Join us for Sights & Sounds Festival: An Art Party Along Dundas!

 


FCG, LOMAA, and Print Pop have come together to craft an exciting experience that will delight your eyes and ears on Saturday August 26, 2023 from 11am-5pm in downtown London. There will be live music by way of Forest City Gallery’s Hear Here series, 5 sound artworks t as part of LOMAA’s Resounding Peripheries series, and a Print Pop vendor market and exhibition!

 

All events are open to the public and free to attend, please see details for specific time and locations.

 

The different events have various access points so please message cnegus@lomaa.ca for any accessibility questions.

 
 

Schedule and Locations

 

Forest City Gallery’s Hear There

With Music by Jelli

11am-4pm

Market Lane Stage (Between 131 and 141 Dundas St)

Print Pop Vendor Market

With The Bookmobile by Brown & Dickson

Over 15 artists, collectives, and organizations will be popping up to display and sell their works, including but not limited to tshirts, zines, art prints, posters, cards, tote bags, pins, patches, and multi-media works that all show off the diverse creative minds in these mediums.

11am-4pm

Market Lane (Between 131 and 141 Dundas St)

 Sheri Osden Nault

Sharing relationships to Deshkan Ziibi (and others)

11am

Accessibility: Please bring anything that will make you comfortable including: blanket, cushion, chair, hat, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Parking can be found in Museum London’s lot.

Meet at Museum London’s back lawns (Behind 421 Ridout St N)

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Czarina Mendoza

Landmarks of Endurance

12:30pm

Accessibility: Museum London is committed to accessibility for all visitors. There are two accessible parking spaces at the main entrance, a ground-level main entrance with automated doors, an elevator, accessible washrooms, and a complimentary transport chair.


Performance in Museum London’s Lecture Theatre (421 Ridout St N)

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Debbie Ebanks Schlums

Dead and Wake

12-5pm

Accessibility: The physical location is at street-level with no stairs or barriers for entry. Vibratactile transmitters will be available to translate sound into feeling for d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals thanks to VibraFusionLab.

Installation at Satellite Project Space (121 Dundas St)

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Eeva Siivonen

We are not lost from us

12-5pm

Accessibility: The physical location is at street-level with no stairs or barriers for entry.

Installation at 140 Dundas St

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Anahí Gonáalez

from here to there; from there to here

Accessible online and on postcards throughout London and at the Print Pop Vendor Market

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Sheri Osden Nault


Sharing relationships to Deshkan Ziibi (and others)

 

Meet at Museum London’s back lawns (Behind 421 Ridout St N)

 

11am

 

Accessibility: Please bring anything that will make you comfortable including: blanket, cushion, chair, hat, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Parking can be found in Museum London’s lot Sharing relationships to Deshkan Ziibi (and others)

 

Participants are invited to join artist, Sheri Osden Nault, in a decentered conversation on relationships to rivers and other non-human kin. Participants should meet on the back lawn of Museum London where, collectively, we will decide to stay there for our discussion or walk to Deshkan Ziibi (the Thames River).

 

 

Visiting Deshkan Ziibi


Download River Walk Here


Accessibility: While imagined and recorded as audio, this work is also available in transcript form as both a physical or digital zine. Physical copies available at Print Pop Vendor Market during the day. Online components are available for on-demand access.

 

Recorded over several walks along the Deshkan Ziibing or Antler River (colonially referred to as the Thames in London, Ontario), Visiting Deshkan Ziibi invites listeners to walk alongside the river ‘with’ the artist. Crossing the temporalities and physical locations of multiple visits, Nault utilizes the current ease of access to streaming or downloading audio on personal devices to share stories, reflections, and observations, as though they were visiting the river alongside listeners. The artist’s relationship to other beings as relatives and teachers with enmeshed lives and futures, gently invites those visiting Deshkan Ziibi with them to reflect on the river, the land, and relationships to both human and non-human beings.

 

Czarina Mendoza

 

Landmarks of Endurance

 

12:30pm

 

Performance in Museum London’s Lecture Theatre (421 Ridout St N)

 

Accessibility: Museum London is committed to accessibility for all visitors. There are two accessible parking spaces at the main entrance, a ground-level main entrance with automated doors, an elevator, accessible washrooms, and a complimentary transport chair.


Czarina Mendoza performs a series of compositions that incorporate constructed tape-loops of found LINGUAPHONE language cassettes. Both rehearsed and improvised she explores the act of language acquisition and erasure – competing with sonic elements of droning, vocal response and field recordings that reinforce both a dominance and chase of untraceable sounds. She references modes of preservation and creates a sound collage of fragmented self-hood amongst the tension of domestic noise memories.

Debbie Ebanks Schlums

 

Dead and Wake


12-5pm


Installation at Satellite Project Space (121 Dundas St) Accessibility: The physical location is at street-level with no stairs or barriers for entry. Vibratactile transmitters will be available to translate sound into feeling for d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals thanks to VibraFusionLab.

 
 


Consenting not to be a single being, I explore the intersections of Black/Caribbean diasporic consciousness, a state of being in and across several locations at once; time periods, cultures and generations in the same moment. In this context, the construction of my own identity is necessarily an ongoing investigation. Dead and Wake catalyzes field recordings to compose sounds and memories from the places where I live on Turtle Island and where my ancestors are from in Jamaica: waves, birds, insects, music. Alongside these sounds, is the sound of my great uncle, Mas Guy, teaching me about his practice of making shelter from the land; a knowledge derived during the time of enslavement and passed on through generations.

