PRODUCTION ACCESS ‘11

EMMEDIA PRODUCTION ACCESS 2011 presents: RESONANT FREQUENCIES

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

AFTERPARTY
Sam’s Bar & Grill
1167 Kensington Cres NW

Scholarship Program Participants: Laura Wayne, Jennifer Akkermans, Bogdan Cheta and Teresa Tam
Bars ‘n’ Tone Program Participants: Rosanna Terracciano and Aran Wilkinson-Blanc

EMMEDIA supports the innovative and challenging work of a variety of artists working in an array of genres. Each year we invite applications for our production access programs and residencies which provide recipients with production resources and mentor-ship. Our support to media artists extends beyond video art to encompass the exploration of diverse forms of time-based art including: installation, documentary, narrative, animation and experimental film, performance, new media, audio, and web-based projects.

Since 2009, EMMEDIA has showcased the results of the annual Production Access Program at the historic Plaza Theatre. This signature event exposes new audiences in Calgary to the experimental media arts practice of emerging and established artists.

For more information, please contact Kyle Whitehead at:
production@emmedia.ca or call 403.263.2838


SCREENING PROGRAM

Laura Wayne
This is My City

This is My City traces the journey of a young woman through the construction zones of Calgary, Alberta, a place that erases and remakes itself at unparalleled speed. Exploring the relationship between identity and city-space, her story is evocative and heartfelt, prompting reflection on what it means to call a place home.

Jennifer Akkermans
The Institute of Morphoid Research

The Institute of Morphoid Research is dedicated to the study and preservation of organisms falling within the phylum of Morphopodia.  With the help of EMMEDIA, the IMR has produced a short documentary about the institute and some of the creatures it studies.  For more information, please visit www.InstituteofMorphoidResearch.com.

Bogdan Cheta
Hair Grows the Way it Wants

Can something become complex if the process distrusts it’s own intelligence. I distrust work that looks professional; as if it belongs in a museum – it just makes me want to hide in some dark place; maybe a grave. My work makes my life better. Ambition, professionalism, career, community, relationships, youth, are all thrown out the window. What is left is a want to feel pleasure, and I find checking myself out of the art world a necessity. I know that “community” is the key word today in an emerging artist’s career. Community, friendships, relational aesthetics, institutionalism, social responsibility, accountability – it’s so easy for people like me to check out. Maybe I have already checked out because checking out is an act of survival; but how do I get better at what I do if I’m an outsider? What does it mean to be a bad artist? I’m not trying to claim that bad artists are indeed great (as such is often the case) but how can one continue to keep a claim on art if they’ve already checked out of the game? Maybe the need to have a dialogue with others to make art is a myth. And I don’t think that anything could be art. To me art is miraculous, like a call that keeps haunting; I feel the same way about being gay. And I somehow manage to be on the outside of queerness too.

I think if I was a woman I would be labeled as hysterical. But Im a guy – and that makes me weird; which is nice because weirdness blankets the world. I constantly have breakdowns over art, and sometimes I check into the nearby hospital, late at night, and talk to a psychiatrist about the kind of stuff I do in the name of art. I discovered that you can get to talk to someone without having to wait for hours if you admit to having suicidal thoughts. Who knew that suicide could be a shortcut? Am I a tortured artist? Fuck, maybe that’s what I am – a modern day cliche. Yes, checking out is a necessity to survive art. Maybe it’s ok to not get life, or to be on the outside of it. To make endings pleasurable. Consumable. Does happiness have to look normal? What does being happy look like anyway? My sculptures also transport this kind of neglect in their existence. There is a recklessness about them. They make decay beautiful as if they can choose their own destiny but can’t bear to face it. They almost give up on themselves and I on them. I started to think of them as if they occupy different time zones where each established plane is committed to a gestural possibility. There is an inevitable state of permanent collapse through which everything finds itself as new in my work. Years become days and days become years. Working on this film, I couldn’t help but wonder about what it means to be ambitious. Is it a perquisite to being young? And what is an emerging artist? how does ambition clash with art? with the system? These questions resonate with me because I find myself in the studio, pursuing a specific form of excellence; a kind of quality in ideas and in art that overthrows ambition. Is there a difference between being serious about art and being a serious artist, and how does one reconcile with that difference? Have object-based practices lost their cultural currency. What does an art studio stand for today? and what does it represent?

