Call For Submissions: Video as a Physical Medium

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Centre for Art Tapes Call for Submissions: Video As A Physical Medium

The Centre for Art Tapes is accepting submissions for our 2017 – 18 residency, Video as a Physical Medium. CFAT invites artists in all stages of their careers to apply. The Local Artist in Residence will spend six months experimenting with video in our electronics lab. Video as a Physical Medium proposes research into the ways in which the video signal can be explored, manipulated and expanded upon through tactile methodologies. Applicants are encouraged to make full use of all of CFAT’s equipment and facilities, to explore video through various physical means of manipulation and alteration.

The residency will run from October 2017 to February 2018. Residents will have access to all aspects of the Centre including our transfer suite (used to digitize most types of video tape), our video mixer, Electronics Lab, etc. The selected participant will receive a $1,700 honorarium and a $300 fee for conducting an artist presentation or workshop.  They will have access to a 24 hour working space in the electronics lab, free use of some electronic stock provided by the lab, and weekly assistance from our E-Lab Technician.

Previous experience in physical video is not required. For artists who are interested in the residency, but unsure of where to start, we will be holding a Video Hardware Hacking workshop hosted by Jesse Mitchell on September 6th at 6pm. This workshop is free to everyone and is highly recommended before applying.

Submissions should include:

  • A description of your proposed project – what will be the focus of your experimentation/ research? (Maximum one page)
  • A CV
  • Maximum 20 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 The successful applicant will be informed by the last week in September.

Submissions are due Monday September 25th, 2017 at midnight.

For any questions about the program or application process, please contact Programming Director Tori Fleming at (902) 422-6822 or by email at

Call for New Board Members

Come join us on the CFAT Board!

CFAT is entering a new phase as an arts organization–one where we are working harder toward creating an equitable and safe environment for artists to take exciting creative risks and amplify their stories. Our board and staff have been working hard behind the scenes to bring this vision to fruition, but we need more help to keep the momentum going.

Are you keen to use or develop skills and knowledge in any of the following areas?

  • Understanding artist-run culture in Canada and CFAT’s roles in it
  • Maintaining awareness of independent media arts-based discourses, practices, and professional support occurring locally, regionally, and nationally
  • Attracting funding in novel ways from a variety of supporters
  • Developing policy and protocols that promote safe, inclusive spaces to support artists from historically-marginalized groups
  • Understanding legal obligations related to governance and stewardship in the not-for-profit world
  • Participating in and promoting collaboration and dialogue for consensus-based decision-making

If you answered “yes” to some of the above points, then I urge you to consider joining us on the CFAT Board of Directors.

Expectations of Board Members:

  • Attend monthly board meetings to listen and share your knowledge and point of view on issues affecting our organization and complete any ‘action items’ arising from board discussion you agree to take on.
  • Serve on one of CFAT’s committees (finance, personnel, governance, programming, equipment & access, and various ad-hoc committees from time to time).

As a board member, you will be working with a committed, dynamic group of emerging and established artists whose practices range from performance, audio, and interactive installation to video, filmmaking, and animation. Our board members are also seasoned educators, arts administrators, technicians and community activists–and we learn a lot from each other.

Joining a board such as ours is a great way of contributing meaningfully to our local arts communities as you develop and broaden your own expertise and perspective. For those with a great depth of experience already, it can also be an incredibly rewarding way to volunteer and witness tremendous and immediate impact.

Want to know more? Please feel free to contact a current CFAT board member or staff person to discuss how becoming a CFAT board member might just be a great move for us both!

Summer Workshops with Tim Tracey

Need a little extra technical knowledge to kick-start that animation project you’ve been working on? Need help making a low budget explosion? This August join us for two new workshops by Tim Tracey! We’re offering a special deal attend both workshops for $60 (member rate)! or $80 for non-members.

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Hands-On Stop Motion Animation
Saturday, August 12th 2017. 1 – 4pm.
In this workshop try your hand at stop motion animation with award-winning animator Tim Tracey. Tim will be teaching the basics of Animation software Dragon Frame and the techniques that create the seamless movements and polished technical style he’s become known for. (You can check out some of Tim’s animation work at this link!) This is a learn-while-doing class, so come prepared to play with some toys! This workshop is open to everyone and all skill levels.

