In partnership with SFU's school of communication

Media Democracy Days 2016: Free Media Arts Exhibit

The goal of MDD is not only to know and change the media, but to “be the media,” sharing works that challenge the dominant tropes of commercial production and offer other means of understanding. At this year’s community-directed Media Democracy Days, we are excited to present a line-up of film and sound work by independent creators from Vancouver, Montreal, and the United States. Our playlist ranges across genres from surrealism to documentary, with each piece presenting experience and knowledge from outside a mainstream media lens. These works uniquely explore urban space, mobility, environmental connection, memory, cultural commentary, resistance, and technology.

The set will air on November 19th in the Media Democracy Days workshop and conference area at Harbour Centre (Downtown Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territory). We invite MDD attendees and the public to drop by and enjoy this free exhibition, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Note: SFU Harbour Centre is a fully accessible campus. Floorplan (with locations of wheelchair accessible washrooms):

~ Helena Krobath and Pietro Sammarco, MDD Film Exhibit Coordinators

The Forgotten by Sundus Abdul Hadi

The Forgotten by Sundus Abdul Hadi

MDD Film Exhibitors (check out the exhibition for full credits and film descriptions)

Sundus Abdul Hadi
This is Not Haifa Street (3:16)
The Forgotten (0:58)

Sundus Abdul Hadi is an Iraqi-Canadian multimedia artist. She was born in the UAE, raised and educated in Montreal, where she earned a BFA and is currently working towards a Masters in Communication Studies. Her work is a subversive and sensitive documentation of current crises in the Middle East, often using manipulated photographic imagery, mixed-media painting, artist books and sound. Abdul Hadi is the co-founder of The Medium, a global multidisciplinary artist collective. 

Jeremy Todd
To Your Absence (tenth letter) (1:44)
To Whom It May Concern (fifth letter) (1:01)
To Infomercial Actors (first letter) (3:17)

These videos are part of Jeremy Todd’s ongoing Not Sent Letters project, an entanglement with the production of meaning, self and cultural memory, involving image/text epistolary detours online (since 2005), digital shorts, interdisciplinary performance works and cooperatively realized public events.

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D.
Returning (3:36)
Hands to the Sky (4:02)

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, comics, transmedia, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes as an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University.

New National Film Board of Canada (NNFB)
What is This Place? (10:56)

We are the New National Film Board of Canada, a DIY film studio dedicated to documenting everything that the established NFB cannot or will not. 

The Shore Line Project
A Totem Journey (3:15)
Mapping Heritage (5:35)

The Shore Line is a collaborative documentary profiling how educators, artists, architects, scientists, city planners, and youth organizations from Canada, the U.S., Panama, India, Bangladesh and New Zealand are confronting coastal challenges with innovation. 

Aimee Louw
My Shoreline (4:19)

Aimee Louw is a writer, filmmaker, communications scholar, and radio host. Her media practice spans topics of accessibility, sexuality, Canadian cultures, and feminism. In recent years, Aimee has been a part of the growing accessibility advocacy community in Montreal, Canada, focusing on accessible transit and cultural spaces. 

Kate Henderson
Awareness Technology

Kate Henderson is a Vancouver-based artist who works with video, projection, photography, collage, and installation. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2013 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007. She has exhibited at the Burrard Arts Foundation, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Belkin Satellite, VIVO, Access Gallery, Gallery 295, and the AHVA Gallery at the Audain Art Centre at UBC.

Laurence Parent
Wheeling Interview with Sunaura Taylor – From the Bay Area to NYC (5:24)
Interview with Jeanne L’Hermite – Clip #2 (4:03)

Laurence Parent is a PhD candidate in Humanities at Concordia University. She holds an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University. She lives in Montréal and is passionate about disability activism, disability history and mobility. Laurence’s doctoral research examines what is means to wheel and walk from a disability perspective. Her academic and art work has featured in numerous conferences and exhibitions in Canada, the United States and England.

Marita Michaelis
Rent Videos

Marita Michaelis: Leftover Crafts(Marita Michaelis, Saoirse Soley, and Eyvan Collins) are renters on unceded Coast Salish territories.

Alexandra Spence and Katrina Stamatopoulos
Transmission Ring (6:44)

Alexandra Spence is an Australian sound artist/musician currently based in Vancouver. Alex is interested in the relationship between humans and their sonic environments and the idea of listening as an active practice. Alex has performed & presented work in Australia, Canada & Europe, and she is the co-curator of Tidal ~ Signal Festival, which aims to highlight women, transgender, genderqueer & intergender artists working in left-field genres. Alex is a recent graduate of the MFA interdisciplinary arts program at Simon Fraser University. 

Katrina Stamatopoulos is a London based photographic artist. Graduating in 2012, Katrina studied Photomedia and Film theory at COFA, University of NSW Sydney, Australia. In 2016, she has participated in After Eden, an exhibition held in Budapest (in correspondence with the Annual Degrowth Festival), and Manpower ’16, an International Art festival held in Lisbon, Portugal.Katrina is a previous resident of the BigCi (Bilpin Ground for Creative Initiatives) Wollemi National Park, Australia, and Haihatus Art Center, Finland. 

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte
In-Between (False Creek)
In-Between (Olympic Village)

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, and writer based in Vancouver. She completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Coalesce Performance Festival (Ottawa, 2015), Through a Window (Vancouver, 2015), and Deformes Performance Biennale (Valdivia, Chile, 2014). Recent curatorial projects include 2055 Public Programs (UNIT/PITT, 2014-15), Glissements de terrains (Capture Festival, 2015) and Acts of Spatial Decolonization: On Occupation, Settlement and Ownership (Decoy Magazine, 2015).