From: Chris Kennedy (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Feb 19 2010 - 13:04:55 PST
The schedule for the 2010 International Experimental Media Congress in
Toronto is now online at http://www.experimentalcongress.org/schedule.html
The Congress will be running concurrently with the Images Festival.
Press release below. Thanks to everyone who helped by filling out the
The 2010 International Experimental Media Congress
April 7-11, 2010
The 2010 International Experimental Media Congress (April 7-11,
2010) coincides with the closing days of the 23rd Images Festival (April
1-10, 2010). 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 and international field reports, the Congress will
bring together over 50 invited film, video and new media artists, theorists,
archivists and curators from around the world for an intense four days of
discussions and debate.
Registration is now online at www.experimentalcongress.org . Registration
is required, please register early at our website. Space is limited.
Sessions will have rush lines for those interested in attending specific
sessions on a space available basis.
The Congress will take place at the Ontario College of Art and Design (100
McCaul Street) and York University (4700 Keele Street) in Toronto.
Wednesday, April 7 at 7pm, Ontario College of Art and Design Auditorium
Keynote discussion (no-registration required) between Yvonne Rainer and John
Greyson. In conversation with filmmaker John Greyson, choreographer, dancer,
and film/video maker Yvonne Rainer will trace her work as it has developed
over the years and reflect on what it means to move through one medium to
another. Open to non-registrants, $10 general, $5 students.
Saturday, April 10 at 1:30pm, Ontario College of Art and Design Auditorium
Filmmaker Barbara Hammer launches her first book with a reading from
³Hammer!², a memoir tracing her life and practise through its many twists
and turns. Come early for a performance of her piece, Available Space, first
presented in Toronto in 1979! Free!
Other Confirmed Guests include: 16 Beaver, Ainsley Walton, Ali Kazimi,
Andréa Picard, Anne Balsamo, Ayisha Abraham, Barbara Hammer, Bart Testa,
Chamber of Public Secrets, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Christopher Eamon, Daichi
Saito, David Rokeby, David Teh, Donghyun Park, Dont Rhine (Ultra-red), Dot
Tuer, Ed Halter, Hangjun Lee, Henriette Huldisch, Hito Steyerl, Irina
Leimbacher, Jean Gagnon, John Greyson, Jorge La Ferla, Kathy High, Kevin
Jerome Everson, Khaled Ramadan, Konrad Becker, Michael Snow, Ming-Yuen S.
Ma, Nicky Hamlyn, Nicole Gingras, Ou Ning, Peggy Gale, Pelle Snickars, Peter
Ride, Pip Chodorov, Ross Lipman, Shai Heredia, Simone Jones, Sobhi
Al-Zobaidi, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Steve Anker, Steve Loft, Susan
Oxtoby, Tamar Guimaraes, Tom Sherman, Ursula Biemann, Vera Frenkel, Wafaa
Bilal, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Yvonne Rainer.
Topics and discussions will include:
1. Field reports on Korea and India, two geographic locations with
burgeoning experimental scenes.
2. 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.
c. the institutionalizing and mythologizing of experimental media
3. Panels on:
a. The urgency of the archive, from the perspective of preservation and
archival practise and the archive as source material for
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 come together?
e. Experimental media making as a critical/political practice.
Supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the City of Toronto through the
Toronto Arts Council.
Additional support from the Canada Council¹s Visiting Curator¹s Program; the
Goethe-Institut Toronto; Prefix Photo¹s Urban Field Speaker Series; Public
Access; and Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre, Ryerson University.
For more information, please contact Chris Kennedy at 416 697-9665,
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.