The Centre for Media
and Culture in Education (CMCE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in
Education of the University of Toronto is pleased to present Terms of
Address: A Symposium on the Pedagogy and Politics of Film and Video Programming
and Curating, March 7 and 8, 2003, at the University of Toronto.
The two-day international
symposium will feature four panels, two specially curated film and video
programs, a keynote address (Hamid Naficy), and a panel of respondents.
Confirmed participants include: Kay Armatage (Toronto, Toronto International
Film Festival), Dana Claxton (IMAGeNative, Simon Fraser), Liz Czach (Rochester,
Toronto International Film Festival), Warren Crichlow (York), Margarita
de la Vega-Hurtado (Flaherty Film Seminar), Su Ditta (Oakville Galleries),
Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia), Chris Gehman (Images Festival of Independent
Film and Video), Faye Ginsburg (NYU), June Givanni (independent curator,
UK), Anne Golden (Groupe Intervention Vidéo), Mark Haslam (Planet
in Focus), Kathleen Pirrie-Adams (InterAccess), Laura U. Marks (Carleton),
Hamid Naficy (Rice), Mark Nash (University of East London, Documenta 11),
Susan Oxtoby (Cinematheque Ontario), Sheila Petty (Regina), Debra Prince
(Banff Centre for the Arts), Walid Raad (Cooper Union, artist), B. Ruby
Rich (Berkeley), Karyn Sandlos (York), Steve Seid (Pacific Film Archive),
Lisa Steele (Toronto, Vtape), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Kino
Arsenal, Berlin Film Festival), Karen Tisch (Hot Docs), Kim Tomczak
(Toronto, Vtape), Paul Wong (ON EDGE, artist), and Daniel Yon(York).
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Welcome: Richard Fung
& Ellen Flanders
Framing: Roger Simon The Conference: The Pedagogy of Film and Video Exhibition
Discussion I. The Form
and Formation of Programming and Curating
Both programming and curating film and video involve a process of selection
and sequencing. It is generally accepted that in programming the emphasis
is on reflecting the state of the field, whereas in curating it is about
making an argument. Do you agree? How are these processes similar or different?
How do they reflect different institutional locations and agendas? How might
different modes of selection, i.e., festival programmers, museum curators,
programming committees, collectives, juries, etc., lead to different intentions
and consequences for film and video presentation? Do they result in different
Moderator: Karen Tisch,
Panelists: Laura Marks (Carleton), Liz Czach (Rochester, Toronto International
Film Festival), Sheila Petty (U Regina), Mark Nash (University of East London,
Curator: Debra Prince (Banff Centre)
Moderator: Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia)
Discussion II. Metaphors
and Models of Contemporary Practice
Programming and curation create the conditions for a film and videotape=s
reception. Order and juxtaposition are crucial to constructing meaning and
producing emotional and aesthetic experiences, and depending on how it is
sequenced the same film or tape can elicit different responses. Are there
dominant strategies and organizing principles? Are there patterns to the
kind of premises used to assemble work? How does the curatorial process
re-make individual works into a new audio-visual text? What are curators=
and programmers= responsibilities to the individual works? What are the
Moderator: Kay Armatage
Panelists: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Kino Arsenal, Berlin Film Festival),
Anne Golden (Groupe Intervention Video), Chris Gehman (Images), Walid Raad
(Cooper Union, artist)
Keynote: Hamid Naficy
Discussion III: What
is at Stake in Film and Video Presentation?-Histories, Identities, Politics
Festivals and other screenings are important in the production and performance
of various kinds of communities sexual, ethnic, artistic and issue based,
to name a few. In this purpose driven context, how might film and video
presentation not only affirm identities and underwrite their significance
but also elicit questions regarding particular identity constructions and
the exclusions they may enact? And how might curating and programming strategies
open up new possibilities for affiliations and solidarities? How creative
can programmers and curators be when audio visual representations of communities
are skewed or absent? Indeed, what are the consequences for the relations
among history, everyday life and the social realities of shared communal
space? What notions of historical memory and cultural memory are instantiated
through time based presentations of images, sounds, gestures and narratives?
