PARTICLE + WAVE: A festival of Media Arts



EMMEDIA is proud to launch our first media arts festival, a unique 3-day event that will celebrate the critical innovation and creativity present in our city’s media arts culture. This festival will ignite interest and cast light on an art form that by it’s very nature, is constantly evolving and growing with the integration of ever-changing technological processes. Screenings, installations, exhibitions, and performances by local artists will be showcased throughout downtown Calgary. Join us on September 27-29, 2012 during Alberta Culture Days and immerse yourself in media art!

Particle + Wave: A Festival of Media Arts is one of many events occurring through out the province during Alberta Culture Days 2012, supported by the Government of Alberta. Alberta Culture Days is an annual celebration of our culture, heritage, artistic diversity and provincial pride. This province-wide initiative is part of Culture Days – a national movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. To learn more, visit

“Alberta Culture Days is a reflection of the spirit of our province,”
said Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Alberta Culture. “Exciting, dynamic, bold, creative – that spirit is evident in the events planned for Calgary’s Particle + Wave festival.”

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Particle + Wave Festival Trailer from EMMEDIA on Vimeo.

See below for additional information about each event.
All events are “Pay What You Can” unless stated.

Pre-Festival event:
Tuesday, September 25 – Wednesday, September 26, 2012

• 10AM onwards: Island Night by Bogdan Cheta

Thursday, September 27, 2012

• 10AM – 5PM: Family Meeting by Wednesday Lupypciw @ EMMEDIA
• 11AM – 4PM: FML… A Polar Bear Story by Matt McKinney and losing organs (hate crimes n death drives) by Zac Slams @ UAS Satellite Gallery
• 6:30 – 8PM: Screening of Prairie Tales 14 @ John Dutton Theatre
• 8 – 11PM: Opening Receptions @ EMMEDIA + UAS Satellite Gallery

Friday, September 28, 2012

• 10AM – 5PM: Family Meeting by Wednesday Lupypciw @ EMMEDIA
• 11AM – 4PM: FML… A Polar Bear Story by Matt McKinney and losing organs (hate crimes n death drives) by Zac Slams @ UAS Satellite Gallery
• 7 – 8PM: f/ash/v/itter by Kim Seung Pen @ EMMEDIA
• 8 – 10PM: Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) @ Central Memorial Park

Saturday, September 29, 2012

• 10AM – 4PM: Intro to Field Recording + Editing: A Workshop by Joshua Fraser @ EMMEDIA (Click here for more details.)
• 10AM – 5PM: Family Meeting by Wednesday Lupypciw @ EMMEDIA
• 11AM – 4PM: FML… A Polar Bear Story by Matt McKinney and losing organs (hate crimes n death drives) by Zac Slams @ UAS Satellite Gallery
• 6:30 – 8PM: Screening of Re.Compression @ John Dutton Theatre
• 8:30-9PM: Screening of TRENCH by Lon Parker and The War Upon Us by Greg Marshall @ Royal Canadian Legion #1
• 9PM – 12AM: Festival Closing Celebration @ Royal Canadian Legion #1
Tickets can be purchased at the door:
– $7 for general admission
– $5 for EMMEDIA members, seniors and students with ID.


A highlight of the Particle + Wave Festival, Luminaries presents projects completed during EMMEDIA’s 2012 Production Access Program.

Every year, EMMEDIA supports artists in the community through its Production Access Programs. Participants are selected by a jury from applications received. Resources include access to workshops, production equipment, post-production facilities, and professional mentorship throughout the complete production process, as well as a professional premiere of the works created. We encourage innovative and challenging media artwork from artists working in various genres and backgrounds. Our support extends beyond conventional video-making to encompass diverse forms of time-based art including installation, documentary, narrative, animation, performance, new media, audio, and web-based projects.

Our goal is to advance media arts practice in Calgary and in Canada, each year setting a new benchmark for the quality and content of production, continually raising the bar in our expectations of artists working at EMMEDIA.

