HISTORY

A BRIEF HISTORY

Founders: Grant Poier, Charlie Fox, Steve Peterson, Deanne Monro and Vern Hume

Date Organization Began: 1979

Date of Incorporation: October 18, 1983

1979 – 80
Centre Art Video is established as the Video Art Program of Off Centre Centre (The NEW Gallery), an artist-run-gallery in Calgary .

1983
EMMEDIA is registered as a non-profit society; its mandate to promote the production/exhibition of video art.

1984
In April 1984 EM moved to its own facility and creates an annual Resource Access Scholarship Program assisting post-secondary arts, communications and graduate students in their first video productions.

1985
EMMEDIA initiates 1st Plains Canada Independent Film/Video Conference-Exhibition.

1989
Founding member of the Alberta Media Arts Alliance (AMAAS), later incorporated in 1991.

1991
EMMEDIA and CSIF co-sponsor the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IFVA/AVCI) AGM and SHOWCASE

1992
EMMEDIA and CSIF collaborate to present annually the Youth Summer Media Arts Camp.

1994
The annual Bars ‘n Tone Award is created to technically and financially assist producers with an independent video production.

1997
EMMEDIA co-sponsors The Digital Diversity Conference with The Alberta College of Art and Design.

1998
EMMEDIA launches Digital Direct: The Pilot Project, a mobile digital editing system that visits First Nations and rural Alberta communities that otherwise would not have access to this technology.

2000
EMMEDIA initiates Media Jams, where mid-career and senior artists have free access to EM’s equipment and facility for the purpose of exploration, experimentation and project development. EMMEDIA initiates Media Jams, where mid-career and senior artists have free access to EM’s equipment and facility for the purpose of exploration, experimentation and project development.

2001
EMMEDIA organizes In-Sight, The Second Alberta Media Arts Alliance Conference/AGM in Red Deer, Alberta, including the presentation, Alberta In-Sight, a selection of fourteen Alberta Video, Film and Animation Works.

EMMEDIA in partnership with CSIF, Stride Gallery, Art Gallery of Calgary, The New Gallery, The Nickel Arts Museum and Truck Gallery presents Mountain Standard Time: A Performance Arts Festival.

2002
EMMEDIA introduces three new multimedia labs to its resources devoted to development of New Media Art.

Nelson Henricks, who produced his first videotapes through EMMEDIA’s Scholarship Program in 1986, is awarded The Bell Canada Award for Excellence in Video Art.

2002 May
EMMEDIA presents its first cross-country live webcam project, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION — We are getting closer by Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas.

2002 June
EMMEDIA hosts the open-access Compression Camp, with 24 artists creating new work during the G8 Conference, for webstreaming on www.activist menu.com, developed by Tom Andriuk, NUTV. The larger Activist Menu project also included screenings at EM, CSIF and QAS, and linkages with Labour and the Arts.

2002 September
With the introduction of MAX applications and hardware, artists begin experimenting with interactive Installations.

2003 February
EMMEDIA presents the PEARL Convergence, a gathering of delegates from fifteen Prairie Media Arts Centres. A lively roundtable discussion occurred around the topic, “Is there a Prairie Aesthetic?”

2003 April
EMMEDIA in partnership with CSIF, Stride Gallery, Art Gallery of Calgary, The New Gallery, The Nickel Arts Museum and Truck Gallery presents Mountain Standard Time II: A Performance Art Festival.

2003 May
EMMEDIA establishes the Echo Award to acknowledge individuals whose contributions have resonated in the community. The first recipient was EMMEDIA founding member, Grant Poier.

2003 October
EMMEDIA initiates its first Finishing Fund Program to assist artists with completing works in progress.

2003 October
EMMEDIA’s Newsletter, Handheld Media grows up into a magazine with an ISBN and is deposited in the National Deposit.

2004 February
EMMEDIA sponsors and hosts the annual IN: CAMERA Intensive Video Workshop conducted by herland, a feminist film & video festival.

2004 April
EMMEDIA assists in founding the Calgary Underground Film Festival and continues to sponsor them with staff and equipment resources.

2004 December
EMMEDIA provides workshops, consultation and on-site technical assistance to the Making Movies project in cooperation with the Calgary Scope Society, which works with disabled people to understand problems and create solutions to personal and social justice issues.

2005
Members win many awards: Grant Poier receives the AMAAS Spirit of Helen Award; Sandra Vida, the EPCOR Established Artist Award; and Leonard Lee, the Audience Choice Award at the Calgary Asian Film Festival.

2005 April
EMMEDIA receives The TELUS Artistic Innovation Award, which exemplifies artists or organizations whose artistic work introduces, opens, extends or challenges conventional boundaries.

2005 April
Ten EMMEDIA Members including staff member Kari McQueen are programmed in Alberta Scene/Albertaine in Ottawa. EMMEDIA is commissioned by AMAAS to produce promotional video for the event.

2006 April
Board Member Anne Marie Nakagawa’s film “Between: Living in the Hyphen” wins Best Program Reflecting Cultural Diversity at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association Awards.

2006 May
Terrance Houle, First Nations Artist and EMMEDIA Board member, wins the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award.

Past EMMEDIA Board Member, and recent Artist-in-Residence Sandi Somers, wins Spirit of Helen Award.

2006 September
EMMEDIA provides assistance in the creation of a video promoting the arts for Calgary Arts Development Authority. It was used to support their presentation to Community & Protective Services Committee for increased arts funding from the City of Calgary. The motion passed unanimously.

2006 November
EMMEDIA and Quickdraw collaborate for the first time in programming for the GIRAF curated program.

2009 September
Beginning of Thematic Programming Year CRASH!.

2010 March 27
EMMEDIA celebrates 25 years of supporting and presenting media artists with the publication of a 400 page retrospective publication and DVD set called Expanded Standard Timeline : Artists and Electronic Media in Calgary, EMMEDIA 1980 through 2005…