Artist: Joe Kelly Photo credit: Cody Oliver

A Talk on Live Video Art, Performance, and VJ Culture
Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 2-4PM
EMMEDIA Screening Room – 351 11 Ave SW

Film and Video are most often thought of as passive experiences for the audience; created over long periods of time in darkened rooms by artists editing, or carefully crafting footage. Some artists choose however to take a more active or performative role, creating experiential and live video works, sometimes working directly in relationship to the immediate environment and their audience.

Artist: Kaely Dekker

The VJ culture has expanded from its original term of “video jockey” to being an integral part of today’s visual and audio community. Once only reserved for nightclubs, concerts and music festivals, the technological developments in the past few years have allowed the availability and affordability of new consumer-level technology, allowing many more people to get involved into VJing, and using it as a tool for many different types of live performances.

Moderated by EMMEDIA’s Production Director Christopher Payne, this talk explores the relationship between technology, performance, and video art. Artists Noel Begin, Kaely Dekker and Joe Kelly will each speak about their tools, aesthetics, and contribution to the decades of VJ culture in Calgary.

This artist talk is part of the celebrations occurring throughout the province during Alberta Culture Days 2014. Alberta Culture Days, September 26 – 28, is about discovering, experiencing and celebrating our unique blend of peoples and passions, and the importance of culture to a healthy and vibrant province. To learn more, visit:

Artist: Christopher Payne

About the artists:


Noel Bégin is an interdisciplinary artist and time based media curator, working spatially with objects, all manner of projected media, and performance. Noel has exhibited and/or curated installation, performance, and media art with the Art Gallery of Calgary, the Glenbow Museum, Banff Centre, the Mountain Standard Time Performance Festival, the Art City Festival and EMMEDIA. In his spare time, Noel has served on the board and committees of numerous artist-run centres in Calgary.


A visual artist working in live cinema, photography, and filmmaking, Kaely uses analog and digital technology to create static and performance driven media works as well as video design for theatre. Utilizing footage shot around the world and sampling our vast cultural heritage of time-based visual media, Kaely constructs evolving visual compositions which react to and envisage the shape, texture, contrast, and colours of the music they accompany. Working with local and international musical artists, Kaely has crafted live cinema installations at arts and music festivals, galleries, and night clubs here in western Canada (The High Performance Rodeo, Motion Notion, Inshala, FozzyFest, Mad Hatter) and further afield in Thailand (Infinity in Koh Tao) and Sweden (Kulturnatta in Göteborg). Other time-based media work includes the short film Genau (Exactly) (screened at the 2012 Night of Festivals in Nottingham, U.K.) and projection design for live theatre including n00b (nominated for the Bettie Mitchell award for Outstanding Projection Design), Around the World in 80 Days, i-ROBOT Theatre, Panic, Double Indemnity, Polygraph, and Summer in the City. Kaely is also a member of the audio/visual artist collective Lo Definition, whose goal is showcasing integrated multi-media performance and supporting audio and contemporary visual arts in Calgary through events such as PixelMash, the first video-riot and new-media arts exhibition in the city, and through educational outreach to all ages. See his work at: 


Joe Kelly is a Newfoundland born media artist working in Calgary. He studied film and video at the Quickdraw Animation Society and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Joe was Artist in Residence at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, and attended two thematic residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Joe has made a number of films that have been screened and awarded internationally.  He works primarily with film and video, and has completed and screened many films on super 8, 16 and 35mm formats.  He has also created film and video-based installations that have been shown in art galleries around Canada. Joe has shown work all across North America from St. John’s to Victoria and all over the United States, Europe and Asia. Joe has shown film work at the Images Festival, the Black Maria, PS1 and Ann Arbor.  Installation work was shown at Truck Gallery, The New Gallery, The Confederation Centre, The Banff Centre, The Dunlop, The Rooms, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Neutral Ground, and Harbourfront Centre. Media based performances were shown at the High Performance Rodeo, Mountain Standard Time, GIRAF Animation Festival, Concordia University, Soundasaurus and The Cleveland Institute of Art.


Christopher Payne is a Calgary based media artist who holds a BFA from Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, and an MFA from the University of Ottawa. He has exhibited and performed work in Gatineau, Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, Belgium, and Poland. His work includes installation, performance, photography, and expanded cinema. Payne is currently Production Director at EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society.

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