Teresa Tam
Between This Time and Forever

Between this Time and Forever is a wandering journey of one person trying to understand life and her circumstance. The video explores the divergence of the conscious and subconscious mind, where mundane reality meets hidden thoughts and desires. The cyclical nature of the work derives from the simplest of things – from daily routines to the complexity of the ever-evolving universe where we are forever trapped in our own repetitions. Dialectical in nature, our lives present a continual struggle to search for knowledge and experience beyond our immediate comprehension. Despite these struggles we continue on with our lives, forever dreaming of something higher and perpetuating this cycle over and over again.

Rosanna Terracciano
Empezar, in Pieces (to start, in pieces)

For this project, Rosanna drew on her experiences as a dancer and choreographer, and embarked on her first project in the video medium, Empezar, in Pieces (to start, in pieces), which explores elements of dance on film or videodance. In flamenco music, the rhythm, or compás, can eventually take on a certain resonant quality for a flamenco dancer or musician, and becomes a sort of heartbeat or meter for the music being played or the movement being danced. As with any rhythm, this compás stays with you, and resonates within your body in different ways, whether you are directly involved as a mover or musician, or indirectly as a viewer or listener. This video explores different ways in which this compás or heartbeat can resonate with the viewer, and specifically how it can resonate visually. How can a series of images or a certain gesture or everyday movement or action resonate with the viewer with this same driving and persistent quality as the compás? With a single female character present in the video, how can the viewer visually experience the resonance of an artist who goes into herself?

Aran Wilkinson-Blanc
Structured Light

Structured Light is a video and sculptural installation exploring the ways we interact with and are affected by differences in dimensions and presentations; the transference of the three-dimensional world to the two-dimensional one and back again. How both of these worlds affect, move and respond to people and the role technology can and does play in the process. This work represents the reversal of the Image and its collapse into a two-dimensional representation by building that Image up into a physical reality.


ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

LAURA WAYNE

Born and raised in Calgary, Laura Wayne is a musician, scholar and aspiring filmmaker. She holds degrees from Mount Allison University and the University College of London, England. Laura is currently embarking on a three year adventure at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Havana, Cuba where she will continue to develop her voice as an artist and pursue her passion for creativity.

JENNIFER AKKERMANS

Jennifer Akkermans is the founder and Chief Researcher of the Institute of Morphoid Research.  She founded the institute in 2011, coinciding with her graduation from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Akkermans was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.

BOGDAN CHETA

Bogdan Cheta makes sculptures, drawings, essays and other stuff. He hopes to continue to find ways to speak, read, and write honestly in order to try to make sense of all those things that seem to not make sense.

TERESA TAM

Teresa Tam is a new media artist and printmaker who is currently working towards completing her BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design. The ideas and concepts for her work are based on experimentation with characteristics of the mundane and human; exploring and melding scientific theory with human movements to create an equilibrium of conceptual and emotional art. Her work focuses on the tension between stillness and movement, alluding to a perpetual conflict between stability and chaos. The repetitiveness, layering, and fragmentation in her work form the basis of her artistic practice formally and conceptually.

ROSANNA TERRACCIANO

Rosanna Terracciano is an independent flamenco dance artist based in Calgary, who dedicates her work to developing a distinct and personal voice working at the intersection of traditional flamenco and contemporary dance practices, and whose current interest is in translating the essence of the flamenco dance form into the video/film medium. Her focus is on the artistry of the flamenco form, rather than simply its cultural heritage or commercial potential, and her work is often driven by her interest in exploring the potential and boundaries of flamenco and the stimulating discourse that continues to evolve on topics pertaining to creative freedom within a structured form that is so deeply buried in tradition. Rosanna travels to Spain regularly to deepen her understanding of the flamenco tradition. She has choreographed and danced her own works throughout Calgary at Springboard’s Fluid Movement Arts Festival and Dancers’ Studio West, and has been an invited performer for projects in Vancouver, Quebec City, Edmonton and Mexico. Most recently, in May 2011, she was invited to perform and take part in workshops at the Flamenco Empirico cycle of the Flamenco Ciutat Vella Festival in Barcelona – the only festival in Spain dedicated to experimental flamenco works.

ARAN WILKINSON-BLANC

Aran Wilkinson-Blanc is a Calgary based, multidisciplinary artist. This is the second time he has participated in the Production Access program and he has taken this opportunity to combine photography, videography, computer animation and sculpture in an irregular manner. He works with Linux and only shoots RAW.