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.
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.
October 17 to December 17, 2019
Thursday, October 17 | 7pm
October 17-November 17
Screening in Plug In’s Breezeway
By Alyssa Bornn
Thursday, November 7 | 7pm
Monday, November 18 | 8pm
Friday, November 22 | 6pm
Friday, November 22-23
Monday, December 2 | 7pm
Co-presentation with School of Art, Graphic Design, University of Manitoba
Monday, December 2-6
Thursday, December 5 | 7pm
Co-presentation with Institute for the Humanities, University of Manitoba
Tuesday, December 17 | 7pm
December 6, 2019 – March 6, 2020
Screening in Plug In’s Breezeway
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.