 

Belonging is

Not Static

A riddim

Impossible to possess.

Somewhere Sometime

Between dreaming and consciousness

Drifting on the edge of

Dead and Wake

 

Eeva Siivonen

 

We are not lost from us


12-5pm

 

Installation at 140 Dundas St

 

Accessibility: The physical location is at street-level with no stairs or barriers for entry.


We are not lost from us is a multi-channel sound and moving image installation that activates a dormant commercial space at 140 Dundas St in downtown London. It reimagines the empty space as a theatrical panorama scene; a lush uncanny landscape inhabited by the various occupants that thrive in the overlooked nooks of the city’s urban environment. Its large-scale video projections and scattered sources of sound intersect with the architectural features of the space, blurring the boundaries between the imaginary landscape and the urban space it is situated within.

 
 

Anahí González

 

from here to there; from there to here

 

 

Accessibility: Available online and on postcards throughout London and at LOMAA’s Print Pop Vendor Market table


from here to there; from there to here (2019-2023), engages with themes around movement between Mexico and Canada through the train. Thinking about the train carts as containers of labour, the piece critiques practices of commerce favouring products over people: free product flow, restricted immigration. Using visual and sound railway cues, González connects both countries to emphasize the inadvertent power of Canadian imperialism over Mexico concerning human labour.

 
 
 

Learn About The Artists

Anahí González (she/her) is a Mexican photographer based in London, ON. Her practice explores visual narratives about Mexican labour for/within Canada to decenter the United States narrative concerning Mexican migration. She is a Research Associate of The Creative Food Research Collaboratory, contributor editor of The Embassy Cultural House, and an Art and Visual Culture Ph.D. candidate at Western University. Her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings in Mexico, Canada, Norway, Spain, and France.

Czarina Mendoza (b. 1991) is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Windsor, ON. Born and raised in central Alberta, the rural landscape alongside her family’s settlement from the UK and Philippines deepened her interest around the construction of identity, looking specifically into what it means to preserve and reciprocate cultural legacy. Her material-based practice repurposes found objects and mass consumer goods that investigate the mediation of transnational ties. As a collector she documents through audio recordings, objects, black and white film photography, and ephemera building a personal archive as both reference and material for her work. The results are hybridized artifacts that seem fractured, yet negotiate both a recalled and constructed time and space.

She is currently enrolled at Wayne State University (Detroit) studying her Masters in Information Sciences specializing in archiving and obsolescent formats. In 2022, as the TD Curatorial Fellow, Mendoza curated a solo show and film screening of Shelley Niro’s work titled Boundless at Art Windsor-Essex. She sits on the Regional Committee of Media City Film Festival. Mendoza currently hosts an experimental radio program called Soft Reduction on CJAM 99.1 broadcasting crossborder in Windsor-Detroit and she is ¼ of the synth-pop band Olinda. 

Sheri Osden Nault is a Two-Spirit Michif artist, community activist, and Assistant Professor at the Western University. They utilize sculpture, performance, installation, and more; integrating cultural, social, and experimental creative processes to consider embodied connections between human and non-human beings, land-based relationships, and kinship sensibilities as an Indigenous Futurist framework. 

Sheri currently lives and creates near the Deshkan Ziibing, on the lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lunaapéwak, and Chonnonton Nations, also known as ‘London, Ontario.’ They are colonially displaced Michif of the Charette, Bélanger, and Nault families. They have exhibited nationally and internationally, are a tattoo practitioner within the Indigenous Tattoo Revival movement in so-called Canada, and run the annual community project, Gifts for Two-Spirit Youth.

Debbie Ebanks Schlums is multidisciplinary artist, Vanier Scholar and PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. She has worked nationally and internationally on social practice projects addressing migration, materiality, and her Black/Chinese Caribbean identity. Exhibitions include the Mitchell Gallery, MacEwan University; the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery and the Museum of Dufferin; and  collectively with the Odeimin Runners art collective, at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Nuit Blanche and Images Festival. Debbie is a recipient of numerous arts awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Art Council, Dufferin Arts Council, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, California College of the Arts Impact Award, and the Susan and John Hunkin Award in Fine Arts.

Eeva Siivonen’s moving image practice engages with strategies of documentary, essay, and found footage film practices and employs these strategies to construct immersive moving image installations and single-channel works. Her practice describes subjective experience in ways that resist separation between self and other, interior and exterior, human and nonhuman, and living and nonliving. The ethos of her practice is to create space for empathy by embracing the impossibility of gaining knowledge of ourselves and others, and our place in the world.

Her work has been shown internationally at various film festivals and gallery exhibitions. Recent screenings include San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads Festival, DOBRA International Festival of Experimental Cinema in Rio de Janeiro, and Transient Visions Festival of Moving Image in Johnson City, NY. She has also received multiple international artist residency fellowships, including Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico, Goetemann Artist Residency in Gloucester Massachusetts, Terra Foundation in Giverny, France, and Munson Arts Institute in Utica, NY. She currently resides in London, Ontario.

