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Video Pool Media Arts Centre announces Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009)

Still from Isolating Landscapes by Heidi Phillips

Still from Isolating Landscapes by Heidi Phillips

Isolated Landscapes:

Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009)

November 3 to December 1, 2017

Video Pool Media Arts Centre announces the exhibition Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009), curated by Kathy Rae Huffman. In development for over a year, the project will have four components: A physical Exhibition; an online exhibition; a series of public Gatherings; and a touring screening series in 2018.

Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009) is a major exhibition of the history of video art by women who live and work in the central Canadian region, or who have been informed by years of residing in (or growing up in) the region. The nineteen works in the exhibition (by twenty-one artists) were produced between 1984 -2009 and play a prominent role in the history of Winnipeg’s legendary Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The project represents pioneering, early video art production by women artists working in various genres, reveals their ability to utilize the available technology of the time, and many works respond to the region’s isolation and starkness, revealed in geographical, cultural and personal landscapes.  

All the works are held in the archives of Video Pool Media Arts Centre, many had early support from the organization, and demonstrates the many regional partnerships and mutual support of artists and agencies in the region.  

Video Artists are:  

Sharon Alward , Thirza Jean Cuthand, Shawna Dempsey, Nida Home Doherty, Elvira Finnigan, Wendy Geller, Garland Lam, Erika MacPherson, Maureen Medved, Divya Mehra, Lorri Millan, Hope Peterson, Heidi Phillips, Dominique Rey, Nicole Shimonek, Jennifer Stillwell, Reva Stone, Leslie Supnet, Sheila Urbanoski, and Lori Weidenhammer

In recognition of the role performance has played in the development of feminist video, Isolated Landscapes will include performances by:

Ming Hon; The Ephemerals: Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny Western;  Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan; and Freya Björg Olafson.

The exhibition portion of Isolated Landscapes will be on view 3 November to 1 December, 2017 at Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg.

A digital exhibition will be available for free at VUCAVU.com 3 November to 3 December 2017, after which it will be available for online purchase.

A weekend of Video, Performances, and The Gathering, will take place November 17-19 in Winnipeg at the Poolside Gallery, MAWA and Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts. The Gathering will be comprised of presentations selected from an open call, and will enhance the weekend with essential discussions about the future of video in a ‘post gender’, non-binary, technically enhanced world.  Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.   See the attached Call for Participation, also available online at:  videopool.org  

Four screenings will be held in early 2018: In Vancouver at VIVO Media Art Centre, Saskatoon at PAVED Arts, Montreal at Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) and Halifax at the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT).

Isolated Landscapes has been developed with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and with our partners, Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Mentoring Arts for Women Artists (MAWA) and VUCAVU.com.

Additional biographical information, photos and texts are available from Video Pool Media Arts Centre.  

Call for Submission: Isolated Landscapes Gathering

Still from August by Sharon Alward

Still from August by Sharon Alward

Open Call: Isolated Landscapes: The Gathering

Deadline for submission:  September 15, 2017

Video Pool Media Arts Centre invites proposals from cis and trans-women, and trans and non-binary artists for presentations/performances, thematic subjects and points of view for The Gathering, which will take place Saturday, 18 November 2017, 10:30 – 5:30,and Sunday, 19 November 2017, 1:00 – 4:30.

The Gathering is a free public program, open to all.  It will be a day-long discussion moderated by Ardele Lister, on the occasion of the exhibition:  Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009), curated by Kathy Rae Huffman from the Video Pool Media Arts Centre Video Archive.  

We invite proposals from cis and trans-women, and trans and non-binary artists, researchers, scholars and activists to participate in a DAY-LONG SERIES of discussions about the issues and experiences faced in the often male-dominated field of media arts.

IN ADDITION TO HERSTORICAL AND PRESENT REALITIES, WE’D ALSO LIKE TO DISCUSS innovative future POSSIBILITIES for women’s WORK in an age of technological acceleration and expansion. The session will be moderated by Lister and co-directed by Huffman. The days will conclude with a potluck supper hosted at MAWA, and performance presentations.