ISLAND NIGHT (if you’re open to everything, then everything fits in the world): affirmative attitudes towards poverty as expressed through times of change, in Calgary.
Artist: Bogdan Cheta
Description: Island Night is a 48-hour retreat. Part philosophic dialogue, part poetic reverie, part nature walk, it is an extended meditation on the present – that fleeting moment occurring once-and-one-time-only in time’s vast history. As a participant, you are invited to form the retreat’s faculty, and in return we will offer free transportation, meals + accommodation. Each day of the retreat will begin with a breakfast and planning sessions. We encourage you to bring textbooks, make notes and share your knowledge.
Dates: September 25 + 26, 2012 (Retreat starts at 10AM)
Please RSVP by September 24 to for further instructions.

FML… A Polar Bear Story
Artist: Matt McKinney
Description: This Shit’s For Reel presents “FML… A Polar Bear Story”. When home disappears, one family must struggle to stay alive. Coming soon to a theatre near you!
Dates: September 20 – October 3, 2012 (Gallery hours: Tues-Sat @ 11AM – 4PM)
Performance + Reception: September 27, 2012 @ 8-11PM
Venue: Untitled Art Society Satellite Gallery – 343 11 Avenue SW

Artist: Kim Seung Pen
Description: f/ash/v/itter is a live experimental audio and visual performance generated through custom-made interfaces controlled by a user. The program produces audio through coding and generates visual effects resulting in abstract or glitched motion images.
Date: September 28, 2012 @ 7-8PM
Venue: EMMEDIA – 351 11 Avenue SW

Artist: Lon Parker
Description: During an interview for a Dutch Documentary Program in 1952, a New York artist relives his experiences in Zurich as a bartender at the Cabaret Voltaire and as an artist in 1920’s New York.
Date: September 29, 2012 @ 8:30 – 9PM
Venue: Royal Canadian Legion #1 Branch – 116 7 Avenue SE

The War Upon Us
Artist: Greg Marshall
Description: A work-in-progress documentary video that looks at first hand experiences of war from both veteran and civilian points of view starting with WWII and beyond.
Date: September 29, 2012 @ 8:30 – 9PM
Venue: Royal Canadian Legion #1 Branch – 116 7 Avenue SE

losing organs (hate crimes n death drives)

Artist: Zac Slams
Description: Zac Slams screens new all consuming, masculinity-hacking drone video projections, trance-like castration video, sacrificial ritual video slashing, slicing, and cutting into gender coherency and sexual continuity. No names, no pronouns, no identifiers.
Dates: September 20 – October 3, 2012 (Gallery hours: Tues-Sat @ 11AM – 4PM)
Reception: September 27, 2012 @ 8-11PM
Venue: Untitled Art Society Satellite Gallery – 343 11 Avenue SW


Family Meeting
Artist: Wednesday Lupypciw (EMMEDIA’s 2011/2012 Artist in Residence)
Description: A double channel video installation that explores the concepts of family, spiritual beliefs, personality, outlook, sex, art practice, and things that she’s afraid of. Each of these stories relate to each other because they have to, like a family, fitting inside each other like the parts of a Matryoshka doll.
Dates: September 20 – October 3, 2012 (Gallery hours: Mon-Sat @ 10AM – 5PM)
Reception: September 27, 2012 @ 8-11PM
Venue: EMMEDIA – 351 11 Avenue SW

Prairie Tales 14

Artist(s): Various
Description: EMMEDIA is proud to present the Calgary premiere of Prairie Tales 14. Prairie Tales has offered a selection of some of the year’s best short films and videos made by Albertan media artists in a feature-length compilation. This anthology showcases work from the shining lights of the Alberta media arts scene, and is distributed and screened across Alberta and beyond. Prairie Tales is produced by Metro Cinema and AMAAS, with funding assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. For more information and to see the list of works, visit:
Date: September 27, 2012 @ 6:30-8PM
Venue: John Dutton Theatre – 616 Macleod Trail SE

