Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle - "Different Ways." Richmond Art Gallery. Photo: Lisa Birke

Very proud to present the third edition of my element - themed curatorial quartet 

WATER (2016), LAND (2017), AIR (2018), FIRE (2019)

for Digital Carnival with Cinevolution Media Arts Society.

 

Working closely once again with the Cinevolution Media Arts Society Team over this past year, along with Richmond Art Gallery and the Richmond World Festival organizers has been an amazing learning experience! With curation and production being an intregal part of my personal art practice, these exhibitions have been a joy to produce. From highlighting the universality of storytelling to pushing boundaries in public art; promoting cutting edge technology; showcasing westcoast to international media artists have allowed me to learn from so many! I continue to be amazed and grateful!

 

Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle - "Different Ways." Richmond Art Gallery. Photo: Sheng Ho

Artist Terrance Houle's ethereal notes from a theremin drift through the gallery as he invites his Kanai/Ojibwe ancestors to join a performance art piece called "Different Ways", while Lisa Birke simultaneously wades through a fountain with floating canoe pieces and text, referencing the power of words in light of reclamation and reconciliation. The peak of their exhausting endurance performance, paddling a canoe in circles in the Minoru Plaza pubic fountain, whimsically, yet powerfully references and reimagines first encounters and exploring contemporary relations between settlers and the Indigenous community.

 

Terrance Houle theremin performance. Richmond Art Gallery. Photo:Wynne Palmer


Lisa Birke performance Minoru Plaza Fountain. Photo: Sheng Ho

Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle "Different Ways." Minoru Plaza Fountain. Photo: Sheng Ho

Over 5,000+ people attended this exhibition, with three sites, with an overall attendance to the Richmond World Festival topping 50,000+ people to this free, family-friendly cultural event!

 

18 artists  | 1 catalogue | 2 workshops | 2 evenings | 

 

Mirjana Prpa & Philippe Pasquier & Kivanç Tatar "Respire." Minoru Field. Photo: Sheng Ho

Exhibition details, bios & statements:

Cinevolution website

 

Featured artist exhibition article:

Georgia Straight

 

Digital Carnival 2018: AIR

 

Featured Artist: Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle

present "Different Ways"

 

2018 Exhibition Artists:

Angleica Poversky,  asmaa al-issa & Patrick Blenkarn, Hiba Ali, George Ho, Isabelle Hayeur, Mark Nazemi & Maryam Mobini (Intentions Lab), Mirjana Prpa & Philippe Pasquier & Kivanç Tatar, Sean Wirz & Hannah Rocchi, Tony Bowden and Josephine Massarella (posthumous)

 

Cecelia Point, First Nations traditional welcome

We acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.

 

Cinevolution Media Arts Society Team

Yun-Jou Chang, Project Coordinator/Co-Producer

Lynn Groppi, Artistic Director/Co-Producer

Wynne Palmer, Curator/Co-Producer

Minah Lee, Curatorial Assistant

Asia Jong, Media/Marketing

Andrew Lee, Volunteer Coordinator

 

Richmond World Festival Team

Bryan Tasaka, Manager Major Events & Film, City of Richmond, BC

Camyar Chaichian, Coordinator, Richmond Arts Centre

John Donnelly, President, John Donnelly & Associates

James Cowan, Vice President of Operations, JD&A

Sarah Shandl, Production Manager, JD&A

Eduardo and Marian, Technical Assistance

 

Richmond Art Gallery Team

Shaun Dacey, Executive Director

Nan Capogna, Curator

PJ Booker, Curatorial Assistant

Paula Hickey, Exhibition & Gallery Coordinator

Kathy Tycholis, Education & Public Programmes Coordinator

Matthew Brown, Preparatory

Gallery Attendants

 

Documentation + Press

Video Team: Alfonso Chin (Lead), Max Bentsianov

Still Photography: Sheng Ho (Lead), Yoko Takei Do

 

Other Support

Milton Lim, Equipment support

Thomas Groppi, Karen Palmer and Robert N. Brown, Volunteers

 

Special Thanks to our Funders & Sponsors

Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Richmond, Richmond World Festival,

VIVO Media Arts Centre, Hammer & Tong


I'm very happy to announce my official appointment as Advisor to the Board of Directors for the James Black Gallery, an 1889 heritage building and home to the indepenent artist run space in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant area!

 

Photo: JBG

 

Transitioning from a former local art collective work space, the James Black Gallery came under the watchful eye of current Executive Director/Founder,  Zandi Dandizette in 2014.

 

The James Black Gallery is dedicated to providing low cost space for emerging artists to experiment, create, and show works of art. Today the gallery boasts a solid administrative staff and board, an artist in residency program, a rotating list of collective members, a ceramics studio, workshops and over two dozen events and exhibitions per year for local to international artists. In the heart of the Main Street gallery district, programming often includes community tie ins with other artist run galleries, academic institutions and community partners.

