Output – Input 2011

Output – Input: Looking at recent works by artists at EMMEDIA
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 3PM
EMMEDIA Screening Room
Screening is FREE
Artists in attendance
In conjunction with EMMEDIA’s XMAS party @ 2-6PM

EMMEDIA supports and celebrates our members, encouraging exchange and growth while increasing awareness of members activities in our community. From electronic performances to narrative explorations the works in this screening represent the diversity of work that goes on at EMMEDIA and reflects the divergent interests of our membership.


“Empezar, in Pieces (to start, in pieces)” by Rosanna Terraciano (5:43 min)

Drawing on her experiences as a dancer and choreographer, this short film is Rosanna’s first project in the dance on film or screendance medium. In flamenco music, the rhythm, or compás, can eventually take on a certain resonant quality for a flamenco dancer or musician, becoming the heartbeat or meter for the music being played or the movement being danced. As with any rhythm, this compás stays with you, and resonates within your body in different ways, whether you are directly involved as a mover or musician, or indirectly as a viewer or listener.

Rosanna Terracciano is an independent flamenco dance artist based in Calgary, who dedicates her work to developing a distinct and personal voice working at the intersection of traditional flamenco and contemporary dance practices. Her current interest is in translating the essence of the flamenco dance form into the video/film medium. Her focus is on the artistry of the flamenco form, rather than simply its cultural heritage or commercial potential, and her work is often driven by her interest in exploring the potential and boundaries of flamenco and the stimulating discourse that continues to evolve on topics pertaining to creative freedom, within a structured form that is so deeply buried in tradition. Rosanna travels to Spain regularly to deepen her understanding of the flamenco tradition. She has choreographed and danced her own works throughout Calgary at Springboard’s Fluid Movement Arts Festival and Dancers’ Studio West. She has also been an invited performer for projects in Vancouver, Quebec City, Edmonton and Mexico. Most recently, in May 2011, she was invited to perform and take part in workshops at the Flamenco Empirico cycle of the Flamenco Ciutat Vella Festival in Barcelona – the only festival in Spain dedicated to experimental flamenco work.

“Spirit of the Bluebird” by Xstine Cook and Jesse Gouchey (5:49 min)

Xstine Cook lives in the house behind which Gloria Black Plume was murdered. For 11 years she sought contact with Gloria’s family, and searched for an Aboriginal artist to create a memorial mural. This film is the result of that search.Using spray paint on a fence and garage where Aboriginal mother and grandmother Gloria Black Plume was brutally murdered in 1999, Cree artist Jesse Gouchey paints a large scale animation of a bluebird in flight. The beauty and freedom of the bluebird’s motion is contrasted with remembrances of Gloria’s surviving family members, who give an emotional glimpse of a woman lost to violence and the injustice of the legal system. Spirit of the Bluebird is a fitting tribute to a woman who embodied the bluebird spirit and speaks to deeper themes of the ongoing mistreatment of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples by the criminal justice system, and the long term negative effects of the Residential School system. Music by Kainai singer Jonathan Tall Man, Gloria Black Plume’s gifted nephew, weaves effortlessly throughout.

Xstine Cook is a Canadian artist based in Calgary, Alberta. A mask and puppet maker, and experimental theatre artist for over 20 years, she now includes film making in her art practice. Xstine studied mask and puppetry in Bali, Italy, France, California, and the West Coast of Canada. Xstine trained at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in California, and has worked as a performer and designer on several Dell’Arte International productions. Xstine is the Artistic Director and Founder of Calgary Animated Objects Society (CAOS), and is the Curator of the International Festival of Animated Objects, a biennial festival of mask and puppetry in Calgary.

A 30 year-old Aboriginal artist raised in Red Deer, Alberta, Jesse Gouchey grew up drawing and sketching as a hobby while competing with siblings for the best quality art. Learning as much about fine art as he could in school, Jesse took to street art and graffiti to satisfy his need for colour and expression. Leaving the oil patch to move to Calgary, Jesse began mixing traditional west coast native styles with modern media, and began selling canvasses. Curating, exhibiting and collaborating in many shows, he has shown in several galleries around Central Alberta. Jesse received animation training in Quickdraw Animation’s Aboriginal Youth Animation Project. Jesse is currently a junior artist on an Aboriginal graphic novel, and enjoys how his art has brought him closer to his Cree heritage.

“Journey to Nowhere” by Andrew Young (4:39 min)

Journey to Nowhere is a short film that started between Andrew Young and his friend, who were both mountain bikers and videographers. They both wanted to create a self-filmed piece, showcasing their riding skills and their love for the sport. Using his own camera, Andrew set out to record and edit a short film, using different techniques to capture every motion.

Andrew Young is a young independent filmmaker and mountain biker from Calgary. He has been filming for 3 years and it has become a large part of his day-to-day life. He plans on pursuing video and film at SAIT when he graduates from high school. He has filmed a full-length mountain bike movie called We’re On Our Own, under AY Productions, which consists of Andrew and his brother. He strives to create work that has a story and not become “just some guy’s home mountain bike clips”.

“Motam Mundi” by Chris Bragg and Murray Smith (9:27 min)

In this Dr. Seussian mind porno based on a collection of curiously true stories, it’s your turn to feel — again — what it was like learning to read. The dose of Imaginum hits, dilates, and satisfies, but the challenges abound: mispronounced and perplexing. You’ll meet a muddled mime (Angie Wong) as she struggles to piece together her own story, along with an oddball doctor (Jesse Collin) whose prognosis is less sound than it is echo…

A film aficionado since he was young, Chris Bragg has always aspired to earn his living as a film director. He’s driven by a genuine love for all things filmic, and is continually fascinated by scriptwriting, visual effects, and cinematography. Straddling the divide that separates film theory and practice, he often finds himself torn between exceptional visual practice and the philosophy that underlies it. Currently working towards a BA in Film Studies with the hope of one day acquiring a Masters, Chris also works full-time and volunteers within the Calgary filmmaking community whenever possible.

