Assisted Installations Assisted Installations

Performances by Icaro Zorbar (Bogota, Colombia)
Part of M:ST Performative Art Festival

October 16-19, 2012: Studio Residency at EMMEDIA (351 – 11 Ave SW, Suite #203)
October 20, 2012 @ 7-8PM: Performance of Assisted Installations at TRUCK Gallery (The Grain Exchange (Lower Level), 815 1st Street SW)

Working with an accumulation of mechanical and electronic music players, Zorbar adjusts the standard operation of these devices to place these machines into conversation with each other, transforming them by creating new relationships between the mechanical components. In these projects, Zorbar establishes a precarious balance of machines and music, objects and sound. The works have an ephemeral quality as many last just as long as the side of a record, a cassette tape or sometimes just the length of a song. There is also a poignant charm to these installations, creating a romantic anthropomorphic quality with the machines he plays with. From October 16 – 19, he will be holding a studio residency at EMMEDIA, where you can drop by to see his process. For his presentation at the M:ST Festival, Zorbar will present a “mini concert” at TRUCK Gallery with three different performances.

PARTICLE + WAVE: A festival of Media Arts PARTICLE + WAVE: A festival of Media Arts


EMMEDIA is proud to launch our first media arts festival, a unique 3-day event that will celebrate the critical innovation and creativity present in our city’s media arts culture. This festival will ignite interest and cast light on an art form that by it’s very nature, is constantly evolving and growing with the integration of ever-changing technological processes. Screenings, installations, exhibitions, and performances by local artists will be showcased throughout downtown Calgary. Join us on September 27-29, 2012 during Alberta Culture Days and immerse yourself in media art!

Light2Dark Light2Dark

Union Cemetery
Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 6:30 – 9:30PM
A free family event

As part of Equinox in Union Cemetery – A Vigil, Sharon Stevens facilitates a digital memorial-making site, Light2Dark, which includes a “threshold” of video projections that the viewers will pass through on their way up the hill to the Union Cemetery. Participants will also have a chance to send a digital message to be projected on the hillside.

Resonance Compression Camp 2012 Resonance Compression Camp 2012

Screening of Compression Camp Videos on June 9, 2012 @ 4:00PM (after EMMEDIA’s AGM) in EMMEDIA’s screening room

Compression Camp Participants: Dick Averns, Richard Brown, Jim Goertz, Aurora Landin, Tammy McGrath, Sandi Somers, Justin Waddell and John Will

Since 2002, EMMEDIA Compression Camps offers local artists and members of the public; technical and conceptual support needed to translate ideas and concepts, related to a chosen theme, into short video and/or audio works. Compression Camp is inspired by 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 were encouraged to complete a short video and/or audio work within two days and had free access to our production equipment and post-production facilities. They also had free access to the creative mentors Rita McKeough and Joe Kelly, who are senior/established media artists in the local community to provide critical feedback and inspiration along the way. This year, we specifically invited senior/established artists and cultural workers that have made Calgary their home, and have continually contributed over the years to the diverse arts and culture community. Works completed are compressed and uploaded for on-line web streaming/hosting at, and will be screened after EMMEDIA’s Annual General Meeting on June 9, 2012 at 4:00PM.

EManimenteur – Sandra Vida EManimenteur – Sandra Vida

The EManimenteur is an in-house contract residency, that interacts with staff, members, and artist-producers working on site. The role is a nurturing and inspiring one, where the resident offers critical analysis and improvement. This will also aid in increasing the critical feedback and support offered in our Production Access Programs, which support the creation of new works. The project also offers the Board and management insights into better achieving EMMEDIA’s mandate, whether in terms of visioning, or more practical suggestions regarding operations, programming and production activity.

EMMEDIA is pleased to welcome Sandra Vida as our new EManimenteur for 2012! We look forward to working with Sandra in the coming months to enhance and assist EMMEDIA artists in developing a deeper understanding of media arts practice. Email to book an appointment.


This is My Village is an opportunity exploration of the past and future potential of the East Village. Through telling and sharing stories, we will be giving space to stories and histories that are not adequately recognized. This project was developed through the support of the EMMEDIA Artist in Residence program, and presented in conjunction with the This is my City Festival.


Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 7-11PM
EMMEDIA building (351 – 11 Ave SW) and UAS building (343 – 11 Ave SW)
Admission is FREE

1 million and 49 years ago, a sponge was dropped in a bucket of water and with that, Art was born! First acknowledged by Fluxus artist and poet Robert Filliou in 1963, Art’s Birthday has been celebrated by artists the world over, through collaborative and networked based activities that recognize the spirit of permanent creation. In celebration of this momentous occasion, EMMEDIA, in collaboration with M:ST Performative Art Society and Untitled Art Society, would like to invite you to participate in a series of generative and participatory installations that will activate spaces throughout our shared building, supporting practices that reflect and celebrate the Eternal Network of Permanent Creation. For more information on Art’s Birthday, check out the official Art’s Birthday website at

EMMEDIA at Soundasaurus Festival 2012 EMMEDIA at Soundasaurus Festival 2012

Pre-festival film screening and programming partnership with EMMEDIA
Part of EPCOR CENTRE’s Soundasaurus Festival of Multimedia Sound Arts
Thursday, January 5, 2012 @ 7:30PM (Doors open @ 6:30PM)
Tickets are FREE
There will be a 15‐minute Q&A with all three filmmakers at the end of the evening

This evening features a free screening of “The Delian Mode”, a short, experimental documentary by Kara Blake, that revolves around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music. We will also feature Kyle Whitehead’s “Circles of Confusion”, a generative image and sound based installation composed of dual super 8 film‐loop projections integrated with dual optically sensitive sine‐wave oscillators, and Carl Spencer’s “Experiments with The Synthesized Tape Ensemble”, a performance that traces early experimental approaches to electronic music through formative methods of live tape manipulation and analog synthesis.

Output – Input 2011 Output – Input 2011

Looking at recent works by artists at EMMEDIA
Saturday, December 10, 2011
EMMEDIA Screening Room
Screening is FREE
In conjunction with EMMEDIA’s XMAS party

EMMEDIA supports and celebrates our members, encouraging exchange and growth while increasing awareness of members activities in our community. From electronic performances to narrative explorations the works in this screening represent the diversity of work that goes on at EMMEDIA and reflects the divergent interests of our membership.


A screening of Feminist Video Art by Canadian Women
Curated by Sharon Stevens
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 8 – 9:30PM
EMMEDIA Screening Room
Admission is FREE

Connective is a short, curated program of feminist media artworks by Canadian women. The program will merely touch the surface but will showcase a zap of inspiration, tenure a tingly tutoring and spark conversation. In a one hour program of shorts Connective will be the nerve that binds us to the 100’s of feminist media artworks produced in Canada since the middle 1970s. Connective is also an opportunity to celebrate Women’s History Month and to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and that on October 18th 1929 women were declared ‘persons’ by the Supreme Court (white women that is — as Asians were denied the right to vote until 1947 and Indigenous people couldn’t vote in Canadian elections without giving up their treaty rights until 1960).