The Channelers

The Channelers
A group exhibition curated by Lauren Marsden & Maria Fedorova (Vancouver)
Part of the PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival

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

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.

Channeling the Digital: A Talk with Curator Lauren Marsden
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room – 2005 10 Ave SW
Date: February 2, 2018
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. A Performative Lecture with Jeremy Bailey
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room – 2005 10 Ave SW
Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 2-4PM
FREE admission

Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey (Toronto) will be performing a lecture to close the exhibition.

We are living alone together in the age of acceleration driven by an attention economy that skims the shallows of our limited attention spans. We need a way to decompress. Jeremy Bailey will demonstrate new decompression software anyone can use to transform their most trivial experiences into vast oceans of meditative contemplation.

About the Curators:

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.

After spending five years organizing art exhibitions for some of the most renowned museums in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Maria Fedorova moved to Vancouver where she got her Master of Arts degree in media theory, art and technology. She worked as a cultural manager, an independent media art curator, and has co-organized digital art festivals and arts and science workshops. She now resides in Paris where she continues working on her curatorial projects. Her passion lies with learning about the museum world’s innovations and implementing technology to improve and transform education and public programs.

Exhibiting Artists:
Jeremy Bailey (Canada)
2017-18, Digital Video and Performance

Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based self-proclaimed Famous New Media Artist. “Since the early noughties Bailey has ploughed a compelling, and often hilarious, road through the various developments of digital communications technologies.”(Morgan Quaintance, Rhizome.)  His work has been shown widely including recent solo and group exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery in London, Transmediale in Berlin, Mediamatic in Amsterdam and Museums Quartier in Vienna. Recent commissions include projects for FACT in Liverpool, Turner Contemporary in Margate UK, The New Museum in New York and Carroll Fletcher in London. Bailey is represented by Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto.

The Lunar Homosexual Agenda
and Roe v. Wade. v. Philip
Philip Huang (USA)
2010, Digital Video, 2:04 min.
2010, Digital Video, 6:17 min.

Philip Huang is an artist and writer currently based in Berkeley, CA. He is the founder of the Home Theater Festival, which invites artists all over the world to break from the institutionalized theater model by performing in their living rooms, backyards and bedrooms. He is also the author of a collection of short stories called A Pornography of Grief.

Abrupt Diplomat
and Volare Oh Oh
Lorna Mills (Canada)
2015, GIFs

Canadian artist, Lorna Mills has actively exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990’s, both in Canada and Internationally. Her practice has included obsessive Ilfochrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film & video, and obsessive on-line animated GIFs incorporated into restrained off-line installation work. Recent exhibitions include Abrupt Diplomat at the Marshal McLuhan Salon for Transmediale, At Play in the Fields of the Lord at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn NY, Transfer Download at the Current Museum, NY and currently, Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016 at the Whitney Museum, NY.

She has also co-curated monthly group GIF projections, with Rea McNamara, for the Sheroes performance series in Toronto, a group GIF projection event When Analog Was Periodical in Berlin with Anthony Antonellis, and a four person GIF installation, :::Zip The Bright::: at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, with Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva.  Lorna Mills’ most recent curation project, Ways of Something is a collaborative remake of the 1972 John Berger documentary Ways of Seeing episodes one through four, featuring over 113 networked artists.

Lorna Mills is represented by Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and DAM Gallery in Berlin.

Let it Bleed (Left) Let it Be (Right) The Stones and the Beatles Getting Tweaked at the Same Time
and ASCII Rock (Whole Lotta Love)
Yoshi Sodeoka (USA/Japan)
2008, Digital Video, 1:46 min.
2003, Digital Video, 4:12 min.

Yoshi Sodeoka is an artist based in New York for over two decades, whose work is characterised by his neo-psychedelic aesthetic and exploration of multiple media and platforms. Primarily comprising of video, GIFs and print his practice also simultaneously inhabits the world of fine art, music, publications, and advertising.

That’s Why I Like It
Sydney Southam (Canada)
2017, Digital Video

Sydney Southam is a filmmaker, performance artist, and professional pole dancer. She often works with archival 16mm film, exploring themes of nostalgia, death, memory, and identity. Her current work explores the backstage and domestic lives of exotic dancers and how their private and professional lives are defined through ideas of feminism, objectification, power, and love.

Sydney is one of the founding members of Vancouver-based Iris Film Collective, and the curator of the potluck dinner and artist talk series Special Sunday Supper. Her films and artwork have shown across Canada, Europe and Asia, notably at MOCA Taipei and Gabriel Rolt Galerie (Amsterdam). She graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA Fine Art First Class Honours in 2011 and a BA in English, Philosophy and Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto in 2007.

Too Much Eyes xx Mysterycycle
Rodell Warner (Trinidad & Tobago)
2014, GIFs

Rodell Warner (1986, Trinidad and Tobago) works with animation and photography. He has exhibited in Kingston, Johannesburg, London, New York, Washington and Oranjestad. Rodell was a recipient of the 2011 Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residency and was artist in residence at New Local Space (NLS) in Kingston, Jamaica in 2014. Most recently, Rodell was commissioned to create Davidoff Art Initiative’s Limited Edition for 2017.

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