ARCCO e-Bulletin Vol. 12 #1
January 16, 2014
This issue of ARCCO’s e-bulletin contains everything you need to know about ARCCO’s Annual General Meeting Days, with events running on Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24, 2014. Women’s Art Resource Centre (WARC Gallery) will be generously hosting the events this year in Toronto.
YOUR AGM Check List
[ ] PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE – Please RSVP the ARCCO office ASAP by emailing email@example.com or phone 519-672-7898.
[ ] RENEW YOUR ARCCO MEMBERSHIP FOR 2013-14 – Please bring the membership form and a cheque with you when you register. Please note that the ARCCO AGM on Friday, January 24 will be open to ARCCO members only.
[ ] CALL Holiday Inn Express Downtown – Holiday Inn Express Downtown, 111 Lombard Street. Holiday Inn offers ARCCO members a special rate of $119+ applicable taxes on single or double rooms, plus $10 per additional person on parties of 3 or more. You can take advantage of this deal by calling the front desk at 1-416-367-5555 and by stating that you’re booking with ARCCO (please also spell out ARCCO so they can find us in the system). Book now to secure your rooms.
ARCCO members may also take advantage of this rate online by booking with ARCCO’s Corporate ID: 100239471
For complete details, visit ARCCO’s website:
MEMBERSHIP FEES: July 1, 2013: ARCCO Membership Fees are due.
Please submit your membership renewal form with payment ASAP. Fees are due as of July 1, 2013 and all members are required to pay their fees prior to participating in these events.
*Travel subsidy is provided for Full and Associate Members ONLY. Subsidy is available for one representative per centre, and covers economy long distance travel only. Please save your receipts for actual costs i.e.: gas receipts for travel by car, economy air/train/bus travel and submit to ARCCO by mail after the meeting. Please note that ARCCO cannot reimburse in-town travel (buses, cabs, parking, etc.). The travel subsidy cannot exceed the total travel fund fees collected. ARCCO will aim for 100% reimbursement of eligible travel costs; however, it may be necessary to pro-rate at a lower percentage. Please see the Travel Subsidy Form for more details. The Travel Subsidy Form will be emailed and/or mailed to you.
ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception
Thursday, January 23, 2014 – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: WARC Gallery – 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 122 – (416) 977-0097
ARCCO is pleased to acknowledge outstanding excellence in Ontario’s artist-run centre community by awarding Penny McCann, Director of SAW Video Media Art Centre for her ongoing commitment and significant contribution to artists and arts organizations in Ontario.
Please join us at this special occasion and presentation honouring Penny McCann and her work in our community.
Presentations will begin at 6:00 pm.
Generously hosted by WARC Gallery and sponsored by Cinnamon Girls Catering and Steam Whistle.
|Recipient of ARCCO’s 3rd Achievement Award: Penny McCann.|
Director, SAW Video Media Art Centre
|Described as “an artist, an anchor, an activist, and an advocate”, Penny McCann’s contribution to the Canadian artist-run community spans over 20 years, first in the role of media artist and board member, and more recently as an arts administrator. Now Director of SAW Video in Ottawa, a position she has held since 2004, Penny’s induction into artist-run culture began as a member of SAW Video’s Management committee from 1992-2001. She served as chair of the multi-disciplinary centre Galerie SAW Video in 1992-95, and participated on the board of ARCCO from 2005-2009. Most notably, she served as national president of the Independent Film and Video Alliance (now IMAA) from 1996-1999 at a critical time in the organization’s history. Penny currently sits on the board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO), where she holds the position of Vice-president. In 2007, in recognition of her contribution to the Ottawa media arts community, Penny was awarded the prestigious Victor Tolgesy Award for achievement in the arts.|
Bios of the Presenters:
Fynn Leitch has an MA in Visual Culture from Queen’s University (2006) where her work focused at the intersection of craft and protest. Since 2011 she has led the direction of ARTSPACE, including the development of an onsite Media Lab, and has renewed the centre’s commitment to critical writing and publishing. Curator, writer, and artist, her work has appeared in catalogues, magazines, and galleries across the country. She also works as an advocate for the arts regionally and provincially.