Partners

Join us in the celebration of LOMAA’s Queer Frontiers series with a screening and publication launch that features a conversation by artists and activists Rodney Diverlus and Syrus Marcus Ware!

 

Below you will find info about the events and how to access them, the presenters and how to sign-up for the talk, accessibility information, and the Queer Frontiers series.

 

 

LIFELINES

Presented in Partnership with Vtape

Available for on-demand viewing on Vimeo from July 25-31, 2023

Accessibility: Closed Captioning 

 

Join us for an online and on-demand screening of works from the Canadian queer media archive, selected by the artists included in the Queer Frontiers series. You can access works individually, including videos and performances by: David Buchan, Dana Inkster, Bruce LaBruce, Aiyyana Maracle, Christian Morrison, Cathy Sisler, Ho Tam, and Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot.

Publication Launch with Rodney Diverlus and Syrus Marcus Ware 

in Conversation

 

Originally presented on Tuesday July 425 2023 at 7pm EDT

 

 

Accessibility: ASL Interpretation and  closed captioning

Rodney Diverlus is a Haitian-Canadian movement artist whose work encapsulates dance, physical theatre, puppetry, and diasporic traditions. His works have been presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum, SummerWorks Festival, Irie Music Festival, Footsteps Across Canada Showcase, Annual Alberta Dance Festival and Tableau d’Hôte Theatre. Previously, Rodney danced with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks during the 2014-2018 seasons, and has worked with Peter Hinton/Denise Clarke [Canadian Opera Company], Darryl Hoskins [Dietrich Group], Noemi Lafrance [Bentway], Kevin Ormsby [Kashe Dance], Mumbi Tindyebwa, [IFT Theatre], Eddie Elliott [Red Sky Performance], Charles Smith [Wind in Leaves Collective], Hannah Kiel, Michele Moss and others. Rodney is the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Stage Award for Direction. Central to his work is an obsession with Black moving bodies interacting with anomalous, and often public performance spaces; bunker, phone screen, gallery, container, & the street as examples. Rodney moonlights as an artivist and community advocate. He is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Toronto and has co-curated a series of large-scale public installations that blur the lines of protest and performance, most notably #Won’t Back Down (2017) and #blackPride.

 

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. Using painting, installation, and performance, Syrus works with and explores social justice frameworks and Black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including solo shows at Grunt Gallery in 2018 )2068:Touch Change) and Wil Aballe Art Projects in 2021 (Irresistible Revolutions). His work has been featured as part of the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art in 2019 in conjunction with the Ryerson Image Centre (Antarctica and Ancestors, Do You Read Us? (Dispatches from the Future)), as well as for the Bentway’s Safety in Public Spaces Initiative in 2020 (Radical Love). Syrus has participated in group shows at the Never Apart in Montreal, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of York University, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and as part of the curated content at Nuit Blanche 2017 (The Stolen People; Won’t Back Down). His performance works have been part of festivals across Canada, including at Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016 & 2019), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015).

Queer Frontiers critically reflected on Canada’s 50th anniversary celebration of the purported “decriminalization” of homosexuality in the country. Serving as a counter to the state revelries, LOMAA hosted five artists, three artist duos, and one curator who established their practices post-legislation and remain on the frontiers of Canadian queer media. This project centred queer narratives and praxis as a means to interrogate historical representation and continue fortifying queer futures within this country. Invited artists and curators included: Adrian Stimson, Jess MacCormack, Lainh Hrafn & Rin Vanderhaeghe, Gislina Patterson & Dasha Plett, James Knott, Steve Reinke, Aaditya Aggarwal, and Serena Lee & Daniella Sanader. 

Vtape is a vibrant distribution organization that represents an international collection of contemporary and historical video art, documentaries, and installations. We make this collection accessible to curators and programmers, educators, scholars, and public audiences worldwide. In addition to providing a distribution framework for established and emerging artists, Vtape is committed to sharing video art preservation and exhibition standards, and strives to support hybrid practices in an increasingly complex technical milieu.

Promo image of Virtual Encounters visiting artists

LOMAA is excited to close out our Virtual Encounters series with new works by Jerron Herman and Autumn Knight. Their works will be available to view online for the entirety of June, and both artists will come together in virtual conversation on Sunday, June 4 at 3pm EDT, presented in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability. This talk will additionally be available for viewing the remainder of the month.

 

Below you will find info about their projects and how to access them, how to sign-up for the performance and talk, accessibility information, and the Virtual Encounters series.

Jerron Herman and Autumn Knight
In Conversation 

 

Presented in Partnership with Images Festival and Tangled Art + Disability

Originally presented on Sunday June 4, 2023 at 3pm EDT

Accessibility: ASL Interpretation and  closed captioning

Jerron Herman, Lax.vid, 2023

Presented in Partnership with Tangled Art + Disability

 

Available for on-demand viewing on Vimeo starting June 1

Accessibility: Experimental sound transcription by Adán De La Garza

Accessibility: Audio Description by Superior Description Services and described by James McKenzie

 

Lax.vid is a digital musing on the athletic and dissembling conditions of rest. Cast in a dream-like schism between reality and hyperreality, a figure navigates an embodied and digital memory of comfort, using his screen as a portal, asking us what it takes to catch some zzzz’s.