 

Photo: JBG

 

The James Black Gallery Links:

Website

FB Page



 

Looking forward to curating + co-producing the next installment of a quartet of exhibitions;

WATER (2016) LAND (2017) AIR (2018) FIRE (2019) for Your Kontinent, Digital Carnival

for Cinevolution Media Arts Society! Digital Carnival will be part of the Richmond World Festival!

 

Digital Carnival 2018 call for submissions!

 

theme: AIR // artists: 10-12
pay rate: CARFAC for group exhibition
deadline: March 31 // selection: May 2018
exhibition: Aug. 31 & Sept. 1, 2018
audience: Richmond World Festival 2018
attendance: 50,000+

 

* out of province + country proposals gladly accepted and handled on an individual basis!

 

Cinevolution Media Arts Society:
e: info@cinevolutionmedia.com
fb: https://www.facebook.com/cinevolution/
w: http://cinevolutionmedia.com/

 




Photo: Jeremy Isao Speier

 

In a common work area of the MakerLabs building east of downtown on a rainy night, a group was gathered in a lively discussion. Topics ranged from data collection to identity politics, from neuroplasticity to occult cyber feminism. Welcome to 'Science Fictions for the Robot Class' at Vancouver's Open Science Network.

 

I was very happy to share the current state of my art practice, including recent light and sound projects. This was the first lecture where I have spoken publicly of the influence on my work over the years from having worked at a public science centre production department. Art informed from science and art-science collaborations are currently finding platforms for presentations much easier these days!

 

Speakers: JG Mair (Jeff Mair), Gunther Seyfried (Jugo Charmas), Miki Aurora

Jeremy Isao SpeierRita WuPolly GibbonsJudy JheungZandi Dandizette

Yu LiWynne PalmerChris Mills.

 

Special Thanks: Open Science Network's Xenia Common at x-o-x-o-x.com



 

 

I was happy to be given the opportunity to curate and co-produce the 2nd edition of my themed curatorial quartet for Digital Carnival: WATER (2016), LAND (2017), AIR (2018), FIRE (2019).

 

Working with both Cinevolution Media Arts Society and the Richmond World Festival organizers has been an amazing journey thus far, with this year being no different, by expanding to two days and with the theme of LAND! On September 1 & 2, 2017 we launched Cinevolution's Digital Carnival 2017: LAND in the 3rd edition of the Richmond World Festival in Richmond, BC.

 

Cindy Mochizuki, "Compass." Photo: Ash Tanasiychuk/VANDOC

Two evenings at the Richmond Cultural Centre's (RCC) Theatre featured Vancouver-based Japanese/Canadian artist Cindy Mochizuki in two sold out performances of Compass. Storytelling features prominently in Cindy's use of theatre, live video, puppets and projections in retelling of her grandmother's stories of growing up in Richmond.


Minah Lee & Marcelo da Silva - "Ferment Love." Photo: Wynne Palmer

 

14 projects by 22 local to international media artists rounded out the rest of the programme in the RCC Media Lab, on the LED Stage and in the 5 interconnected tents on Minoru Field. Friday evening included a live audio/vj performance of eye of the storm by artists Constantine Katsiris (Scant Intone) + Ian Ross (C130) on the LED Stage. Saturday evening featured two performancs of whitepages #1 by Milton Lim.

 

Over 8,000+ people attended this public art exhibition, with an overall attendance to the Richmond World Festival topping 40,000+ people!

 

Exhibition details, biographies & statements:

Cinevolution Media Arts Society website

 

Featured exhibition review:

VANDOCUMENT website


Constantine Katsiris (Scant Intone) & Ian Ross (C130) - "eye of the storm." Photo: Wynne Palmer


The scope and span of works included: Performace art and theatre; integrated media; video and film; interactive installations; video mapping; generative/software art; 3D anaglyph; hands-on interactive audio demo; live audio/vj; activist/community art and a hands-on shadow puppet theatre.


Photo: Ash Tanasiychuk/VANDOC

 

Digital Carnival 2017: LAND

 

Featured Artist: Cindy Mochizuki

2017 Exhibition Artists: Alanna Ho/Nathan Marsh, Constantine Katsiris/Ian Ross, Ella Cooper, Isabelle Hayeur, Katharine Yi, Laura Lee Coles/Rob Scharein, Marina Szijarto/Glen Andersen, Milton Lim, Minah Lee/Marcelo da Silva, Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., Patrick Blenkarn, Sara Gold, Sarah Shamash/Gabriela Sepulveda/Osveldo Castillo and Sonny Assu.

