2019 CFAT AGM
It’s Centre for Art Tapes’ 40th Birthday!
On Thursday, August 15th at Art Bar, the Centre for Art Tapes celebrated its 40th birthday, and included the following:
With 40 years under our belt, we wanted to celebrate and thank our members and community for their energy, time and boundless support. We were so excited to celebrate with everyone that has made the CFAT community feel so special, and to continue our 40th anniversary fundraising campaign that we plan to put towards future programming.
Thursday August 15 @ 7-10pm
Art Bar +Projects
1873 Granville Street, Halifax
All Members in Good Standing were welcomed
Refreshments (including Deedee’s ice cream!) were served
It was a big year for us here, at Centre for Art Tapes and we updated attendees on what happened and what we had planned for the year ahead, including discussing operations, finances, programming and production activities.
The first 10 attendees were given a 1 year full membership to CFAT.
Tuesday, July 30th at 6pm
CFAT’s Project Room
2238 Maitland St, Halifax
Performance with Divya Mehra
In celebration of CFAT’s 40th anniversary, we presented an artist performance by Divya Mehra. Divya was the third of four artists who visited us for the summer for two-week residencies. Each artist was commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Divya focused on 1999 – 2008. Event is welcome to all, free of charge and accessible.
Divya Mehra works in sculpture, print, drawing, artist books, installation, advertising, video, and film and is known for her meticulous attention to the interaction of form, medium, and site. Recontextualizing references found in music, literature, and current affairs, her acerbic body of work addresses the long-term effects of colonization and institutional racism. Mehra’s work has been presented as part of exhibitions, screenings, and commissions, including with Creative Time (New York), MoMA PS1 (New York), MTV (New York), the Queens Museum (New York), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Artspeak (Vancouver), Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto), the Images Festival (Toronto), the Beijing 798 Biennale (Beijing), BielefelderKunstverein (Bielefeld), and Latitude 28 (Delhi). Mehra holds an MFA from Columbia University and is represented by Georgia Sherman Projects. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award.
June 10th 2019 at 7pm – 8:30pm
BMO Community Room in the Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
Artist Talk with Veronica Simmonds
In celebration of CFAT’s 40th anniversary, we presented an artist talk with Veronica Simmonds. Veronica was the second of four artists who visited us for the summer for two-week residencies. Each artist was commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Veronica focused on 2009 – 2019. Event was welcome to all, free of charge and accessible.
Veronica Simmonds is a radio documentarian/podcast producer/audio artist based in Toronto, Canada. She works at the CBC producing the critically acclaimed podcasts Sleepover, Alone: A Love Story, and Tai Asks Why.
Described by THIS Magazine as a “Sonic Sorceress,” her documentaries have aired on CBC, ABC, BBC and Radiotopia. Veronica’s audio art work has aired in a weather observatory in France, a hair dryer in Pittsburgh, and a grain silo in Norway. Her work has featured internationally at: Hearsay International Audio Festival, Third Coast International Radio Festival, Hot Docs Festival, Bivouac Radiophonique, and Megapolis Audio Art Festival.
She got her start on air in Halifax at the community radio station CKDU 88.1 where she embraced the liveness of the medium through her show Braidio, where she braided hair live on air. Through the intimacy of touch, Braidio got people to unwind, slow down and reconnect with themselves.
Veronica has received multiple honours and awards for her work including – Webby People’s Choice: Tai Asks Why (2019), Gold Award New York Festivals: Alone: A Love Story (2018), Finalist Third Coast International Audio Award: The Idea of Wadhams (2017), Finalist Prix Italia Golden Award in New Radio Formats: Dr. Clock (2015), Silver Atlantic Journalism Award Best Multimedia Feature: Fort Mac to Halifax (2015), First Runner Up White River Indie Film Festival Transmedia Award (2015), National Community Radio Association Special Programming Award: StackStories (2014).
In all her work, Veronica seeks to provide space for old questions, new voices and resonant sounds. She believes beauty is the sharpest tool in our arsenal and has dedicated her life to listening out for it.
June 4th 2019 at 7pm – 8:30pm
BMO Community Room in the Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
Artist Talk with Raven Davis
In celebration of CFAT’s 40th anniversary, we presented an artist talk with Raven Davis at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Windsor Fountain Hall. Free of charge and open to everyone.
Raven was the first of four artists who visited us in the summer for two-week residencies. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Raven focused on 1989 – 1999.
Raven Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, human rights speaker, community facilitator and educator from the Anishinaabek Nation, Treaty Four in Manitoba, Canada. Davis was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and currently works and lives between K’jipuktuk (Halifax, NS) and Toronto. A parent of three sons’, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, disability, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.
CFAT would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for their support with this program.
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 7pm
Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street (Enter on Bedford Row.)