Autumn Knight, Complain/Disappoint, 2023

Presented in Partnership with Images Festival

 

Available for on-demand viewing on Vimeo starting June 1

Accessibility: Experimental sound transcription

 

In Complain/Disappoint: Part 1/6  Autumn performs with Purchase College faculty and students.This video features a solo improvisational performance by the artist. The loose score presents Autumn Knight engaging with a world of sculptures and objects  The piece explores affective labor, vulnerability, and taboo of complaining and/or expressing disappointment. Audio narratives provided by the Purchase College community.

 

Credits:

Ross Karre, Video Director, Merve Kayan, Camera Improvisor, Monica Duncan, Camera Improvisor, Senem Pirler, Sound Design and Live Sound Performance, Valerie Caesar, Animation, Sculptures created by Powerhouse Arts

Jerron Herman is a disabled dancer and writer who creates works to facilitate welcoming.  He has premiered pieces at Danspace Project, Performance Space New York, The REACH (excerpt), and The Whitney Museum. His writings have been published nationally and abroad and his play, 3 Bodies, was published in Theater Magazine June 2022 issue. From 2019-2020 he curated the series Access Check 2.0: Mapping Accessibility for the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Discourse: Disabled Artists at The Joyce for The Joyce Theater in 2021. As a model, Jerron has worked with HIMS, Rothy’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Samsung x i-D, and Nike. Other accolades: 2021 Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a 2021-2022 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship in Dance from the Jerome Foundation. The 2021 PETRONIO Award and residency as well as a 2020 Disability Futures Fellowship by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  jerronherman.com

 

Autumn Knight is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video and text. Knight’s video and performance work has been presented by various institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen (NY), and Performance Space New York. Knight is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Nancy B. Negley Rome Prize in Visual Arts and a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Video still from Autumn Knight's Complain/Disappoint, 2023

Images Festival is a platform for the exhibition and discourse of independent film and media art. Created in 1987 as an alternative to the only other Toronto film festival at the time, Images has spent the last 36 years presenting media works that are challenging in their form and content. The Festival showcases the intersection of emerging and established practices and invites open critical dialogue in the film and media arts community around the political histories of moving image production, distribution, exhibition, and representation. 

Tangled Art + Disability is dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community, and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mission is to support Disabled, d/Deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, k/crip, Mad, sick & spoonie artists; to cultivate Disability Arts in Canada; and to increase opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts. 

Promo image of Virtual Encounters visiting artists Endlings and Ellen Moffat

LOMAA is excited to present new contributions to a project by Endlings (Raven Chacon & John Dieterich) and premiere a new work by Ellen Moffat for the Virtual Encounters series. On Thursday May 18, at 7:30pm EDT, Raven Chacon & John Dieterich will host a performance of Parallel 03 with collaborators from London and Winnipeg. This is presented in partnership with send + receive: A Festival of Sound. To follow, Raven Chacon & John Dieterich will come together in virtual conversation with Ellen Moffat. Both the works and talk will be available to view online for the remainder of the month.

 

Below you will find info about their projects and how to access them, how to sign-up for the performance and talk, accessibility information, and the Virtual Encounters series.

Endlings (Raven Chacon & John Dieterich), Parallel 03

 

Virtual Performance

 

In collaboration with Shawn and Derek Durant, Doreen Girard, Marie-France Hollier, B.P. (Bret Parenteau), and Alex Raja Ven

Presented in partnership with send + receive: A Festival of Sound

 

Originally presented on Thursday May 18, 2023 at 7:30pm EDT

Followed by Raven Chacon, John Dieterich, and Ellen Moffat In Conversation

Originally presented on Thursday May 18, 2023 at 8pm EDT

Accessibility: ASL Interpretation and  closed captioning 

 

 

Endlings (Raven Chacon & John Dieterich), Parallel 03, 2020 with 2023 contributions

Available for on-demand online interaction starting May 1

Accessibility: Please contact cnegus@lomaa.ca for access possibilities

 

 

The web instrument, Parallel 03, designed by Endlings (John Dieterich and Raven Chacon) and six Vancouver musicians and sound artists utilizes a variety of cross-platform and anonymous methods for composition and improvisation. Composed, recorded, and arranged over four months of isolation in 2020, the eight collaborators became generators, translators, mistranslators and filters for inputted contributions in an incalculable feedback loop of expansive processes. The instrument is designed to receive new content from other contributors, allowing for a constant stream of unique, ephemeral music.

 

Parallel 03 collaborators so far are: Raven Chacon and John Dieterich (Endlings), with Parmela Attariwala, Adrian Avendaño, John Brennan, Elisa Ferrari, Marina Hasselberg and Alanna Ho Website design by Joel Schuman Parallel 03 was originally commissioned by Vancouver New Music

 

Ellen Moffat, seeds strings and sounding things, 2023

Available for on-demand viewing on Vimeo starting May 1

 

Accessibility: Experimental sound transcription by Jeff Morton

 

 

seeds strings and sounding things is a stop-frame animation that uses organic materials and cultural objects, analogue and digital processes, and improvisational methods for production. An ad-hoc light table is a stage for performative acts by objects and materials, documented as still images by a cell phone placed beneath the table’s surface. Arranged into sequences, the objects fluctuate in their orientations, tempo, intensities and densities, and relations. The sound is created through actions and interactions with the same materials using extended techniques to play their tonality. The image and sound elements intersect by chance. The fluctuating relations of visual and sonic elements explore materials and materiality using methods that dodge control.

