Online Exhibition Launch – Poems for Impending Doom

CFAT is excited to announce the launch of Poems for Impending Doom an online exhibition curated by our current Curators-in-Residence Lucy Pauker and Alessia Oliva. As our world seems to be burning around us (both metaphorically and literally), our curators asked four artists to write poems about how we would do it, if we could do it all again. The exhibition will features work by Camille Rojas, Madeline Scott, Camila Salcedo, and Arielle Twist.

The online exhibition will be launched at the Art Bar (1873 Granville St.) on Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 7pm. The launch will offer a sneak peek of the website as well as the physical exhibition catalogue. There will be food, refreshments and a chance to speak with the curators.


Access Notes:
The doors to the Art Bar have no buttons to press for automatic entry – staff and volunteers will be monitoring the door for anyone who may need assistance. The main entrance to the Art Bar is ground level. There are gender-neutral washroom stalls, which include 3 toilets and a urinal.

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

Header image by Arielle Twist.

Artist Talk with Israel Ekanem

Join us on Monday, March 18th at 6pm at the Khyber Centre for the Arts for an artist talk with our current artist in resident, Israel Ekanem. During his time with us here at CFAT, Israel has been working on his daily project My Blackout Poems as well as his weekly podcast My Blackout Podcast. Israel will be discussing his filmmaking, podcasting as well as exhibiting some of his black out poetry.

The artist talk is open to everyone and is completely free of charge. Following the talk there will be a short reception with food and refreshments.

 

About Israel

Israel Ekanem is a storyteller. He was introduced to the art of storytelling by his grandmother, Lydia and he fell in love with it. Storytelling has been his passion for years. The stories he initially shared would be spoken or written but he always felt the camera would give the stories more life. He received a camcorder as a birthday gift and he has been shooting and sharing stories ever since.

His films include the award-winning films We Watched The Clouds Form Shapes, Drown The Lovers, Dearg and Tale of the Man Who Whispered To Flowers. He believes that a story, properly told can change the world, one person at a time. He hopes to keep telling stories for as long as he lives.

 

Access Notes

No doors on the Khyber’s premise have buttons to press for automatic entry and all require a turn, push or pull. The main entrance to the Khyber is close to ground level but is 2-steps from the sidewalk on Hollis St. and weather permitting, this door will be propped open. The Granville Mall entrance further down the block on Hollis St. can be used for ground level entry before 6PM Monday-Saturday or outside of those hours if arrangements are made. There are gender-neutral washroom stalls, which include 3 toilets and a urinal located up a set of 10 stairs. There is a more private, ground level all genders wheelchair accessible washroom, which is located down a wide hallway which includes a ramp and requires key access. *NOTE: Until further notice, the wheelchair accessible washroom is currently out of order and unavailable. NSCAD is seeking a solution to a major drainage issue and once repaired we will remove this notice.*

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

A Different Place: The 2018/19 Media Art Scholarship Exhibition

Works by Lorraine Albert, Carrie Allison, NAT Chantel, Lux Habrich, Julie Robert and Regine Tiu.

 

Opening Reception:

Friday February 8th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Exhibition Open:

February 9th to 23rd

12pm to 5pm

Tuesday – Saturday

 

6086 Quinpool Rd

Halifax, NS

B3L 1A1

 

The Centre for Art Tapes is pleased to present the 31st Annual Media Art Scholarship Presentation. The scholarship is a mentorship program that provides local artists with the chance to explore an aspect of media art with which they have little to no experience. Scholars receive six months of one-to-one guidance from specially selected mentors, as well as workshops taught by experts in areas such as audio/video production and editing, electronics, and gallery installation. Scholars receive free access to equipment, facilities and staff support.

This year’s exhibition, A Different Place, takes us outside of CFAT to the four open floors of the iconic building which used to house Video Difference. The nostalgia inducing dusty-rose walls will now hold video installations, audio works, web design and electronics. This year’s range of mediums is a testament to the breadth of possibilities of the program. The works deal with themes of memory, autonomy, movement and trauma.

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this program possible: Freeman’s Little New York, Nocturne Art at Night, the RBC Foundation, the Craig Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Halifax Regional Municipality, and the Province of Nova Scotia.

 

Access Notes:

Some of the works contain difficult themes and potentially triggering discussions. Gallery attendants will always be present and will have info available on the content of each piece if you wish to read it before viewing.

6086 Quinpool Rd has accessible ground level access. Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. Please enter through the right hand door (the left is not wide enough to accommodate a chair) There is no button to control the door, but an attendant will be beside the door throughout the exhibition.

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

CFAT employees will be on site for the whole duration of the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2019/20 Artist in Residence

The Centre for Art Tapes is now accepting submissions for our 2019/2020 Artist in Residence program. CFAT invites artists in all stages of their careers to apply. The Artist in Residence will receive six months of unlimited access to CFAT to create and research a project. The proposed project can be on any subject matter and take any form but it must use electronic media in some form. This could be electronics, video, installation, audio, etc. If you have any questions about if your project would qualify as media art feel free to reach out. Ideally, the proposed project would use CFATs equipment and facilities.

