International Experimental Media Congress

From: Chris Kennedy (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Nov 06 2009 - 11:14:38 PST

Hello all,

Registration for the International Experimental Media Congress is now open.
Below, please find some preliminary details about the plans for the

International Experimental Media Congress
Preliminary Program, April 7-11, 2010
Toronto, Canada
The first Congress since the storied 1989 Toronto Experimental Film
Congress, this gathering will promote ongoing international conversations
and provide platforms for creative discussions about the burning issues
related to experimental media production, exhibition, dissemination,
criticism, pedagogy and reception. Including panels, roundtables, dialogues,
international field reports and open forums, the Congress will bring
together film, video and new media artists, theorists, archivists and
curators from around the world for an intense four days of discussions.
Although plans are still underway, the outline below offers an idea of the
direction and shape of the issues, which have come forth from our online
survey and subsequent planning.
The 2010 International Experimental Media Congress will run over the last
four days of the 23rd Images Festival (April 1-10, 2010).
Topics and discussions will include:
1.keynote dialogue bridging together both contemporary and historical
perspectives to reflect on the growth and change of media practice over the
last twenty years.
2. Field reports on geographic locations with burgeoning experimental
3. Roundtables on:
        a. the idea of collectivity in contemporary media art, addressing
both production based as well as curatorial/exhibition collectives.
        b. the projected and moving image within the gallery setting,
bringing together curators and artists to discuss current issues,
achievements and debates.
4. Panels on:
        a. The urgency of the archive, from the perspective of preservation
practise and the archive as source material for artistic practise.
        b. recent practices across genre, media and aesthetic/political
        c. the historical in contemporary media art: from specific cultural
histories and technological change, to the questioning of cultural and
geographic centres
           in relationship to global practices.
        d. medium specificity in relation to experimental media production
and archival practices: how do film, video, and digital formats diverge and
        e. the development and change of artistic practice in relationship
to changing media. Do certain media introductions lead to sui generis
creation or is
            there a traceable line through all types of media exploration?
        f. the gateways that inhibit artistic practice, be they questions
of bandwidth, net neutrality, software/freeware, planned obsolescence or the
phasing out
            of older technologies. An inquiry into the work of art in the
age of the consumer technology cycle.
        g. Experimental media making as a critical/political practice.
The Congress will take place at the Ontario College of Art and Design (100
McCaul Street) and York University (4700 Keele Street) in Toronto.
Opens December 1 at
Please contact us if you¹d like a registration form mailed or emailed to
you. (contact info below)
Fees: 75$, 25$ cultural workers, students, underemployed (free for OCAD and
York Students with ID)
Our Hotel partner is the Super 8 Downtown Toronto at 222 Spadina Avenue in
Chinatown, a mere 10 minute walk to the Conference venue. Conference rate
is $82.00 [plus taxes] and includes breakfast.
*EARLY BIRD RATE = Book by 15 February and receive FREE PARKING [18.00/day
Book by phoning (647) 426-8118 or 1-877-605-7666
*REQUEST : Images Festival Rate // More info at
-Congress Keynote discussion will take place the evening of Wednesday, April
7 (time + place TBC)
-The Congress will run Thursday-Sunday, April 8-11, 10 AM to 6 PM at OCAD
with additional events at York University (addresses above).
-After March 10, 2010, visit for related evening

Chris Kennedy, Conference Coordinator
2010 International Experimental Media Congress
EMAIL: email suppressed
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.