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, Chacon has exhibited, performed, or had works performed at LACMA, The Renaissance Society, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, REDCAT, Vancouver Art Gallery, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Borealis Festival, SITE Santa Fe, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, and The Kennedy Center. As a member of Postcommodity from 2009-2018, he co-created artworks presented at the Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, Carnegie International 57, as well as the 2-mile long land art installation Repellent Fence. In 2022, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition Voiceless Mass

 

John Dieterich is a guitarist, composer and producer based in Minneapolis, MN. He plays in the band Deerhoof and collaborates on a variety of musical and artistic projects.

Video still from Ellen Moffat's stop-motion animation

Ellen Moffat is a sound artist whose installation and performative works have been presented in artist-run centres, public galleries, festivals, conferences, and residencies as solo, collaborative, and interdisciplinary projects. Her exhibitions include the Remai Modern (Saskatoon), Sonorities Festival (Belfast), Gallery 12-14 (Vienna), ICMC (Copenhagen), NAISA (Toronto), Kentler International Drawing Centre (Brooklyn), Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax), and Surrey Art Gallery. Her collaborations range from projects with media, performance, and visual artists to computer scientists and engineers and to community groups. From Toronto, she has lived throughout Canada and is currently based in London, Ontario. www.ellenmoffat.ca

 

send + receive is an international festival of experimental music and sound art, programming from Treaty 1 Territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples and the homeland of the Métis Nation. send + receive is one of the longest running media arts festivals in North America focusing exclusively on sound. The annual festival showcases the innovative work of Manitoban, Canadian, and international artists, engaging critically with audio-based art in a global context.

Promo image of Virtual Encounters visiting artists Jacob Wren Anyse Durcharme

LOMAA is excited to premiere new works by Anyse Ducharme and Jacob Wren for the Virtual Encounters series. On Sunday April 2, at 3pm EST, Jacob Wren will be presenting a live performance over Zoom and to follow both artists will come together in virtual conversation. Both the artists’ works and talk will be available to view online for the remainder of the month.

 

Below you will find info about their projects and how to access them, how to sign-up for their talk, accessibility information, and the Virtual Encounters series.

Anyse Ducharme and Jacob Wren 

In Conversation 

 

Originally presented Sunday April 2, 2023 at 3pm EDT

Accessibility: ASL Interpretation and closed captioning

Jacob Wren, My apartment is just piles of books, 2023

Available for on-demand viewing on Vimeo starting April 4

Accessibility: ASL Interpretation and closed captioning

 

In this online performance, Jacob Wren reflects on the fact that he used to travel constantly for art and yet during the pandemic spent more time in his apartment than ever before. And the travel has not yet resumed. Through a short tour of his bookshelf, questions are raised about what it means to make art when you find yourself no longer in constant motion.

Anyse Durcharme, Complex Waves, 2023

Available for on-demand viewing on Instagram starting April 1 here

four new sound performances will be released over the app during April

Accessibility: Image descriptions and experimental sound transcriptions

 

‘Complex Waves’ is a series of experiments in sound performance.  I have been mashing together complex sounds from locations that have had an influence on me over the past 3 years into sine wave glitches with the use of internet based video communication platforms (Zoom, etc). Connecting to the same platform through both a hotspot tethered computer and a cell phone allowed me and the surrounding area to create a sonic loop.  These clipped performances will be shared through Instagram.

Anyse Ducharme (elle | she | her) is a franco-ontarian (fr | en) media artist, curator + teacher from northeastern Ontario, Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory. Her artistic production locates itself in an opposition (from within) to digital colonialism through small, sometimes subversive acts: glitching images with internet comments; dismantling assumptions of transparency that are both promoted and compromised by the ways in which knowledge is increasingly organized in the era of the computer; and by exploring the malleability of data through the transformation of information into various representational states. 

Photo from Anyse Ducharme’s Complex Waves - Semi Enclosed Ocean, March 2023, audio performance documented through video (view of the gulf of St Lawrence, table, computer, hotspot tethered internet connection, zoom, cell phone, audio recorder, microphone, microphone stand)
Man in blue poncho with the hood up reading from the book Authenticity Is a Feeling with a projection of a book crammed full of colourful paper in the background.

Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions. His books include Polyamorous Love Song, Rich and Poor and Authenticity is a Feeling. As artistic codirector of the interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created performances such as: En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize, Individualism Was A Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information, Every Song I’ve Ever Written and Adventures can be found anywhere, même dans la répétition. PME-ART has also presented the online conference Vulnerable Paradoxes and the related free PDF publication In response to Vulnerable Paradoxes. His internet presence is often defined by a fondness for quotations.

 

Promo image of Virtual Encounters visiting artis Kite and David Yu

LOMAA is excited to launch our series Virtual Encounters with new works by Kite and David Yu. Their works will be available to view online for the entirety of March, and both artists will come together in virtual conversation on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. EST. This talk will additionally be available for viewing the remainder of the month.

 

Below you will find info about their projects and how to access them, how to sign-up for their talk, accessibility information, and the Virtual Encounters series.

