Showing Initiatives II Showing Initiatives II

Presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre
Curated by Jenny Western
Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 7PM (with discussion led by Liz Barron)
EMMEDIA Screening Room
FREE Admission

Video Pool Media Arts Centre is excited to announce a touring screening series curated by Jenny Western called Showing Initiatives II. In this program Western continues her look at initiatives that encourage Indigenous artists to take up video art and filmmaking. The program will consist of nine videos made through program at Video Pool Media Art Centre in Winnipeg, at PAVED Arts in Saskatoon, and through the Stoney Nakoda A/V Club that often works with EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society in Calgary.

PARTICLE + WAVE 2020: Exhibition PARTICLE + WAVE 2020: Exhibition

Location: EMMEDIA Gallery – 2005 10 Ave SW
Exhibition Dates: January 31 – February 29, 2020 (Closed Sundays, Mondays and February 15)
Gallery hours: 12 – 6PM
Opening Reception: January 31, 2020 @ 7-10PM
FREE Admission

Featuring works by Laura Anzola (Calgary), Brad Necyk (Edmonton), and Aran Wilkinson-Blanc (Calgary).

The PARTICLE + WAVE group exhibition features Albertan artists that utilize television screens and monitors in different ways, to question our current relationships with social media, our understanding of visible and invisible borders, and feelings of “solastalgia” as we enter an unpredictable future.

PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival 2020 PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival 2020

January 30 – February 1, 2020

EMMEDIA is proud to present the 6th 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.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors and partners:

Redphone Inc.
Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society
Cold Garden Beverage Company
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers

PARTICLE + WAVE 2020: Feature Night PARTICLE + WAVE 2020: Feature Night

Location: Festival Hall – 1215 10th Ave SE
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time: 7PM – 9:30PM (Doors at 6:30PM)
Tickets: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door
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Featuring performances by Matthieu Hallé (Ottawa) & Chris Dadge (Calgary), Mat Lindenberg (Seattle/Banff), Tasman Richardson (Toronto) and a film installation by Dawn George (Halifax).

On the feature night of PARTICLE + WAVE, we explore the many facets of media arts, including film, audio, video, animation and digital interfaces. Be immersed in media arts with performances incorporating projections and soundscapes mixed live before your eyes or take part in an interactive gameshow where you are the live audience. This is a night that showcases the ever-changing technological tools and processes, and the artists who utilize them in amazingly creative ways.

PARTICLE + WAVE 2020: Screening Program PARTICLE + WAVE 2020: Screening Program

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Location: Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers – #100, 1725 10 Ave SW (Back Alley Entrance)
Time: 7:30 – 9PM (Doors at 7PM)
FREE Admission

EMMEDIA is proud to present this year’s screening program for PARTICLE + WAVE that features filmmakers from across Canada and around the world that experiment with narratives, mediums and perspectives. This year’s program explores the intimate connection between our personal relationships within foreign and familiar, natural and man-made landscapes.

PARTICLE + WAVE 2020: Afterparty PARTICLE + WAVE 2020: Afterparty

Location: Cold Garden – 1100 11 St SE
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time: 10PM – 12AM (Doors at 9:30PM)
FREE Admission

Featuring performances by Notfortheireyes (Edmonton), Markov (Calgary) and HomeSick (Calgary).

Come grab a pint and celebrate the last night of PARTICLE + WAVE, while enjoying a live media art performance and mingling with the festival artists!

The Characters: Act I The Characters: Act I

Erdem Taşdelen
Presented by Untitled Art Society in partnership with EMMEDIA

Exhibition dates:
November 2 – December 14, 2019 (Tuesday-Saturday @ 12-6PM, closed on November 9)
EMMEDIA – 2005 10 Ave SW

Opening reception:
Friday, November 1 @ 7PM

An exercise in dramaturgy and dystopian reflection, Erdem Taşdelen’s audio installation THE CHARACTERS follows the self-indulgent, at times deluded, platitude-laced, bitter, pitiful, occasionally frenetic and always mordantly humorous narratives of ten stock characters. With their defining traits taken from Theophrastus’s text and developed by the artist into scripts for voice actors, these fictional characters are recognizable, archetypal: each a distinct form whose whole being is engendered by a distillation of a single trait or set of behaviours and thoughts.

AlterNATIVE: Atsiniiksisstsii AlterNATIVE: Atsiniiksisstsii

Curated by Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand
Presented in partnership with Indigenous Resilience in Music
As part of Alberta Culture Days with the support of the Government of Alberta

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 7-9PM
Glenbow Museum Theatre – 130 9 Ave SE
FREE Admission

Featuring: Intertribal Series a documentary by Trevor Solway
And performances by: Bebe BuckSkin, Wyatt C. Louis and DJ BKFT

In Blackfoot culture and many other Indigenous cultures, sharing and remembering the origins of our stories are part of the ways in which we understand, maintain, and continue building relationships with one another. Today, our stories can be told through film, music and other multimedia practices but it is the history and origins of the stories we share that continue to sustain us in reclaiming, preserving, and revitalizing our cultures as Indigenous peoples in Canada. This edition of AlterNATIVE: Atsiniiksisstsii, translating to “stories,” is a film screening and music series curated by Blackfoot artist and musician Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand and presented by EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society and Indigenous Resilience in Music (IRIM), will bring to Mohkintsís (Calgary, AB) a time to learn from our origin stories from Canada’s up and coming Indigenous musicians, filmmakers, and creatives that are paving the way for Indigenous people in film, music and the arts.

Spectral Illuminations IV Spectral Illuminations IV

A Projection Mapping Exhibition
Presented with Beakerhead and Calgary Public Library

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 8-11PM
Memorial Park Library – 1221 2 St. SW
FREE Admission

Ten local media artists and collectives were chosen to illuminate the beautiful and historic Memorial Park Library with the art of projection mapping, site-specific projections that alter the appearance of the surface on which they are projected. These projections will light up and animate surfaces throughout the building, interpreting the amazing history of the first library in Calgary and Alberta. The selected artists developed their projection mapping project over the summer, having open access to EMMEDIA’s resources including equipment, facilities, and a series of projection mapping workshops.

Cinemusic Live: Destroy All Planets Cinemusic Live: Destroy All Planets

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 7PM – 10:30PM
Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 Street SW (behind Memorial Park Library)
Presented by EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society
Sponsored by Calgary Public Library, City of Calgary, Beltline Neighbourhoods Association and CJSW

CineMusic Live (CML) presents a live event featuring talent from over fifteen local artists and performers! Enjoy magic, music, comedy, and a final performance to re-dub and re-score a parodic re-edition of a classic Japanese kaiju monster film, Destroy All Planets.

This outdoor affair takes place in the beautiful Central Memorial Park behind Memorial Park Library. The night will open with a DJ, music from The Daring Nomads, and a magic show with James Jordan. After sundown, musicians, voice actors, and a foley artist will gather to re-dub an improvised narrative over the parodic revision of Destroy All Planets.

 This unique, one-night event filled with some of Calgary’s best, upcoming talent cannot be replicated
 so you won’t want to be miss it!