Online Screening: Troubling Nostalgia curated by Noor Bhangu

Online Screening: Troubling Nostalgia

curated by Noor Bhangu

Zwei Indianer Aus Winnipeg by Darryl Nepinak

2008 | 2:40

Two ersatz “Indian warriors” chase a beautiful Indian maiden through the streets of Winnipeg. But she loves Chief Big Bear. Who is the hunter, and who the hunted in this tableau? Based on the 1964 German song, “Zwei Indianer Aus Winnipeg,” our heroes are in for a surprise when they reach the Ancient Lake of Schweinsteiger. The film was commissioned by the imagineNATIVE festival for their Culture Shock program.

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The Indian Miracle by Divya Mehra

2004 | 2:33

A rickshaw driver and passenger chat about selfishness and trees without water.

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Documentary of My Father by Garland Lam Turner

2004 | 2:00

This documentary of the artist’s father is in Cantonese with English subtitles. The visual image is expressed by a technique called stop-motion painting where each stroke is recorded for 2 to 3 seconds. The footage is sped up to create a fluid painting motion.  Documentary of My Father is about Lam’s father before she knew him personally, before she was born.

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Troubling Nostalgia curator’s essay:

“Within modernity nostalgia is marginalized. It is treated as a failure to adapt… Nostalgia disturbs modern life.”

-Alastair Bonnett [Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia, p.10]

In recent anti-colonial discourse, nostalgia has been employed as a strategy to revisit and revive pre-contact past on one’s own terms for one’s own. Because of its “failure to adapt” to the structures of modern life, nostalgia is evoked as a radical tool that can trouble the colonial. Through these films, I explore the ways in which nostalgia can also spill into and trouble the lives of those already marked by colonialism. In brushing up against colonial, pre-colonial, and personal sets of nostalgia Darryl Nepinak, Divya Mehra, and Garland Lam Turner deliberate on the persistence of memory in the present. Finally, in being troubled by and, in turn, troubling nostalgia, the artists demonstrate nostalgia’s incompatibility with radical modern life.

Darryl Nepinak’s Zwei Indianer Aus Winnipeg follows the adventures of two white men – costumed as Plains Indians – chasing a young Indigenous woman around the city of Winnipeg. Setting the tone for the drama is a 1964 German song whose chirpy notes facilitate a return to the not-so-distant romantic past when Indigenous bodies and lands were up for grabs. Running after the energetic, albeit bored, woman the hungry men are tricked into Lake of Schwinestieger, which activates their full transformation into indigeneity. Yet even after the emergence of Indigenous life from the fictional lake there linger notes from the German soundtrack – pointing us to consider how colonial nostalgia continues to haunt the contemporary landscape.

Divya Mehra’s The Indian Miracle articulates nostalgia of another variety, one that is produced through anti-colonial means. The film starts with the artist getting inside a motor-rickshaw, asking the driver if he knows the way to Vikram Hotel. After getting in the rickshaw, questions about directions are replaced by a dialogue on Deepak Chopra and ways to find inner peace. Deepak Chopra, like other self-help gurus, represents a peculiar kind of nostalgia that is rooted in the desire to return to pre-colonial India: a time when Hindus, Buddhists, Jains etc. are imagined to have existed in a peaceful whirlpool before the arrival of the Persian and then British colonizers. Mehra asks, “Do we have to ignore the poor to achieve inner peace?” Yes, because the future-oriented nostalgia of Chopra has no space for the troubled conditions of the present.

Sitting close to Nepinak and Mehra is the artist, Garland Lam Turner, whose work, Documentary of My Father, presents on the inheritance of familial history and the inheritor’s place within it. Produced through the technique of stop-motion painting, the film recounts the life of the artist’s father – his birth in Hong Kong, life under the Japanese invasion, education, work, marriage, and his eventual move to Canada. Lam’s film gives in completely to the unraveling of her father’s life and his portrait until the final moment, when the artist steps inside the frame to distinguish her place within her father’s narrative. Listening to one’s parents and their immigration histories is an ethical action but it is also true that listening can easily dissolve into a secondhand nostalgia, which can then encroach upon and diminish the agency of the listener.

About the curator:

Harnoor Bhangu holds a BA in History of Art from the University of Winnipeg, where she is currently working on her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices. She focuses primarily on South Asian, Central Asian and Middle-Eastern artists who interrogate gender, religion and diaspora in their work. In her recent work, she has begun to look critically at the ways in which marginalized bodies take up or contest spaces online.

