2019 Judges

Christina Battle Edmonton, AB

Originally from Edmonton, Christina Battle’s research and artistic works consider the parameters of disaster—looking to it as action, as more than mere event and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. Especially interested in how our engagement with media shapes our understanding and interpretation of information, her current research focuses on thinking more critically about the tools of contemporary technology as part of language and considering how the information disseminated via online platforms operates within a framework of disaster. Strategies for actively working through this research at times manifest through the organizing and curating of film/video screenings, exhibitions, and events, intended to facilitate conversation and bring people together to engage in shared experiences. www.cbattle.com

Scott Benesiinaabandan Montreal, QC

Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinabe intermedia artist that works primarily in photography, video, audio, and printmaking. Scott has completed international residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia, Context Gallery in Derry (Northern Ireland), and University Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology, as well as international collaborative projects in both the U.K. and Ireland. Benesiinaabandan is currently based in Montreal, where he recently completed a Canada Council New Media Production grant through OBx Labs/AbTeC and Concordia. In the past four years, Benesiinaabandan has been awarded multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council. www.benesiinaabandan.com/

Meagan Byrne Hamilton, ON

Meagan Byrne is a Métis (MNO) digital media artist and game designer born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She is heavily influenced by traditional RPG video games and Woodland Style art as well as all the stories she heard growing up. Meagan uses her work to explore questions of cultural belonging, the indigenization of media, and the future of indigenous language and culture. She sees her work as a constant struggle to navigate the complexities of indigenous identity within a deeply colonized system.

Her first major work Wanisinowin | Lost has been shown at imagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto; Different Games Conference, New York; and IndieCade, California. She is co-director of Dames Making Games, a nonprofit dedicated to helping marginalized game designers and developers, as well as Indigenous Routes, a collection of indigenous new-media artists. Meagan has received a B.A. of English Literature (2009) from McMaster University and a B.A. of Game Design (2017) from The Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Meagan is currently working as the Digital and Interactive Coordinator at imagineNATIVE.

Emily Fitzpatrick Toronto, ON

Emily Fitzpatrick is an independent curator and arts administrator who holds a master’s degree in Visual Studies from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Her work involves public art projects rooted in social practice. She has curated exhibitions at the Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, and Gendai Gallery. She also has extensive experience working within Toronto's artist-run centres and public institutions including Images Festival, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Gendai Gallery, and Art Metropole.

Lindsay LeBlanc Toronto, ON

Lindsay LeBlanc is Equitable Bank’s Art Curator, and the co-founder of the Emerging Digital Artists Award. Her writing has been published in periodicals such as esse arts + opinions and Prefix Photo, and she runs editorial for experimental digital publication KAPSULA. This September she will begin her doctoral studies in the Women and Gender Studies Institute and Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.