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Moving Images in Contemporary Culture

2015–16 Event Series

In Fall 2015, the Images Festival and TYPOLOGY launched Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of peer-led talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting the moving image.

Beyond the Projection, our pilot event, took place on October 17, 2015 with the participation of many local and regional curators and programmers representing organizations at the forefront of presenting media art in the curatorial context. (transcript to come).

The Space of Production: Notes on Technical Support, our second event, was presented in partnership with InterAccess and took place January 23, 2016. Featuring a presentation by Victoria Brooks, Curator of Time-based Visual Art at EMPAC, who spoke on her experience as curator-as-producer in working with Charles Atlas on his forthcoming 3D film, this event concluded with a roundtable discussion as well.

Contemporary Collaborative Strategiesthe third and final event, took place on April 2, 2016. Featuring Amsterdam-based art critic and historian Sven Lütticken in an intimate seminar setting, this workshop was a follow-up to his International Lecture Series presentation, History in Motion, at The Power Plant on March 31st. This event was co-presented with The Power Plant and Mercer Union.

Please click on the EVENTS section below for more information on each presentation in the series. A huge thank you to all participants, presenting partners, and audiences for engaging with us on these issues and challenges in the series’ first iteration. It feels like we’ve just managed to scratch the surface and we look forward to continuing the discussion in 2017-18.

Events

Please join us for the following exhibiton-related events. Click below for more info.

Behind the Projection | Moving Image Beyond the Cinema : Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 from 1–4 pm

The Images Festival and TYPOLOGY are pleased to present Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting media art. As the rise of time-based work continues to dominate exhibition making, we invite our colleagues to address a lack of critical thinking specific to the history and demands of presenting the moving image.

The pilot event, Behind the Projection: Discussions on Presenting Moving Image Works Beyond the Cinema, will take place on October 17, 2015. Join Images Festival Artistic Director Amy Fung, TYPOLOGY Founding Director Shani K Parsons, and invited guests including John Hampton (Trinity Square Video), Georgina Jackson (Mercer Union), Su-Ying Lee (Rear View Projects), Srimoyee Mitra (Art Gallery of Windsor), Vicky Moufawad-Paul (A Space), and many more in our first peer-led roundtable discussion on topics ranging from the lineages of art, film, and video art histories to the problematic self-identification of practices through funding models.

Date/Time
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 1–4 pm

Location
Artscape Youngplace — Studio #109
180 Shaw Street btw Dundas and Queen
Toronto M6J 2W5

This event will be open to the public, and curators, programmers, and exhibition-makers at all levels in their careers are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

As space is limited, please RSVP here or to info@typology.ca.

Future events will be announced on the Images and TYPOLOGY websites and social media pages. Subscribe to our blog or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

The Space of Production | Victoria Brooks : Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 from 2–5 pm

Please join us for The Space of Production: Notes on Technical Support featuring Victoria Brooks, EMPAC Curator of Time-based Visual Art, on January 23, 2016.

As commissioning and exhibition-making increasingly focuses on time-based artworks, which in turn appear increasingly indivisible from that which is industrially produced, many artists look towards the image of the “technical” to trace the ways we see and hear now. Curatorial discourse, however, often lacks adequate attention to the conditions of technical support that is not just operative in, but central to the making of these works.

This discussion centers on a number of questions aimed to address this lack. How do visual art curators address and care for technical workers in terms of the inherently collaborative nature of time-based arts production? Where is this space of production situated (conceptually, institutionally and economically) and how do the structures of support that these artworks rely on — the technical bodies and performing bodies — manifest themselves now? With many artists’ directly addressing the unseen networks of labor inscribed in everyday images, how do we attend to those whose work it is to produce and support the production of artworks themselves?

This event is co-presented by Images Festival and TYPOLOGY in partnership with InterAccess.

Curators, programmers, and exhibition-makers at all levels in their careers as well as the general public are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

DATE/TIME
Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 2–5 pm

LOCATION
Artscape Youngplace, Suite 101
(in Small World Music Centre’s theatre space on the first floor)
180 Shaw Street btw Dundas and Queen
Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5

TO RSVP
As space is limited, please RSVP to info (at) typology (dot) ca. In the event that we reach capacity, emailed RSVPs will receive priority in seating.


About the Speaker

Victoria Brooks is curator of time-based visual arts at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She is currently working on new productions with Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Hannah Rickards, Karthik Pandian + Andros Zins-Browne, Tarek Atoui, and Patricia L. Boyd. She is a founding member (with Lucy Raven and Evan Calder Williams) of research and production collective Thirteen Black Cats.


