Toronto, January 28 to 31, 2016
Following its historic gatherings for the media arts sector MANO/RAMO is pleased to announce Mapping Medias to be held in Toronto January 2016 article source. Taking the discussions of ON.Fire in 2010 and Evolve or Perish in 2013 as a starting point Mapping Medias will focus on the rapidly evolving landscape of independent art practices including film, video, sound art, digital media, video games and yet unknown forms of experimentation, providing a space for challenging discussions to develop strategies for navigating the field.
Mapping Medias will be held in conjunction with the 8 Fest, Toronto’s premiere small-gauge film festival.
Full schedule as a pdf: Mapping _Medias_Guide
All conference and programming venues are accessible to wheelchairs and mobility devices. Lunches will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Mapping Medias is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Toronto Arts Council.
Opening Night Keynote and Sound Art Performances
Beverley Halls SPK
206 Beverley Street
United Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street
MANO Member Representative or Student Registration Fees $60
(includes 8 Fest Pass)
Non-member Representative or Individual Registration Fees $90
(includes 8 Fest Pass)
Register online at: https://mano-ramo.ca/mapping-registration/
Individual Tickets (limited tickets will be available at the door daily, does not include 8 Fest screenings)
Thursday Opening Keynote, Performances $15
Friday day pass $20
Saturday day pass $20
Sunday day pass Free
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Thursday January 28
Opening Keynote by Deanna Bowen
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Deanna Bowen (b. 1969, Oakland; lives Toronto) is a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. She is an award winning interdisciplinary artist and recent recipient of the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous film festivals and museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the Images Festival, Toronto; Flux Projects, Atlanta; the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival; Oberhausen Film Festival; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.
Sound Performances and Party
9:00 pm to 1 am
Sound Art Performances, DJ Sets and Party co-presented with NAISA, featuring: Hector Centeno & Tetsuo Kogawa, Hushy (Michelle Irving), Gordon Monahan; Haptic Sensory Experiences by VVibraFusionLab; DJ sets by Hussy and Produzentin
Trans-Feedback Radio by Hector Centeno & Tetsuo Kogawa
Trans-Feedback Radio is a quadraphonic “trans-feedback” micro-FM transmitter performance by Hector Centeno with Tetsuo Kogawa joining via video link from Japan. In this performance Centeno and Kogawa create complex feedback circuits using radio transmitters and receivers and the conductive properties of the human body.
Room by Hushy
The piece is titled Room and combines room tones sampled from several films, sfx libraries, with field recordings of other rooms/spaces. These sound sources will be processed to highlight the various inherent or imagined states of dramatic narrative possible with their acoustic properties. What are the unheard undercurrents behind the sonic atmospheres we inhabit and what meanings lie behind the boundaries that these “space containers” present?
Sauerkraut Synthesizer by Gordon Monahan
Fruits and vegetables are arranged in a network so that they become voltage controllers for a software-based audio synthesizer. A zinc terminal and a copper terminal are inserted into fruits, vegetables, and a jar of sauerkraut, so that each organic object becomes an acid battery that produces approximately one volt of electricity. As the depth of insertion of the battery terminals is changed, parameters of the synthesized sounds are altered in real-time.
DJs Hussy and Produzentin
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29
10:00 am to noon
Mark Haslam (OAC/CAO), Peter Kingstone (TAC), Sanjay Shahani (OTF/FTO)
Meet the funders in this opening session. Representatives from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council will provide up-to-date information regarding current and future programs, changes and opportunities. This is a great opportunity to discuss recent changes and developments.
Lunch on own
noon to 2:00 pm
Open Forum — One Minute Delegate Introductions
2:00 to 3:00 pm
Presentation – Discussion: MANO Leadership Project — Best Practices in Human Resources / Governance / Access / Equity / Conflict Resolution for Media Arts
3:00 to 5:30 pm
Speakers: Giselle Basanta, charles c. smith, Sheila Wilmot
Previous consultations demonstrated the need for the media arts sector to develop a set of (uniquely tailored to the organizational structures of artist-run media organizations) best practices, policies and document templates on human resources, governance, accessibility and inclusion, and conflict resolution. With the support from the Canada Council for the Arts, MANO’s members worked with consultants Giselle Basanta, charles c. smith and Sheila Wilmot to develop such policies and procedures during the summer and fall of 2015. MANO staff and the consultants will lead this session presenting the policy documents and taking feedback from the membership. This session will be followed by a Conflict Resolution workshop in February 2016 with Sheila Wilmot.