Peter has a BFA and MFA from Concordia University. A co-founder of Mainfilm in Montreal, he was also the Director of Mainfilm’s 5 DAYS OF CANADIAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA festival. From 1995 to 2005 he worked as the National Director of the Independent Media Arts Alliance. He wrote the book “On the History of the Alliance” published in 2007. Peter taught film production in the Cinema Department of Concordia University for 6 years. Since 2005, he has worked as the Executive Director of MediaNet, an artist-run video production center. At the University of Victoria he has taught courses on the Economy of Art & Culture, the History of Comics, and a course on video art, which he also taught at the Vancouver Island School of Art. He is also a rockabilly musician, a comic strip artist and has made over 20 short experimental films and videos since 1980.
Scott Miller Berry
Scott Miller Berry has been working with artist-run community- based arts collectives and organizations for over 15 years. He is the Executive Director of the Images Festival (Toronto), where he has worked since 2001 and shepherded many projects, tours and publications. He sits on the Boards of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO/RAMO), the national Independent Media Arts Alliance, holds an MA from the New School for Social Research, New York and maintains an independent filmmaking + programming practice.
Roy Mitchell, until the fall of 2013 was the Executive Director of Trinity Square Video. After 12 years in the position, Roy left TSV to reinvent himself in the country on a 100 acre farm. How long this will take is as yet unknown. In addition to being an arts administrator, Roy is also a video maker and performance artist and sees the next phase of his life focusing more on writing and video art. His video work has been screened across Canada and internationally. He has worked as a consultant with not-for-profit organizations in capacity building and strats planning. Roy dreams of a Toronto without Rob Ford and his divisive and bullying ways and spent some energy and creativity fighting the Ford Nation bullshit. Roy is a community organizer and has served on the Board of Pride Toronto and hosts ROYNATION, the weekly internet radio show that focuses on art, culture and politics. A future in politics has not yet been ruled out.
Holly Cunningham is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts program and Nipissing University fine arts which prompted her move to northern Ontario. Working as the managing director of the Near North Mobile Media Lab, Holly is actively involved in the arts community of North Bay and sits on the executive board of the White Water Gallery and as chair of Ice Follies Biennial. Holly is also a board member of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA). Her artistic practice revolves around video, painting, and music.
Madi is a Toronto based filmmaker/animator, born in Peru. After living and working in Lima, Paris and Bogota, Madi moved to Toronto in 1998 and started working in the independent film community. She programs, mentors, creates and commissions animation projects. Her films have been supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Madi is President of the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) and Treasurer of MANO/RAMO.
Friday, January 24, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Members Forum, Funders Forum, ARCCO Annual General Meeting
Location: WARC Gallery – 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 122 – (416) 977-0097
You Know, As Artists and Writers, We Are All Actually Working 24 Hours a Day
9:50 am – 10:30 am
Presenter: cheyanne turions, independent, Toronto-based curator and writer
Using examples of precarity from the cultural sector, turions proposes a relational understanding of the experience as a possible point of departure for alliances between workers of all types in these crises moments of late capitalism.
cheyanne turions is an independent writer and curator based in Toronto. Currently, she is the Shop Manager/Curator at Art Metropole and the Curatorial Resident at SBC Gallery in Montreal.
10:35 am – 11:35 am
Facilitator: Jewell Goodwyn, Executive Director, ARCCO
This meeting has been especially struck so that our members can prepare for the Funders Forum.
In preparation for our meeting with the representatives from both the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation, this is your opportunity to share your concerns with the other members and arrange a list of questions and recommendations for the Funders Forum.
Who from your centre should attend? This meeting is for ARCCO Members ONLY (in good standing) from visual and media arts centres. Make sure your organization is represented at this meeting by key staff and Board members including Director, President, and other members of the Board of Directors.
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Presenter: Penny McCann, Director, SAW Video Media Art Centre
A brand new arts facility development is being undertaken by the City of Ottawa – the redevelopment of Arts Court. SAW Video is one of the organizations slated to get a new facility in 2017. Director Penny McCann will talk about how an artist-run centre can work collaboratively with a municipal behemoth towards a shared vision.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Facilitator: Josefa Radman, Factory Media Centre and ARCCO Vice-President
This year we’re taking it up a notch and addressing the shifts that are taking place in our external environment and asking the funders how their agencies are responding to these changes.