And what is at stake in film and video programming for the development of
various forms of historical consciousness?
de la Vega Hurtado
Panelists: Steven Loft (Urban Shaman), Mark Haslam (Planet in Focus), Su
Ditta (Oakville Galleries), June Givanni (Independent programmer, London)
Screening Session II
Curator:Karyn Sandlos (York, REHAB, Images)
Moderator: Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak (Toronto, Vtape, artists)
Discussion IV: Context,
Most programmers and
curators imagine consequences to viewing their workBin terms of bodily pleasure,
aesthetic enrichment, intellectual challenge, and /or political education.
But how do curators and programmers imagine audiences? And how might film
and video programming and curation negotiate the three-fold structure of
intention that defines its relation to individual viewers: that is, the
inter-relation of knowledge about the world, insight in regard to one=s
own relation to the world, and possibilities of pleasure in the act of viewing?
How might these negotiations be informed by the particular media forms and
spaces of viewing within which programming takes place: cinemas, museums
and galleries, classrooms, community venues, internet, CD-Rom?
Moderator: Dan Yon (York)
Panelists: B. Ruby Rich (Berkeley, programmer/critic), Kathleen Pirrie Adams
(InterAccess), Steve Seid (Pacific Film Archive), Paul Wong (On Edge, artist)
Moderator: Susan Oxtoby (Cinematheque Ontario)
Panelists: Faye Ginsburg (NYU), Warren Crichlow (York)
BIOGRAPHIES AND ABSTRACTS
Karen Tisch (moderator)
Karen Tisch is currently
the Managing Director of Hot Docs, North America=s largest documentary festival.
From 1991-96, Karen worked as Programming Director of the Images Festival
of Independent Film and Video. Other past positions include Media Arts Officer
at the Canada Council for the Arts and Visual/Media Arts Officer at the
Toronto Arts Council. As an independent programmer, Karen has initiated
film/video programmes for various artist-run centres and cultural institutions,
including the National Film Board of Canada and Harbourfront Centre. She
has worked as a film critic for CJRT and CKLN radio and has served on juries
for various international film festivals including, most recently, a short
film festival in Guanajuato, Mexico. Karen is a graduate of the Ontario
College of Art and the National Ballet School of Canada.
B. Ruby Rich
B. Ruby Rich is an academic,
critic, curator and journalist. She has programmed for the Sundance Film
Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the now-defunct American
Film Institute National Video Festival, and the Institute of Contemporary
Art (London). She has consulted on film and video selections for the Whitney
Biennial, and served as Guest Director for the Telluride Film Festival.
She is the author of Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist
Film Movement, and has contributed to the NY Times, The Nation, The Advocate,
the SF Bay Guardian, Sight And Sound, the Village Voice and other popular
and scholarly journals. She has taught at UC-Berkeley, The New School (NYC),
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Halifax College of Art
and Design. She also organized Show the Right Thing: A National Conference
on Multicultural Film and Video Exhibition, held at NYU in 1988.
Fashion, and Service: The Ideology of Film Curating"
This presentation will look at the forces that shape the profession of film
curating and attempt to map its influences. Particular attention will be
paid to its dominant anti-intellectualism, the worship of taste, and the
suspicion of any agenda - political, national - that interferes with the
magical and utterly unsubstantiated notion of "quality." Examples
will be drawn from the author's experience with this year's Toronto International
Film Festival as well as from years of participating in the Sundance and
Cannes festivals. In addition, I am interested in tracing the reception
of Latin American films in contrast, say, to the embrace of Dogme or the
Hong Kong and Korean films of recent years.
Sheila Petty is Professor
of Film and Video at the University of Regina (Canada). She has written
extensively on issues of cultural representation, identity and nation in
African and African diasporic cinema. She has curated film and television
series and exhibitions for galleries across Canada. She is currently completing
a book on African diasporic film and has a forthcoming monograph on the
TV series, Law and Order. Her current research focuses on interdisciplinary
investigations of new media narrative strategies. In particular, she is
exploring the intersection of film-based montage theory and computer-based
aesthetics. Leader of an interdisciplinary research group and New Media
Studio Laboratory spanning Computer Science, Engineering and Fine Arts,
she is the recipient of the 2001 University of Regina Alumni Association
Award for Excellence in Research and a University of Regina President=s
and Curation Criteria: Contesting the Exhibition Space@
There is a tendency to regard an exhibition space as a blank screen on which
film or video is projected in a neutral state. However, exhibition venues,
by virtue of the criteria of curation, should be viewed as cultural and
political spaces which are contested and must adequately address the questions
of canon and category in order to remove barriers to cultural exchange.