Poems for Impending Doom: Exhibition Launch
CFAT hosted 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 featured work by Camille Rojas, Madeline Scott, Camila Salcedo, and Arielle Twist.
The launch offered a sneak peek of the website as well as the physical exhibition catalogue. Guests were provided with food, refreshments and a chance to speak with the curators.
Online Exhibition Launch:
Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 7pm
Art Bar+ Projects
1873 Granville St, Halifax
A Different Place: 2018/19 Media Art Scholarship Exhibition
The Centre for Art Tapes presented the 31st Annual Media Art Scholarship Presentation. The scholarship was 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 received 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 received free access to equipment, facilities and staff support.
A Different Place took place outside of CFAT to the four open floors of the iconic building which used to house Video Difference. The nostalgia inducing dusty-rose walls held video installations, audio works, web design and electronics. The exhibition’s range of mediums was a testament to the breadth of possibilities of the program. The works dealt 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.
Friday February 8th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
February 9th to 23rd
12pm to 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday
6086 Quinpool Rd, Halifax
Blackout Poems Workshop with Israel Ekanem
CFAT was proud to present a series of workshops by our Artist in Residence at the time, Israel Ekanem. Israel discussed his project #MyBlackoutPoems. After a short talk on his practice, Israel taught participants how to make blackout poetry. If you’d like to keep up with Israel’s daily poetry follow him at @myblackoutpoems on Instagram or at https://www.myblackoutpoems.com/
This workshop was free and open to people of all ages and skill levels. Markers, newspapers, free snack and refreshments were provided for all participants.
Workshops were held at the Centre for Art Tapes (2238 Maitland St, Halifax.) on the following dates:
Saturday, December 15th – 1- 3pm
Saturday, January, 19th – 1 – 3pm
Saturday, February 16th 1 – 3pm
Possible Worlds, Curated by David Clark
Possible Worlds, curated by David Clark, was a showcase of work by artists who were 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 showed how artists are use virtual reality to explore issues of cultural experience, trauma, history, memory and identity.
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, Halifax
Book Launch: Attune by E.Moir
CFAT celebrated the debut of artist book Attune, by past artist in residence E.Moir with a night of Karaoke. Attune is a collection of illustrated, painted and digital works inspired by a six month video residency at the Centre for Art Tapes in 2017-2018. Copies were for sale at the event, and are still for sale here at the Centre for Art Tapes.
7pm, Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Art Bar + Projects
1891 Granville St
Tiny Takeover: Kid Critics
We invited over our neighbours at A Tiny Lab for Early Learning to collaborate with us on a very exciting exhibition! Curated by CFAT Programming Director, Tori Fleming, Tiny Takeover featured work by Andrew Coll and Craig Lang, Emily Hamel, Emily Lawrence and Kylie Dyment, April White and William Wegman. This program was made possible by the 4Cs foundation.
The students at A Tiny Lab, ages 3 – 5, dropped by the CFAT offices to view and critique the featured works. Their critiques were then recorded and transcribed into a catalogue available at the exhibition.
Here are some reviews we received from our critics after asking them “did you like this show?”
“I like to feed make up to my dog.”
“Why is the floor so dirty?”
“I would like to see a painting.”
Opening Saturday, August 11th at 3pm.
August 14th – 31st, 2018
2238 Maitland St.
Y2Karaoke with E.Moir
Our Video as a Physical Medium artist in residence, E. Moir, finished off their residency with a live video hacking performance with accompaniment by local musician Strange Charmz. The performance was followed by a Y2Karaoke party, featuring memorable performances from CFATs members and community members in their best Y2K outfits.
Entrance on Gottingen St. @ 2169
8-9: Video from artist in residence E. Moir
+ live music from Strange Charmz
Millennium glam, hackers, 90’s pop stars and drag welcome.
+Prize for best dressed!
Women in Video: A Round Table Discussion
As a complement to our upcoming Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift screenings, CFAT held Women in Video: A Round Table Discussion. CFAT Programming Director, Tori Fleming, moderated a discussion featuring Thirza Cuthand, Becka Barker, Jennifer Smith and Helah Cooper. The artists discussed their practices and the history of women in video.
Women in Video
Saturday March 10th at 3pm
2238 Maitland St
Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift
In collaboration with the Video Pool Media Arts Centre, CFAT presented Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift, a collection of video works by women from 1980 to now. The screening took place in two parts:
7pm Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women
Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman
9pm Anchored and Adrift: Video by Atlantic Women
Including works by Becka Barker, Catherine Bussiere, Hannah Levin and Helah Cooper, Marie Koehler, Natalie Boterman, and Rajee Pana Jeji Shergill. More pieces will be added to this line up by early next week. Stay tuned for exciting news!