Kite and David Yu In Conversation

Originally presented over Zoom on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 3pm EST

Accessibility: ASL Interpretation and closed captioning 

Kite, Grave Tending Song, 2022

Available for on-demand viewing on Vimeo starting March 1

Accessibility: Experimental sound transcription by Lilian Radovac available as closed captioning, presented in partnership with VibraFusionLab

 

This film documents and scores the process of grave cleaning that I do when I visit my family’s graveyard in South Dakota. It’s hot and I’m miserable as I offer tobacco. I remove weeds at the height of summer with their thick stalks, covered in spikes, deeply rooted. It’s a losing battle to keep them out.

David Yu, x-in-waiting, 2020-2023

Presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Peterborough

 

App available for download starting March 1 via the App Store and Google Play Four new x-in-waiting performances will be added to the app during March and audiences will get a push notification to take some time out of their day and wait with the artist

 

Accessibility: App is free to download with no hidden fees. Performances have minimal, diegetic sound with no spoken words and can be enjoyed without audio as a barrier

 

x-in-waiting is an app-as-art archive of an ongoing performance to camera series created during the COVID-19 quarantine from 2020 – present day. x-in-waiting refers to the period of stasis that occurs for something to become something else. Here the “x” is the variable and stands in for whatever occupation the artist is consumed with while in waiting. This also extends to the “x” of uncertainty pertaining to where we will find ourselves/society and daily living at the end of this moment in time. The work asks viewers to wait with the artist for eight minutes while he symbolically engages in an occupation that takes up his time.

Download the app and experience waiting with the artist while he is performing waiting. This app will self-destruct when the waiting is over. 

Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition,and an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School. Kite’s scholarship and practice investigate contemporary Lakota ontologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fibre sculptures, immersive video and sound installations, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records. Kite has also published in several journals and magazines, including in The Journal of Design and Science (MIT Press), where the award winning article, “Making Kin with Machines,” co-authored with Jason Lewis, Noelani Arista, and Archer Pechawis, was featured. Kite is currently a 2023 Creative Capital Award Winner, 2023 USA Fellow, and a 2022-2023 Creative Time Open Call artist with Alisha B. Wormsley.

Video still from Kite's performance Grave Tending Song, 2022

David Yu is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist that he subcategorizes under multimedia, installation, and performance. His work stretches from sculptural forms and installation, to audio, video, and live performers. David’s current research is based on performance within a frame of fluxus, where the audience places themselves into the work as participatory elements. He positions himself within the creator-catalyst role that generates situations for viewers to negotiate. David’s practice attempts to modify and pinpoint areas where sculpture/installation, performance, and audience intersect by exposing the notion of the performative gesture that can be embedded in the aforementioned elements. Through this he attempts to coerce viewers into performance, integrating themselves within the experience of the artwork.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is a non-profit public gallery dedicated to exhibiting and collecting visual works of art. Our goal is to present contemporary visual art by artists from the region and across the nation. Some historical and international works are also shown. The exhibitions are supported with programs including lectures, workshops, and publications. We make curatorial choices in selecting the work for each particular exhibition, whether it is featured in the main gallery or in the smaller exhibition areas.

VibraFusionLab is a media arts centre based in London, Ontario that provides opportunities for the creation and presentation of multi-sensory artistic practice, partnering with other arts and technology-related organizations in order to achieve this. As an interactive creative media studio VibraFusionLab promotes and encourages the creation of new accessible art forms, including the vibrotactile, and focuses on inclusive technologies that have the potential of expanding art-making practices in the deaf, blind, disabled and hearing communities, and for creating more inclusive experiences for deaf, blind, disabled and hearing audiences.

London Ontario Media Arts Association Launches Online Performance Series for Spring 2023

 

LOMAA is excited to premiere Virtual Encounters, a series featuring new or reimagined projects by practitioners working at the nexus of performance and media art, including:

 

Raven Chacon & John Dieterich | Anyse Ducharme | Jerron Herman | Kite | Autumn Knight | Ellen Moffat | Jacob Wren | David Yu

LOMAA's Virtual Encounters header image

Virtual Encounters: New Entanglements in Performance and Media

Premieres March 1, 2023, and runs until June 30, 2023

Presented online and across various platforms through the London Ontario Media Arts Association

Curated by Christine Negus

 

 

With an extensive history rooted in a dialogue on “live”-ness and the ephemeral, performance art has weathered a major shift over the past few years. Though the COVID-19 global pandemic has undoubtedly impacted all arts-related programming, live and time-based practices in particular have been forced to renegotiate presentation modes and adapt to a more virtual, screen-based life. Performance art’s merge with the digital realm, with its seemingly opposite characteristics based in permanence and the archival, has 

raised challenges for both areas of work. Through this convergence, performance artists have been asked to reconsider these aforementioned essential disciplinary attributes in relation to their practice—both in presentation and developing new projects. These uncharted possibilities associated with the virtual have produced exciting outcomes, which continue to redefine and reimagine praxis, and the fields of both performance and media art, in novel ways.