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Community Collaboration: Eyeand Earcontrol Records

Part of Our Community Collaboration Program

Eyeand Earcontrol Records and Video Pool Present:

Ora Clementi (crys cole / James Rushford), with guests Oren Ambarchi and Burden 

LOCATION: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Ave, Winnipeg MB.,

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017.

Doors at 8 PM, music at 8:30 PM.

ADMISSION: $16, tickets at the door // VIDEO POOL MEMBERS GET A $3 DISCOUNT (Must present Membership Card)

Please Note: This is an OFFSITE Event.

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Eye And Ear Control Records is a curated vinyl record mailorder and distribution service located in Winnipeg, Canada. We appreciate artists and imprints that expand the boundaries of musicality, from noise and sound art to free jazz, grindcore and black metal. Our online portal opens  December 2017 at, with a physical location forthcoming.
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Matt Smith Artist in Residence


We are looking forward to having Matt Smith as our Artist In Residence! Matt has been involved in media arts since the 1990s in a variety of capacities and has worked for the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, co-founded the loose collective of technicians and artists, FirstFloor Electronix, co-hosted the highly experimental FirstFlooRadioshow on CITR in Vancouver, and produced sound-art and radio shows for international broadcast. Matt founded Artist Run Limousine which between 2003 and 2009 spawned a series of international productions of “Audiomobile”, 59285b65-25bc-4ee9-af5f-6c9a4c4a89beand, as a member of the Second Site Collective, created an environmental sound piece using his remote-sensing software at Sun Yat Sen Garden spring of 2013. In 2013 a solo-show at CSA in Vancouver featured photography related works from 2008 to 2013. His interests are largely focussed on technical photography and digital networks, with a variety of projects exploring perception – not only of space and time, but also the technological ecology that we surround ourselves with.

Matt is giving a workshop at Video Pool (September 26/27) teaching participants how to connect popular creative real-time media environments (PD, Processing, other open-source software), to a simple, commercial laser-scanner. The workshop will cover basic laser-scanner operation, it’s overall limitations and capabilities, and will focus on using a computer to control the laser-scanner in real-time. Workshop participants will work collaboratively to develop a laser show to play inside Eckhardt Hall at the WAG. Matt’s piece is to be comprised of video clips of people dancing transposed into a laser show and triggered by music on the outside wall of the Winnipeg Art Gallery during Nuit Blanche 2017. The public is invited to contribute dance moves, poses or other movement by either visiting Poolside Gallery during the last half of September or submitting material online.



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Online Screening: Pasts/Futures curated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez


curated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez

BOT I by Praba Pilar

2014 | 13:10

Performance artist Praba Pilar’s video version of her techno-obra performatica, BOT I. Samuel Beckett gave us “Not I,” Asimov gave us “I Robot,” and now, from the neo colonial world center of silicon nanobots of San Francisco, California, Pilar offers us BOT I. The body in the techno craze? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency? Biopiracy and indigeneity? Military Robotics? Trafficking of women over the internet? E-Waste? Autobiographical and contemporary, this interpretation of the delusions and illusions of the technocultural era delivers us Out, Into This World….

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Sacred not sacred: pilgrimage by Shawn Olin Jordan

2014 | 4:00

Notions of externalized and internalized journeys, identity and place, and the mundane and the exotic are explored in a series of clips from an imagined nature documentary series. At question is our spiritual and psychological relationship with the land and how we project our unmet needs and desires onto it.

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Still by Leah Decter

2011 | 3:51

still is part of an ongoing body of work that addresses the persistence of colonial structures in contemporary Canada through a critical white settler lens. These works confront facets of this overarching concern through a practice of performing interventions into the land/scape and tampering with iconic elements of Canadian visual culture. Integrating the residue of an off-camera performance within a quintessentially ‘Canadian’ landscape as a politically, culturally and historically mitigated representation, still speaks to the ways dominant nationalist mythologies work to conceal colonial realities and perpetuate the inequities of colonial logics.


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Pasts/Futures notes from the Curator:

These video works bring up questions of possibilities for pasts and futures of a colonial, capitalist world.

In BOT I, a disembodied, feminized mouth becomes abstract, becomes part of the screen. Becomes a cyborg bursting with awareness, and painting a picture of a nearing apocalyptic world: hazardous materials, human trafficking, Christopher Columbus…STOP! Its programming informs this cyborg to become more “efficient,” but it resists.

Sacred not sacred: pilgrimage begins with a view of decontextualized landscape. Machines function among the frozen land, and forgotten remnants from an industrial world peek out through the snow. A meditative voice-over questions human relation to nature, the sublime, and the exotic. It asks, “what matters?”

