Arts Commons presents:
Gallery of Alberta Media Art (GAMA)
Arts Commons video monitors
March 1, 2016 - May 30, 2016
Three new short films and experimental media come to the Arts Commons Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA), each showing snapshots of life and art from the three filmmakers’ unique perspectives: Jadda Tsui’s Wingman, Heather Kai Smith’s A Woman Comes Into the Room, and Joel Hamilton’s M22. 079.
This unique ‘microcinema’ initiative provides free, surprising work from Alberta artists to everyone entering the Arts Commons space. The shorts run continuously on the three public video monitors throughout the centre.
Title: Wingman, A Woman Come Into the Room, and M22. 079.
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
Date: March 1 – May 30, 2016
Reception: Artist reception at Happenings #4 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on Tuesday, April 19 from 6-9pm
Wingman explores the concept of body as both a physical and psychological being. Through a deconstruction of the figure, the almost mechanical aspects of being human are examined individually and up close - senses, organs, emotions, thoughts, and interactions.
Set to Alice Notley's 1979 poem of the same name, A Woman Comes Into The Room explores representations of femininity, the anonymous woman and abstraction through found footage and rotoscoped lines. Produced with support of the Quickdraw Animation Society, and screened at 2015’s GIRAF Festival
Using techniques such as painting and scratching directly onto film, M22. 079 takes a look at machinery, a shipyard, and ecosystems living in a Class M Star. Inspired by a lunar eclipse viewed during a visit to Calgary’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.
Jadda Tsui is an emerging new media artist from Calgary, Alberta. She is currently enrolled at the Alberta College of Art and Design in the Media Arts program. Her work involves the use of integrating performance and installation through video and sound, extending and mixing mediums to explore the strangeness of the body, thoughts, senses, feelings, and the self.
Heather Kai Smith is an artist, illustrator, and animator from Calgary, AB. She received her B.F.A. in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2009. Her solo and collaborative work have been exhibited locally and internationally, simultaneously participating in residencies across the United States and Germany. Using multiple mediums (ranging from animation, printmaking, projection and installation), the foundation of her work is rooted in the practice of drawing.
Joel Hamilton is a dedicated film buff. He is also passionate about art, science, and literature. He has a background in animation, theatre, photography, previewing films, writing, and film production. He is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Chris J. Melnychuk Animation Scholarship from Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS). He has taken the following courses at QAS: Animation Fundamentals; Experimental Animation; Intro to Stop Motion and Advanced Animation. His film M22. 079 won Best of Alberta at the 23rd annual $100 Film Fest.