My presentation will focus on the positive and negative implications of
categorization and ask whether such descriptors as Ablack@ or AAfrican@
films ghettoize race and culture by separation from mainstream canons.
Laura U. Marks is a
writer, theorist, and curator of artists' independent media. Author of The
Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (2000)
and Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media (2002), she has curated
numerous programs, including for Subtle Technologies (Toronto), Available
Light (Ottawa), LA Freewaves (Los Angeles), and the Oberhausen Short Film
Festival (Germany). She is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at Carleton
Abstract: 'The Ethical
Programming and curating both entail responsibilities to the work and to
the audience, though I would say programming has more power, hence more
responsibility, because its audiences are larger. A certain restraint is
required of the programmer in subordinating his or her personal tastes to
the 'objectivity' of the program, though at the same time, a trusted programmer
is one who views the field through a personal lens. One ethical problem
is allowing marketing to take the place of research. Curating is more like
a form of audiovisual argument, in which a theoretical perspective is shaped
and redirected by a body of audiovisual works. In this case the curator's
responsibility is to make an argument that holds water and does not impose
itself on the work, but arises from the work.
Liz Czach is a Ph.D.
candidate in the Visual and Cultural Studies program at the University of
Rochester where she has also taught in the Film and Media Studies department.
She has been a member of programming collectives with Inside/Out Toronto
Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival (91-93), and Pleasure Dome (90-96).
She was a member of the New Works jury for the Images Festival in 1995 and
curated a program for the Oh Canada Project! at the Art Gallery of Ontario
in 1996. Since 1995 she has been a programmer of the Perspective Canada
series at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Abstract: 'Film Festivals, Programming and the Building of a National Cinema'
The concept of a national cinema has largely been organized in terms of
a canon of great works by extraordinary filmmakers. This development of
national cinemas in conjunction with auteur theory has been unproblematically
accepted by film studies. Recently, however, the question of canon formation
is beginning to be addressed. How is the canon formed? And what exclusionary
practices does it necessitate?
One part of defining
national cinema and canon formation is facilitated by the critical and public
attention garnered at film festivals. This paper examines the role the Toronto
International Film Festival plays in forming a national cinema, and how
the process of programming a national cinema programme such as the Perspective
Canada series either conforms to, or challenges, dominant notions of canon
formation and nation building.
Curated screening 1.
Debra Prince (curator)
Debra Prince's varied
career has taken her from a background in museums, curating small ethnographic
exhibits in southern Manitoba to curating a unique landmark media arts festival,
The Iskwew Festival: The Feminine in Indigenous Film and Video in October,
2000 for Urban Shaman Inc.Manitoba's only Aboriginal artist-run centre (which
Debra also co-founded in 1996). Co-curated with Debby Keeper and held in
Winnipeg, this festival was a celebration of the talent and excellence of
Aboriginal women in film and video and featured 45 media arts works by artists
such as Alanis Obomsawin, Shirley Cheechoo, Annie Frazier-Henry, Dana Claxton
and Thirza Cuthand. Debra currently coordinates the Women in the Directors'
Chair Workshop for the Banff New Media Institute at the Banff Centre for
the Arts as well as the Interactive Project Lab which is intended to create
new Canadian content for convergent and new media.
Monika Kin Gagnon (discussant)
Monika Kin Gagnon is
a writer and curator, and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at
Concordia University. She is the author of Other Conundrums: Race, Culture
and Canadian Art, and her articles have been published in numerous journals
and books including Fluid Exchanges: Artists and Critics in the AIDS Crisis,
and Ghosts in the Machine: Women in Cultural Policy in Canada and Australia.
Her curatorial work include Topographies: Aspects of Recent B.C. Art presented
at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Colour Lucida at the Independent Film
and Video Alliance. She was the editor of Parallélogramme, director
of Artspeak Gallery in Vancouver, and a founding member of the Toronto artists'
and writers' collective Public Access.