The 30th Annual Media Art Scholarship Presentation
In 2018 CFAT celebrated 30th years of the Media Art Scholarship with our annual scholarship exhibition. This exhibition, Hyper > Media > Paradise, was one of the most diverse uses of technology the scholarship has seen in its thirty years. The works included projection mapped ceramic sculpture, animation, analogue video, and mock holograms. For the second year the scholarship presentation is taking place within the CFAT facilities, exhibiting in the rooms in which the work was created. This years participating artists are: Andrea Thorne, Charvel Rappos, Ian Funke-McKay, Juss Heinsalu, Kate Grey and Keelin Jack.
We would like to recognize the 2017/18 Mentors who guided their scholars through the process from conception to realization: Dawn George, Anne Macmillan, Wes Johnston, Michael McCormack, Susan Tooke and Jeff Wheaton.
Hyper > Media > Paradise in the Press:
CFAT’s Hyper Colour by Tara Thorne, The Coast.
Thursday, February 8th at 7pm
Exhibition open to the public:
February 9th, 10th, 13th and 14th from 10am – 5pm
2238 Maitland St. , Halifax
Video as a Physical Medium Residency
From October 2017 – March 2018, our ‘Video as A Physical Medium’ Artist-in-Residence was Local artist Elyse Moir.
During her residency at CFAT Elyse recorded and manipulated video and soundscapes as well as making visual art in the form of prints, paintings, sculpture and zines.
Disrupting Hierarchies at the Flotilla Conference
The CFAT Staff took a road trip to the Flotilla Conference in September to reflect on hierarchies and systems of power that exist within artist-run centres. Through 2017/18, CFAT reformatted our staffing structure from a team of coordinators and one director into a non-hierarchical team. Through consultation with our membership and community, CFAT took this time of change as an opportunity to reflect on what CFAT is and vision how we can best serve our membership into the future. Through this examination, we confronted the ways in which power structures are embedded into artist-run cultures and ways in which we can disrupt them. All four CFAT staff members (Tom Elliott, Tori Fleming, Sally Raab-Wolchyn and Jesse Mitchell) will led an open conversation on employment, power structures and the logistics of a non-hierarchical office.
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.
Delta Hotel Charlottetown
18 Queen St, Charlottetown
With assistance from Visual Arts Nova Scotia, CFAT headed down to Mahone Bay for Retro Tape: A collection of works from the last ten years of the scholarship program. This program was curated by Production Director Tom Elliott, who worked along side the scholars to create most of the works seen at the screening. This program included:
Bee Taxidermy, Ruth Marsh, 9:32min, 2012.
Ida, Susan Wolf, 3:27min, 2010.
The Grand Tour, Kasia Kilmpel, 4:55min, 2015.
Lulu Song, Tamar Dina, 4:55min, 2017.
Journeymen, Anna Taylor, 2:34min, 2013.
Le Vaisseau Evapore, Amélie Proulx, 3:55min, 2010.
Vintage, MJ Sakurai, 6:00min, 2009.
I AM COLOUR, Kira Daube, 6:00min, 2014.
One Face to the Other, Kate McKenna, 7:30min, 2010.
Friday July 7th at 7pm.
Mahone Bay Centre
45 School St, Mahone Bay NS
Monitor 12 at HIFF
Saturday, June 10th 2017 at 9pm
Scotia Bank Stage Theatre
1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS
CFAT partnered with the South Asian Visual Art Centre to present Monitor 12: Figures Pointing Outside the Frame at the 2017 Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival. This collection of short videos was curated by Toronto-based curator and artist Oliver Husain as well as Jakarta-based programmers Otty Widasari and Yuki Aditya.
The screening was 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.
Curated by Amanda Shore, CFAT Curator in Residence from October 2016 – March 2017.
Khyber Centre for The Arts
1880 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia
March 28th – April 24th, 2017
Opening March 27th, 2017
The Curatorial Essay written by Amanda Shore can be found here.
Sound Etiquette in the Press:
Halifax Report: Minimal-ish by Amanda Shore. Canadian Art Magazine.
Halifax Exibit Explores Politics of Sound by Madi Haslam. THIS magazine.
Sound and Vision by Mollie Cronin. The Coast.
Artist Talk: Merle Harley, E-Lab Artist-In-Residence
Talk by Merle Harley, CFAT Electronics Lab Artist in Residence from October 2016 – March 2017.
Khyber Centre for The Arts
1880 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia
March 23rd, 2017 at 7pm.
OUT OF THE CENTRE: 2016/17 Media Art Scholarship Presentation
Presenting the works of the 2016/17 Media Art Scholarship which ran from July 2016 – January 2017. Read more about the Media Art Scholarship here.
Centre for Art Tapes
2238 Maitland st. Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 9th, 2017 at 7pm