By Michael Grondin
CALGARY – Calgary media art society EMMEDIA will be hosting it’s annual experimental media arts festival Particle + Wave, which will explore a wide range of multimedia and audio/visual performances from February 1–3.
“EMMEDIA is a non-profit arts centre in Calgary and we specialize in presenting and producing a wide range of media arts,” says Vicki Chau, EMMEDIA’s programming director. “Such media includes video, audio, web and anything that can be produced digitally.” EMMEDIA’s space includes a production studio that includes editing facilities, a screening room and a small gallery.
Though it is not the first Particle + Wave, Chau says going forward it will be an annual exploration and celebration of experimental art, which will showcase international artists as well as local and national.
“A lot of the work that we show is constantly evolving with the technology that is available,” she says, adding that this year’s content will include “screenings, live visual/audio performances, multimedia exhibitions, as well as workshops and artist talks to provide context and to also give a critical discourse of the work we present.”
The main events will take place at both EMMEDIA’s on-site gallery in Sunulta and their feature night will take place at Festival Hall, on February 3.
“Our on-site gallery space will have a group exhibition called The Channelers, and it will be curated by Laura Marsden and Maria Fedorova from Vancouver,” explains Chau. “The whole exhibition itself revolves around artists using the web as an arts platform. We have people creating digital video, using gifs, using online arts platforms.”
Their feature night will host a wide range of local artists from different audio/visual backgrounds, including “audio, video, animation and the use of digital interfaces and landscapes. Be immersed in media arts with live audio-visual performances incorporating dance, radio frequencies and the weird deep web, or experience an interactive installation in the lobby that utilizes your body in the creation and destruction of a strange world.”
Chau says Particle + Wave is meant to inspire and open up new perceptions to visual, media art.
“It’s really great to all of these different artists, with different backgrounds and practices, collaborating together to create these new media arts pieces,” Chau concludes. “We wanted to have a celebration of media arts and get inspired by all of the different work we showcase.”
Particle + Wave’s feature night will take place at Festival Hall on February 3 at 7:30 p.m.Festival Hall, PARTICLE + WAVE