Panel 2.Kay Armatage
Kay Armatage is Associate
Professor of Cinema Studies & Women's Studies at the University of Toronto.
She has written books and articles about women's cinema and Canadian cinema,
and is the editor of Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women's Cinema. She
is also an award-winning filmmaker, and an international programmer for
the Toronto International Film Festival, a position she has held for nearly
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
is Curator at the Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek e.V./ Kino Arsenal in
Berlin, and a programmer at the International Forum of New Cinema at the
Berlin Film Festival. She is a co-founder and curator of Qino im Querhaus
(cinema for short and experimental films), a co-founder of the Ubung am
Phantom, a working group on research and art projects in the context of
gender studies and film studies, and a co-founder and member of the Board
of Kinothek Asta Nielson, in Frankfurt. She has programmed, lectured and
written in a range of venues in Europe.
Abstract: 'Monthly Rewriting
of Film History'
Movies have a memory. Therefore it is necessary to keep them alive by showing
them rather than just archiving them. On the one hand they are witnesses
of a distinct place and time, but on the other we can only watch them in
our present/ce in relation to our specific background, knowledge and experience.
Thus film history can only be understood as a history of reception. Technologically,
it is our aim to get as close to the original as possible. That applies
to film, video and digital work. This is important since it is not only
the conscious perception that gives access to a film, but also the emotional
and haptic process that is involved when you are watching. Through programming
you can make audiences aware of the possibility of many different viewpoints:
it makes a difference whether you show a film in the context of a retrospective
or as part of a series put together under a stylistic, thematic or geographical
point of view. Curating films together means not just presenting individual
voices but engaging them in dialogue. New films can help to change the viewers'
perception, when combining them with film history they become part of it
by rewriting it. We understand cinema as both a museum in terms of keeping
memory alive and a continuous questioning of everything that has been articulated
thus far. Therefore it is paramount to present every film with utmost care,
which includes providing the context as well as information on the film
and its history. This can be done in written form and/or by introductions
and by providing a forum for discussions and interdisciplinary projects.
Chris Gehman is an independent
filmmaker, film and video programmer and occasional writer on film and video.
He is currently the Artistic Director of the Images Festival of Independent
Film and Video, and previously worked as a programmer and editor at Cinematheque
Ontario. He has been active on the boards of directors of the Canadian Filmmakers
Distribution Centre and Pleasure Dome. Chris's writing has appeared in Millennium
Film Journal, Cinema Scope, Broken Pencil, Take One and other periodicals,
and he has contributed to anthologies on the films of Philip Hoffman and
Abstract: 'Mental Models'
Programming can offer a model for the thought process -- not only about
a particular subject, but also in terms of the structure and movement of
thought itself in relation to any external object (including an artwork).
Chris Gehman will speak about his ideas on relations among different works
in a program, and the way the pattern of presentation can create both a
thematic dialogue among the works and a kind of rough externalization of
patterns of thought.
Anne Golden lives in
Montreal and has been involved in the curation, distribution and production
of independent video and film for over ten years. She was one of the programmers
for the Montreal International Festival of Films and Videos by Women for
three years and has been curator for Image et Nation Gaie et Lesbienne for
the last eight years. Golden has been with Groupe Intervention Video, an
artist-run distribution centre for videos directed by women, for seven years.
la technologie' (title in progress)
I am more and more seduced
by the parralels between curating and translating. The essential conceit
of curating is, for the most part, a transparent one. Make choices. Be available
to defend the choices in your program, to explain them, to hope that viewers
experience the themes and tendencies you have experienced. And the translation
of ideas that I, as a curator, hope to convey (or attempt to), can make
for some lovely but flawed phrases. One of the common threads in recent
programs I have curated is the notion of technology as a performance of
emotional states. I would like to concentrate on examples of programs assembled
for specific events and/or venues.
Walid Raad is a media
artist and Assistant Professor in the School of Art, Cooper Union. His work
includes textual analysis, videos, performances and photography projects.
