Soundscape - Jan 2017

January 3, 2017

For Immediate Release 
January 3, 2017


Arts Commons Presents:

River Alms featuring Chandra Melting Tallow


CALGARY – Arts Commons Presents is proud to announce River Alms, an experimental pop soundscape inspired by both the living and spirit world of Blackfoot culture and Siksika Nation, composed by Chandra Melting Tallow who is also the creator of Mourning Coup, her highly anticipated debut album this past summer.  

River Alms is an emotionally charged and haunting soundscape that mixes the sounds and traditions of Chandra’s past with a new futuristic aesthetic. It is other worldly and completely costuming to seek and comment upon a new identity of being empowered from a marginalized past. Tallow work seeks to demonstrate the influence of ancestors and the spirit world have in the day to day which is inherent to my worldview as a Blackfoot person.”                                                                       

“Through the existential lens of the ethereal I address matters of marginalization, intergenerational trauma, colonization, and the way these manifest in the body and cognition,” says Melting Tallow. 

The Arts Commons +15 Soundscape is a unique multichannel sound system that provides sound art opportunities to local and national sound artists, which is available for passersby to freely experience. Arts Commons has curated the 16-17 season of the +15 Soundscape program to showcase 3 new soundscapes created by aboriginal identified artists.  


Title:                     Arts Comments Presents Visual & Media Arts

               River Alms by Chandra Melting Tallow

Location:             +15 Soundscape at Arts Commons

Date:                    January 4 – April 28, 2017

Reception:         Artist Reception at Happenings #6 in the Upper Mezzanine of Arts Commons on

Monday, February 27 from 6-9pm



Please see attached for artist biographies.




For media inquiries or more information contact:

Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager







Artist Biographies


Chandra Melting Tallow is Vancouver based a multi-disciplinary artist and musician of Blackfoot and mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. She works primarily in sound, installation and performance. Her work has been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver and Istanbul. Chandra Melting Tallow also performers in the highly acclaimed experimental musical project called Mourning Coup. Her debut album “Baby Blue,” an emotionally-charged piece developed through the processing of the effects of inter-generational trauma in a world of fantasy and ethereality.



Arts Commons Presents:

Three Alberta artists demonstrate the use of abstract narratives in experimental media


CALGARY –Arts Commons Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) is proud to showcase three short films that experiment with cameraless filmmaking, digital superimposition, and visual music, showing different ways that a narrative can be abstracted to tell a deeper meaning. The films run continuously day-and-night on three public video monitors throughout the centre and are available to everyone entering Arts Commons, for free.

Joe Kelly’s MSG is a 16mm cameraless film employing printing ink directly on film. This is a technique invented by the artist to facilitate the rapid production of cameraless film, a technique that is a slow laborious process where one frame is rendered at a time, sometimes taking years to complete a single short film.

Jordan Schinkel’s A show for nobody is an assemblage composed of collected video fragments, which are combined using methods of digital superimposition. The constructed narrative is a search for anything (or nothing) in the idle landscape of the city after dark—a video nocturne examining mental spaces in your own head.


D. Raylene Campbell’s Trajectory draws inspiration from the artist’s research on hot springs in western Canada. With the assistance of videographer, Dylan Rhys Howard, this work pairs and juxtaposes footage of various hot springs at Nakusp and the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, with recordings of musical performances captured live at various locations in Edmonton.


The Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) remains the only permanent exhibition space for short films, animation, and video created by Alberta media artists. Arts Commons is proud to partner with the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society. These films are also screening in Casa Gallery (Lethbridge) and the Alberta Legislature Building (Edmonton).


Arts Commons Presents: Gallery of Alberta Media Arts

Titles:               MSG by Joe Kelly, A show for nobody by Jordan Schinkel,

Trajectory by D. Raylene Campbell

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:                September 5 – November 27, 2016
Reception:        Artist reception at Happenings #6 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on

Monday, October 31 from 6-9pm


Please see attached for artist biographies.


For media inquiries or more information contact:

Richard Lam, Communications Manager





Joe Kelly is a Newfoundland born media artists working in Calgary. He studied film and video at the Quickdraw Animation society and the Calgary society of Independent Filmmakers Joe was the artist in residences at the Calgary society of independent filmmakers and has attended two thematic residences at the Banff centre for the Arts. Joe has made a number of films that have been screened and awarded internationally.

Jordan Schinkel is an emerging multidisciplinary artist from Calgary. He is also current student at the Alberta College of Art + Design, pursuing a BFA in Drawing. His work explores the language of fragmentation, trace, and ambiguity through variety of media including video, drawing, and photography.

D. Raylene Campbell is a sound artist who has embraced various creative practices including improvisation, composition, performance art, sound and image, public intervention, and Deep Listening. She studied/worked as a freelance artist in New York and Montreal from 2000 to 2009, has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and taught in the Department of Music at Concordia University. The focus of Raylene’s creative process involves explorations of acoustic ecology, psychogeography, computer interactive technology, and audience interactivity in both performance and installation environments. Raylene is currently based in Edmonton.


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