 

Image of Performance fromDavid Yu, x-in-waiting: Chiminea, 2020

David Yu, x-in-waiting: Chiminea, 2020

 

Over spring 2023 LOMAA is pleased to facilitate Virtual Encounters: New Entanglements in Performance and Media, which investigates performance art’s newly defined relationship with media. The organization has invited seven artists and one artist duo to present new mediated performances that unsettle their previous modes of creation and address the challenges faced in digital translation. The invited artists span the gamut of performance practices and represent various modalities across the discipline—expanding from, and blurring lines between, embodied movement, sonic interactivity, and intermediality. Virtual Encounters aims to be generative and open possibilities for artists to re-envision their work and to investigate new archival processes, novel (virtual) space, and a wholly different relationship with audiences.

 

Video still of Autumn Knight, Messh, 2017

Autumn Knight, Messh, 2017

 

Public Programming:

 

March—Kite and David Yu

Artists in conversation on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at 3 p.m. EST

April—Anyse Ducharme and Jacob Wren

Live performance and artists in conversation on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 3 p.m. EST

May—Raven Chacon & John Dieterich and Ellen Moffat

Live performance and artists in conversation TBA

June—Jerron Herman and Autumn Knight

Artists in conversation on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at 3 p.m. ES

 

 

A companion publication will be produced in conjunction with the series, featuring critical and creative contributions from Golboo Amani, Shannon Cochrane, C.W. Crawford, Che Gossett, and Sandra Ruiz.

 

Performance documentation of Anyse Ducharme, Complex Waves, 2023

Anyse Ducharme, Complex Waves, 2023

 

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. LOMAA is additionally supported by the London Arts Council through the City of London’s Community Arts Investment Program.

 

 

Accessibility:

 

LOMAA is committed to increasing access within media art through online programming. All talks are offered with live ASL Interpretation and recorded, offering on-demand access for extended viewing with additional Closed Captioning. Closed Captioning is available when possible within artistic projects. Events are offered free of charge to reduce economic hindrances. LOMAA acknowledges this does not provide comprehensive accessibility, and though this is a move towards facilitating barrier-free presentations, this is not ideal. LOMAA continues to work on further breaking down access obstacles.

 

 

 

Image Descriptions:

 

1. Image of white text that reads the words “Virtual Encounters” morphing into one another on a black background with a white grid and blue-purple 3D shapes. 

2. Photo shows documentation of a performance to video. Artist David Yu is lying face down on several firewood logs that are placed upright in front of a burning chiminea. The fire is large above the chiminea lip. The artist is wearing a grey quilted shirt, blue jeans, blue socks, and black shoes. The artist is looking at his phone.

3. Image of stairs with detritus and a person’s leg at the top of the frame with white text that states “I know that we both seem insane.” on the lower left side. 

4. Two framed images of a woman holding a cell phone over a background image including a table, computer, cell phone, audio recording device, microphone on a stand, a chair, and three plants.

 

QALEIDOSCOPE – QUEER FILM AND PERFORMANCE ON TOUR 2023 promo poster  

QALEIDOSCOPE – QUEER FILM AND PERFORMANCE ON TOUR 2023

LONDON  • MONTREAL • ST. JOHN’S • WINNIPEG • SASKATOON • VICTORIA

  LOMAA is excited to partner with Regina’s Queer City Cinema (and in collaboration with Western University’s Artlab and TAP Centre for Creativity) to present QALEIDOSCOPE. This program features Queer and QTBIPOC films and performance that explore, question and play with identity to propose and investigate diverse ways of looking at sexuality, gender and race.
 
Jessica Karuhanga Artist talk and Performance Friday, January 13, 2023 at 7pm Visual Arts Department’s Digital Creativity Lab (JLVAC, Room 137E, Western University)
Space is limited – to register, please do so Here
  ground and cover me engages with the physical and figurative contours of the institutional space. Karuhanga enacts gradual movements that are intuitive and deliberate responses to the walls, windows and ground. This piece is a choreographic rupture to institutional spaces that otherwise insist upon our disappearance.   
Jessica Karuhanga is a first-generation Canadian artist of British-Ugandan heritage whose work addresses issues of cultural politics of identity and Black diasporic concerns through lens-based technologies, writing, drawing and performances. Through her practice she explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity: illness, rage, grief, desire and longing within the context of Black embodiment.   She was the 2020 – 2021 recipient of Concordia University’s SpokenWeb Artist/Curator In Residence Fellowship. Karuhanga has presented her work at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (2021), SummerWorks Lab (Toronto, 2020), The Bentway (Toronto, 2019), Nuit Blanche (Toronto, 2018), Onsite Gallery (Toronto, 2018) and Goldsmiths University (London, UK, 2017). Karuhanga’s writing has been published by C Magazine, BlackFlash, Susan Hobbs Gallery and Fonderie Darling.   She has been featured in AGO’s Artist Spotlight, i-D, DAZED, Visual Aids, Border Crossings, Exclaim!, Toronto Star, CBC Arts, esse, filthy dreams, Globe and Mail and Canadian Art. She earned her BFA from Western University and MFA from University of Victoria. She is an Assistant Professor at Western University.  
Screenings Saturday, January 14 Screening 1 at 6:30 nd Screening 2 at 8:30 TAP Centre for Creativity (203 Dundas Street)
Admission – pay what you want/pay what you can – at the door or here: Eventbrite
  Restricted – 18 years of age or older   QALEIDOSCOPE will feature Queer and QTBIPOC film that explore diverse ways of looking at sexuality, gender and race.   As the titles suggests, QALEIDOSCOPE – will be a well-textured assemblage of images, ideas, and realities that collide in fantastical, personal, and playful ways to produce an ever-changing, multi-faceted queer film and performance art viewing experience.   Some of the films focus on image, sound and abstract narratives; others present information, facts, and queerforward realities; while others share the pleasure and pain of individual and collective identities. Even though experimental and artistically rigorous artworks are in abundance, and heavy hitting and thoughtful issues and topics such as feminism, race, racism, class, identity politics, community, colonization, conceptual art, politics, religion, violence, popular culture, gender and of course sexuality are provided for their important role in providing awareness and insight on many levels, transgressive and subversive play is also an important characteristic of several of the films on the tour. This is in keeping with Queer City Cinema’s mandate to reflect hallmarks of queer image making — in this case, film with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek disposition and sensibility; injecting the programming with moments of intelligent, incisive humour – film that pleases and appeases.   QALEIDOSCOPE was conceived to promote the artistic vision of queer Canadian filmmakers whose work might not otherwise be shown within these urban centres in Canada. These works, though falling under the banner of ‘queer’, remain relevant to the broader artistic communities in each of the five cities, not only because of the subject matter broached but also because many of the artists represented float amongst multiple disciplines within the context of the film, visual and performance art. In this sense, artistic rigour and the fluidity of experience are paramount in the programming for the tour.   For more information – please visit Queer City Cinema     Digital video still from Calla Moya's work past(or)already, 2022  

