVU now.
Erika MacPherson
All of Me, 1996
3:06, b+w
An incident at the fridge. Some floozy, a gal in waiting, a gal in a camisole, a guy in a dress, a gal in a kilt, and a gal in charge. A meal of knowledge, a kiss… an incident.


Didn’t catch the online screening, watch All of Me on VUCAVU now.

Insomniac’s Dream
Somewhere between sundown and sunrise, we meet — or at least we keep trying to. To record another moment together. Where once there was discourse, we are now disquiet. Distant, distinct, disoriented. When I am x-rayed I think you are visible, for a moment, and when you stare stare at the moon maybe that’s me staring back, anxiously awaiting, always awake. Always the potential —to reunite, to fall awake to the part where our bifurcation occurred, to grab hold, hold, hold (pause).
Occupying this state, dreaming awake, your uninterrupted presence is a folly act — mocking, making absurd the reality of this existence. In which case, this physical rejoinder and your less than sharp materialization is a persistent tease at the impossibility of rewinding to anything, to a place where we once knew.  So we travel. We leave and arrive, together once again. Speaking nonsense, but together. We’ve rewound to the parts that worked when they worked and from here we start. Wake up. Wake up. Wake up. wakeup. wkeup.
Letch Kinloch and Kegan McFadden, respectively, occupy a place on the spectrum that includes publishing, writing, curating, and making artwork. Insomniac’s Dream is their first joint effort.
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Exiled Mothers


Join us for the Winnipeg Premier of Sharon Alward’s new documentary Exiled Mothers.

October 17th, 7pm
Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street

The film Exiled Mothers takes us on the artist’s journey to recover her own repressed memories as she examines the social construction of relinquishment, adoption, and motherhood. It introduces us to many other Canadian mothers, who as young women—caught between love for their children and a social snare that demanded surrender—shared the same experience as Sharon that takes a lifetime to resolve. More than a film about adoption and loss, we witness an important period in the history of Western women as we emerge from the fog of a time when the judgment of so many, wilfully separated masses of mothers from their children.

-Karen Lynn, President of the Canadian Council of Natural Mothers

About the Artist

Sharon Alward is a Canadian artist. Her performances, videos and installations use rituals as a process to transcend suffering, to provide opportunities for creativity, transformation and wholeness and as a process for healing. Cited as one of the 100 most innovative Canadians in MacLean’s magazine, her works have been exhibited in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including the Liverpool Tracey Biennial, LACE Los Angeles, Western Front, the National Screen Institute and the American Film Institute.

“I have always been interested in art as a healing agent and believe through performance, ritual and witnessing we have the opportunity to share our pain and initiate healing. Performing ritual allows us the opportunity to transcend suffering and dehumanizing experiences, open ourselves up for healing and journey towards wholeness.”

Sharon has been teaching for 30 years at the University of Manitoba, School of Art. She is a Full Professor and a Senior Fellow of St. John’s College.

This is a free screening.
The venue is wheelchair accessible through the entrance on King Street.

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Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents:


at Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts

121-100 Arthur Street

Opening Reception: August 5, 7pm

Exhibition Runs: August 3- 18

Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm

featuring new works by: Daniel Barrow, Andrew Milne / Chantal Dupas, Alexis Kinloch, Niki Little/Breanna Little/Becca Taylor, Kelly Ruth


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Watch – Interview with Nina Czegledy

Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator, works internationally on collaborative art & science & technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment as well as paradigm shifts in the arts inform her projects. She has exhibited and published widely, won awards for her artwork and has initiated, lead and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide at international events.
She visited Winnipeg for Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s exhibition “Age of Catastrophe” in November 2015 where Video Pool’s Director, Melentie Pandilovski had a chance to interview her.
“Age of Catastrophe” was generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Watch – Interview with Michelle Teran

Michelle Teran’s video work “Mortgaged Lives” was included in Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s AGE OF CATASTROPHE exhibition that ran from November 13 – December 12, 2015. Teran 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 she was here she also recorded this interview with Video Pool’s director, Dr. Melentie Pandilovski.
Michelle Teran is a Canadian-born artist whose practice explores media, performance and the urban environment. Her work critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city. Her performances and installations repurpose the language of surveillance, cartography and social networks to construct unique scenarios that call conventional power and social relations into question. Currently, she is a research fellow within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship program at the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design, 2010-2014. She is the winner of the 2010 Transmediale Award, the Turku2011 Digital Media & Art Award, the Prix Ars Electronica Honourary Mention (2005, 2010) and the Vida 8.0 Art & Artificial Life International Competition (Madrid, Spain, 2005). She lives and works in Berlin.
The Age of Catastrophe project was generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts.

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Plant Sale Fundraiser

Friday May, 20 / 4pm – 6pm & Saturday May, 21 / 12pm – 4pm
Artspace Lobby – 100 Arthur St.

House plants, herbs, veggies, terrariums and more will be for sale!
But wait! There’s more… We will also be selling raffle tickets for these two gorgeous paintings by Brenna George.

Botanicals #17 9" X 12" Oil on Canvas Brenna George

Botanicals #17
9″ X 12″
Oil on Canvas
Brenna George

Botanicals #18 9" X 12" Oil on Canvas Brenna George

Botanicals #18
9″ X 12″
Oil on Canvas
Brenna George

Don’t miss out!