His video works include: Hostage: The Bachar Tapes, 2000; The Dead Weight
of a Quarrel Hangs, 1996-1999, and Up to the South, 1993. His photography
projects and performances include: The Atlas Group: Documents from The Atlas
Group Archive, 2001, and The Loudest Muttering is Over: Documents from The
Atlas Group Archive, 2001. His critical essays have been published in Public
Culture, Rethinking Marxism and Third Text, and his media works have been
shown at numerous festivals in Europe, the Middle East, and North America,
including the Whitney Biennale and Documenta 11. Walid Raad is a founding
member of the Arab Image Foundation.
Abstract: 'The Truth
Will Be Known When the Last Witness Is Dead'
In this presentation, Raad will examine the curatorial, pedagogical, and
critical dimensions of The Atlas Group project as foundation, mission and
archive. Proceeding from the notion of the local as a temporal and spatial
marker, Raad will unpack the project's various forms as performance, installation,
essay and screening. The presentation will also concentrate on the forms
of work, conventions of display, and modes of address that have shaped the
public forms of The Atlas Group Project.
Hamid Naficy is Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History/Film and
Media Studies and Chair of Department of Art and Art History, Rice University,
Houston. He has published extensively about theories of exile and displacement;
exilic and diasporic cultures, films, and media; and Iranian, Middle Eastern,
and Third World cinemas. He has also curated and programmed many film festivals
and film series and has served (and is serving) on the editorial and advisory
boards of several key international cultural and cinema studies journals.
His English language books are An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic
Filmmaking (Princeton University Press, 2001), Home, Exile, Homeland: Film,
Media, and the Politics of Place (edited, Routledge, 1999), The Making of
Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles (University of Minnesota
Press, 1993), Otherness and the Media: the Ethnography of the Imagined and
the Imaged (co-edited, Harwood Academic, 1993), and Iran Media Index (Greenwood
Abstract: 'The Politics
and Poetics of Interstitial/International Film Programming'
is making the exchange of cultural products commonplace, there is nothing
common about such exchanges. Each exchange, each attempt at programming
or curating international films, involves complicated personal, ethnic,
racial, national, even multinational negotiations that sometimes severely
hamper the flow of films across national boundaries. If the international
films fall in between such categories as nation or national cinemas, the
films that emigre, exile, and diasporic filmmakers make fall in the interstices
of social formations and cinematic practices in a single country or across
several countries. As such, they not only pose an additional promise for
cinema but also an additional problem for film programmers and curators.
My presentation addresses these fascinating issues, which have enlivened
recent film programming and film festivals across the globe.
Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado (moderator)
Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado,
is Acting Executive Director of International Film Seminars, organizers
of the Flaherty Film Seminar. She holds a doctorate in American Culture,
focused on Film Studies, from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where
she was Adjunct Professor from 1992-2001 in American Culture, Film and Video
Studies, and Latino Studies. She is a programmer, curator and presenter
of film programs in Latin American and Latino cinema, independent American
cinema, and documentary cinema. She has published and presented papers on
Colombian cinema, Latin American and Latino cinema, Louis Malle, Luis Buñuel,
documentary and independent cinema.
Dana Claxton has had
to withdraw due to ill health, and Steven Loft from Urban Shaman has kindly
agreed to participate on very short notice. Steven's bio and title will
Mark Haslam is a documentary
maker, journalist and writer. He has Masters degrees in Film (Screenwriting)
and Environmental Studies (Ecopsychology), both from York University. For
eight years he wrote, directed and produced human affairs, arts, and environmental
documentary series at Vision TV. He has sat on the Programming Committee
of the Desh Pardesh Festival of South Asian Arts, Culture and Politics,
and he is the founder and Executive Director of Planet in Focus (www.planetinfocus.org)
- Canada's only environmental film and video festival.
Abstract: 'Vision, Authority,
Context: Cornerstones of Curation and Programming'
Publicly funded media
arts festivals have a responsibility to offer antidotes to the insidious
corporate media images of the dominant ideology, culture, class and race.