The residency will run from October 1st 2019 to March 31st 2020 in K’jipuktuk (Halifax). Please note that this is a research and creation residency. CFAT aims to give artists the chance to explore and create, so there is no expectation of a finished work. The artist in residence will have 24-hour access to all aspects of the Centre including our electronics lab, full adobe suite, chromatte screen, etc. The selected participant will receive a $1,700 honorarium and a $300 fee for conducting an artist presentation or workshop in March 2020. CFAT does not have the ability to pay for travel, accommodations or materials. The residency is flexible to work with any work schedule and does not have a set amount of required hours.

If you are new to CFAT and unsure of what is possible within our space, please drop by! We would be happy to give you a tour of the space during our open hours from 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday. If you would like to ask questions about the residency or how to put together your application you can reach out to Tori at any time at tori@cfat.ca or at (902) 422-6822.

Submissions should include:

  • A description of your proposed project – what will be the focus of your experimentation/ research? (Maximum one page)
  • A CV, resume or short bio highlighting your past artistic experience
  • Maximum 10 digital images in jpeg format and/or video/audio clips. Video/audio clips must be under 5 minutes total and sent via URL.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email all materials to tori@cfat.ca.

Submissions are due February 25th, 2019 at midnight. Applicants will be informed of the results by March 31st, 2019.

For any questions about the program or application process, please contact Programming Director Tori Fleming at (902) 422-6822 or by email at tori@cfat.ca. CFAT is able to provide a limited amount of support in putting an application together, including free access to our laptops for anyone who does not have access to a reliable computer.

CFAT recognizes our participation and complicity with the historic barriers to accessing media art opportunities. All of our programs are developed by a volunteer programming committee, and all applications will be reviewed by a jury of artists from a range of backgrounds. Artists are welcomed to self-identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+, disabled, femme or any other community that is important to their identity. We are in an ongoing process of making our space and programs as welcoming and available to all as possible. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application.

CFAT’s facility is wheelchair accessible and has one non-gendered washroom. We do not have automatic doors or push-buttons but our staff are happy to work with artists with disabilities to support them in comfortably and safely using our space. CFAT’s facility is a community-used space, and a number of members have 24-hour access. Participation with CFAT’s programs and use of our space by anyone is governed by our Code of Conduct, which does not tolerate discrimination or acts of violence in any form.

E-Lab Winter Flea Market!

The CFAT electronics lab is having a fundraiser/yard sale to generate some cash for a project! We will have a combination of old electronics, parts, video equipment, camera equipment, computers, computer equipment, musical instruments, effects, sound cards, etc etc etc.

We are trying make sure this retains the spirit of a yard sale so things will be priced to move (minus a few big ticket items). We are also opening up the option for people to donate things that they would like to sell (CFAT will take 15% of sales on sold items). This could be anything that you think might be useful within the vague category of electronics, film/video, music gear, etc.

If you have something you would like to sell please phone C.F.A.T. @ 902-422-6822 or email Jesse at glowingsnakeeyedice@gmail.com in advance of the sale.

Details: It will take place on Saturday, November 24th at 9am-3pm, we can accept debit cash or credit. The address is 2238 Maitland st, please walk up to back of parking lot look for the sign!

Opening – Possible Worlds Curated by David Clark

CFAT is proud to present our first ever Virtual Reality exhibition!!

Possible Worlds, curated by David Clark, is a showcase of work by artists who are asking questions about the political and personal potential of Virtual Reality as a unique and distinct medium. This selection of both international and local works shows how artists are using virtual reality to explore issues of cultural experience, trauma, history, memory and identity.

The exhibition includes works by Tender Claws, Lynette Wallworth, Illya Szilak and Cyril Tsiboulski, Seamus Gallagher, and Ross Unger.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 9th at 6:00pm

Exhibition open November 10th – 17th

Tuesday to Friday 12 – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
Port Loggia Gallery
1107 Marginal Rd.

Access Notes:

VR is not designed for the eyesight of viewers under thirteen years of age. Some of the works contain difficult themes and potentially triggering discussions. Gallery attendants will always be present and will have info available on the content of each piece if you wish to read it before viewing. Occasionally viewers new to VR find it may be triggering to certain anxiety conditions – please ask us if you’d like an attendant to talk you through the experience.

Port Loggia Gallery is ground level and accessible by wheelchair. There is no button to press on the entrance door for it to open automatically, however volunteer greeters will be stationed at the door for duration of the event to offer assistance.

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

CFAT employees will be on site for the whole duration of the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

Say hello to our new Artist in Residence, Israel Ekanem!

We are so excited to introduce you all to our 2018/19 Cyber Social Artist in Residence, Israel Ekanem!

Israel Ekanem is a storyteller. He was introduced to the art of storytelling by his grandmother, Lydia and he fell in love with it. Storytelling has been his passion for years. The stories he initially shared would be spoken or written but he always felt the camera would give the stories more life. He received a camcorder as a birthday gift and he has been shooting and sharing stories ever since.

His films include the award-winning films We Watched The Clouds Form Shapes, Drown The Lovers, Dearg and Tale of the Man Who Whispered To Flowers. He believes that a story, properly told can change the world, one person at a time. He hopes to keep telling stories for as long as he lives.

From November until March 2019, Israel will be working on his project MyBlackOutPoems. Black Out poems are poems created by blacking out sections from other written works. Israel will be leading workshops at CFAT, sharing information about blackout poems and how to create them. This project will also research the impact of social media on arts, artists and the artistic community both locally in HRM but also globally.

Follow @myblackoutpoems @IsraelIEkanem and @centreforarttapes to find out more!