Image: Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Production Shot: EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2015 / Dancers: Cori Kresge and Hiroki Ichinose / Camera: Victor Lazaro and Ryan Jenkins / Photo: Mick Bello

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EMPAC is an experimental media and performing arts center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Rochester, NY which hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work on the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us.

IMAGES is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. With a mandate is to present and promote excellence in independent film, video and other time-based media; to expand the definitions of media art and art in general; and to expand the audience for this work, Images showcases the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen.

InterAccess is an art gallery, educational facility and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art and new media culture. Our programs support art forms that integrate new technologies from conception and development to exhibition and discussion. We explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life, and encourage audiences to see anew their relationships with interactive artworks.

TYPOLOGY is a not-for-profit initiative which seeks to advance curatorial inquiry and build curatorial community at the local, national, and international levels. Providing opportunities for curators and participating artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework, Typology is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

Contemporary Collaborative Strategies | Sven Lütticken : Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 from 2–5 pm

Join us for Contemporary Collaborative Strategies, a workshop with Amsterdam-based art critic and historian, Sven Lütticken, who will be here this spring for The Power Plant’s International Lecture Series.

This workshop is co-presented by The Power Plant, Mercer Union, Images Festival, and TYPOLOGY, and will take place on Saturday, April 2nd as a follow up to Lütticken’s International Lecture Series event at The Power Plant on March 31st.

To RSVP
Tickets to The Power Plant’s International Lecture Series are required for participation in this workshop, which is otherwise FREE. Call 416-973-4949 for advance registration. Space is very limited.

Date and Time
Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 2–5 pm

About the speaker

Sven Lütticken teaches art history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he coordinates the Research Master’s Programme Visual Arts, Media and Architecture: Critical Studies in Art and Culture. He is the author of the books Secret Publicity: Essays on Contemporary Art (2006), Idols of the Market: Modern Iconoclasm and the Fundamentalist Spectacle (2009) and History in Motion: Time in the Age of the Moving Image (2013).

Taking in a range of practices from artistic and other contexts, Lütticken will analyze modern and contemporary—Fordist and post-Fordist—forms of motion study, motion tracking and motion capture. Taylorism, the theory of scientific management, and the Gilbreths’ motion studies will be discussed in relation to contemporary motion-tracking and efficiency operations in museums and other public spaces through techniques such as capturing a performers’ movements through digital animation. In particular, Lütticken will explore the ways in which motion has been made efficient and mined for value, and what fundamental shifts have occurred in motion-mining as we transition to a post-Fordist labour system. What are the roles of visualization strategies in propelling new forms of motion management and appropriation? From the 1920s to the present, artists have both participated in and problematized these forms of corporal and temporal discipline and control. In his lecture entitled Motion, Captured, Lütticken will draw upon a number of these artistic practices, from the Constructivists to Harun Farocki and Hito Steyerl, not to mention Picasso and Drake, as analytical pointers for discussion.

above description from The Power Plant website


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Canadian Art | March 31–April 6, 2016

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The Power Plant is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that increase knowledge of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art.

IMAGES is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. With a mandate is to present and promote excellence in independent film, video and other time-based media; to expand the definitions of media art and art in general; and to expand the audience for this work, Images showcases the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen.

Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art. We provide a forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international contemporary art and related cultural practices. We pursue our primary concerns through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, publications, events and special projects.

TYPOLOGY is a not-for-profit initiative which seeks to advance curatorial inquiry and build curatorial community at the local, national, and international levels. Providing opportunities for curators and participating artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework, Typology is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

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IMAGES is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. With a mandate is to present and promote excellence in independent film, video and other time-based media; to expand the definitions of media art and art in general; and to expand the audience for this work, Images showcases the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen.

TYPOLOGY is a not-for-profit initiative which seeks to advance curatorial inquiry and build curatorial community at the local, national, and international levels. Providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework, Typology is an open platform for diverse curatorial and artistic practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.


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InterAccess is an art gallery, educational facility and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art and new media culture. Our programs support art forms that integrate new technologies from conception and development to exhibition and discussion. We explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life, and encourage audiences to see anew their relationships with interactive artworks.

Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art. We provide a forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international contemporary art and related cultural practices. We pursue our primary concerns through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, publications, events and special projects.

The Power Plant is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that increase knowledge of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art.