Chris McNamara – Video Making Workshop

Chris McNamara / Video Mixing Workshop
Friday May 1, 2015 / 3-5 PM / 10$ or 5$ for LOMAA members
VibraFusionLab / 355 Clarence Street / London ON

LOMAA is pleased to host Chris McNamara as the tenth, and final, participant in its 2014-2015 Visiting Artist Program. During his stay McNamara, an established Ann Arbor/Windsor-based sound and video artist, will be presenting 2 exciting programs to the London Arts community. McNamara will host a workshop on video mixing, where the results will be incorporated into his live audio/visual performance the following night. McNamara’s performance, City Symphonies, will conclude with a live improvisational set with London musicians Cailen Dye and Ian Doig-Phaneuf. These events are co-presented with McIntosh Gallery.


This workshop will feature a demo and discussion examining live video mixing and what it can bring to a live performance. Participants can see the process of arranging a “video set” and take part in a live video mix with audio accompaniment. The best way to experience this will be to have video element contributions from those who are attending the event. See below for suggestions of what to record and best practices. The results from this workshop will be incorporated into Chris McNamara’s performance the following day.

Suggestions for shooting:

The focus of this performance is based upon the idea of the hidden narratives of a city. You can shoot images of London at various times of the day or night – with an eye towards revealing and describing the places that resonate for you. Is the place you are shooting filled with people? Empty and haunted? Did someone just leave the frame – yet there is some evidence of their absence? Is this a good street to dance on? To linger and watch the flow of human activity?

To get the best images try to use a tripod or some other means to steady your shot. You can use any kind of camera or cell phone device as long as you can record the files in a QuickTime format (.mov files are the best). If you are able to record sound as well, do so. Please bring the footage to the workshop on a portable USB (Apple and PC adaptable) hard drive.

Pre-registration is required. Please email with questions or to reserve a spot as space is limited.


Christopher McNamara is an Ann Arbor & Windsor-based video and sound artist and educator. He has exhibited and performed his work extensively in Canada the U.S. and in Europe. In the Fall of 2004 his work was included in Shrinking Cities at Kunst Werke in Berlin and most recently he presented a solo exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, ON and at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, ON.
He is the recipient of numerous grants, awards and fellowships including the OAC Media Arts Grant (2008, 20101, 2012) and the Joan Chalmers Fellowship (2015).

His video, Establishing Shots premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2007 and it went on to numerous other festivals.
His Festival appearances include Mutek in Montreal, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and Spark Festival of New Electronic Music at the University of Minnesota.

McNamara was a founding member of the electronic music and art collective, Thinkbox. His more recent music and live cinema projects and collaborations include Noiseborder Ensemble and nospectacle. He has releases on Affin,, & Detroit Threads.

McIntosh Gallery is a university-based, public art gallery since 1942, McIntosh Gallery collaborates with artists, curators and academics to develop innovative strategies to interpret and disseminate visual culture. Exhibitions, educational programs and special events provide a platform for engagement with visual art and artists. McIntosh Gallery acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts through its ‘Assistance to Art Museums and Public Galleries Program,’ the Ontario Arts Council, Western University, Foundation Western, and our members and donors.

London Ontario Media Arts Association, established in 2012, is an emerging, enthusiastic and devoted non-profit artist-run collective that fosters collaboration, investigation and innovation by tapping into the talent and serving the needs of media artists in the London region. We help to support and program creative partnerships between filmmakers, photographers, sound artists, musicians, engineers, scientists amongst others. Our membership is open to the public to allow these types of partnerships to take shape and grow. We help to provide affordable solutions to creative ideas and projects through the sharing of information and resources. This is mainly accomplished through meetings and workshop events.

LOMAA’s Visiting Artist Program is made possible through generous funding from The Canada Council for the Arts.


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