Gallery of Alberta Media Art (GAMA) - Dreams and Stories

June 1 - August 28, 2015
Gallery of Alberta Media Art (GAMA) - Dreams and Stories
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Show Dates June 1 - August 28, 2015

Presenter Arts Commons Arts Commons

Venue Arts Commons Video Monitors

Arts Commons presents:

Dreams and Stories featured with GAMA (Gallery of Alberta Media Art)
Arts Commons video monitors 
June 1 to August 28, 2015

Artist Reception: Thursday, August 27, 5:00-8:00pm 


Three new short films come to Arts Commons on the Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) monitors this week including Lyle Pisio’s Haiku 7:PULSE,  Manuel Ermecheo’s Broken Paradise, and Sandra Vida’s Journey.
Haiku 7:PULSE is a short stop-motion haiku about a drum troll struggling for freedom from his prison, while an artist works to free his muse. Filmed as part of a residency at The Ledge Gallery in Arts Commons last summer, it is the 7th episode in the series of stop-motion Haikus by Pisio.
Broken Paradise is an experimental video that features dream-like scenes of the video symbolizing the jump between fragmented memories and imagination.  “The main focus of my work is to achieve hypnotic and breathtaking imagery that will capture the attention of the viewer at first glance,” says video artist Manuel Ermecheo.
Journey is an ethereal short film that invites you into a mood of mediation as a white horse moves in an endless loop towards the viewer, enhanced by the natural sounds of wind and water. Creating a contemplative and immersive space, the interplay of images and sound aims to call up the viewer’s own dreams and reflections.

Title:                Haiku 7:PULSE, Broken Paradise, and Journey
Location:        On the Arts Commons three video monitors
+15 pedway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer 
Near Ca’Puccini Café and the stained glass window
Dates:             June 1st – August 28th, 2015
                        Artist reception in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons
on Thursday, August 27th from 5-8 pm

Artist Biographies 

Lyle Pisio is a Calgary based artist, musician and animator. A founding member of the free-improvisational bands ‘Street of Crocodiles’ and ‘tokyosexwhale’, Lyle has been making films and animation since 2000. His films have been screened worldwide in over 100 festivals and have received several awards for animation, music, and artistic design. His films include: The Unholy (2004), Another Lost Soul (2006), Visages (2008), The Empress (2009), and Wrecking Ball (2010).
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Manuel Ermecheo is one of the few people in that society to “risk” their future with a career in the arts. Having no previous training in media or fine arts, Ermecheo moved to Canada where he became a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Arts and Design.
Sandra Vida’s work over the past three decades has included photo-based collage, performance, film, video and installation. In addition to her art practice, she is known for her involvement in Calgary’s artist-run centres and as an advocate for the arts. She is also known as an arts writer, and has facilitated a wide variety of creative projects. Sandra has been nominated twice for a Governor-General’s visual and media arts award, has received the Epcor Established Arts award at the Mayor’s Luncheon for Business and the Arts, and was one of three finalists for Alberta’s first Marion Nicoll Visual Art award.


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