$35 for Members

$45 for Non-Members

Practical Magic – Practical Effects on a Shoe String
Saturday, August 19th 2017. 1 – 4pm.
In this workshop award-winning filmmaker Tim Tracey will explore the world of affordable practical effects.  Tim will delve into his own experiences creating practical effects on micro budget films, demonstrate how he has crafted some amazing props and provide some of the tricks and tips he has picked up over the years. Tim will be happy to provide guidance for any concerns or question you may encounter on your own project so come with some ideas! For examples of some of Tim’s practical effects check out his feature film Canadian Ninja!

$35 for Members

$45 for Non-Members

You must pre-pay to reserve your spot in these workshops. Do not wait! We expect it to fill up quickly! Drop by the centre to pay or contact with questions.



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Still from The Grand Tour by Kasia Klimpel, 2015

Team CFAT is going on a road trip!

Join us as we head on down to Mahone Bay for our upcoming screening Retro Tape! Retro Tape is a collection of works from the past decade of our Media Art Scholarship program curated by our Technical Director Tom Elliott. The screening will include works by:

Susan Wolf
Ruth Marsh
Kasia Kilmpel
Tamar Dina
Anna Taylor
Amélie Proulx
MJ Sakurai
Kira Daube
Kate McKenna

Retro Tape is free to attend and will take place at the Mahone Bay Centre (45 School St, Mahone Bay NS) on Friday July 7th at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

Monitor 12 at HIFF!

monitor 12 image Still from Landscape Series no. 1  by Nguyen Trinh Thi. Vietnam, 2013, 5 MINS.

CFAT is proud to partner with the South Asian Visual Art Centre to present Monitor 12: Figures Pointing Outside the Frame at this years Halifax Independent Film Festival. This collection of short videos has been curated by Toronto-based curator and artist Oliver Husain as well as Jakarta-based programmers Otty Widasari and Yuki Aditya.

The screening will be immediately followed by a discussion between Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill, CFAT Programming Committee member and SAVAC member, and Sanaz Sohrabi, one of the featured video artists.

The screening will take place on Saturday, June 10th at 9pm at the Scotiabank Stage Theatre. Pick up your tickets at the link.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017/18 Media Art Scholarship


Detached Objects, Kate Ward, 2017 Out Of The Centre Presentation. Photo by Stoo Metz

The CFAT Media Arts Scholarship program is a rigorous six-month education and mentorship opportunity for people new to media arts. Selected applicants are required to make a media art piece in a medium in which they have little to no previous experience. CFAT provides mentorship through an established media artist working in the scholars selected medium, in kind use of all of CFAT’s gear and facilities, workshops in all necessary skills to complete the project, one on one tutorials and a final presentation of their work including a presenting artist fee.

The Scholarship program will consider any project that falls under the umbrella of ‘media arts’ this includes but is not limited to: video, recorded sound, animation, interactive presentation, electronics, media performance and installation.

The Media Art Scholarship Program is open to any member of the public who is not currently attending a similar program. (The program is not open to students). You do not need to be an artist to apply, but you do need to have a clear vision/concept for your art project.

Scholars must be prepared to attend ALL workshops, monthly mentor meetings, scheduled critiques, and other related events. The majority of workshops and critiques take place on weeknights. While the Centre will try to arrange classes and meetings with the schedules of the Scholars in mind, it is expected that Scholars will dedicate at least six hours per week to the program.

To apply please submit:

  1. The application form found here
  2. CV or Resume
  3. Support materials. Your support materials can be anything that might help the submissions jury better understand your proposal. These can be sketches, photographs, audio or video clips, examples of past work, etc. Please only submit up to 10 pieces of support material. All audio and video clips must come in the form of a url (vimeo link, soundcloud link, etc.) and be less than 3 minutes.
  4. A corresponding list of support material

Submissions are due by midnight on Thursday, June 15th, 2017.

All submissions must be submitted by email to with the subject line “Media Art Scholarship Submission.” Late submissions will not be considered.

If you have any questions about the program or submission process call Tori Fleming, Programming and Communications Director at (902) 422-6822 or email