Jeff Koons, String of Puppies, 1988


A Few Perspectives on Copyright

Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 3:30PM – 4:30 PM
Theatre Junction Grand (Studio) | 608 – 1 Street SW

Moderated by Peter Hemminger
with panelists Kyle Armstrong, Craig Fahner, Heather Kai Smith, Mark Templeton, and Justin Waddell

From the rise of mashups to the explosion of media sampling and remix culture in the digital age, issues related to copyright, creative commons and ownership continue to evolve and respond to the realities of circulation, appropriation and privatization. Featuring musicians, visual and new media artists who explore sampling and appropriation in their practices, this panel will illustrate and interrogate the participatory networks that both enable sharing and encourage taking.


PETER HEMMINGER is the executive director of the Quickdraw Animation Society, the host of The A.M. on CJSW 90.9FM, and president of the board of directors of the Calgary Underground Film Festival. As a freelance writer and editor, he has written about arts and culture in Calgary for over a decade, and in 2013, he completed an MA thesis titled Taking Inspiration: Talking to Songwriters about Copyright and Creativity.

KYLE ARMSTRONG is a Canadian filmmaker and artist. Working with super8 and 16mm as well as lo-fi video, Armstrong frequently uses hand-altering film techniques, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to alter both his own footage and found films. His primary focus is on creating short, non-narrative films, which have been screened at various galleries, during live performances and in traditional cinemas around the globe. His films are influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky.

CRAIG FAHNER is a media artist and musician from Calgary, Alberta. After joining a band as a theremin player, Fahner became interested in creating interactive artworks using electronic instruments. His interactive sound-based projects reimagine electronic systems and musical instruments, generating experiences that reflect critically on the role of technology in our culture. Fahner’s works have been exhibited in various venues internationally, including the Nuit Blanche festival in Toronto and the Museo de la Ciudad in Queretaro, Mexico. In 2010, he received the Disney Memorial Pausch Fellowship to pursue graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he received his MFA in 2013. Fahner currently leads classes in Media Arts + Digital Technologies at the Alberta College of Art, as well as the University of Calgary’s art department.  

HEATHER KAI SMITH is an artist, illustrator and animator from Calgary, AB. She received her B.F.A. in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2009, and will be attending Emily Carr University to complete her Master’s degree in the fall. Over the past ten years Smith has actively contributed to her local arts community through artist-run centre directorial work and workshop facilitation, and has regularly exhibited her artwork locally and abroad. Using multiple mediums (ranging from animation, printmaking, projection and installation), the foundation of her work is rooted in the practice of drawing. Smith has attended residencies in Germany and New Mexico and has participated in workshops, festivals and exhibitions across Canada and the United States. Her practice is rooted in examining sincerity of self through the act of production, the culture of display and the desire to give the invisible a shape.

Canadian sound artist and media studies teacher MARK TEMPLETON utilizes acoustic instruments, found sounds and sampled material to construct textured, collage-like electronic compositions. His sound has been called “glitchy,” but also “painterly” in an attempt to describe how his sources are crumbled and reconstructed into new forms. Templeton’s works have been commissioned by organizations and artists of contemporary dance, film and audiovisual disciplines. His recordings have been published by Anticipate Recordings, Staalplaat, Sweat Lodge Guru, Under the Spire Recordings, Silentes and Graphical Recordings, which he owns and curates.

JUSTIN WADDELL graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and received his MFA in Integrated Media from the University of Windsor. His work and research is rooted in the development of a personal narrative of experimentation and process. Right now, he is interested in escapism. Waddell currently lives in Calgary, Alberta where he is a permanent instructor in the School of Visual Art at the Alberta College of Art + Design.


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