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

February 2 – 4, 2017

EMMEDIA is proud to present the 3rd 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. Exhibitions, installations and performances by local and national artists will be showcased in Calgary, along with a workshop and artist panel. Join us through February 2 – 4, 2017 and EMmerse yourself in media art!


GARAGE SALE: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 12- 6PM
CHRISTMAS PARTY: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 6-10PM

Come celebrate the end of an era! Next spring, EMMEDIA will be moving into fancy new digs over with our friends in Sunalta. In the meantime, help give our current home one last hurrah before the place gets boxed up for good by coming to our Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 10th!


November 24 – 27, 2016

EMMEDIA is proud to co-present Amy Lockhart as the featured artist of GIRAF 12 Festival of Independent Animation.

Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker, animator and artist. Her animations have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival and International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, Japan. Lockhart has received fellowship at the National Film Board of Canada and support from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has completed residencies at Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society, Struts Gallery, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Drawn & Quarterly published Dirty Dishes, a book of her paintings, sculptures and drawings in 2009. She currently works and lives in Chicago.

Intersite Visual Arts Festival Intersite Visual Arts Festival

Co-presented with Alberta Printmakers, Esker Foundation, M:ST Performative Art Society, The New Gallery, Stride Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art and Untitled Art Society
In Partnership with Loft 112 and Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
November 2 – 5, 2016

Intersite Visual Arts Festival (IVAF) actively engages an unsuspecting public and advocates for contemporary art practices through the decentralized presentation of exhibitions, workshops, performances and screenings outside of the traditional gallery setting.

Hugo Nadeau Hugo Nadeau

Job + Been there, done DADAt
Co-presented with M:ST 8 Festival and Le Petit Trianon


Le Petit Trianon – 104 5 St S | Lethbridge, AB

Saturday, October 1, 9:30 PM
The #1 Legion – 116 7 Ave SE | Calgary, AB

Friday, October 21, 8:30 PM


The #1 Legion, Basement – 116 7 Ave SE | Calgary, AB

Friday, October 21 – Wednesday, October 26

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Creating artwork that mimics the structure of our social institutions, artist Hugo Nadeau comments on the contexts of these apparatuses through actions, installations, new media projects and permanent systems. Recognizing the hierarchies that exist within the local landscape, the artist comments on the instruments that are integral to the nervous system of Calgary. A self-declared “new media craftsman”, Nadeau aims to expose the various political, economic, and socio-cultural factors at play within the city. Participating in a self-organized residency in Alberta, the artist will collect footage for his video installation and corresponding performance at M:ST 8. The final project will result in three contextual video performances presented as a triptych, and another, physical performance by the artist will mimic actions from the video-based work.

Artist Talk w/ Terrance Houle Artist Talk w/ Terrance Houle

Part of Alberta Culture Days
Saturday, October 1, 2016
1PM – 2:30PM
EMMEDIA Screening Room

Established media artist Terrance Houle will be speaking at EMMEDIA about Indigenous media arts in Alberta as part of Alberta Culture Days. Born in Calgary, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). His involvement with Aboriginal communities has brought him to Reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing and Native ceremonies. Houle makes use of performance, photography, video & film, music and painting in his work.

AlterNATIVE: Indigenous Media Arts AlterNATIVE: Indigenous Media Arts

As part of Alberta Culture Days
Friday, September 30, 2016
EMMEDIA Screening Room

Featuring: Jade Carpenter, Kes Lefthand, Dan McCartney, Jeanette Many Guns, April Powderface and Amber Twoyoungmen

EMMEDIA is hosting a week-long intensive camp for Indigenous artists from Alberta, to create work under the mentorship of established Indigenous media artist Terrance Houle. Participants have full access to EMMEDIA’s production equipment and facilities, along with the mentor, in the development, creation and execution of an experimental media artwork or performance that will culminate into an exciting and inspiring presentation during Alberta Culture Days.

Spectral Illuminations Spectral Illuminations

Presented by EMMEDIA + Beakerhead
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 8 – 10PM

Lougheed House – 707 13 Avenue SW
FREE Admission

Featuring works by: Audrey Burch, Maria Munar, Danielle Nicol, Todd Rederburg, Paul Robert, Jordan Schinkel, Anna Semenoff, Lindsay Sorell, Teresa Tam, and Aran Wilkinson-Blanc

Local media artists will be illuminating the beautiful historic Lougheed House 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 the walls, windows, furniture and ceilings, while interpreting the amazing history of the house, creating surprises around every corner!

CSIF’s Secret Cinema: EMMEDIA edition CSIF’s Secret Cinema: EMMEDIA edition

Curated by Bryce Maruk
Wednesday, August 16, 2016 @ 9PM
CommunityWise Resource Centre Courtyard – 223 12 Ave SW
Free Admission*

In 1997, the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) inherited a library of over 2,000 celluloid films from the Calgary Public Library, and every month in the summer we invite a member to curate a screening and give a short Q + A. The screenings are held outdoors in a cozy courtyard at sundown, and sometimes feature surprise musical guests. The only catch is that for copyright reasons we can’t disclose the name of the film until you see it… Come out and get in on the secret!

*Due to the very small capacity of the courtyard, please be sure to come early to secure a seat!

Doppelganger + TEMPLE Doppelganger + TEMPLE

Live Performances by Tasman Richardson
Presented with Sled Island Visual Art + Theatre Junction GRAND

Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 6PM (Doors at 5PM)
Theatre Junction GRAND – 608 1 St SW

Tickets: $25 (Includes performances by Dawn of Midi, Circuit des Yeux and artist Jeneen Frei Njootli)
Sled Island Passholders get in FREE (Subject to capactiy)

Doppelganger is a live dual projection performance using manually warped time markers in addition to regular cuts, it induces a sensation of doubt and deception, through manipulations in temporal continuity. Sources evolve from mirror reflections in cinema to recording errors in VHS, to complete signal failure and pulsing erratic noise, each layer rending the veils of simulation. In Temple, the performer has replaced the shaman/priest, and the screen/sound has replaced the performer. Pulling from the cultural dictionary of cinematic micro phrases to deliver a ceremonial edit of sigils and signs. In this post-faith, post-flesh world, our spectacular séance will weave recorded media (aka the power of the dead) into a spastic orgy of cut ups.