Murray Smith is a critical thinker by nature, an avid cinephile by nurture, and an enthusiastic filmmaker by consequence. He’s largely a film formalist, and has a shared passion for photography, writing and especially editing — all of which, in different ways, appease his deep-seated interest in philosophy. He has a BA in Film Studies, works as the Programming/Admin Coordinator + Webmaster for the Calgary Cinematheque, and has worked in various capacities for other local non-profits such as the Calgary International Film Festival and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.

“Silent Interlude” by Aran Wilkinson-Blanc (1:30 min)

Silent Interlude is about the personal and the private, tucked away within the realm of the homogenized and dominating urban sprawl. It is a snapshot of a uniquely crafted world of convergent times and dreams.

Aran Wilkinson-Blanc is a Calgary based, multidisciplinary artist. He graduated with a BFA, specializing in photography, from the University of Calgary, and has shown his video work across Alberta. He has also been chosen to participate in EMMEDIA’s Production Access program on two occasions. With a belief in not allowing technology to dominate or dictate the creative process, he is currently alternating between animation, still photography and video as a means of storytelling.

“Playground” by Lia Rogers (1:40 min)

Thinking about letting go… remembering what it was like to play as a child.

This video was created in response to a friend requesting content for The Conversation. The Conversation poses three open ended statements based on themes from the film and invites the audience to join the conversation by responding in whatever way suits them best – through words, paintings, photos, collages, videos and anything else they can imagine. These statements are: “my heart is…”, “it takes courage to…”, and “when i let go…” The Conversation is an interactive and participatory website based on the themes in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz.

Lia Rogers is a practicing interdisciplinary artist concentrating on sculptural works, interactive installations, software and online interventions. She started out as a production potter, making vessels to put herself through a BFA in sculpture at the University of Calgary. During her studies, she discovered media art and computers, and went on to get a BSc. degree in Computer Science. She has spent time working at the Banff Centre and for the Integrated Arts Media Lab. She is the Calgary Dorkbot overlord, and a member of EMMEDIA’s Board of Directors. Her work has been exhibited all over Canada.

“Stasis” by Kari McQueen (5:09 min)

“Artist’s block” or, stasis, is hated and undervalued as a critical ingredient leading to our next creative breakthrough. Stasis explores the perceived lack of motion of this stage in our journey as creators: growth often too subtle to garner our notice. This plateau is a metaphorical refueling station, a place of rest and regrouping. Stasis is part of a 6-part video series called Tekhne, where the themes of each video are derived from the Six Steps to Revelation: curiosity, search, stasis, hopeless, breakthrough, and translation. Edmonton-based Clinker (Gary James Joynes) is the composer for Stasis.

Kari McQueen is a Calgary-based media artist, arts programmer and administrator. She has worked at EMMEDIA, Glenbow Museum, Springboard Performance, and co-founded the Calgary Underground Film Festival. Kari is currently Operations Director for Fairytales Presentation Society. She has exhibited in Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA), Alberta Scene Albertaine (Ottawa), Calgary International Film Festival, Prairie Tales Touring Program, WNDX (Winnipeg), Glenbow Museum (Calgary), Festival International du Film sur l’Art (Montréal), and Vidéos de femmes dans le parc 2009 (Montréal).

“Without them… I may have been blind.” by Peter Curtis Morgan, Claudette Morgan-Yez, and Nigel Yez (2:11 min.)

A collaboration between three artists of different practices, this two-minute video combines visual, audio and written elements into an experimental and harmonious visual poem. Inspired by experimental video projects by musicians and designers in the 1990’s, this video is homage to the mundane and the ridiculous.

Peter Curtis Morgan (media artist), Claudette Morgan-Yez (writer), and Nigel Yez (musician) are native Albertans who have always wanted to collaborate with each other. For this video, they decided to combine their skills to make a commentary about everyday live. This is a beginning of many more collaborations in the future.

“WHY DAD MMXI” by Wednesday Lupypciw (11:16 min.)

WHY DAD MMXI was inspired by an unsuccessful grant application of mine. I’d been super excited to make a project that required major funding, and was crestfallen to find out that my fellow taxpayers and artist peers didn’t feel the same way. I felt like a part of me had died, and I moped around pathetically for weeks. While visiting my father’s house during this time, I noticed some marked similarities in our moping/coping behaviours. My father’s art practice has been a sensitive topic in the past few years, and making this video allowed us to have an honest talk about what exactly his creative output and challenges are. I realized that most of the reasons why he would stop making art are totally the reasons why I would throw in the towel at any moment. Conversely, or rather most importantly, we discovered that the reasons to keep producing are shared too.

Wednesday Lupypciw is from Calgary, Alberta, where she pursues a video and performance art practice. To make money she is a part-time maid. She also maintains a concurrent practice in textiles — weaving, machine knitting, embroidery and crochet — but this is done mostly while procrastinating on other, larger projects. The performance art collective LIDS, or the Ladies Invitational Deadbeat Society, a loosely knit group of purposefully lazy womenfolk, is one of those projects. She is a Fibre program graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design, and has shown work and made projects in various artist-run spaces throughout Canada including the Textile Museum of Canada, The Art Gallery Of Alberta, TRUCK Gallery, Stride, the Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture, The Banff Centre, Harbourfront, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and EMMEDIA.

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