Particle + Wave: Opening Receptions
Artists: Wednesday Lupypciw, Zac Slams, and Matt McKinney
Description: We will be opening our first media arts festival with receptions for artists showing their work at EMMEDIA and Untitled Art Society Satellite Gallery.
Date: September 27, 2012 @ 8-11PM
Venues: EMMEDIA – 351 11 Avenue SW
Untitled Art Society Satellite Gallery – 343 11 Avenue SW

Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB)
Artists: Justin Waddell, Julia Kansas, Lindsay Sorell, Joe Kelly, Teresa Tam, Stephen Nachtigall, Hannah Doerkson, Lia Rogers, Carl Spencer, Kyle Whitehead, Sarah Smalik, Aran Wilkinson-Blanc, Noel Begin, Tyler Los-Jones, Jessica McCarrel and Steven Cottingham.
Description: BYOB is an international series of one-night exhibitions featuring artists and their projectors. Originally conceived by Berlin-based artist Rafaël Rozendaal, these events have taken place in over fifty cities worldwide, involving artists of an extended and increasingly networked community. Facilitated by Justin Waddell, who co-organized the first edition of BYOB Calgary with Rick Silva, Calgary-based media artists will create a collaborative environment of moving light and sound in an outdoor public setting. For more information on BYOB, please go to
Date: September 28, 2012 @ 8-10PM
Venue: Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 Street SW

Special Thanks:

A couple of the video projection technology you are watching at this performance has been made possible through the Calgary Foundation’s funding of a unique partnership between Ghost River Theatre and the Pumphouse Theatres. These professional-grade projectors, specifically selected to function well within a theatre setting, are being made available not only to this company but also, through the management and support of the Pumphouse Theatres, to small and mid-sized Calgary cultural institutions at an affordable rental rate. This means that this exciting but expensive new tool for theatrical production will be accessible to innovative Calgary artists, regardless of their budgets.

Re.Compression: Selections from the past 10 years
Artists: Various
Description: Since 2002, EMMEDIA Compression Camps have offered local artists and members of the public, the technical and conceptual resources needed to translate ideas and concepts into short video and/or audio works. The Compression Camp format is inspired by the immediacy of electronic communications media, approximating the same-day reportage of television news networks. Participants were invited to create (over several days) works related to a chosen theme. They had free access to production equipment and support, post-production facilities, and creative mentors–senior/established media artists in the local community who provide critical feedback and inspiration along the way. See the selected videos that were completed in the last 10 years, responding to previous themes: Activist Menu (2002), Canola Oil (2011), and Resonance (2012).
Date: September 29, 2012 @ 6:30 – 8PM
Venue: John Dutton Theatre – 616 Macleod Trail SE

Particle + Wave: Festival Closing Celebration
Artists: Lon Parker, Greg Marshall and more!
Musical Performances: Cedar Tavern Singers (Lethbridge), Shawn Dicey, and Ryan McClure Scott
Description: We will be closing the festival with an amazing celebration of media art through installations, screenings, music and dancing, all under one roof!
Date: September 29, 2012 @ 9PM – 12AM (Doors open at 8PM, Lon Parker and Greg Marshall’s formal screening will take place at 8:30PM)
Venue: Royal Canadian Legion #1 Branch – 116 7 Avenue SE

The Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonoréalistes

The Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonoréalistes are Mary-Anne McTrowe and Daniel Wong. They have been collaborating since 2006 and have been called “considerably more entertaining than the writings of Clement Greenberg.” The Cedar Tavern Singers will be performing a set of musical art lectures.

Interview TR-505: A Conversation with D. Parks

A communication between decades captured live in an unseen ravine of disposed bedframes and rusted autos, re-interpreted for the stage in two acts. This performance will include excerpts from “The Parks International Catalogue of Multi-dimensional Experimentation, Genre-hopping, and Equipment Wrecking”. Performed by Shawn Dicey as a Darwinian soundscape composed for synthesizer, drum-machine/percussion and guitar.


DJ SGR will help you shake your bum bum all night. Bring your Rock n Roll hips and your beer drinking lips. He has performed for Stride, Pith and Haight Galleries, and the ArtCity and Giraf festivals. He is available for Birthdays and Weddings.

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