Sylvie Gilbert, Head, Visual Arts Section, Canada Council for the Arts
Sanjay Shahani, Program Manager, Province-Wide / Strategy Lead, Arts and Culture Sector, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Zhe Gu, Visual Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council
ARCCO’s Annual General Meeting
Friday, January 24, 2014 – WARC Gallery – 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 122 – 416-977-0097
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Josefa Radman, ARCCO Vice-President
1.0 Welcome and Call to Order (President)
1.1 Approval of the Agenda (President)
1.2 Approval of Minutes from November 22, 2012 (President)
1.3 Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer)
1.4 Appointment of the Auditor (Treasurer)
1.5 Election of Directors (President)
Report from Nominations Committee
Josefa Radman, ARCCO Vice-President
The mandate of this years’ committee was to acknowledge ARCCO’s priorities, and consider the skills and representation required to best fill the vacancies and to build a well-balanced and effective board. We consulted with our full members to determine their interest in serving on the Board and came up with our recommendation.
The Nominations Committee presented their recommendations to the Board and the following proposal was accepted by the Board to present to the membership at the AGM.
Current Board Members, continuing their terms:
Clayton Windatt, President, White Water Gallery, North Bay
Josefa Radman, Vice President, Factory Media Centre, Hamilton
Fynn Leitch, Treasurer, ARTSPACE, Peterborough
Christine Burchnall, Secretary, Artcite Inc., Windsor
Andrea Carvalho, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton
Jenna Faye Powell, Forest City Gallery, London
Also Happening at 401 Richmond:
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120 – (416) 979-3941
What Was Will Be: Christina Battle, Kristie MacDonald
January 10, 2014 – February 15, 2014
Through the lens of archives from early to mid 20th century, Kristie MacDonald and Christina Battle present us with evocative media installations based on natural disasters. Eerily these records from the past seem to act more as prophesy, in our current context of global climate change.
What Was Will Be brings together MacDonald’s series Mechanisms for Correcting the Past and Battle’s project dearfield, colorado.
Yellow Font Forest Green: Alexis Dirks
January 10, 2014 – February 15, 2014
Gallery 44 Vitrines Exhibition
Reflecting on the authority of imagery in constructing an understanding of spaces, objects and landscapes, I make photographs and installations that suggest the disconnections between a physical experience and its two-dimensional representation. Through processes of fragmenting, editing and re-constructing found imagery, I treat images like sculptural objects, which are then photographed and returned to an image. In this way, a system of re-ordering and distillation takes place between the found images and their re-representation, allowing the context, narrative, authorship, and authenticity to be called into question.
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104 – (416) 504-8238
Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up: Guillaume Brisson-Darveau & Pascaline Knight
January 10 – February 15, 2014
Open Studio is pleased to present Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up, an exhibition by Montreal-based artists Guillaume Brisson-Darveau & Pascaline Knight from January 10 – February 15, 2014. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Montreal-based artist, Caroline Cloutier.
Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up borrows from the visual code of construction sites, utilizing a megalomaniacal overproduction in order to speak of the increasing speed at which things are destroyed and built in the name of development. Printed primarily on Tyvek® HomeWrap® – a widely used building material that prevents weather-related damages – the installation becomes a metaphor for our collective impermeability towards each other.
Guillaume Brisson-Darveau & Pascaline Knight build on an experimental practice combining screenprinting, intervention and installation work. Pascaline Knight holds a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Concordia University (1996) and Guillaume Brisson-Darveau holds a Masters Degree from University Laval (2011). As a duo, they have exhibited primarily in Montréal, notably at ARPRIM, Diagonale Gallery and Atelier Graff. Brisson-Darveau and Knight have been working together creatively for more than three years, primarily using screenprint, sculpture and video, where scale, color and motif play a central role. They often stage themselves in their installations to challenge preconceived social, cultural, gender or situational perceptions. Through their creative process, they sample their surroundings to create new personal semantic spaces that are then adapted to the gallery space at hand. The artists perceive the use of their bodies as a malleable material by elaborating, fragmenting and camouflaging to re-invent social interactions, rituals. They make fake things to hide real things, which paradoxically reveal them. Their work is fun and humorous although there is an underlying gravity, that always returns to their physicality and humanity.
Ring in the New: Anna Gaby-Trotz, Zavi Lerman and Amy Uyeda
January 10 – February 15, 2014
Print Sales Gallery
This annual exhibition highlights new artists that have joined the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery over the past year. The focus is on emerging artists to watch for, and their contemporary perspectives within the tradition of printmaking.