Canadian Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for formal or informal presentations. Possibilities can include discussions of a particular artist’s or group of artists’ works, broader thematic discussions about issues affecting women working in media arts, brief histories of a particularly underrepresented ‘scene’ or body of work pertinent to our moving forward, theoretical or practical research position papers, including topics such as intersectionalities of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and gender-identification as they relate to artistic production and reception; navigation of institutions and contexts, including questions of canalization, and marginalization etc.

Presentations should be no longer than 30 mins, and oriented towards concrete discussion.

Participation is competitive, and participants will be selected by Ardele Lister and Kathy Rae Huffman, in collaboration with Video Pool Media Arts Centre.  A fee of $300 will be offered to each selected participant.  Those from outside of Winnipeg must organize their own travel and accommodation, however some assistance for housing may be available.

To ensure a broad range of people with different levels and kinds of experience and expertise, we ask each applicant to submit their CV/portfolio along with a 150 – 500 word letter of intent, with the title of your presentation, to isolatedlandscapes@videopool.org no later than Sept 15, 2017. (Please include Isolated Landscapes Gathering in the subject heading).

Selected participants will be notified by September 22, 2017.

The Gathering moderator:

 Ardele Lister, born and raised in Calgary, came to filmmaking when she co-founded the women’s collective ReelFeelings in Vancouver in 1973. When- in ‘76 – ReelFeelings’ film, So Where’s My Prince Already? was selected for the International Festival of Women’s Films in New York City, she relocated to New York.  Lister’s analog and digital works have been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, and museums. Her 1984 work Hell, a computerized interpretation of Dante’s Inferno, broke new ground in the creative applications by artists of otherwise commercial technologies, and helped shape a new digital aesthetic. The issue of defining identities in our globalized culture, and the role of media in shaping those identities, characterizes much of her research. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Kunsthalle (Berlin).  In 1977, she founded and edited The Independent, the first monthly publication for independent video and filmmakers, still in publication online. She teaches media in the Visual Arts Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and lives in Brooklyn.


The Exhibition Curator:

Kathy Rae Huffman is a freelance curator, networker and media art collector. Since the early 1980s, Huffman helped establish video and new media art, online and interactive art, installation and performance art in the visual arts world. She has curated for, written about and coordinated events for numerous international art institutions, consulted and juried for festivals and alternative arts organizations. Huffman not only introduced video and digital computer art to museum exhibitions, but she also pioneered tirelessly to bring television channels and video artists together in order to show video artworks on TV.  From the early 1990s until 2014, Huffman was based in Europe, and embraced early net art and interactive and 3D online environments in her curatorial practice. She is co-founder of FACES, an international online community for women in media art, in 1997. She has held curatorial posts at the Long Beach Museum of Art (California), the ICA Boston, and Cornerhouse, Manchester (UK). Huffman currently resides in Ventura County, Southern California.


Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009) is a project lead by Video Pool Media Arts Centre, with supporting partners Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, and Mentoring Artists or Women’s Art (MAWA), VUCAVU.com, and is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Lasers with Matt Smith

This workshop is about how to connect popular creative real-time media
environments, such as PD and Processing, and open-source software in
general, to a simple, commercial laser-scanner. It will cover basic
laser-scanner operation, it’s overall limitations and capabilities, to
then focus on using a computer to control the laser-scanner in
real-time. This will take the form of collaboratively creating a
laser-show, to be presented during Nuit Blanche.

Dates: Tuesday, Sept 26 and Wednesday, Sept 27, 2017  (6pm-9pm)

Fees: $80 member / $100 non-member

Location: Video Pool Studio (300 – 100 Arthur St.)

Limit: 8 Participants

Pre-Requisite: Experience with creative real-time software environments

Instructor: Matt Smith

About the Instructor:

Matt Smith has been involved in media arts since the 1990s. While
working for the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria he co-founded
the loose collective of technicians and artists, FirstFloor Electronix
in 1995. Since arriving in Vancouver in 1998, he has collaborated in a
wide variety of art projects as an artist and/or technician. Between
2002 and 2007 he also co-hosted the highly experimental
FirstFlooRadioshow on CITR in Vancouver, and produced sound-art and
radio shows for international broadcast. Personal milestones are the
founding and operation of the Artist Run Limousine between 2002-2005,
which spawned a series of international productions of “Audiomobile”
between 2003-2009. As a member of the Second Site Collective, Matt
created a environmental sound piece, also 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.