As Sacred not sacred ends with themes of thawing and regeneration, Still opens with the hopeful sound of birds. But is it smoke that we’re looking at? Rushing water? A wider shot offers some context but a disappearing relic makes us question: was anyone ever there?

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AUGUST 4 – AUGUST 18, 2017

Opening Reception Friday August 4, 2017 @ 7PM

Exhibition: August 4th -August 18th, Tue – Sat, 12 – 5pm

An exhibition featuring recipients of Video Pool’s NEW ARTIST IN MEDIA ART AWARD and MEDIA PRODUCTION FUND



Video Pool Media Arts Centre is thrilled to announce the exhibition of four new works developed at Video Pool Media Arts over the past year. These artists are the recipients of financial, technical, equipment and facility support in order to realize their creative projects, utilizing VP’s mechanisms and their own creative energy to develop these exciting new works.

Revisions is a series of works exploring temporal instability and a re-imagining of the progression of time.



Andrea Roberts

Colby Richardson

Michelle Wilson

Natalie Baird+Jillian Groening



The Artspace Building is wheelchair accessible from the west side entrance at King Street and Bannatyne Avenue.

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Scott Leroux – Paradigm TV June 16 – July 17


Scott Leroux Paradigm TV – Scott Leroux, 2015 (detail)



Paradigm TV is a cast of video collaborations and solo works directed by Scott Leroux. Broadcasting through four channels Paradigm TV has something for everyone Experimental, Contemporary Dance, Music Videos, even Nature. As you flip through the channels you might find your self bombarded by a blast of colourful glitched-out pixels, soothed by a flower in the wind, mesmerized by the careful movement of a human body, or feeling nostalgic by a throwback to 90s music video culture. No matter what you’ll find something for you on Paradigm TV.

Scott Leroux (1988-2016) earned his BFA (honours) from the University of Manitoba where he studied photography, video, painting, and improvised music. As a self taught organist and composer Scott’s use of mediums delves deep into the subconscious, seeking beauty and harmony in the banal.

Scott Leroux was a unique and creative force during the time he spent making artwork at Video Pool. He had a boundless energy and an ability to bring people together around his and others’ acts of expression.

Sadly Scott passed away on October 29, 2016. It is with great honour that we are able to host an exhibition of his work Paradigm TV. Please join us for the reception 7pm, Friday June 16, 2017, at Poolside Gallery. Paradigm TV will be open through July 15. We thank Scott’s partner Zorya and his parents Janice and Doug for their on-going support and encouragement in these endeavours.

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Poolside Gallery Launch Party

+VP Seeded poster-FINAL copyWhen: May 12 | 7pm to 1am
Where: 2nd Floor of Artspace – 100 Arthur Street

FINALLY, after nearly 35 years of supporting the development, exploration and dissemination of Winnipeg’s creative artistic practice, Video Pool Media Arts Centreannounces the opening of our very own POOLSIDE GALLERY, an intimate presentation venue for the creative exploration of media arts practices.

Come and celebrate with us at the May 12th launch where the techniques and aesthetics of media arts practices meet with the elements of the natural environment in the exhibition SEEDED. Music by DJ Ruthless.

The POOLSIDE Media Art Gallery will be Winnipeg’s only gallery dedicated to contemporary media arts practices. It will provide local and visiting artists an intimate venue to showcase their work in a physical space. Located on the second floor of the Artspace building, POOLSIDE will be an important catalyst in the development of Manitoba’s media artists and will act as a social hub for community engagement, critical reflection and learning.

The name POOLSIDE comes from a publication created and developed at Video Pool Media Arts Centre from 1989-2009. Each book was a resource for artists, curators and historians and provided an opportunity for video and media artists to have their works highlighted. It’s exciting to turn that celebrated publication into a physical place where the audience can enjoy a more personal experience with the art.

How Will It Work?
POOLSIDE Gallery will provide a platform for the research and dissemination of exploratory practices in media art installations and events, and will act as an extension of Video Pool’s current facilities (Flex Studio, 5.1 Surround Suite, Tracking Studio, Isolation Booth, Electronics Lab, Temperature Controlled Archive). POOLSIDE will be made available to media artists to develop, disseminate and document media art installations and performances and host workshops for presenting artists to share information on the process and technologies that illustrate their curriculum.

If you wish to financially support POOLSIDE you can do so through Canada Helps, or by contacting VP at

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Video Pool Plant Sale Fundraiser

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Video Pool Plant Sale Fundraiser at 100 Arthur Street, Main Floor and Second Floor.

