Moving Images in Contemporary Culture
In Fall 2015, the Images Festival and TYPOLOGY launched Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of peer-led talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting the moving image.
Beyond the Projection, our pilot event, took place on October 17, 2015 with the participation of many local and regional curators and programmers representing organizations at the forefront of presenting media art in the curatorial context. (transcript to come).
The Space of Production: Notes on Technical Support, our second event, was presented in partnership with InterAccess and took place January 23, 2016. Featuring a presentation by Victoria Brooks, Curator of Time-based Visual Art at EMPAC, who spoke on her experience as curator-as-producer in working with Charles Atlas on his forthcoming 3D film, this event concluded with a roundtable discussion as well.
Contemporary Collaborative Strategies, the third and final event, took place on April 2, 2016. Featuring Amsterdam-based art critic and historian Sven Lütticken in an intimate seminar setting, this workshop was a follow-up to his International Lecture Series presentation, History in Motion, at The Power Plant on March 31st. This event was co-presented with The Power Plant and Mercer Union.
IMAGES is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. With a mandate is to present and promote excellence in independent film, video and other time-based media; to expand the definitions of media art and art in general; and to expand the audience for this work, Images showcases the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen.
InterAccess is an art gallery, educational facility and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art and new media culture. Our programs support art forms that integrate new technologies from conception and development to exhibition and discussion. We explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life, and encourage audiences to see anew their relationships with interactive artworks.
Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art. We provide a forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international contemporary art and related cultural practices. We pursue our primary concerns through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, publications, events and special projects.
The Power Plant is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that increase knowledge of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art.
Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) was founded in 2013 under our former name, TYPOLOGY. Established as a not-for-profit space devoted to curatorial and artistic experimentation, we devoted our first three years to providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. In 2016, we relaunched under our new name (CDCC) with a new Board of Directors and a commitment to meet the need, voiced by local and national curators, for a truly vital curatorial community—one that both supports emerging and underrepresented curators, and advances curatorial practice and inquiry. Moving Images in Contemporary Culture took place in 2015 under our former name, TYPOLOGY, and was co-curated by CDCC’s Founding Director, Shani K Parsons.