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Dinka Pignon – Exhibition and Artist in Residence – August 2017

Video Pool Media Arts Centre is excited to have sculptural projection artist Dinka Pignon in Residence from August 15 – 30, developing her new work, Game Over. Dinka will also be exhibiting Pool in Poolside Gallery which will be open for the Lost in Artsp_ace event on Thursday August 24 and will run through September 8, 2017.

Artist Presentation and reception: Tuesday August 29, 7pm, 2017

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5 pm.














Dinka Pignonis an interdisciplinary media artist working with spatial video installation and performance art. Her experimental practice is characterized by a strong affinity for the phenomenal, liminal, conceptual and minimal. Her work is situated in the field of ‘mixed reality’, operating on the borderline between the real and the virtual. Her installations involve large-scale video projections that reshape the architecture of the space and create illusionary effects over objects. The installations become virtual environments for performance, often inviting audience participation. Over the last 30 years Pignon has produced a large body of work that has exhibited internationally. Parallel to her own practice she has coordinated and curated interdisciplinary art events, festivals, experimental workshops and international art exchange programs. Devoted to artist-run culture she has spent most of her working life in artist-run centers: 15 years at the Fylkingen for New Music & Intermedia Art in Stockholm and 10 years at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver.

Check out some of Dinka’s past work here:

Orchestra of the Uncanny Valley: https://youtu.be/E5KCnLuKw8I

Artistic Survival with Shawna Dempsey

Shawna Dempsey will share her tips for artistic survival, including grant writing do’s and don’ts, the importance of income diversification and how to build relationships that lead to opportunities. Topics covered in the workshop will also include budgeting, bookkeeping and risk management. Art is hard, but the even harder part is making a living at it.



Dates: Tuesday, October 24 (6pm-9pm)

Fees: $35 member / $55 non-member

Location: Video Pool Studio (300 – 100 Arthur St.)

Limit: 15 Participants

Instructor: Shawna Dempsey





About the instructor:

Shawna Dempsey was supported by her collaborative lesbian feminist performance art for 16 years: a monumental feat that almost killed her! She still makes art with Lorri Millan, curates, and is currently Co-Executive Director of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.

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Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration


Detail from Scott Leroux’s Paradigm TV, 2015

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Residency to take place: February 2018


Scott Leroux was a unique and creative force during the time he spent making artwork at Video Pool Media Arts Centre. He had boundless energy and an ability to bring people together around his and others’ acts of expression. Suddenly, and sadly, Scott passed away on October 29, 2016. Video Pool is honoured to announce that his legacy will continue through a fund created by the Leroux family in Scott’s name that offers $1,200 for a one-month residency in our new Poolside Gallery. Artists will produce new work and are encouraged to spend this time experimenting and pushing the boundaries of Media Arts, using Poolside as a ‘living laboratory’ where work can be explored, developed, exhibited, and discussed.


  • Applicants must be current members of Video Pool or willing to purchase a General Membership: http://www.videopool.org/membership/
  • Members can only hold one fund at a time at Video Pool.
  • All types of technology-based artistic projects are eligible, including web based art, installation or performance works with strong media art component, physical computing, interactive art, robotic or experimental electronic art, video installation, or sound works.
  • Works in progress are not eligible.
  • School projects are not eligible.
  • Commercial projects are not eligible.

NOTE: Applicants to the Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration are strongly encouraged to contact the Programming Coordinator prior to submission. For more information email: vpprogramming@videopool.org


Fund recipient will have access to Poolside Gallery, and should make a list of proposed equipment for their project. Video Pool will attempt to provide access to equipment needed, but may not be able to fulfill all requests.

Please note that Poolside Gallery has some physical constraints. The space is approximately 380ft2 with 6 doorways and 1 post. In addition, unfortunately we are currently not able to exhibit work involving loud audio volumes. While we will do our best to accommodate most projects, applicants are encouraged to adapt their work to the room. For a layout of the gallery please visit: <LINK COMING SOON>


The Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration will be juried by Video Pool’s Executive Director, another member of Video Pool staff, and 2 media artist’s from the community. Notices of the jury’s decision will be sent out within 8 weeks from the application deadline by the Programming Coordinator.


