Gallery of Alberta Media Art (GAMA) - Kim Anderson, Ryan Von Hagen, and Spencer Estabrooks

November 17, 2014 - January 29, 2015
Gallery of Alberta Media Art (GAMA) - Kim Anderson, Ryan Von Hagen, and Spencer Estabrooks
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Show Dates November 17, 2014 - January 29, 2015

Presenter Arts Commons Arts Commons

Venue Arts Commons Video Monitors


Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) presents:

Three New Short Films

Arts Commons video monitors 
November 17, 2014 to January 29, 2015


Arts Commons is proud to partner with the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society and Casa (Lethbridge) to present a selection of short films.

From November 17 – January 29, 2015, three short films will be presented: Hold by Kim Anderson, Ciclo Vital by Ryan Von Hagen, and Itchy: the Blind Gunman by Spencer Estabrooks.

Hold uses overlapping shots of hand-held video combined with experimental animation to create a still, unsteady space which documents the passage of time through the elements. Artist Kim Anderson’s intention is to have the viewer look through the window of both the waking and dreaming mind, using the medium of film.

Through a looping narrative of several morphing animations, Ciclo Vital depicts confusion, suffering, emotion, and faith. This piece is a further exploration of Von Hagen's interest in the way spirituality and hope can become imbued in man-made creations, such as the Holy Ka'aba, or the Noble Cube in Mecca.

Itchy: the Blind Gunman is a western tribute to the longest running Japanese samurai film and TV series, Zatoichi, which features a blind samurai who wanders the world bringing justice to those who need it. The project was shot using anamorphic lenses to capture the desolation and stark beauty of the Alberta badlands.

Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) is an initiative to provide support and ongoing prominent screening space for Alberta media artists and curators.

Title: Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA)

Location: On Arts Commons' three video monitors:
• +15 hallway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
• West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
• Near Centre Court and the stained glass window
Dates: Ongoing from November 17, 2014 to January 29, 2015
Artist reception in the Engineered Air Theatre on December 11 from 5-8 pm

A special thank you to the following organizations for their support: EMMEDIA; Calgary Arts Development; Canada Council for the Arts; and Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA).

Artist Biographies:

Artist: Kim Anderson
Title: Hold
Artist Biography: Kim Anderson was born in Regina and grew up in Calgary. She studied Drawing at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and transferred to Concordia University in Montreal. She graduated with a BFA in Film Animation, and returned to Calgary where she has completed three short animated films.


Artist: Ryan Von Hagen
Title: Ciclo Vital
Artist Biography: Ryan Von Hagen is an Animator, Filmmaker, Sound Designer and Musician living in Calgary, Alberta. Ryan Graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012 from the Media Arts and Digital Technology department. Ryan has put time into working on feature length documentaries; AFA funded short animated films, theatre productions as well as Fine Art shows. He has a wide technical background in the world of animation, as he is passionate in all forms of filmmaking.


Artist: Spencer Estabrooks
Title: Itchy: The Blind Gunman
Artist Biography: Spencer Estabrooks is an Albertan writer, director, editor, with a passion for weird westerns. Raised on a farm in Red Deer his enthusiasm for western culture and fantasy spawned his first short, a zombie western entitled Deadwalkers, which played in numerous festivals around the world. He is currently working on a third weird western Sugar Skullman.

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