PROGRAMMING EVENTS

Rita McKeough: Works – Book Launch Rita McKeough: Works – Book Launch

Published by EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, and M:ST Performative Art Festival
Edited by Diana Sherlock
A publication launch featuring performances from emerging artists

Wednesday, October 4, 2018 / Doors at 6:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion #1 – 116 7 Ave SE
FREE Admission

Join us to celebrate the launch of our forthcoming publication celebrating the career of prolific Calgary artist Rita McKeough, that will be available in November 2018. The evening presents a conversation between Diana Sherlock and Rita McKeough as well as reading by Dr. Jeanne Randolph. Randolph will be presenting a special reading of Dr. Doolittle’s Death Diary, a text included in the publication. The evening also includes performances by Jaime McDonald + Signy Holm, NIK, and Toni Cormier. Light refreshments will be available.


Ideational Apraxia Ideational Apraxia

Kerry Maguire & Gwen Morgan
Part of M:ST Performative Art Festival

Exhibition Dates: October 2 – November 3, 2018
EMMEDIA Screening Room
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays @ 12-6PM (Closed October 6 for Thanksgiving)
Performance: Tuesday, October 2 @ 8:00 PM

Ideational Apraxia is a collaborative video and performative artwork in which the artists, as their abjectly cartoon­ish housewife alter egos, take to home economics and moments of domes­tic leisure in ways that promise to be wrong, botching each task as a means towards generative thinking and doing.


AlterNATIVE: Balance AlterNATIVE: Balance

Curated by Jared Tailfeathers
Presented as part of Alberta Culture Days with the support of the Government of Alberta

Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 7-9PM
Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Rd NW
FREE Admission

Featuring films by: Jackson 2bears, Kez Lefthand, Kelli Rae Morning Bull, Kelton Stepanowich, Trevor Soloway and Amber Twoyoungmen
And performances by: Chantal Chagnon, Curtis Lefthand and Elizabeth Potskin

EMMEDIA is proud to present Balance as part of the AlterNATIVE Indigenous Film Series, which showcases the rich landscape of works produced by Indigenous artists. This edition, curated by Jared Tailfeathers, features artists and filmmakers that deal with the challenges of being able to balance tradition and contemporary practices, while properly finding a positive equilibrium in their cultural identity. They proudly stand for Indigenous Peoples creative growth and mighty voices, while honouring their roots and dreaming of the future.

AlterNATIVE: Panel Discussion
Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 1-3PM
CSIF Flex Space – #100, 1725 – 10 Ave SW (Back Alley Entrance)

Moderated by Jared Tailfeathers
Featuring Danni Black, Chris Jones, Curtis Lefthand and Keegan Starlight

This panel will discuss the challenges, issues and topics about balancing tradition in a contemporary world, and what resources are available for Indigenous artists where new ideas can be collaborated.


Spectral Illuminations III Spectral Illuminations III

A Projection Mapping Exhibition
Presented with Beakerhead and Calgary Public Library

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 8-11PM
Memorial Park Library – 1221 2 St. SW
FREE Admission

Featured Artists: Alec Brilling, Audrey Burch, Yu Dong, Jacqueline Huskisson, Bryce Maruk, Eden Slabe, Ursula Sokol, Teresa Tam, Aran Wilkinson-Blanc & Rebecca Reid, and Julian Zwack

Stroll around the beautiful, historic and – for one night only – magically lit up Memorial Park Library for some mesmerizing projection art. Inspired by the building’s past, artists explore its historical figments through light. Get your glow on!


DEEP WEBSITE DEEP WEBSITE

A live multi-channel video and musical performance by Craig Fahner and Matthew Waddell
Presented at Sled Island
Saturday, June 23 @ 6:25 – 6:45PM
Studio Bell, Performance Hall – 850 4 St SE
Tickets: $22 or FREE with Sled Island pass

Beyond the firewall a virtual paradise expands into the horizon. This place, known as DEEP WEBSITE is where lonely pleasures and infinite bandwidth merge. Links fornicate under a seductive laptop glow, drawing your gaze deeper into the endless cavity of kitty pics and 3D muscle bulge. The things you came looking for slowly dissolve as the hours pass and the mind softens. Fortunately browsing history vanishes once you resurface, leaving you with only a hazy memory of the foul clicks and regretful pixels that passed through your once innocent eyes.


FALL/FLOW FALL/FLOW

Sandra Vida
June 1 – 29, 2018 | EMMEDIA Screening Room – 2005 10 Ave SW
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday @ 12-6PM
Opening Reception: June 1, 2018 @ 7-10PM

Sandra Vida’s new video installation FALL/FLOW grows out of a previous series of works in which the artist explored life’s thresholds, transitions, and passages. This new work continues the idea of integrating the viewer within the video image, conjuring up the experience of immersion in the natural world. Viewers pass through beaded “screens” alive with softly descending images that invoke both the tranquility and fragility of the element of water. A range of metaphorical associations are invoked and welcomed in a subtle way through faintly seen text incorporated throughout the changing montage of imagery. Evocative sound suggests human voices expressing emotional longing and spiritual promise.


Logical Conclusion Logical Conclusion

Kathryn Blair
June 1-29, 2018 | EMMEDIA Gallery – 2005 10 Ave SW
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday @ 12-6PM
Opening Reception: June 1, 2018 @ 7-10PM

Logical Conclusion is a collection of logic puzzles, which follow the logic of real algorithms that are being used to make decisions about people, from Trust Scores that the Chinese government is issuing to its citizens, to the Facebook news feed algorithm. Step into this school for young algorithms and see how they “think” by completing the puzzles for yourself. Each one is accompanied by an illustration – as though it were part of an elementary school primer. Read the puzzles, then move the pieces (statements which make up each premise) around, eliminating repeated elements as you go, creating a logical chain to lead you to the “correct” conclusion, given that all the statements must be taken as fact. At least as far as the computer is concerned. Do you think the first-order logic behind these puzzles, which mirrors the first order logic used by computers, leads to logical conclusions?


DEEPBEING.ZIP DEEPBEING.ZIP

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 “The Channelers” at EMMEDIA.

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.


We Dream in Glitches We Dream in Glitches

Screening Program
Location: Nur Box Theatre – 1721 29th Ave SW (Located in cSPACE King Edward, 2nd Floor)
Dates: February 1 – 28, 2018
Time: Monday – Saturday @ 8AM – 8PM

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. An excerpt of the screening program will screen for the entire month of February at Nur Box Theatre.


The Channelers The Channelers

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

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

Location: EMMEDIA Gallery – 2005 10 Ave SW
February 2 – March 3, 2018 (Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 12-6PM, closed on Feb 17)
Curator’s Talk: February 2, 2018 @ 5-7PM
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.