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ENHANCED VISION – DIGITAL VIDEO talk with Kathy Rae Huffman

Natalie Bookchin (USA) My Meds, from the series Testament (2009 1:10 min.)

Natalie Bookchin (USA)
My Meds, from the series Testament (2009 1:10 min.)

Join us for a presentation by Kathy Rae Huffman

April 14 – 7pm

Plug In ICA – 460 Portage Avenue

Kathy Rae Huffman will deliver a lecture about the Enhanced Vision exhibition, the first online video exhibition presented by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community, Enhanced Vision.

‘Enhanced Vision – Digital Video’ focuses on digital methodologies to enhance the moving image, especially looking at how effects can reveal specific meaning and content. Each work brings its own unique, original artistic style to reveal a socially significant issue, such as pollution, surveillance, personal/public space, and disaster (political, natural, nuclear, and technological).

This is a co-presentation of Video Pool Media Arts Centre and Plug-In ICA

Video Pool will host Kathy Rae Huffman from 10 – 17 April, 2016 while she researches Video Pool’s archive of videos.

Kathy Rae Huffman is a freelance curator, networker and media art collector. She has held curatorial posts at the Long Beach Museum of Art, The ICA Boston, and Cornerhouse, Manchester (UK). She was Professor of Electronic Arts at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. From 1990, she was based in Vienna, then in Northern England and lastly in Berlin until 2013. Huffman currently resides in Ventura County, Southern California.

Her current curatorial project is Enhanced Vision – Digital Video, an online exhibition for the SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community

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International Women’s Day 2016 Online Screening

Video works by Christine Kirouac, Divya Mehra and Wendy Geller curated by Bev Pike were available to watch online March 8 & 9!

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, Video Pool was excited share three works in our collection made by incredibly talented Manitoban women, curated by Bev Pike.

Girl on Girl Action by Christine Kirouac
2001 | Video | 5:33

"Girl on Girl Action" by Christine Kirouac

“Girl on Girl Action” by Christine Kirouac

This short film combines two opposite contexts of social interactions, one being life-size rock em’ sock em’ boxing footage at a seedy cowboy bar, and the other a refined tea party for two set against the dramatic fall forest. Both activities share a ritualistic nature that appears as natural as the absurdity of the situation itself. The result challenges expectations of feminine behavior, using a humorous narrative, as well as leaving the viewer unsettled and the match uncharacteristically unresolved.

Like Me by Divya Mehra
2008 | Video | 4:03

"Like You" by Divya Mehra

“Like Me” by Divya Mehra

In this video, I perform a traditional dance of the North Indians to a song that was first sung by my ancestors.

Missed the online screening? See Like You on VUCAVU now!

Jill Skinner – Diary of a Star by Wendy Geller
1985 | Video | 9:20

"Jill Skinner - Diary of a Star" by Wendy Geller

“Jill Skinner – Diary of a Star” by Wendy Geller

Through multiple costume changes and by assuming multiple personas the artist deconstructs the idea of celebrity. As the videotape unfolds the costumes and personas become increasingly transparent while the environment surrounding the artist becomes more and more claustrophobic. With a darkly humorous undertone the artist examines the suffocating effects of vanity and the conflict between desire and disappointment that underlie cultural notions of celebrity.


This program for International Women’s Day 2016 is evocative o f the following quote by Sophie Tucker, the Last of the Red Hot Mamas (as told to the BBC in 1964).

I’ve always made up my mind to do what I wanted to do.  With numbers, with songs, with dresses, with anything with people.  If I make up my mind that’s what I want to do it’s done.  

I get what I want, I do what I want, I am the boss.

Tucker was a singer famous for her saucy Flapper era songs.  The 1920s and 1930s were lively times in which Manitoba women tossed their Victorian corsets, raised their hemlines, and some even sought professions and higher education.  Cheeky humour was, and so it remains, part of any emancipatory movement.  Sophie’s part in the revolution built on decades of feminist lobbying so women could be persons under the law, could own property, could claim their own children and vote.

Many of her songs advocated women take charge of their own romances.

Video Pool has many artworks by women that embody Sophie’s role-modelling.  This program features three tapes that compliment each other to embody her witty iconclastic mission.

            – Curator Bev Pike

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Experimental Art Practice: Art and Biological research combined with Marta de Menezes

Functional Portraits - Marta De Menezes (2002-2003)

Functional Portraits – Marta De Menezes (2002-2003)

Join us for Marta de Menezes’ artist presentation.

When: February 23, 6pm

Where 300-100 Arthur Street

Cost: free

Marta’s talk explores the multiple possibilities of artistic approaches that can be developed in relation to Art and Biology in contemporary art practice and research. A special emphasis will be placed on the development of collaborative art and biology projects where the artist has to learn some biological research skills in order to create the artwork. To situate the inquiry, she will draw upon her own work (Nature?, Decon and Immortality for Two) to question how our conception of identity and self awareness is built on with the recent advances in the biological sciences. She will ask how the artistic manipulation of life shifts our sense of identity to give rise to new forms of (un)indentities.

Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidacy at the University of Leiden.

She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007).

She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal.

The event is wheelcahir accessible.

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