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The Space of Production: Notes on Technical Support

The Space of Production: Notes on Technical Support

This fall, the Images Festival and TYPOLOGY launched Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting the moving image. As the rise of time-based media continues to dominate exhibition making, this peer-led series is an invitation to our colleagues to address a lack of critical thinking specific to the history and demands of moving image work. Our pilot event, Beyond the Projection, took place on October 17.

We are now pleased to announce the second event, The Space of Production: Notes on Technical Support featuring Victoria Brooks of EMPAC, on January 23, 2016.

As commissioning and exhibition-making increasingly focuses on time-based artworks, which in turn appear increasingly indivisible from that which is industrially produced, many artists look towards the image of the “technical” to trace the ways we see and hear now. Curatorial discourse, however, often lacks adequate attention to the conditions of technical support that is not just operative in, but central to the making of these works.

This discussion centers on a number of questions aimed to address this lack. How do visual art curators address and care for technical workers in terms of the inherently collaborative nature of time-based arts production? Where is this space of production situated (conceptually, institutionally and economically) and how do the structures of support that these artworks rely on — the technical bodies and performing bodies — manifest themselves now? With many artists' directly addressing the unseen networks of labor inscribed in everyday images, how do we attend to those whose work it is to produce and support the production of artworks themselves?

This event is co-presented by Images Festival and TYPOLOGY in partnership with InterAccess.

Curators, programmers, and exhibition-makers at all levels in their careers as well as the general public are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 2–5 pm

Artscape Youngplace, Suite 101
(in Small World Music Centre's theatre space on the first floor)
180 Shaw Street btw Dundas and Queen
Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5

As space is limited, please RSVP to info (at) typology (dot) ca. In the event that we reach capacity, emailed RSVPs will receive priority in seating.

Victoria Brooks is curator of time-based visual arts at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She is currently working on new productions with Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Hannah Rickards, Karthik Pandian + Andros Zins-Browne, Tarek Atoui, and Patricia L. Boyd. She is a founding member (with Lucy Raven and Evan Calder Williams) of research and production collective Thirteen Black Cats.

Image credit: Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Production Shot: EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2015 / Dancers: Cori Kresge and Hiroki Ichinose / Camera: Victor Lazaro and Ryan Jenkins / Photo: Mick Bello

Images is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. With a mandate is to present and promote excellence in independent film, video and other time-based media; to expand the definitions of media art and art in general; and to expand the audience for this work, Images showcases the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. 

TYPOLOGY is a not-for-profit initiative which seeks to advance curatorial inquiry and build curatorial community at the local, national, and international levels. Providing opportunities for curators and participating artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework, Typology is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

InterAccess is an art gallery, educational facility and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art and new media culture. Our programs support art forms that integrate new technologies from conception and development to exhibition and discussion. We explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life, and encourage audiences to see anew their relationships with interactive artworks.