Design by KOMBOH Creative

A fundraiser for the media arts

Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 7-11PM
Festival Hall – 1215 10 Ave SE
Tickets are $20 +GST at the door
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In February 2015, EMMEDIA presented the second PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival, a five-day event showcasing the critical innovation and creativity in the media arts community. Presenting local and national artworks at venues throughout the city, including two jam-packed nights at Festival Hall, the festival aimed to highlight an art form that by its very nature, is constantly evolving with the integration of ever-changing technological processes.

On February 19, 2016, in anticipation of the 2017 iteration of the festival, we will be presenting PARTICLE + WAVE 2.5, a one-night performance and fundraiser at Festival Hall. Taking place from 7:00-11:00 pm, we will be featuring media art performances including a new performance by Halifax artist, Lisa Lipton. Fresh from her shortlist nomination for the 2015 Sobey Art Award, Lipton will be using PARTICLE + WAVE as a platform to debut her new audio-visual work, “Agonist” in collaboration with local media artist Carl Spencer. In addition, we open with Yankee Yankee (Whitney Ota) playing a live soundtrack to Aran Wilkinson-Blanc’s film “TransfiX”, and we end off the night with the super fun musical stylings of Sleepy Panther (Rita McKeough & Richard Brown).

That’s not all! Awesome door prizes will be given out throughout the night, as well as a silent auction featuring very unique items and experiences will be up for bids! This is definitely an evening not to be missed!



A bar will be on site featuring beer from Big Rock Brewery and cocktails from Jameson Irish Whiskey, our preferred suppliers.

We would also like to thank PK Sound, Quickdraw Animation Society and Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers for providing the equipment to make the performances possible!

We would also like to thank our generous funders Canada Council for the ArtsAlberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development and the City of Calgary.



Nur Films, Aran Wilkinson-Blanc, Lowell Smith, Fawn & Doe Lashes, KOMBOH, Lindsay Sorell, Lindsay MacDonald, Orthicon, Refused By Light, Tammy McGrath, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary Animated Objects Society, Calgary International Film Festival, Beakerhead, Glenbow Museum, Globe Cinema, CJSW Radio, Melodiya Records, NUTV, Calgary Underground Film Festival, Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, Creative Fields, Tracy Tennison Massage Therapy, Big Rock Brewery, Lisa Lipton, $100 Film Festival, Loose Moose Theatre, TECK, and more!




Whitney Ota & Aran Wilkinson-Blanc

Yankee Yankee has been an exploration of the art of sound by Whitney Ota since 2005. Over time, the project has moved from a free-improvisation project to become primarily compositional-based, featuring improvisational impulses. Equally inspired by visual art, sound art and the environment around him, Ota uses a mix of conventional and unconventional instruments to create hypnotic and psychedelic electro-acoustic invitations for spiritual aura within the audience.

Yankee Yankee will be performing two tracks, including a live soundtrack to Aran Wilkinson-Blanc’s film, TransfiX.

TransfiX presents the fusion of Calgary’s physical presence and ever-changing architectural space, with the movement and form of its resident artists. It is a way of addressing the seemingly static yet evolving structure of our city through visual interactions; an attempt at reintegrating the artist with a landscape that is too often estranged from its community.

About Whitney Ota:

Yankee Yankee is one of the aural experiments of Whitney Ota. Ota has been interested in the possibilities that sound offers to delight, stimulate, tranquilize and disturb the mind. Ota works on various musical projects aside from Yankee Yankee, such as Burro, Dada Centauri and Dundas. Ota also co-operates the experimental label “Unit Structure Sound Recordings” and works as the Music Director for CJSW 90.9 FM radio in Calgary.

About Aran Wilkinson-Blanc:

Aran Wilkinson-Blanc is a Canadian multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Calgary. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA in photography and has continued in that field, along with those of video, computer animation and graphic design. The high level of technological mediation inherent in his practices has also lead him to seek out collaborations with other artists and work on projects that incorporate different ideas and perspectives. He attempts to build on the creative opportunities technology offers him, without allowing them to dictate the form or substance of his work, while at the same time, exploring that relationship between people and their constructed interactions.


Lisa Lipton & Carl Spencer

AGONIST is a multi-disciplinary project and performance that will engage the analysis of physical strength and presence.  Various bodily postures, rhythmical motions and mediums will combine to translate and interrupt motives for exercise and/or corporeal practices.  In AGONIST, the visibility of fitness and degrees muscularity aim to trigger an immersive environment that questions how we maintain and present our objective form, proximate tactility, psychologies and philosophies associated with physical well being.

About Lisa Lipton:

Maritime-born artist, Lisa Lipton (a.k.a. FRANKIE) is a multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director who received her B.F.A. from NSCAD University and M.F.A. from the University of Windsor. Her installations exemplify a diversity of interest within the arts combining sculpture, video, costume, paint with performances that involve dance and music. Her projects explore the potential for crossing genres of film, mixed media installation, performance, theatre and music. Her visions are reflective of an interest in directorial and curatorial practices, collaboration and social interaction, as well as working within non-traditional contexts in order to explore the boundaries of performance and filmic production. She has currently completed a major tour throughout North America with her latest drumming project – BLAST BEATS: Phase Three, which will culminate in a multi-media exhibition and her first feature film – THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE. She has exhibited her work on both a national and international level, and most recently served as the Shortlist representative for the Maritime Provinces within the Sobey Art Awards (2015), after being Longlisted in 2012 & 2013.

About Carl Spencer:

Carl Spencer is a media-based artist who works with film, video, sound and projection.  His work explores intersections between technologies of the past and present in an effort to encourage a dialogue surrounding notions of technological obsolescence and emerging technologies.

Carl lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, where he is currently an instructor in Media Arts and Digital Technologies at the Alberta College of Art and Design.


Rita McKeough & Richard Brown

Calgary based drums and guitar duo, Sleepy Panther are Rita McKeough and Richard Brown. Visual artists at dawn, garage popsters at dusk. Soulful yet disaffected, energetic yet down tempo, Refined and rough: two friends sharing it all.

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