Critical-Creative Writing in Media Arts
OCTOBER 15 – 16, 2011 @ 10AM – 4PM
A FREE workshop presented by EMMEDIA
Instructed by Chris Frey
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 11, 2011 (Seats are limited, first come first serve)

Frey’s workshop introduces writers to a critical-creative approach to article writing in order to foster the evolution of critical discourse around media art in Calgary. The workshop focuses on practical approaches to critical writing and intends to see students finish the weekend with a completed and peer-reviewed draft in hand that may be developed further over a period of a month with our editor/mentor, Jennifer McVeigh, for submission to EMMEDIA’s annual anthology based on the 2010/2011 programming theme, GRAIN.

Public Domain Public Domain

A SAW Video media art commissioning project drawn from Library and Archives Canada’s collection
Screening: October 14, 2011 @ 7PM
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room
Admission Is FREE
Penny McCann from SAW Video and artist Maureen Bradley will be in attendance

Public Domain originated as a video commissioning project of SAW Video, a media-art centre located in Ottawa, Canada. In 2009, seven artists were selected from a national call for proposals to create videos drawn from archival films and photographs held in the collection of Library and Archives Canada. Over the course of a year, SAW Video assisted the artists with the process of researching and collecting materials for use in their work. The range of mid-career and established media artists selected for this project represent a broad cross-section of media artists working in Canada. Bringing critical perspectives to bear on their found materials, the artists mine the nature of the image for its visual, narrative, mnemonic and evocative potential. While some highlight the fragility and disappearance of images, others focus on their renaissance through recontextualization. The completed commissioning project premiered in Ottawa on June 24, 2010. Public Domain will tour to a number of venues across Canada, the USA, and the UK in 2011-12.


September 16, 2011 @ 7-9PM
The Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road NW
Admission is FREE

Every year EMMEDIA supports artists from the local community in producing new media works through our Scholarship and Bars ‘n’ Tone programs. Support includes access to workshops, production equipment, post-production facilities, and professional mentorship through the production process of a media artwork. Our support to media artists extends beyond those working with video to encompass diverse forms of time-based art practices including installation, documentary, narrative, animation, performance, new media, audio, and web-based projects. Resonant Frequencies is a showcase of the 2011 Production Access program, featuring new work by Aran Wilkinson-Blanc, Rosanna Terracciano, Laura Wayne, Teresa Tam, Jennifer Akkermans and Bogdan Cheta.


A stereo-3D installation by Willy Le Maitre (Toronto)
September 1 – October 1, 2011 @ 10AM – 5PM except Sundays and holidays
EMMEDIA Screening Room – #203, 351 – 11 Ave SW
Admission is FREE
Opening reception: Thursday, September 1, 2011 @ 6-9PM (Artist in attendance)
Artist Talk: Friday, September 2, 2011 @ 6PM

“Chiral Eyes” is a stereo-3D video installation. The dramatic narrative depicts the dual nature and internal negotiations of a polarized individual. The subject appears on-screen as two opposing versions of the same person. The viewer’s left and right eyes see isolated portrayals of the individual. While wearing polarized glasses, both views are combined to produce the stereoscopic 3d image. Viewers of the work can read the narrative in variable ways by alternatively blinking or covering either of their eyes.

EM ZINE NIGHT – August 2011 EM ZINE NIGHT – August 2011

Thursday, August 25 @ 7 – 9PM
EMMEDIA office
Admission is FREE

EMMEDIA supports independent publications and individual voice with our monthly zine nights. We have a photocopier and laser printer begging to spit out tons of independently published work. Join our monthly ZINE making nights at EMMEDIA! Come out and make your own self published magazine. Bring your favorite pen and any special supplies you may want to use, but most importantly just bring yourself! EMMEDIA provides computers for the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. A scanner is available and we will show you how to make a .pdf of your zine to load and distribute online. No cost! It is FREE! Tell all your friends!

BIN 15 + Woodshedding in the Bin BIN 15 + Woodshedding in the Bin

Presented by EMMEDIA and the Calgary Folk Music Festival
Prince’s Island Park
July 21 – 24, 2011

Bin 15 is an interactive installation and audio performance work by Mark Lowe, recording percussive sounds and natural reverberations – informed by an industrious and agricultural way of life – within a modified grain bin. It’s an audio swan song to a disappearing rural life as his multidisciplinary art practice hones in on the urban-rural dichotomy and his personal city slicker vs. country hick duality. Watch Lowe and collaborators Steve Leidal and Brodie Mohninger perform 40-minute sets using the Bin 15 structure, farming implements and musical instruments, or create your own musique concrete around performance times. We will also feature “Woodshedding in the Bin” which are fun jamming sessions featuring local artists and musicians, utilizing the Bin 15. We will feature something different, whether it is an impromptu musical performance or trying out some experimental noise, we’re not afraid to be overheard.


Curated by Daniel Dugas
Screening: July 12, 2011 @ 7PM
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room

OIL is a screening of slick short videos to fuel discussion! The program, curated by Daniel Dugas, will address and explore the issues and relationships we have with oil, either politically and/or poetically. The program will be screened on July 12, 2011, which is the one-year anniversary of the capping of the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico.

EManimenteur – Noel Bégin EManimenteur – Noel Bégin

EMMEDIA is pleased to welcome Noel Bégin as our new EManimenteur for 2011! We look forward to working with Noel in the coming months to enhance and assist EMMEDIA artists in developing a deeper understanding of media arts practice. EM Members are encouraged to get in touch with Noel to develop conceptual and critical aspects of their practice, either through studio visits or project consultations. Please contact EMMEDIA at or 403.263.2833 to make arrangements to meet with him. Noel Begin will be with EMMEDIA till the end of October, so feel free to visit again and again!

CANOLA OIL – Compression Camp CANOLA OIL – Compression Camp

An Open Access Intensive Production Camp!
May 9 – 14, 2011
5 – 10PM

The spirit of Compression Camp is derived from the immediacy of digital media, and sets out to approximate television news networks in their ability to report on events the same day they occur. Participants are encouraged to complete production and post-production as rapidly as possible in that spirit. Works completed during a Compression Camp will be compressed and uploaded for on-line web streaming/hosting at EMMEDIA provides creative and technical assistance and support, free of charge for all Compression Camp projects in exchange for permission to host works online.


A screening of members’ recent short film and video projects
Presented in partnership by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, EMMEDIA, and PAVED Arts
Screening: Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 7PM
Location: EMMEDIA Screening Room (Playing at PAVED Arts in Saskatoon)