8Fest Small Gauge Film Fest
7:00 pm to late
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
The Market of All Things
10:00 to 11: 30 am
Speakers: Pierre Bonhomme (Sudbury, CION), Jim Munroe (Toronto, Hand Eye Society), June Pak (Toronto, Artist) and Indu Vashist (Toronto, SAVAC)
Throughout its history artist-run culture has presented an alternative to market driven art and media affording a space for experimentation with content and form. While providing an alternative to commercial practices artist-run culture has also engaged with industry and markets in a continual push and pull of interests between commerce and artistic autonomy. As the cultural industries have emerged as a major economic sector in late-capitalism how has this changed the position of artist-run media and independent practice? How can cultural industries and independent art practices work to support each other? Can the market present greater degrees of freedom and autonomy for artists and cultural organizations than the public funding model? With global transformations tied to digital markets and platforms what opportunities for artistic and political engagement are emerging and what threats does the sector need to address?
Our esteemed panelists will examine the space between commerce and collectivity, economic and social measures of exchange and seek to answer some of these, and other, questions while tracing new ways forward.
Open Forum — Three Minutes Speaker Spots for Ideas and Feedback
noon to 1 pm
Lunch Catered by the Regent Park Catering Collective
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Beyond Inclusion: The State of Equity
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Speakers: Francisco-Fernando Granados (Toronto, Artist), Amy Fung (Toronto, Images Festival), Jes Sachse (Toronto, Artist), Ariel Smith (Ottawa, National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition)
The media arts sector in Canada has seen repeated waves of contestation towards building access and inclusion for artists and organizations representing diverse communities including those of colour, indigenous, newcomers, queer, deaf and disabled. While great strides have been made with the rise of identity based festivals and organizations since the 1990s and through improved inclusion within organizations as a whole there remains work to do to ensure equitable access to the means of production, dissemination and distribution in Ontario’s media art sector. The project of ensuring the sector evolves in a manner that reflects the changing demographics of the province while maintaining a strong stance against oppression is an ongoing one.
This panel will reflect on best practices and ways forward for a diverse media arts sector. How has the media arts sector changed to become more inclusive, or failed to change in the past 30 years and where does it still need to do work? How do organizations engage from a stance of anti-oppression? How can organizations be genuine allies and when do attempts fall into problematic tokenization? What can we learn from other sectors to build anti-oppressive organizations?
Multi Polar Sector: The City and the Regions
4:00 to 5:30 pm
Speakers: Serena Kataoka (Sudbury, White Water Gallery), Scott McGovern (Guelph, Ed Video), Tammy Rea (Halliburton, Sticks and Stones Productions), Sam Shahsahabi (Thunder Bay, Satellite Art Artist Collective)
The relationship between Toronto and the rest of Ontario is too often framed as one of metropole and periphery, particularly when speaking of artists from the north and rural communities. While artists and arts organizations find their greatest concentrations in major cities the history of Canadian media art is filled with artists, collectives and organizations working in small cities, rural areas and remote communities who have made significant impacts on the national and international scene. Why should artists go from the city to the north to share their work and knowledge when it often means missing what is already know there, how can this trend be reversed, what do the cities need to learn? Is living and working outside the major centres a radical gesture for a professional artist or arts organization? How can the media art sector be reimagined in a non-hierarchical cartography?
Presenting various strategies for networks and support in the regions our panelists will examine the notion of a multi-polar media arts within Canada.
8Fest Small Gauge Film Fest
7:00 pm to late
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
MANO Annual General Meeting
10:30 am to noon
noon to 1:00 pm
Preservation Strategies — A Policy Building Session
Facilitated by Caroline Seck Langill (Peterborough, OCADU)
1:00 to 3:00 pm
This discussion, introduced and facilitated by Caroline Seck Langill will work with members to provide to develop a series of proposals and ways forward for the media arts sector in Ontario to develop ground up preservation strategies. Working groups will be created to discuss issues specific to film, video, new media and gaming preservation. The work of these groups will shape MANO’s provincial and federal advocacy on preservation for the 2016/17 year.
3:30 to 4:00 pm
8Fest Small Gauge Film Fest
7:00 pm to late