SOUTHWEST SEEN

  LOMAA has been happy to work with Museum London and a number of regional organizations, artists, and cultural workers to help present Southwest Seen. Below you will find information about the evolving program, and please keep checking back about the forthcoming projects.  
Southwest Seen: Calla Moya December 16 to March 2, 2023 Centre at the Forks Outdoor Screens
  Outdoor projections are during nighttime hours at the Centre at the Forks (behind Museum London). Please note that during private events and on statutory holidays at the Museum, the projections will not be on view. If you have questions about the outdoor projection schedule, please contact Museum London during open hours at 519-661-0333 or info@museumlondon.ca.   Calla Moya’s experimental projection past(or)already inaugurates Southwest Seen, a series of  three new commissions of digital media artworks that reflect this region’s diverse culture and history. During hours of darkness, outdoor projections from the Museum’s Centre at the Forks windows will overlook the Forks of the Deshkan Ziibi / Thames River.   This project is a partnership with Windsor-Detroit’s Media City Film Festival (MCFF), which will also host these media works online from July 10 to August 10, 2023. Artistic and curatorial partners including MCFF’s Artistic Director Oona Mosna; the London Ontario Media Arts Association’s (LOMAA) Christine Negus; and jury members Evond Blake (aka MEDIAH), Anahí González Terán, and Amanda Myers/Kitaay Bizhikikwe.   In past(or)already, Moya uses childhood photographs as a resource to explore process, materials, and personal meaning. These images, including the young artist on a swingset in her grandmother’s backyard, or this area’s ubiquitous cornfields, were scanned, cut, and spliced into an almost quilt-like assemblage. It exists as an art object, with elements converted into 16 mm film and then digitized. These meticulous steps allow for a creative contemplation of both artistry and identity. Calla Moya’s media works have been exhibited at Artspace, Peterborough; The 8fest and Vtape in Toronto; the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; and Festival Phénomena, Montreal. Moya has participated in LOMAA’s Broad Topics series, and completed art residencies at Saw Video and Studio 303.   Southwest Seen is a special initiative involving the commission of new digital media works by Calla Moya, Racquel Rowe, and Jude Abu Zaineh; three artists with meaningful connections to Southwestern Ontario. Outdoor-facing projections from the Museum’s large Centre at the Forks windows, overlooking the Deshkan Ziibi (Thames River) will occur during hours of darkness. The works will run during three different time periods from December 2022 through August 2023. Southwest Seen is developed in partnership with Windsor-Detroit’s acclaimed Media City Film Festival (MCFF), which will also host these media works in 2023. The project involves artistic and curatorial partners including MCFF’s Artistic Director Oona Mosna; the London Ontario Media Arts Association (Christine Negus), and London artists Evond Blake (aka MEDIAH), Anahí González Terán, and Amanda Myers/Kitaay Bizhikikwe.   For more information – please visit Museum London     Confessions screening promo poster  

CONFESSIONS: Films by Curt McDowell

Friday December 2nd @ 7pm
TAP Centre for Creativity
203 Dundas St. London, ON  
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, LOMAA presents a selection of works by the prolific American filmmaker Curt McDowell (1945-1987), whose provocative and endearingly irreverent short films embrace the outlandish in a salacious celebration of early 1970’s queer underground cinema.   Featuring a recurring ensemble of family & friends, these outrageously bawdy and memorable low-brow delights depict an array of outcast degenerates in a series of subversive broken dream melodramas and campy musical routines.   Preceding the films will be a short presentation by Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) highlighting their educational outreach and community resources.   film programme duration : 74 minutes + intermission note: nudity & explicit content   $5 admission projected on 16mm film   This presentation is supported by the London Arts Council through the City of London’s Community Arts Investment Program