Media Art Matters!

From: LINDA FEESEY (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Mar 31 2008 - 04:50:17 PDT

MEDIA ART MATTERS! A Forum for Discussion
Artist Run Machines, Open Source Culture
Saturday April 12, 1-4 PM (Reception to follow)
Melody Room, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

What does the media arts landscape look like for artists across Ontario? MEDIA ART MATTERS! combines a lively discussion on the possibilities and challenges of media practice with a media art intervention at the Images Festival closing party. The panel includes presentations by a diverse group of media art advocates practicing at the boundaries of contemporary culture. An informal discussion with the audience will follow. Later that evening artists from across the region will converge on 401 Richmond to combine text and light with its post-industrial architecture in an on-the-fly collective expression. These two venues, presented by IMAAontario, brings together artists, independent producers and educators who believe that media art matters ... A LOT!!!

Artist Run Machines, Open Source Culture is a public think tank hosted by moderator Clive Robertson with panelists Vera Frenkel, Richard Fung, Steve Loft, and Caroline Seck Langill. Together with the audience, this seasoned group of artists, academics, critics, curators and activists will bring their uniques experiences in the media arts to bear on questions of the sectors viability and validation within greater social, political and economic spheres. The audience will be challenged to interpret and evaluate the hybrid forms of organization and action that exist in the territory between the institution and individual practitioners.

people power projectors
Saturday April 12, 9-11pm
a free projection event at the Images Festival Closing Party
401 Richmond St West, Toronto
people power projectors is a collaborative show of light, a semi-chaotic expression of the ideals and realities to be found within the media arts community. Using a grab bag of available projection devices, groups from across the province will cast their ephemeral statements onto myriad planes and textures found throughout the party location. A political act, a collective act, an aesthetic act, and an excuse to have some fun and be surprised. Come out and see the dark walls come alive with the voices of those who believe that media art matters ... A LOT!!!

For more info about MEDIA ART MATTERS! visit the IMAAontario website
at: or contact event coordinator Tom Leonhardt at: email suppressed

IMAAontario gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council towards MEDIA ART MATTERS!.
The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario.


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