Artist Talk: Cyborg Plants with Michael Lucenkiw

cbrgpntweb“In the age of the internet of things, a wide spread sensory enhanced landscape is a highly plausible occurrence. How can a designer interact with technology to create place in this new environment? What will this environment be like? What does this mean for plant life? To tackle these questions, a cyborg plant was created that integrates with sensors and is capable of detecting several environmental conditions as well as the bio-electrical inside the plant. Part performance, part experiment, this cyborg plant became a tool used to help understand the potential benefits of a sensory enhanced landscape as well as the potential negative consequences. This cyborg plant is also a living thing, and leaves many ethical questions to be answered. Learn how the cyborg plant was created, what technology is used to operate it and the artists and projects that inspired it.”

Date: Saturday, January 31st.
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Video Pool Media Arts Centre Studio : 300 – 100 Arthur St. (Artspace Building)
Cost: Free!

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An Evening of Wanderings



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 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  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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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.

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Watch – Andrew John Milne’s Artist Talk

Artist Andrew Milne delivers a talk on his exhibition 'Apparatus'. 'Apparatus' ran from January 17 to March 1, 2014 at RAW: Gallery of Architecture and Design and was co-presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre and RAW Gallery.

Apparatus is the construction of mechanism as ruin. It is a collection of decaying monuments that realize a historical vision of future utopias, dragging them back toward obsolescence, futility and critique. The exhibition commemorates a future where vision is total and simultaneous; where Cinema has eclipsed experience.

Andrew John Milne – Bio
Andrew John Milne is a self-taught Media, Film and Performance artist living and working in Winnipeg Manitoba. He has a background in mechanical, electrical and computer design, contemporary dance, photography and film. Over the past 5 years Andrew has created a series of Post-Cinematic Mechanisms which interrogate the technologies of seeing. In this work he approaches cutting edge media with obsolesced technologies.
As well as maintaining an active personal practice Andrew is the founder of the Museum of New Ideas, a mobile media art exhibition and studio space, and is a founding member of Bent Light a post-cinema film collective.

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Watch – Skot Deeming’s Curatorial Talk

In conjunction with Art’s Birthday 2014, Video Pool held an event “Fortuna’s Arcade”. Part of the celebration included an arcade style room of game based art, curated by Skot Deeming (aka mrghosty). The next day, January 18, 2014, Skot presented a curatorial talk on the practice of curating games and game based artworks. Skot spoke briefly about the history of the employment of video games in contemporary art practice and discussed his vision for the curation of such artworks.What considerations must be made when selecting this kind of work? What are the spaces, critical and aesthetic concerns in curating video games and game art? The discussion spanned the indie video game making scene, art games, video game modding practices, ROMhacking, bootlegs and more.
Bio: mrghosty (aka skot deeming) is an artist, curator, and researcher at the Technoculture, Art and Gaming Research Centre at Concordia University. As a key figure in the Canadian videogame art scene, skot draws upon a wealth of practical experience and theoretical knowledge while investigating the intersections between gamer cultures, hacker cultures and new media art practices. These investigations take on many forms: academic writing, video game art events and exhibitions, live audio visual performances, games, installations and more.

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Toxic Life and Engineered Death – Symposium Videos

Image: Malus ecclesia by Joe Davis

Image: Malus ecclesia by Joe Davis

All of the Toxic Life and Engineered Death talks are available on this website via the links below or on our Vimeo page.

Steve Kurtz – Keynote Address
Toxicity, Representation and Social Control

Session 1
Jennifer Willet – Session 1 – Part 1
INCUBATOR: Propositions Towards New Laboratory Ecologies
Andrew E. Pelling – Session 1 – Part 2
“This study has no clear hypothesis or objectives”
Niki Sperou – Session 1 – Part 3
Zones of Inhibition, Liminal Territories and Contingent Effects
Session 1 – Q&A Period

Joe Davis – Keynote Address
Forbidden Fruit

Session 2
Ted Hiebert – Session 2 – Part 1
Embodiment, Technology and the Space Between Magnets
Melentie Pandilovski – Session 2 – Part 2
Toxicity at the Equidistance Between Biotechnology and Biopolitics
Session 2 – Q&A Period

Natalie Jeremijenko – Keynote Address

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