 

Cinevolution Media Arts Society Executive Team

Yun-Jou Chang, Project Coordinator/Co-Producer

Lynn Groppi, Artistic Director/Co-Producer

Wynne Palmer, Curator/Co-Producer

 

Richmond World Festival Executive Team

Bryan Tasaka, Manager Major Events & Film, City of Richmond, BC

Camyar Chaichian, Coordinator, Richmond Arts Centre

John Donnelly, President, John Donnelly & Associates

James Cowan, Vice President of Operations, JD&A

Sarah Shandl, Production Manager, JD&A

Cristy Houston, Media/Marketing

Adam Hori, Technical Assistance LED Wall, Briere Production Group

Dustin Fergusson-Vaux and Marian Greksa, Technical Assistance for Digital Carnival

James Dobbs, Judy Lo, Ashley Dunne, Loryn LeGear

 

Cindy Mochizuki's Team

James Proudfood, Lighting Design; Nancy Tam, Sound Design; Asa Mori, Technical Assistance; Cherry Wen Wen Lu, Production Assistant; Minoru Yamamoto, Set Construction

 

Documentation + Press

Jian Ping Su, Video Lead with Picture's Up Media; Paige Smith and Heeju Kim

Ash Tanasiychuk, VANDOCUMENT - Photography

Justin Ramsey, VANDOCUMENT - Event Review

 

Other Support

Chuck Lee, Assistant to artists Laura Lee Coles & Rob Scharein

Remy Siu, Equipment support

 

Volunteers

Andrew Lee, Volunteer Coordinator; Jamie Lam, Moko Lee, Jennifer Pham, Sandra Pham, Sourav Aggarwal, Luan Li, Tri Nguyen, Barbara Meneley, Avneet Amera Kalsi, 

Haige Wu, Thomas Groppi, Ying Wang, William O, Robert N. Brown

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Funders

BC Arts Council, City of Richmond, Richmond World Festival, Video Out,

VIVO Media Arts Centre (Special thanks Alex Muir!)



 

Cinevolution’s Your Kontinent: Digital Carnival is back again!

7-11PM on September 1 & 2, 2017 as part of the Richmond World Festival.

 

Featured Artist Cindy Mochizuki anchors the show with Compass, a multi-media performance which takes as its starting point historical materials belonging to Cindy’s paternal grandmother, who owned and worked a strawberry farm in Walnut Grove before WWII and the internment of Japanese Canadians on the west coast. Winner of the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards for Form and New Media in 2015, Cindy is known for her work with the histories of the Japanese-Canadian community, as well her innovative use of live-animation, found media, and performance in storytelling. Her work is just the beginning of Digital Carnival 2017’s exploration of LAND as a theme in response to Canada 150.

 

Featuring 15 works by 23 artists, each piece is a unique experience as diverse as the artists behind them. We invite you to think about questions of nation, land, and home as you learn to speak ocean, discover the Fraser River, write a love letter to land, or revisit the days of phone books and analog phones. Or simply relax and feast your senses on art that you can see, hear, touch, and taste!

Here you’ll meet some of the coolest artists from in- and out- of town, and see some truly innovative applications of technology. With works ranging from sound art to intimate performances to videos installations in the “chill tent,” from shadow puppetry to interactive play to community-engaged art, there is something for everyone at this one-of-a-kind festival.

 

Cinevolution Media Arts Society website for full artist bios and statements

Facebook Event Page

 

Digital Carnival is co-produced by Cinevolution Media Arts Society and Curator Wynne Palmer.

Events will take place under the stars in Minoru Plaza and inside the Richmond Cultural Centre.

 

Special Thanks: Cinevolution Media Arts Society,  BC Arts Council, City of Richmond - Local Government, Richmond World Festival, Richmond Arts Centre, VIVO Media Arts Centre.


 

Photo: Wynne Palmer

 

I'll be sitting this artist panel at 8pm on July 28, 2017 in conjunction with

CURRENT: A Pacific Northwest Feminist Electronic Art Symposium

 

Intergenerational Knowledge Sharing in the Electronic Arts & Technology

Panelists: Ruth Scheuing, Wynne Palmer, Norah Lorway, Kiran Bhumber, Holly Peck 
Moderator: Jen Sungshine

 

CURRENT Symposium website

 

CURRENT is a multidisciplinary, intersectional, music and electronic art symposium working with women and non-binary artists in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest. The first iteration of the project will be a 3-day, music and arts showcase featuring events, panels, youth mentorships, and workshops, which will take place July 28th-30th, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.

The goal of this symposium is to foster and disseminate feminist content through the cross-pollination of ideas, and intergenerational knowledge sharing. By offering free, public, all ages panels and accessible workshops, we wish to cultivate growth within the local community, and create a more equal landscape within the growing Electronic Arts ecology.

 

 

Special Thanks:

CURRENT organizers: Ashlee Luk, Nancy Lee and Soledad Muñoz, Vancouver Art & Leisure, CiTR Discorder Magazine and City of Vancouver Community Arts Grants Program


 


I'll be participating in World Listening Day this year with Jeffrey Langille, sound partner on this project,. The finished audio work will be presented along with other projects at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC).

 

World Listening Day is an annual global event held on July 18th to celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground”, and honours the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros.

 

“Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground?

Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”

— Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

 

Special Thanks: Jeffrey Langille, Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) and

The World Listening Project.org