In-Flight Views: Astrid Ho
January 10 – February 15, 2014
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery
Astrid Ho’s abstract works reference the environment and images of nature. Her new abstract monotypes on paper continue to reference nature, within the context of the aerial perspective. The images of her work are based on passing snapshots during her flights to/from Thunder Bay, Vancouver and New York City, between August to November 2013. The passing moments of time, and the distilled views are explored through her prints. Astrid Ho is a Hong Kong-born, Toronto-based artist. She received an Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design with Honours in 1997, and received a BFA from OCAD University through the degree-completion program in 2010. In her fine arts practice, Ho attended a printmaking residency at the Vermont Studio Center with a fellowship in 2005, and is a staff (since 2004) and artist member (since 1998) of Open Studio. She has been an arts instructor at the McMichael Collection, Latcham Gallery and Open Studio, where she teaches occasionally in weekend workshops. In 2009, Ho received a project grant from the Ontario Arts Council Access and Career Development Grant, creating Versions, a print installation. Her numerous solo and group exhibitions include Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront (ON), Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery (NL), Olive Branch Press (NY), AWOL Gallery (ON), and Open Studio (ON). Her works are represented in various art collections including Bank of Montreal, The Canada Council Art Bank, Holt Renfrew, National Bank of Canada, and St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 122 – (416) 977-0097
Tracings: Recent work from W5 Collective
January 18 – February 15, 2014
Artists: Buseje Bailey, Grace Channer, Alexandra Gelis, Margie Macdonald, and Alexandra Majerus
Curated by Pamela Edmonds
This group exhibition features multidisciplinary work from the Toronto-based artist collective,”W5″. Drawing upon their individual and collective experiences as women of diverse immigrant origins, Buseje Bailey, Grace Channer, Alexandra Gelis, Margie Macdonald and Alexandra Majerus explore innovative artistic practices which act as visual and sonic mappings exploring cross-cultural histories, stories, places and environments. Investigating the relationship between landscape, migration, memory and social-political issues, together their work brings an awareness of how the interplay of movement and rootedness, be-longing and identity can be re-presented using new media and time-based technology, while focusing on the material conditions under which varied communities live, work and know.
Formed in 2011, the collective members have also worked individually with community groups and organizations in an atmosphere of creativity and respect for differences for over 20 years. Drawing upon their experiences negotiating complex multicultural urban, rural and suburban environments, their mission states: “we recognize the interdisciplinary role that art plays in contemporary lives and fully embrace the radical changes of practicing art in the world today.”
YYZ Artists’ Outlet
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 140 – (416) 598-4546
Sonic Scores: Nobuo Kubota
January 11 – March 8, 2014
Nobuo Kubota’s exhibition Sonic Scores represents a continuing engagement with sound that goes back to 1962 with the formation of the Artists’ Jazz Band, the improvising orchestra the CCMC between 1974 & 1990, the formation of the Music Gallery by the CCMC in 1975, and his introduction to sound poetry in 1984. In 1985, he constructed the Sound Cage within which he performed with the CCMC. Kubota also performed Mouth Mechanics at YYZ in 1992. The exploration and experimentation of “phonics” was followed by intermedia works of three dimensional phonics titled Phonic Slices, Deep Text, and Phonic Traces. He created a video titled Loop Holes in 2002, an installation of vocal sound poetry on nine randomly arranged monitors. These events have in common his search for free expression and free improvisation in music and sound.
Kubota began to develop a personal style of calligraphy more suited to new vocal sounds, electronic vocal manipulation, and noise related sounds which belonged more to the term “sonics” around 2002. In early 2013, as he was examining some of these calligraphic scores drawn around the year 2004, his attention focused on three scores titled Sonic Scores for Double Bass, Cello, and Violin. These scores were drawn with a fine Chinese calligraphy brush on a 10” x 13” size paper, almost in miniature. He examined these scores under magnification and discovered a world of details and attitudes that were not obvious with the naked eye. As sonic scores, these details were important as suggestions for improvisation. Kubota also discovered another set of drawings that had been exposed to toner manipulation. This exhibit is about the discovery and revelation of aspects of the 2006 Sonic Scores and its relationship to improvisation.
