An installation by Sandra Vida

Exhibition: May 19 – June 18, 2016 @ 12-6PM (Closed on May 21, Sundays and Mondays)
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 7-10PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 2-4PM
EMMEDIA – 351 11 Ave SW, 2nd Floor
FREE Admission

In Sandra Vida’s most recent video work, Journey, she explored the notion of perseverance through obstacles, and the recuperative power of disrupting the flow of time through repetition and looping images. She invited viewers to empathetically partake in this experience through large-scale projected images. Portal takes these themes one step further in the creation of a scenario in which the viewer literally passes through the video image, projected on a series of walls or veils. The piece explores the fertility of the “liminal space” or threshold, the place of transition: a chance for the viewer to linger between a previous way of structuring time, awareness, even identity, and moving forward into a new or different path.

AlterNATIVE: Nakoda A/V Club AlterNATIVE: Nakoda A/V Club

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Doors at 6:30PM, Screening at 7PM
EMMEDIA Screening Room – 351 11 Ave SW, 2nd Floor

EMMEDIA presents the AlterNATIVE Indigenous Film Series, showcasing the rich landscape of works produced by Indigenous artists throughout the year. The second screening this year is curated by the Nakoda A/V Club based out of Morley, Alberta.


A multi-media residency + performance by Lon Parker
Part of EMMEDIA’s ECHO AWARD Presentation

Open Studio: April 5 – April 15, 2016 @ 12-5PM (Closed April 10 + 11)
Cabaret Performance: April 16, 2016 @ 8:06PM-9:06PM
Location: EMMEDIA – 351 11 Ave SW

As recipient of the ECHO AWARD for his exemplary “ememembership” to EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, Lon Parker has been provided an opportunity to present, in its entirety, his multi-media triptych SURROUNDED BY LIONS focusing on the life of fictional artist Alexander Graf. The public is invited to visit Alexander Graf in his open studio to ask questions and view the paintings, while he gets ready for his cabaret performance.

On the evening of April 16, the presentation of SURROUNDED BY LIONS will begin with a short experimental film that segues into a simultaneous poetry reading in collaboration with Rita Bozi and Ken Cameron, featuring Geneviéve Paré and Kirk Miles, and finishing with the main event Graf:DADA. Performed by Graf, Graf:DADA is an absurdist, Dada inspired multi-media statement of his life, as it meanders through the historical reality of Zurich and Dada, post WWI Europe, Abstract Expressionism, the artistic world of New York City in 1920-1951, and his troubled relationship and encounters with the seminal artists of two of the 20th century’s most important artistic genres.


A Digital Sugar Cubed Student Exhibition

March 4 – 19, 2016
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary’s U-Hall Community Space – 2009 10th Ave SW
Tuesday – Friday @ 11AM – 5PM, Saturday @ 12 – 5PM
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4 @ 8PM

Curated by Audrey Burch
Featuring works by Sandrine Anna-Brigita, Oksana Kryzhanivska, Jordan Schinkel, Anna Semenoff, and Jadda Tsui

This exhibition, featuring students from the University of Calgary and the Alberta College of Art and Design, sees science and art come together to form a homogenous whole. Historically, we have seen science integrate into numerous modes of thought. For instance, looking back to Golden Eras of art, we have seen these two fields intersect in the transition from the European Renaissance to the Early Modern Age. In modern times, dubbed the “Age of Information,” specialization has become a common thread in the development of both scientific and new media artistic practice, allowing for information and ideas to develop and become informed within their niche environments. The interest of Contaminant’s exhibition lies in forming a connection between these two disparate fields: a search for the most informed piece of knowledge.

Interplay between empiricism and new media artwork utilizes the application of scientific methods in a fine art context. The artists exhibiting within Contaminant have used this process to test the limits of empiricism, questioning the way we inform our own evidence gathering process, and the authenticity of presented information. The resulting works bring awareness to the act of observation itself.


