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Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts

Browser as Canvas, Building, Pond

Coding for Artists with Ali Shamas Qadeer

December 2 to December 6, 2019

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

*Submissions are now closed. 

As part of Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts, Plug In ICA will host a five-day coding for artists workshop with Ali Shamas Qadeer.

Browser as Canvas, Building, Pond  will introduce artists to digital-first making practices using basic HTML, CSS, and JAVASCRIPT. Participants will learn to use browser as digital spaces to create “things” from visual forms to life forms. HTML is designed to be open, shareable and networked. It is simple to learn as it has a general stated intent and association that will be fun to break apart once mastered. There will be three ascending tasks through the workshop. Each task given will result in an earnest “net art” output. The workshop will culminate with a final output that will build into a digital ecosystem, living across web browsers.  Technically and conceptually, the workshop and process of building an ecosystem will offer an agency that makes visible how digital languages, as entities, are co-constitutive.
Ali Shamas Qadeer is a designer and educator based in Toronto. He works in web, print, and web and print. After completing a BA in philosophy and religious studies at McGill University, he developed an independent design practice in New York City before returning to school to complete an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. His work focuses on algorithmic form making, unorthodox tool making, and the disciplinary and economic structures that design practices buttress. After returning to Canada in 2014, Ali joined the faculty of OCADU where he is an Assistant Professor in the graphic and industrial design programs. In his teaching practice, Ali champions a critical approach that always refracts through a practice of formalism and making.
Participant Bios:
ryan ad is an interdisciplinary, interplanetary artist, living somewhere between the heart and brain, within the intangible, and beyond notions of space and time. A being that comes into orbit and connects with Earth at precious times, ryan ad works within his own artistic language; notably expressed through lens-based art, collage, words, sketching and other mixed media. He often draws from liminal, cultural and subcultural spaces: existing between multiple ancestral homelands, on the lands of First Nations and Métis peoples, clashing and coming to terms with the colonizer mosaic. Works take up space within both the analog and the digital worlds. ryan ad may be / have been some incarnation of the energy of Sun Ra, but it’s hard to say for sure.

Alison Davis is an animator and artist based in Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg. Working with traditional animation techniques of drawing, painting and stop-motion, she creates short films and videos that have screened at festivals and in venues around the world. Her most recent works explore the anxiety often provoked by the realization that one’s body is a permeable, multi-species environment. Davis holds a BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University in Montreal, and has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Omid Moterassed is a Persian-Canadian visual artist and filmmaker located in Treaty 1 Territory. His practice focuses on queer temporalities, decolonizing art, and rethinking the social experience involved in art-making.

Kris Snowbird is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist working in visual and performance art, photography and filmmaking. She is from Pine Creek First Nation and of Cree and Ojibwe descent. In 2015, she participated in the Foundation Mentorship Program at Mentoring Women for Women’s Art (MAWA), working one on one with curator, Natalia Lebedinskaia. Snowbird created her first short film SWEAT in 2016, which was funded by the Winnipeg Film Group’s Mosaic Women’s Film Fund. Since 2016, SWEAT is currently been presented on the digital media art platform, VUCAVU and touring around the world at film festivals like that of the 2016 Gimli Film Festival, Native Spirit Film Festival (London, England); in 2017, VIMAF (Vancouver), Hot Docs, (Toronto), Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (Ottawa, ON), St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (St. John’s, NL), ReFrame Film Festival (Peterborough, ON), Grande rencontre des arts médiatiques en Gaspésie (Percé, QC); and in 2019 Cinéma Oblò, (Lausanne, Switzerland), Cinéma Spoutnik, (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa). Snowbird has performed with her collaborator and partner, Theo Pelmus, at each of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Winnipeg Nuit Blanche events, 2017 LIVE Biennale of Performance Art (Vancouver), and 2018 Cluster Festival (Winnipeg).

Sarah Stewart is a Winnipeg based multidisciplinary artist. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Art as of 2017, and is a current participant in MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship Program and recently participated in aceartinc’s Cartae Open School program. Utilizing digitally altered images, video, and installation her work thematically explores ideas of alienation, artifice, the body, discomfort and our often tense relationship with ourselves. Sarah’s work takes shape through digital processes, play, material experimentation and personal narrative.

Chukwudubem Ukaigwe is a Nigerian born artist based in Treaty 1 Territory. Chukwudubem is an interdisciplinary artist who consciously uses a particular medium to relay a specific idea at a given time. He has always referred to art as a conversation or a portal into a conversation, and in some instances, a take on an ongoing conversation. Chukwudubem is able to weigh an occurrence, feeling or idea on a scale and then create a narrative in his own language. He is currently completing his Fine Arts degree in Studio at the University of Manitoba.

*Please note that Ali Shamas Qadeer is giving a public lecture on Monday, December 2 at 7pm, a co-presentation with School of Art, Graphic Design, University of Manitoba.

Associated Programming:

Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts

October 17 to December 17, 2019

Thursday, October 17 | 7pm

Screening: Videos by Hannah Black

October 17-November 17

Screening in Plug In’s Breezeway

More, Less, About the Same (2019)

By Alyssa Bornn

Thursday, November 7 | 7pm

Lecture by Suzanne Kite

Monday, November 18 | 8pm

Presentation by Hyphen-Labs

Friday, November 22 | 6pm

Presentation by IM4 Media Lab

Friday, November 22-23

Workshop by IM4 Media Lab

Monday, December 2 | 7pm

Lecture by Ali Shamas Qadeer

Co-presentation with School of Art, Graphic Design, University of Manitoba

Monday, December 2-6

Workshop by Ali Shamas Qadeer

Thursday, December 5 | 7pm

Lecture by Morehshin Allahyari

Co-presentation with Institute for the Humanities, University of Manitoba

Tuesday, December 17 | 7pm

Keynote Address by Hannah Black

December 6, 2019 – March 6, 2020

Screening in Plug In’s Breezeway

Soft Nails ~ [ASMR] Kleincomputer Robotron KC87

By Nadja Buttendorf

For participant bios + more information on the program:

This program is made possible through the Digital Strategy Fund: Digital and Intelligence by the Canada Council for the Arts.


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