The curatorial and programming vision of media arts festivals must actively
seek out what is missing elsewhere and create juxtapositions that enable
the formulation of new social and environmental gestalts. Attention to questions
of authority must include who is creating images and of whom, and how subjects
participate in their representation. Curators and programmers must treat
media artworks as tools, not products, and accordingly involve them in larger
contexts and processes of social
Su Ditta has worked
in the arts and culture sector for more than 20 years as curator, critic,
arts administrator and arts management and cultural policy consultant. Formerly
the Executive Director of the Canadian Images Film and Video Festival, Su
is probably best known for her work as the Media Arts curator at the National
Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and as Head of the Media Arts Section of the
Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently Adjunct Curator: Media Arts,
at the Oakville Galleries in Oakville, Ontario, and works frequently at
the Banff Centre for the Arts in a variety of capacities. As an independent
curator she is organizing exhibitions and special projects at museums, artist-run
centres and public art galleries across Canada. She lives in Peterborough,
June Givanni is a London-based
independent programmer and consultant/advisor on African and African diaspora
cinema. For many years she was in charge of promoting black British cinema
at the British Film Institute, and for three years she was the Programmer
of Planet Africa at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 1995 she
organized the conference Africa and the History of Cinematic Ideas, and
edited the subsequent book Symbolic Narratives/African Cinema: Audiences,
Theory and the Moving Image. Until 1997, she was editor of the Black Film
Abstract: 'A Curators
Programming Black British film and video at a time which some regard as
its most creative and most prolific in the 1980s and 1990s, was an experience
that offered, historical, cultural and economic challenges that were fraught
with seeming contradictions. Progamming which required cultural specificity,
without exclusivity; programming with the dual requirement to inform and
to entertain; programming that was historical and contemporary; programming
that showcased new talent and celebrated the more established; and programming
that strived for economic viability - hence a wide appeal B but which would
not compromise its cultural integrity. Beyond the UK B Africa, Caribbean,
North America - similar challenges beckoned and added the diasporic dimension
of programming that was both local and international. All of these surfaced
as one grappled with the developments and demands of demographic changes,
historical events, and technological developments which determine how identity,
cultural value and cinematic expression are assessed. In this context the
role of the curator was rarely structured or clearly defined and reveals
the complexity of the skills and competencies required.
Curated session 2.
Karyn Sandlos (curator)
Karyn Sandlos is a PhD
candidate in the Faculty of Education at York University, a writer and independent
filmmaker and curator. Her dissertation entitled "Nothing Personal:
Psychoanalytic Dilemmas in First-Person Cinema and Pedagogy" proposes
an aesthetic of first-person cinema as a model for thinking about pedagogy
from a psychoanalytic perspective. Sandlos is also the co-editor (with Mike
Hoolboom) of the quintessential volume of writings on autobiographical independent
film and video, Landscape With Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films
of Philip Hoffman. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Images
Festival of Independent Film and Video, Co-Curator of REHAB, and a former
member of the programming collective for Pleasuredome.
Kim Tomczak (discussant)
Kim Tomczak is a multidisciplinary
artist primarily known for his work in performance, photography and video.
Since 1983 he has worked in collaboration with Lisa Steele. Their work together
has been widely exhibited both in Canada and abroad, and has been honoured
with the Bell Canada Award for Excellence in Video Art, and the Toronto
Arts Award for Media Arts. Together they are founders of Vtape (see Lisa
Steele biography). Among other programming ventures, the pair curated The
Distabilized Landscape: Postcolonial Space and Unreal Estate, a touring
exhibition for the Edmonton Art Gallery, and they were organizers of Transtech,
Toronto's Biennial of Video Art and New Media (in 1999, and 2001). Kim Tomczak
was a founding Director of the Images Festival of Independent Film and Video,
and is currently the President of the Board of the Toronto Arts Council.
Lisa Steele (discussant)
Lisa Steele has worked in video art, performance, photo text works and projections
since 1972, from 1983 in collaboration with Kim Tomczak. The pair have exhibited
widely both in Canada and abroad and they have received, among many other
honours, the Bell Canada Award for Excellence in Video Art and the Toronto
Arts Award for Media Arts. They are co founders of Vtape, a media arts centre
and distributor of artists' video in Toronto. In 2002, Lisa and Kim organized
the Curatorial Incubator, a mentoring project for young artist-curators,
and they teach a Curatorial Lab at the University of Toronto, where Lisa
is Professor and Associate Chair of the Visual Studies Programme. Lisa sits
on the Boards of Directors of the Centre for Aboriginal Media, presenters
of imagineNATIVE Media Arts Festival, and the Moving Pictures Festival of
Dance on Film and Video. She is co-editor (with Peggy Gale) of Video Re/view:
the (Best) Source Book for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists' Video.
