Moderated by Archer Pechawis
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., Toronto, Ontario M6J 2N8
Panelists: Bradford Nordeen, Deirdre Logue, Rashaad Newsome and Heather Keung
The Images Festival annual debate, in partnership with MANO, returns with another timely and contentious question: Is It Media Art? Whether we are looking at film and video made by artists in cinemas or increasingly watching monitors, film loops and slide projectors by filmmakers in galleries and museums, the umbrella of “media art” is selectively applied. With the conceit that many time-based exhibitions treat media technologies in a sculptural manner, and that media art as a category continues to morph and shift across interdisciplinary forms, when does media art assert itself and when does it simply become a prop? Questions that will be considered include: Do we need to know media art histories in order to know its future? Has the definition of media art out– grown its relevance and what is the definition? Who will claim media art? Who knows best: Film history and criticism or Art history and criticism? Are funding silos helpful? Where does media art fit in a post-disciplinary funding landscape? Does the location of an artist’s presentation history predetermine their future?
Archer Pechwais (Moderator): Performance artist, new media artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and educator Archer Pechawis has exhibited across Canada, and internationally in Paris France and Moscow Russia. His practice examines the intersection of traditional First Nations culture and digital technology.
Heather Keung (Panelist): Heather Keung is a cultivator of arts community, and was the AD at Reel Asian from 2006–2013. In pursuit of radical and artistic innovation, she facilitated numerous cross-disciplinary collaborations between artists working in media, dance and music. Keung’s current venture is immersed in an off-the-grid farm house.
Deirdre Logue (Panelist): For the past 20 years, the film and video work of Canadian artist Deirdre Logue has focused on the self as subject. Using “performance for the camera” as a primary mode of production, her compelling self-portraits investigate what it means to be a queer body in the age of anxiety.
Rashaad Newsome (Panelist): Rashaad Newsome received a BA in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts NYC as well as music production and programming at Harvestworks NYC. He participated in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, New York; Greater NY 2010, MoMA PS1, New York; Performa 2011, New York, and the 2011 Venice Biennale, Venice.
Bradford Nordeen (Panelist): Bradford Nordeen is the founder of Dirty Looks, a bi-coastal platform for queer experimental film and video. His writing has been published in Art In America, the Huffington Post, Afterimage, Lambda Literary, Little Joe and Butt Magazine, among others. He lives in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, NY.
Co-presented by the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO)
*Please note this is being held upstairs at Monarch Tavern.