Careful Management and Study of Relations: Randi Nygård
January 11 – March 8, 2014
The main work in the exhibition is titled “Ecology and Economy, Careful Management and Study of Relations” which consists of a series of collages of text and images departing from the definitions of the terms ecology and economy in the Oxford Etymological Dictionary. By defining the words and then combining them, sentences are formed that function both as titles and guidelines for the work.
The sculpture of layered mirrors and photos of patterns in nature is an attempt to manifest the hypothesis which explains that time is not a fundamental structure, but that it appears between things in the universe; so if you imagine cutting the world into pieces, the different parts may function as clocks for each other.
Some people can learn a new language in two weeks. They say they can do it by applying an intuitive understanding of what a word means depending on its sound, length, and rhythm. Words starting or ending with the same sound will stand for similar visual forms to them. As such, in the drawing titled “Strek – Struktur” each line follows the former, starting with a straight line that is then repeated by hand creating bumps, cracks, and a complex structure. It is a visual and bodily meditation on the fact that in Germanic languages most words that contain Str stand for something long and thin, such as strek, stripe, strøk, which all can mean “line”, in Norwegian.
The work titled “To Imagine the Real – Climate Change and The Atlas of Human Brain Connections” consists of two books sliced into each other uniting and opening images of the climate change seen in landscapes and the human brain.
In these intersections, between the flat and the spatial, the figurative and the abstract, the scientific and the poetic, there is a wish to see the world in a more open and interconnected manner.
Exhibitions and Events at Other Toronto Members:
1313 Queen Street West, Suite 120 – (416) 536-6778
January 22nd – February 2nd, 2013
An exhibition of works inspired or influenced by architecture.
594b Dundas Street West
December 12, 2013 – February 1, 2014
4:00 pm – 4:00 am Daily
Curated by Golboo Amani, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Mohammad Rezaei
Artists: Adam Waldron-Blain, Amy Malbeuf, Ashley Ohman & Joleen Toner, Caitilind R. C Brown, Conne Freitas, Dani Lamorte, Greg Doble, Edwin Janzen, Elyse Portal, Helen Teager, Jennifer Chan, Jessica Karuhanga, Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik, Joshua Vettivelu, Lindsay Sorell, Nicholas Crombach, Nic Greasy, Patrick Cruz, Roya Akbari, Ryan Von Hagen, Suzanne Morissette, Todd Rederburg, Waleed Nesyif, Walter Scott, and Zac MacArthur
In the following winter months, Whippersnapper is excited to present Sidewalk Screening. The video exhibition series features 26 emerging artists from across Canada. Representing a broad range of styles and subject matter, this collage of emergent voices creates an aesthetic conversation for a diverse audience. The series is intended to provide a visual reprieve from the dark winter landscape of the city. By being projected onto the surface of the gallery windows these video works interact with the audience outside gallery by filling the streetscape with animated shorts. Speakers installed outside the gallery allow viewers to experience an aesthetic intervention in the visual and auditory landscape of the everyday. The exhibition will be projected from 4pm (sunset) until 4am (sunrise) daily starting December 12th. The Sidewalk Screening website features descriptions and animated .gifs of all the artists works as well as an exhibition text written by Alvis Choi. Viewers are encouraged to visit the website and vote for their pick for the Viewer’s Choice Award at www.Sidewalkscreening.com
ARCCO wishes to thank all of the presenters and facilitators for their contribution to this years’ Annual General Meeting.
ARCCO extends a special thanks to: Linda Abrahams, her staff and the Board of WARC Gallery; to our partners SAW Video Media Art Centre and Holiday Inn Express Downtown Toronto; our sponsors Steam Whistle and Cinnamon Girls Café and Catering; and last but not least ARCCO’s Board and volunteers.
ARCCO wishes to also thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their participation and representation at this year’s Funders Forum.
ARCCO gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation are arms length agencies of the Government of Ontario. Now in its 50th year, the Ontario Arts Council plays a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. To learn more visit arts.on.ca.
|Women’s Art Resource Centre – WARC Gallery
Cinnamon Girls Café and Catering
Steam Whistle Brewing Company
Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown
|Ontario Arts Council
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Canada Council for the Arts
P.O. Box 44026
431 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A 5R0
ARCCO Executive Director
Axl T. Ernst