Each individual is required to adhere to the following:

  • The recipient must pursue the project as proposed. Any dramatic deviation in the project’s content must be cleared with the Programming Coordinator.
  • Projects must credit Video Pool Media Arts Centre and the Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration.
  • The recipient must submit audio/visual documentation of the project to be used for promotional materials and social media.
  • The recipient must allow the public regular weekly access to them while working in the Poolside Gallery.
  • The recipient is required to submit a final report and financial statement. A template will be provided to successful applicants to facilitate this process.


Email applications are preferred, however they can also be dropped off in person or by mail. Submissions must include the following:


One copy of the application and ALL supporting materials must be received at the Video Pool office by 5pm on the deadline date, with no exceptions. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the next working day.


Provide a synopsis of the proposed project and a visual/sound treatment detailing how the project will be realized (not to exceed 2 pages). Jurors should get a clear sense of the work, how it contributes to the applicant’s artistic development and why the applicant wants to pursue the proposed piece.


List of all equipment necessary for the work.


Provide an outline for the public engagement aspect of the residency. This might include artist talks, open studio time, workshops, meetings, discussions etc.


Should detail relevant artistic experience of the applicant (not to exceed 3 pages.)


Limited to 2 samples and may include: online links to video (max.10 minutes running time); audio on CD or online (max. 10 minutes play time); or, max 10 still images emailed with the application or on CD or USB (.jpg or .tif only.) Please include a list detailing the support material and label all support material with applicant’s name and title of the work. Do not submit originals, as Video Pool assumes no liability in the loss of, or damage to, any support material. A deadline date will be set for applicants to pick up non-web based submission materials (ie. CDs, DVDs, etc.), after which, materials will be destroyed.

For additional information, please contact:

Kelsey Braun

T: +1 204.949.9134 (x.108)
E: vpprogramming@videopool.org

vpprogramming@videopool.org with the subject line SCOTT LEROUX FUND
or by mail to:
Scott Leroux Fund
Video Pool Media Arts Centre
300-100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3

Online Screening: Pasts/Futures


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….

pilar-BOT IA

Missed the online screening? Watch BOT I on VUCAVU.com now!

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.

jordan-Sacred not sacred pilgrimageC

Missed the online screening? Watch Sacred not sacred: pilgrimage on VUCAVU.com now!

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.


Missed the online screening? Watch Still on VUCAVU.com now!

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?


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.

Camera Fundamentals Workshop with Wendy Buelow

Over this two afternoon workshop we will be working with Video Pool’s Sony HD cameras such the Sony FS700, FS100, NEX EA50 as well as an introduction to the 4K PXW FS7. Participants will learn to use the manual settings of these cameras, gaining greater control to produce video of the highest quality.  We’ll be learning about exposure, white balance, gain control, shutter settings, audio settings, lighting situations, zebra stripes and more! There will be plenty of hands-on practice during this workshop, and we’ll also be discussing how to manage the media after a shoot.



Dates: Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (6pm-9pm)

Fees: $80 member / $100 non-member

Location: Video Pool Studio (300 – 100 Arthur St.)

Limit: 6 Participants

Instructor: Wendy Buelow





About the instructor:

Wendy Buelow has been a camera operator and editor at CBC News in Winnipeg for many years and has worked on numerous documentaries and television shows.

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Field Recording with Joel Mierau

hearing beyond sight…

Developing the ability to focus your listening & awareness to sound within an environment is essential for effective field recording. Being able to focus your hearing beyond what you see requires both the practice and acknowledgement of being present within time + space. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore their own relationship with sound and acquire the basic understanding of the equipment needed through hands on experience recording in the field.The structure of the workshop will be shaped by the participants own experience/interests in field recording with the intention of making the content relevant to all as we learn to listen from new perspectives.

Field Recording promo photo


Dates: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (6pm-10pm)
Fees: $70 member / $90 non-member
Location: Video Pool Studio (300 – 100 Arthur St.)
Limit: 6 Participants
Instructor: Joel Mierau




About the instructor:

Joel Mierau is an artist and sound engineer working in Winnipeg. He is always listening. His work is informed by this intimate perception of subtle changes in sounds and is a theme that influences + reoccurs throughout his work, often in the use of long tones and discrete movement.
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