Daniel Yon (Moderator)
Daniel Yon is Associate
Professor and Director of the Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology
at York University. He is jointly appointed to the faculty of Education
and the Dept of Anthropology. His recent book, Elusive Culture, is an ethnographic
study of youth engaged in a passionate quest for identity in what is coined
these global times. This work brushes against the grain of ethnographic
texts as it refuses to work out -and work out of- a rigid set of binary
oppositions and gesturing instead towards the evocative intersection of
spacial practices, ambivalence, routedness and subjectivity. He is currently
working on a book and a short film engaged with the themes of diaspora,
social memory, Britishness and citizenship with special reference to St
Helenians in Britain. He is interested in film as ethnography and has published
on film and pedagogy.
Mark Nash is Senior
Lecturer in Film History and Theory, School of Art and Theory, University
of East London, UK. Recent media arts curatorial projects include Documenta11,
in Kassel, Germany, and the media arts component of the travelling exhibition
The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994,
currently in PS1 in New York. He was co-writer and producer of Frantz Fanon:
Black Skin White Mask (Isaac Julien, director), and was co-editor of film
and video magazine The Independent and Editor of the journal Screen.
Abstract: 'Art and Cinema:
Some Critical Reflections'
Over the last thirty
odd years, moving image practices and the critical and theoretical debates
surrounding them have transformed the space and practice of contemporary
art and curatorial practice. The ideological functioning of cinematic spectatorship
has, over the past fifty years, shifted to the wider more fragmented and
dispersed regime of the visual, encompassing advertising, television, mass
circulation magazines and so on. Curatorial and artistic practices which
are concerned with deconstructing and reconstructing spectatorship have
to find approaches which are not merely architectural. The construction
of and problematization of the subject involves a series of discursive relays
in which curatorial practice has an essential part to play in opening up
the signification of individual works to discursive frameworks that inevitably
move beyond the gallery setting.
is Program Director of InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, a non-profit
artist-run production and presentation centre in Toronto. She also teaches
theory courses in Ryerson University's New Media program. Her curatorial
collaborations with Deirdre Logue and Amanda Ramos as the Field Office have
included WIDE, flow, and Source, three multi-site exhibitions of media art
installations presented as part of the Images Festival's annual programming.
Other recent projects have included Willy le Maitre and Eric Rosenzveig's
Appearance Machine, Istvan Kantor's Intercourse, Steve Mann's Prior Art:
Art of Record for Personal Safety, and Game Girls, a group show focusing
on gender and games. Most recently, Kathleen served as the Commissioner
for InterAccess and Alphabet City's collaborative production of Canada's
official presentation at the Venice Architecture Biennale: Next Memory City
from the Field Office'
A network of invisible threads holds the city together. Some provide infrastructure;
some are vectors of power. Others are the policies or local lore that form
the city's collective intelligence. The presentation will review the collaborative
process of the Field Office, a curatorial collective that develops urban
exhibition strategies for new media art. Elaborating on the notion of new
media curation as interface design, the paper will explore the distinguishing
features of media art, and its potential for creatively transfiguring public
Steve Seid is the Video
Curator at the Pacific Film Archive, a department of the University of California,
Berkeley. During the past ten years, he has organized over 400 programs
of video art, film and new media. These programs typically circulate around
cultural, historical and aesthetic ideas with experimental media being the
prevalent form showcased. Seid also oversees an on-going video preservation
project and conducts annual workshops on visual literacy for high school
teachers. He has taught video aesthetics and history courses at the University
of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University, the California
College of Arts and Crafts and the San Francisco Art Institute. His most
recent large-scale program, Whose Side Are You On?: The Border, toured Brazil
under the sponsorship of Itau Cultural. He is currently preparing a museum
retrospective of Ant Farm, the '60s/'70s art collective and creators of
Cadillac Ranch and Media Burn.
