A monthly collection of digitally-inclined art and culture events happening across Canada, on and off the screen.
EXHIBITION: Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery opens my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money, a solo exhibition of works by Jeneen Frei Njootli, on July 13. The exhibition includes a newly commissioned video work by Frei Njootli, which explores skin as a boundary line—“the site of both exposure and connectedness.” The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, with contributions by Tsleil-Waututh writer Lee Maracle and recent winner of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize, Billy-Ray Belcourt.
PUBLIC ART: Elizabeth McIntosh’s mural for Onni Group was revealed at the end of June, and can now be seen stretching the length of the Charleson Tower in Yaletown. The mural was created using finger-painting on touchpad technology; a blend of analogue and digital processes, it adds a little somethin’-somethin’ to Vancouver’s skyline and urban architecture.
EXHIBITION: Ongoing throughout July, Dunlop Art Gallery is hosting URL: IRL – and how could we not pay attention to a name like that? (We admit, we have a partial view.) The exhibition includes work by twenty artists, including some of our personal fan favourites like Scott Benesiinaabandan, Lorna Mills, and program alum Amanda Low! If you are not based in Regina and don’t think you’ll make it to the prairies before the exhibition closes September 16, fear not: there’s lots of information to be found on the URL: IRL website.
WEST GREY, ONTARIO:
FESTIVAL: Tickets are now on sale for Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, hosted on the territory of Saugeen First Nation in Durham, West Grey, ON. With programming starting on July 20 and continuing through the end of the month, the festival promises to be just as fabulous as its name suggests; among many others, film and video powerhouses Skawennati, Lisa Jackson, and Caroline Monnet are all participants.
FESTIVAL: Vector Festival’s 2018 edition, Born Digital, has programming scheduled July 12 through July 16. Presented in partnership with InterAccess, Vector shows game-based, interactive, and experimental media art projects across a series of events; this year’s schedule has highlights such as the screening Words Before All Else: Oral Histories in the Digital Age at Jackman Hall on July 14. EDAA 2018 judge Tobias Williams is also a featured artist in this year’s Vector Festival with his work Ecstasy//Normal 002, shown as a window installation located at The Brandscape. With all our familial ties, should it come as any surprise that EQ Bank is also a proud supporter of Vector?
FAIR: Toronto Art Book Fair will run from July 5-8 at the Chinatown Centre and features exhibitions, book launches, performances and more. We’re especially looking forward to the launch of online publication MICE Magazine’s fourth issue, Opacities, with a conversation between the guest editors, Pamela Edmonds and Mark V. Campbell, on July 7. And, we’d be remiss to leave out EDAA alum Maya Benuo David’s Popcorn Ceiling Maiden, a performance and video launch on July 8. See more details about these events and the full schedule for TABF 2018 here.
CALL: Myseum of Toronto will host its annual festival, Intersections, in March 2019 with the theme “(Re)visionist Toronto”. Check out the call for submissions here to find out how your project can be funded and featured in the festival. Preference is given to collaborative projects to promote community engagement; so find a buddy and get your application in by July 15!
EXHIBITION: The 1,600 square-foot City Hall Art Gallery is currently showing void loop(), an exhibition of two works by Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe, until August 8. “Commenting on the speculative nature of screens,” void loop() offers this small exhibition space great room for thought about technology, spirituality, and belief. If you want to know more – we certainly do – don’t miss the artist talks on July 22 at 2pm.
EXHIBITION: Femynynytees opens on July 5 at la galerie Arts Visuels Émergents (AVE) in Montreal. Curated by Renata Azevedo Moreira and Treva Michelle Legassie, the exhibition features eight emerging new media artists – Eileen Mary Holowka, Faye Mullen, Heidi Barkun, JOJOTA, Karla Keiko, Kinga Michalska, Mailis Rodrigues, M.C. Baumstark – whose works consider what femininity signifies in queer and marginalized communities.