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 – 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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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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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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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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Instant Coffee – Presentation – Sat. March 7 at 1pm

Instant Coffee – artist collective presentation

  • Saturday, March 7 at 1pm
  • Video Pool Studio (unit 300, 100 Arthur St.)
  • FREE!

IMG_1841Instant Coffee is a service-oriented artist collective based in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Through formal installations and event-based activities, we build a public place to practice, where ideas, materials and actions can be explored outside of the isolated studio and in a manner that renegotiates traditional exhibition structures, but is still supported by them. Instant Coffee’s frequent practice is to build architectural installations, which become venues
for a series of organized events from formal lectures and screenings to informal gatherings and workshops. Each installation requires hosts who initiate some form of social interaction through the presentation and performance of ideas that pertain to artistic production and discourse.

photo (15)Instant Coffee has an extensive art practice, spanning over thirteen years. As an artist collective we have been invested in combining the social with the aesthetic, and as such have worked in public spaces to engage expanded audiences. We have shown extensively nationally and internationally, and have exhibited in many prominent art institutions as well as have produced numerous permanent and temporary public art projects.



TogethIMG_1876er we have developed a multi-disciplinary practice that culminates in bringing together large numbers of artists, designers, musicians, architects, writers and other cultural producers. We offer networking services that promote local, national and international activities through weekly listing in Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver to over 9000 subscribers. In conjunction with our exhibitions and events, we also publish book-works, posters and artist multiples.



Instant Coffee’s most active members are Jinhan Ko, Jenifer Papararo, Kelly Kycan, and Khan Lee.

Instant Coffee: Get Social or Get Lost.

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Watch – Helga Jakobson – Artist Talk

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.

November 26, 2014
Presented by Video Pool Media Arts Center at ace art inc.

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Dry Media – A Herbarium Group Art Exhibition

drymediawebDuring a cold weekend in November, a group of Winnipeg artists gained access to the University of Manitoba Herbarium – a biorepository of dried, preserved plant specimens for scientific study. After exploring themes of bioart and botanical illustration through the ages, they dove into the plant collection. These artists viewed botanical specimens under microscopes, captured images with a microscope camera or camera lucida. In time, they fell under the plants’ spell… This collective experience has led to a body of botanical artwork by the following:
Becky Thiessen, Toby Gillies, Melody Morissette, Ken Gregory, Shawn Jordan, hannah g, Seth Woodyard, Jessica McKague, Julia Wake, and Lesley Nakonechny, as well as work by facilitators: Helga Jakobson, Chantal Dupas, Dawn Wood, and Diana Sawatzky.

February 20 – March 4, 2015
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre
611 Main St.

Opening reception:
Friday, February 20
7pm – Doors Open
8:30 – Reading by Dry Media Artist hannah g

History of Bioart Talk with Dr. Melentie Pandilovski
Saturday, February 21

This project is a collaboration between The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, Video Pool Media Arts Centre & The University of Manitoba

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