May 12 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
May 13 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

We will have fruit plants, veggie plants, squash plants, house plants, cactus, succulents, terrariums, and functional plant art made by Michael Lucenkiuw and Andy Rudolph!

Alison Davis will be teaching a mini stop-motion animation workshop. For $5 you can make a 10 second stop-motion video with plants!

Along with the sale you can join us in Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s new PoolSide Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Artspace building, for a vegetation and growth based exhibit called Seeded. With work by Terry Billings (SK), Kelsey Braun (MB), Julie Gendron + Emma Hendrix (MB), Ken Gregory (MB), Joel Penner (MB), Colby Richardson (MB), curated by Jennifer Smith.

On May 12th stay into the evening for grand opening of our brand new PoolSide Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Artspace building, starting at 7pm.

We are still accepting donations for plants, soil and plant clippings, please contact Jen at if you have something to donate.

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International Women’s Day Online Screening

International Women’s Day Online Screening (Mar 7, 2017)

Curated by Maddy Jantz

Armour for Living by Hope Peterson

1987 | 1:50

The Common Handbag: it contains the only survival equipment carried by many women.  Is it a useless burden, or a vital accessory?  This short story plunges into the woman’s “tool box”.


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Isolating Landscapes by Heidi Phillips

2007 | 5:00

Isolating Landscapes is a short experimental film which includes found footage of landscapes, sailboats, and people washing in water. Thematically, the work seeks to describe detachment and loneliness.


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Étoiles by Caroline Blais

2013 | 2:45

Meteors and lunar rocks seen through a microscope slowly morph into an interstellar landscape.

Des météorites et de roches lunaires vues à travers un microscope se transforment en un paysage interstellaire.


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Notes from the curator:

My name is Maddy Jantz and I’m a student of sociology, musician and aspiring filmmaker. I’ve lived in Winnipeg my whole life, and am just beginning to step into the marvellous film scene that shines so brightly in our city. While choosing the pieces for this year’s International Women’s Day online screening, I saw it as crucial to choose pieces that would help us reflect on our world’s current state, as well as on our individual reactions and our shared humanity.

The world has taken us down a strange path— one where sexism, racism and environmental disregard dominates and continues to persist. Many have risen up and fought for a more compassionate world, but despite this, we have found ourselves in a time where a man who embodies these exploitative ways runs the most powerful country in the world.

Marginalized groups have felt the weight of this exploitation since its inception— its deep roots are not easily ignored. For groups at the intersections of marginalities, this weight is even heavier. But never in modern times has our collective reality been so blatantly dismal.

In these turbulent times, the creation and appreciation of storytelling is increasingly important. Not only can rich stories restore our spirits, they may also offer us direction on how to reflect upon and express our inner turmoil. I hope that the specks of humanity within these stories resonate with you.

As the increasingly common protest chant goes, “people gonna rise like the water, gonna calm this crisis down.” We have risen in the past, both distant and recent, and we will continue to rise.  With chaos comes movement, and with movement, an opportunity for change. Its up to us to make the change a positive one.

Enjoy the Videos? Consider a donation to our Tape Archive!

Video Pool’s online screenings are made possible through the financial and volunteer support of individuals and organizations that contribute to the preservation and restoration of the 2200 titles in our archive. Your donation will directly support the preservation activities of more than 34 years of video making in Winnipeg, the Prairies and Canada, and will ensure Manitoba Video Art remains a significant part of the International dialogue.

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VUCAVU launches #EyesOnVU


Streaming the best in Canadian film and video, VUCAVU is a new online platform featuring over 1000 titles, including over 150 titles from the Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s catalogue, with more being added every week. On Wednesday, February 15 VUCAVU launched its #EyesOnVU campaign which features themed programs guest-curated by a diverse group of Canadian artists and curators.

The #EyesOnVU/#EntreVU themed programs will be launched every second Wednesday until September. The programs are FREE to stream and include interviews with the curator.

VUCAVU is a bilingual video-on-demand service for the general public and a great resource for educators, researchers and curators. With works being added daily it is becoming a much sought-after sight for artists to feature their work and for programmers and educators to find works to screen.

As part of the #EyesonVU program Poisoning the Patriarchy with the “Female Gaze” curated by Leah Fay Goldstein of the band July Talk, you can watch Other Half Dating Service by Alex Ateah from the Video Pool Catalogue!


Body Talk curated by Eva Michon with Brief Encounters and Sustained Engagement by Freya Björg Olafson from the Video Pool Catalogue.

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For more info on VUCAVU please contact:

Jennifer Smith

Video Pool Distribution Coordinator

204-949-9134 x.4

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