A fundraiser for the media arts
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 7-11PM
Festival Hall – 1215 10 Ave SE
Tickets are $20 +GST at the door
Purchase early for only $15 +GST at

On February 19, 2016, in anticipation of the 2017 iteration of the festival, we will be presenting PARTICLE + WAVE 2.5, a one-night performance and fundraiser at Festival Hall. Taking place from 7:00-11:00 pm, we will be featuring media art performances including a new performance by Halifax artist, Lisa Lipton. Fresh from her shortlist nomination for the 2015 Sobey Art Award, Lipton will be using PARTICLE + WAVE as a platform to debut her new audio-visual work, “Agonist” in collaboration with local media artist Carl Spencer. In addition, we open with Yankee Yankee (Whitney Ota) playing a live soundtrack to Aran Wilkinson-Blanc’s film “TransfiX”, and we end off the night with the super fun musical stylings of Sleepy Panther (Rita McKeough & Richard Brown).

That’s not all! Awesome door prizes will be given out throughout the night, as well as a silent auction featuring very unique items and experiences will be up for bids! This is definitely an evening not to be missed!


Thursday, February 11, 2016
8:30-10:30PM (Video Screening: 9:00-10:00pm)
EMMEDIA Screening Room
FREE Admission

Curator Nina Sarnelle in attendance

The FELT BOOK is a collaborative publication featuring a collection of home remedies created by 90+ invited artists. It is inspired by the structure of Fluxus scores, YouTube tutorials and eHow articles. The works submitted may be as simple as a single sentence, while others include images, video, and web-based interactions. Each artist is asked to take on the IfNf mission statement: to explore “new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new.” Remedies will be released individually as a year-long weekly email subscription service, and then compiled into a permanent online publication in 2016. 

AlterNATIVE: Jenny Western AlterNATIVE: Jenny Western

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Doors at 6:30PM, Screening at 7PM
EMMEDIA Screening Room – 351 11 Ave SW, 2nd Floor

EMMEDIA is excited to launch the AlterNATIVE film series, showcasing the rich landscape of works produced by Indigenous artists throughout the year. We begin the series with a program curated by Jenny Western, as part of Video Pool’s 30th anniversary, showcasing some of the collection’s earliest work by Aboriginal artists.

Critical Writing for the Media Arts Critical Writing for the Media Arts

Instructor: Justin Waddell

2-day workshop schedule:
Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 12 – 5PM
Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 12 – 5PM

Workshop is free to attend but will have limited space so it is first come, first serve.
To register for the workshop, please contact us at or 403.263.2833.

This critical writing workshop for media arts will help introduce participants to some of the contemporary issues and debates related to the current state of art criticism as well as provide a venue for developing a kind of writing that challenges both the writer and their audience to move beyond hollow, descriptive, and often uninspiring critique. As a group, the workshops will engage texts by Yvonne Rainer, Miranda July, Jennifer Doyle, Mike Kelley, Chris Kraus, and others with the hope of exciting writers to begin to take risks, experiment, and find confidence in the value of their own experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Specific attention will be paid to writing and artworks within the field of media art however, anyone interested in conversations regarding the body, difficulty, performance, and fiction in art, should consider participating.


October 12-18, 2015
Watermark Tower – 530 8th ave SW

Downtown Calgary has partnered with Nur Box to bring one of their theatres to various locations around downtown. They will be presenting packages of short films, trailers, and experimental videos curated by: Nur Box Theatre, The Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary Society for Independent Filmmakers, and EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society.

EMMEDIA’s package showcases four short films (under 5 min.) produced by past EMMEDIA members and featured artists. Each work was chosen specifically for the Nur Box Theatre, to create an intimate environment in a public space for the viewer. Take a few minutes to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown, and enjoy some beautiful and engaging films.


As part of Wordfest 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 @ 7:30PM – 8:15PM
Motel, Arts Commons – 205 8 Avenue SE

Join us for a free screening of Text(e)/Image/Beat, a program of videopoetry curated by Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc, as part of Wordfest 2015. The program was originally commissioned by the Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, NB for the Northrop Frye Literary Festival, March 20th to May 1st, 2015.