Running for the past 35 years, this symposium invites twelve artists from Quebec, Canada, and beyond to produce an artwork based on a chosen theme—this year’s theme is Art and Politics. The artists work in public space, giving visitors unique access to the creative process. Look out for participants Leila Zelli – who uses digital installations to create experience-driven work that investigates war and religion – and Lianne Ho, who considers the impact of digital representation on a politics of space. The symposium has programming booked until August 26, with a jam packed schedule featuring screenings every Thursday, including films by prolific artists and filmmakers such as Michel Brault, Ai Weiwei, and Marjane Satrapi.
Festival: The Asinabka Festival
The Asinabka Festival celebrates Indigenous film and media arts. Running from August 8-12, it showcases independent artists across a spectrum of areas and backgrounds, emphasizing works that give a critical voice to Indigenous issues. In its seventh year, exhibition highlights include Sound/Tracks, a multimedia project that brings together musicians and media artists to produce collaborative works (presented in partnership with SAW Video) and a filmmaking masterclass led by Renae Maihi.
Exhibition: For Paradise
Houston-based artist Elizabeth M. Webb’s exhibition For Paradise is showing at ma ma until August 20, in the artist’s first solo presentation in Canada. The exhibition takes its name from a film by the artist, which explores how the construction of racial identities have shaped her family’s history; Webb found out at 18 years old that her father had been passing as white, but his father, her grandfather, was African-American. The film is exhibited with a series of photographs that further engage issues of visibility and representation. The artist will give a talk about her work Sunday, August 19 at 5pm.
Submission: Trinity Square Video
Deadline: August 31, 2018
Trinity Square Video is seeking submissions from artists and curators for exhibitions, publications, programming series, and media-based performance. TSV is focused on showing media-based artworks that take an expansive approach to the definition of video and media art, exploring the moving image as it relates to space, technology, politics, and the body.
We love TSV <3 and not only because it’s our partner organization. It’s also one of Canada’s first artist-run centres, which continues to push the boundaries of what media art practices can be. Want to know more? The vision statement released with their call will fill you in!
Exhibition: Watching Night of the Living Dead
Through the month of August, Dave Dyment’s Watching Night of the Living Dead will be showing at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Dyment’s video provides a different vantage point (or many) from which to engage director George Romero’s 1968 film, piecing together footage of other characters from TV and film watching the original by Romero. Watching Night of the Living Dead intends to speak to the zombie mythology as it has grown since ’68, and considers the significance of Romero’s film and its circulation to this growth.
Exhibition (Last Call): QueerSUM心
Karin Lee’s QueerSUM心 is open until August 18 at On Main Gallery. Presented as part of the Queer Arts Festival, the exhibition presents three of Lee’s screen-based works: My Sweet Pony Remix, Portrait of a Girl, and Small Pleasures. In her work, Lee targets the racism inherent in the development of “Chinatowns” – such as in Vancouver where the artist was raised – and seek to unpack the dynamics between racism against Chinese immigrants in Canada and the colonization of Indigenous peoples.
Performance: March of the Monarch (How to Fly a Tank)
On August 30, in a one-time performance organized by grunt gallery, artist David Khang will lead the public on a bike tour around Vancouver—with his bicycle-powered military tank in tow. The monarch butterfly, a reoccurring image in Khang’s work, is the day’s motif; at day’s end, live butterflies will take flight. The close of the performance will feature a video projection narrating the artist’s own metamorphosis. If a butterfly-camouflaged tank rolling through Vancouver isn’t enough to peak your curiosity, we don’t know what will.
Online platform VUCAVU, a hub for film and video distribution in Canada, is hosting a curated series of video screenings under the theme GEOGRAPHIES. Featuring selections from four curators, who pulled from VUCAVU’s catalogue, the programs run for two months; and videos can be viewed free online (with a 7-day access limit)! Until August 13, you can see media arts administrator Holly Cunningham’s program selections; filmmaker Jean-Pierre Marchant’s selections will be available through the month of August and up to September 18.