PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival 2018

EMMEDIA presents
Media Arts Festival
February 1 – 3, 2018

EMMEDIA is proud to present the 4th PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival, a unique 3-day event that will celebrate the critical innovation and creativity present in the media arts community. This festival will showcase an art form that by it’s very nature, is constantly evolving and growing with the integration of ever-changing technological processes. Screenings, installations and live performances by local, national and international artists will be showcased in Calgary. Join us through February 1 – 3, 2018 and EMmerse yourself in media art!


Canada Council for the Arts
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Calgary Arts Development
The City of Calgary
Big Rock Brewery

We Dream in Glitches
Screening Program

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room – 2005 10 Ave SW
Doors @ 7:00PM, Screening @ 7:30PM
FREE Admission

Featuring works by Charlotte Clermont (Montreal), Nikita Diakur (Germany), Zachary Finkelstein (Toronto), Rakel Jonsdottir (Iceland), Kendra Lohr (USA), Alice Saey (France), Aristo Vopenka (Belgium), and Taryn Ward (USA)

Through the films of artists around the world, we explore isolated landscapes of visual spectacles, both nostalgic and strange. Encounter sleepless minds dreaming of soaring golf balls to dancing Egyptian Geese, as we fall into a trance through fragments of a distorted dream.


Channeling the Digital
A Talk with Curator Lauren Marsden

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room – 2005 10 Ave SW
Time: 5 – 7PM
FREE admission

Lauren Marsden, Co-Curator of the exhibition The Channelers and Editor-in-Chief of Decoy Magazine will discuss the artists’ work, the alternative economies of digital art, and the collective platform that inspired the exhibition.

Lauren Marsden is an artist, teacher, and editor based in Vancouver, BC. Her own artistic practice is focused on GIF-making, videomaking, and photographic images that study the nature of performance. She teaches video and media arts at the University of Victoria, critical arts writing at Simon Fraser University, and is the founding editor of Decoy Magazine, where she also oversees a number of curatorial projects, including the Bcc: Digital Art Subscription.

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The Channelers
A group exhibition curated by Lauren Marsden & Maria Fedorova (Vancouver)

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Location: EMMEDIA Gallery – 2005 10 Ave SW
February 2 – March 3, 2018 (Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 12-6PM, closed on Feb 17)
Opening Reception: February 2, 2018 @ 7-10PM
FREE admission

Featuring works by Jeremy Bailey (Canada), Philip Huang (USA), Lorna Mills (Canada), Yoshi Sodeoka (USA/Japan), Sydney Southam (Canada), Rodell Warner (Trinidad & Tobago)

As a physical extension of Decoy Magazine’s ongoing series of digital art commissions, Bcc:, The Channelers showcases six artists who employ everyday digital materials and platforms such as Instagram, animated GIFs, YouTube videos, memes, banner ads, and online archives as channels for artistic expression. This exhibition involves the physical presentation of a compilation of digital artworks, which come in the form of a .jpg, .gif, .mp4, .mp3 or any other digital file small enough to be transferred swiftly and broadly. Taking Hito Steyerl’s 2009 essay In Defense of the Poor Image as a departure point, this exhibition will explore the importance of file size, resolution, and self-determined distribution channels across post-colonial, feminist, queer, and anti-censorship contexts.

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Sounding Objects: Intro to Electromagnetics
A workshop with Martín Rodríguez (Montreal)

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room – 2005 10 Ave SW
Time: 1 – 4PM
FREE admission
Limited seats, register with

This workshop will introduce participants to some of the basic concepts of electromagnetics. Using a hands-on approach, participants will learn fundamental knowledge around electronics and how it relates to sound, while also experimenting with various electromagnetic devices used in sound art such as piezos, speakers, and transducers.

PARTICLE + WAVE: Feature Night

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Location: Festival Hall – 1215 10th Ave SE
Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 8:30PM – 10:30PM (Doors at 8PM)
Tickets: $15 in advance at:
$20 at the door


Performances by Aran Wilkinson-Blanc & Sabrina Naz (Calgary), Martín Rodríguez (Montreal), and Matthew Waddell & Craig Fahner (Calgary)
Interactive Installation by Mat Lindenberg (Calgary)

On the feature night of the PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival, we explore the many facets of media arts, including audio, video, animation and the use of digital interfaces and landscapes. Be immersed in media arts with live audio-visual performances incorporating dance, radio frequencies and the weird deep web, or experience an interactive installation in the lobby that utilizes your body in the creation and destruction of a strange world. This is a night that showcases the ever-changing technological tools and processes, and the artists who utilize them in amazingly creative ways.

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