Presented by the Media Arts Network of Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council
Thursday November 27, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
In person at YYZ Artist Outlet 401 Richmond Street W. Suite 140, Toronto
and everywhere via remote web broadcast at mano-ramo.ca
LIVE ON TWITTER @MANORAMO #WMMA
From film to video, interactive and digital artworks, and gaming, the media arts have provided a distinct space for innovation by Canadian artists for decades. Within the Canadian and international context women have been at the forefront of experimentation and innovation, despite barriers and challenges that exist. To highlight these achievements, and discuss access and future possibilities for women artists working in the sector, we have assembled a group of practitioners to share their visions for a media arts landscape that is more supportive of all genders.
Deanna Bowen, interdisciplinary artist
merritt kopas, multimedia artist & game designer
Cheryl L’Hirondelle, interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and new media curator
Catherine McKinnon, Festival Director-Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival
- The YYZ Artist Outlet is wheelchair accessible (ramp is on Richmond Street West at the front entrance) and the building has accessible washrooms
- ASL interpretation will be provided
- Please avoid the use of scents as we would like to offer a scent free environment
- Child and attendant care will be available upon request. If you require these services, please inform MANO by November 20th
- Please let us know if you have any other accommodation requests
Contact: email@example.com or 416–516‑1023
This event will be videotaped and photographed
This event will be conducted in English only
Deanna Bowen is a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. She is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited internationally in numerous film festivals and galleries. She has received several grants in support of her artistic practice. Current works have been shown at the Images Festival of Film, Video & New Media, Gallery 44, the Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival, Nasher Museum of Contemporary Art at Duke University and Pier 21: Canadian Museum of Immigration. Bowen recently mounted Invisible Empires at the Art Gallery of York University and is at work producing a site-specific intervention for the upcoming exhibition Traces in the Dark at the Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania. Bowen teaches video art and ethnographic documentary production in the Department of Arts, Culture & Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
merritt kopas is a multimedia artist & game designer interested in play as a utopian project that contains a critique of the present and the seeds of potential futures. Some of her most well-known games include LIM, HUGPUNX, and Consensual Torture Simulator. She is currently editing an annotated anthology of Twine games titled VIDEOGAMES FOR HUMANS to be published by Instar Books in 2015.
Cheryl L’Hirondelle is a community-engaged Indigenous (Cree/Metis/German) interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and new media curator originally from the land now known as canada. Her creative practice is an investigation of the intersection of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) and contemporary time-space. Her current projects include: a music album and several media-rich installations from song co-written with incarcerated women and detained youth; an international songwriting/mapping and media-rich installation project where she ‘sings land’; and a nomadic performative/collaborative light tipi installation. Cheryl was a past new media advisor and curator, juror and award winner for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2005–2014), received an honourable mention in the net.art category of the Webby Awards (2009) and is a member of OCADU’s Indigenous Education Advisory Council. She continues to curate, exhibit and attend artistic residencies nationally and internationally. http://cheryllhirondelle.com
Catherine McKinnon is a co-founder and Festival Director of Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival, TIDFAF, since it’s inception. She is internationally known for her work in short films, television, films, documentaries and feature films. At the 2003, World Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Catherine was nominated for the Best Canadian Student Director, an award sponsored by Kodak for her short film, “I’m Not From Hear”. The film went on to win 5 awards and screened in several of Canadian Festivals, as well as in United Kingdom, Finland, Russia, and the United States. In the fall of 2009, Catherine co-produced her biggest career project, “The Hammer”, which won 8 Festival Awards based on a biopic of a real life UFC Fighter, Matt “Hammer” Hamill. www.thehammerfilm.com
The Media Arts Network of Ontario/Réseau des arts médiatiques de l’Ontario (MANO/RAMO) is an arts service organization whose mandate is to develop and foster a unified and responsive provincial network for Ontario media arts organizations and the independent artists they represent. MANO/RAMO currently represents over 50 organizations in Ontario.
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is an arm’s‑length agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC’s grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Aboriginal arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Franco-Ontarian arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts. In 2013–2014, OAC funded 1,737individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million.