PRODUCTION ACCESS ‘08

EMMEDIA PRODUCTION ACCESS 2008
OCTOBER 4, 2008, 7 PM
#203, 351 – 11 Ave. SW (EMMEDIA Screening Room)

Admission is FREE

A screening of works made by artists from the Production Access program at EMMEDIA.

Every year EMMEDIA supports artists in the community through the Scholorship and Bars ‘n’ Tone Access Programs. Support includes access to production equipment, post-production facilities, and professional artists to complete an artistic project. We encourage innovative and challenging work from a variety of artists working in various genres. Our support to media artists extends beyond those working in video to encompass diverse forms of time-based art including installation, documentary, animation, performance, new media, audio, and web-based projects.

EMMEDIA’s Production Access Scholarship Program has been offered since 1984 and is open to emerging artists/producers undertaking their first production in audio, video or new media. This years Scholarship program includes work by Peter Redecopp, Karilynn Thompson, and Micheal Welchman. The Bars ‘n’ Tone Program supports artists who have previously produced work and wish to continue their creative and technical development. This years Bars ‘n’ Tone Program includes work by Keith Murray and Holly Simon.

For information contact:
Eric Becker, Production Coordinator
403 263 2833
production@emmedia.ca

EMMEDIA Production Access Programs

Every year EMMEDIA supports artists in the community through the Scholarship and Bars ‘n’ Tone program as part of our larger Production Access Program. Support includes access to production equipment, post-production facilities, and professional artists to mentor the completion of a new media artwork. We encourage innovative and challenging work from a variety of artists working in various genres. Our support to media artists extends beyond those working in video to encompass diverse forms of time-based art including installation, documentary, animation, performance, new media, audio, and web-based projects. Our goal is to support the growth and enable innovation in media arts, and I think these pieces showcase the scope, diverse voices and subject matter at EMMEDIA. On behalf of EMMEDIA, I’m extremely proud to present this years Scholarship and Bars ‘n’ Tone projects. All participants involved brought an amazing energy over the summer and we only hope they continue to be involved with EMMEDIA, and this experience be part of a continuation of a practice filled with passion and innovation they have demonstrated.The EMMEDIA Production Access Scholarship Program has been offered since 1984 and is open to emerging artists/producers undertaking their first productions in audio, video or new media. The Bars ‘n’ Tone Program is intended to support artists who have previously produced work and wish to continue their creative and technical development. The focus of the Bars ‘n’ Tone Program is on refining and enhancing existing skills. EMMEDIA’s Artists-in-Residence are asked to act in a mentorship role for Scholarship and Bars ‘n’ Tone producers and provide guidance during the development of their projects. Also I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Production Assistant, Vicki Chau, for all her hard work. The number of production access projects supported annually is subject to funding (and equipment) availability and proposal acceptance by jury review. March 31, 2009 is the next deadline for Production Access applications. Go to our website or visit us for more information on applying for these exciting opportunities for media arts support.


SCREENING Program

Questions for Wanderers
Holly Simon

Questions for Wanderers is a poetic video collage and installation that deconstructs the insatiable wandering spirit through the elusive destination she seeks.

Questions for Wanderers is based on finding answers in ubiquitous systems of humanity and geography – referencing our challenge to position ourselves and know what direction to take at any given time. Following a lone traveler and her suitcase through a bizarre journey, Questions for Wanderers reminds us of our shared search, compelling us to forge ahead and denying us the notion of an ignorant paradise we long for.

The SHUT-UP Off
Keith Murray

Syntax error. If words, like all symbols, only have as much meaning as we attach to them, then what happens to the modality of meaning in a meditated mantra? If there is no out-there, out there, and objective reality is a projection of our subjective mind, what then happens when we are mirrors for each other? Based on an acting excercize developed by Sanford Meisner, designed like a meditation, to pull participants into a present space of action and reaction, The SHUT-UP Off, transgresses and breaks down notions of interior/exterior self/not-self, subject/object.

It came from the future
Karilynn Thompson

“It came from the future” is an exploration of the place where past and future meet. Through the idea of home we experience a of lives lived, and a physical existence challenged by nature and decay.

Untitled
Micheal Welchman

Le thème de la poursuite et des signifiants de la virilité apprête dans le morceau. Puisque nous sommes des menteurs, peut-être ces thèmes n’apparaissent pas du tout. Veuillez voyager à notre ouverture et permettez-nous de mentir à vous.

Perche de Ka! Les pistolets de signal de fusée de Canadien tirent leur voie dans les coeurs et les esprits des Canadiens.

Aggregated Vicinity
Peter Redecopp

Aggregated Vicinity is an accumulation of sights and sounds collected from the city and reorganized in real-time by the artist. Blending video footage, still images & audio recordings together in a disjointed manner, Aggregated Vicinity is a continually evolving work, as new materials are added and each presentation offering new juxtapositions.


ARTIST Biographies

Keith Murray
Keith Murray is a transdisciplinary artist/writer/curator working predominantly with film, video, new media and performance. Keith is a native Calgarian and advocates developing culture and building community in the place he calls home. Murray received a BFA in Media Arts and Digital Technologies from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004. Since 2003, Keith has programmed and created work for Calgary’s Fairy Tales International Queer Film Festival and screened work at festivals and conferences across Canada. In 2005, EMMEDIA nominated Keith for the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance Emerging Artist award, and in 2006, Keith participated in Springboard Dance’s Interrarium Performance Residency at the Banff Centre. Keith is currently Programming and Communications Coordinator at Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary, also directing the annual Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF). Keith’s most recent new media performance, transcriptions was presented at the 2007 Fluid Movement Arts Festival. In 2008, an exhibition of selected works launches the grand opening of the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Holly Simon
Holly is an emerging video and installation artist who lives and works in Calgary. She has a BFA in Media Arts and Digital Technologies from the Alberta College of Art & Design. A recipient of the EMMEDIA Bars ‘n’ Tone scholarship in 2003; she has since exhibited a couple of site-specific installations in the former One Minute Happiness Gallery in Calgary. A passion for travel and community building has had a positive influence on her work.

Karilynn Thompson
Karilynn Thompson is an emerging multidisciplinary artist based in Calgary, AB. Her practice is often informed by travel and exploration, working with ideas of locative experience, dreams, memory and imagined spaces. Recent endeavors employ elements of video, animation, and installation, as well as paintings and costume. She completed her BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2007. An active producing member at Quickdraw Animation Society since 2004, she received an AFA grant for a short animation entitled “Tentacle Garden” which screened as part of an installation during the 2007 GIRAF Festival. Her most recent short, a combination of live action and animation entitled “Uprooted” was produced through the Youth Animation Program and screened at the Plaza Theatre.

Micheal Welchman
Canadien Flare Signal Pistols aim to forcibly lead the viewer into an escapade they will not soon forget. They exploit sight, sound, smell and touch, to barrage the viewer with a saturated event. Everything at their disposal is pressed into use, without constraint or adherence to a specific school of art. Although they aim and fire towards strong concept, striking delivery is their true mark. The Pistols have en-listed Micheal Welchman to command the forward operation of their newest project. Micheal is an Artist focused on deploying the fundamentals of drawing into all of elements of his practice. He has a broad range of training including animation, illustration, graphic design and new media accumulated at various institutions across Canada.Boom! Canadien Flare Signal Pistols shoot their way into the hearts and minds of Canadians.

Peter Redecopp
Peter Redecopp is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is focused on accumulation and its consequences. Since 2007 he has been organizing Discord, a noise performance series which has also featured video/sound/visual art, documentaries & animation.