Abstract: 'From Theater
Screen to Gallery Wall: The Drift of Image and Audience'
In recent years, there
has been a discernible occupation of the gallery environment by visual artists
who in the past might have been called filmmakers. This can been seen in
the prevalence of media installations in which a marked characteristic of
the work can be best termed cinematic, an experience often reduced to the
simple projection of a moving image on a bleached gallery wall. Ironically,
this comes at a time when theatrical cinema itself is converging with digital
technology, creating additional stress-lines within the history of the moving
image. The drift of cinematic space from theater to gallery is not neutral,
but drags with it aesthetic and cultural relationships, rife with implications
impacting the artist, the audience, and the institution. This lecture will
attempt to shed some light in this nomadic black box.
Paul Wong is an award-winning
multimedia artist and curator based in Vancouver. He is a co-founder of
the Satellite Video Exchange Society (Video In), an important centre for
the production, distribution and presentation of independent video, and
is the co-founder and Artistic Director of On Edge, which produces cross-cultural
and cross-border collaborations of new art. On Edge has produced many international
exchanges with artists and curators, especially in Europe and Asia. It also
produced a landmark series of touring shows including New World Asians in
1987, and Yellow Peril: Reconsidered in 1990-1, which were the first touring
exhibitions of Asian Canadian media art. Among other awards, Paul is a recipient
of the Bell Canada Award for excellence in video art. (www.onedgeonline.com
Abstract: 'On the Edge'
I will talk specifically
about ON EDGE, On The Cutting Edge Production Society, an independent non-profit
entity that Elspeth Sage and I have used to produce, curate, promote, commission,
and co-sponsor local, national and international contemporary art projects.
We have produced over fifty projects, including a residency by Hanif Kureishi
in Vancouver where he wrote and we published the first short version of
Buddha of Suburbia (1986), Yellow Peril, the first touring show of Asian
Canadian artists (1988-91), and a presentation of First Nation artist David
Neel during the 1999 Venice Biennale. Our attitude from the beginning was
to put limited resources towards mounting special projects and not towards
operating costs. Our programs target emerging artists, art forms and new
audiences. Because we have refused to play by the rules, we remain marginalized
by the established systems, not recognised as a gallery, an institution
or even as an artist-run centre. This has allowed us independence and flexibility.
Susan Oxtoby is the
Director of Programming at Cinematheque Ontario, one of the leading film
institutions in North America, with an active exhibition, publications and
touring programme. Over the course of the past seven years, Susan has been
responsible for a diverse range of directors' retrospectives, national cinema
spotlights, thematic series and special events. In the Fall of 1995, she
was instrumental in launching Cinematheque Ontario's on-going series, The
Independents, a free weekly forum devoted to alternative film which showcases
Canadian and international guest artists on a frequent basis. Susan also
programmes Wavelengths, The Toronto International Film Festival's new programme
devoted to avant-garde and experimental film. In 2001, Susan was voted onto
the Executive Committee of FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives).
Warren Crichlow lives
in Toronto, Canada and teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs
of the Faculty of Education at York University. He is co-editor of Race,
Identity and Representation in Education (Routledge, Vol. 1, 1993) and 'Toni
Morrison and the Curriculum', a special issue of Cultural Studies (1995).
His current research inquires into adolescent learning in art galleries,
museums and zoos. He is also writing on the practices of black artists working
in literature, visual arts and improvisational music. His article on Stan
Douglas' installation project 'Le Detroit' is forthcoming in the journal
Cultural Studies//Critical Methodologies (2002).
Faye Ginsburg is founding
Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History, and the David Kriser
Professor of Anthropology at New York University. Her various research project,
from her award-winning studies of abortion activists to a decade of work
on indigenous media, are linked by a strong interest in social movements,
cultural activism, and the place of media in contemporary cultural worlds.
A documentary filmmaker, and author and editor of three booksBmost recently
Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain (2002)Band numerous articles,
she has been a recipient of numerous honors, including MacArthur and Guggenheim
Fellowships; and four awards for her book Contested Lives. In the next year,
she will be curating a film exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art entitled
First Nations/ First Features.
The physical conference
space is wheelchair accessible.
Terms of Address is
presented with generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts,
the Ontario Arts Council and the Goethe Institute.