DIGITAL SHIFT 2020 PROGRAM

The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) in partnership with Flux Media Gallery, the Media Arts Alliance of the Pacific (MAAP) and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC) are pleased to announce the Digital Shift Virtual National Media Arts Gathering.  From September 16 to October 28, 2020, the gathering will host a variety of online events including Round-Table Discussions, Screenings, Featured Artists, and Artist Walks.

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All events are FREE to attend, registration is only required for the Roundtable Discussions which will be held on Zoom.
Register for each of the Roundtables below next to the descriptions

Opening Ceremony

September 16

Speaker: Brianna Bear

10am–11:30am PST

French/English Translation and ASL Interpretation Provided  

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Events for September 17 – September 23

Roundtable Discussion
A Shifting Landscape

Presentation by France Trépanier and  Chris Creighton-Kelly

Main Hall – September 17, 10am–12pm PST

French/English Translation and ASL Interpretation Provided  

France Trépanier & Chris Creighton-Kelly are co-Directors of Primary Colours/ Couleurs primaires. Its main objective is to place Indigenous arts at the centre of the Canadian arts system. Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires also asserts that creative practices by artists of colour, who have roots around the world, play a critical role in imagining the future(s) of Canadian art making.

They will present “A Shifting Landscape”, by approaching the immediate challenges in the Canadian arts system. Using a historical perspective, they situate the development of this Eurocentric system in the context of colonialism; the post World War 2 ‘cultural nation building’ period; the 80’s and 90’s push by IBPoC artists to gain access to this system; the 25 year response of Canadian arts institutions/organizations and the current resetting of this system in the wake of Indigenous struggles and the BLM uprisings.

Chris and France will insist that concepts such as access, inclusion and diversity – despite the rush of arts organizations to embrace DIE strategies (Diversity, Inclusion and Equity) – should themselves die. This Multiculturalism approach has never been adequate to deal with questions raised by systemic racism in the arts. In 2020, it is an anachronism.

Instead, they advocate decolonizing of the arts, at every level. Building on the anti- racist work developed by IBPoC activists, they will explain how equity audits; communications strategies; tokenistic programming; HR practices in hiring; public statements against racism, etc, are just the beginning and nowhere near enough.

The critical work of decolonizing ultimately leads to an entire re-thinking and re- designing of the arts system. This new imagining acknowledges territory, history and the centering of Indigenous arts practices.

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Weekly Screening

At the Confluence – Works from the Yukon (66 mins)

Programmed by Yukon Film Society (YFS) and The Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (KIAC)

Works will be available to stream in the cinema from Sept. 17–23 

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Featured Artist Works

Lindsay Delaronde – Gemini 

Lindsay Delaronde’s piece will be shown in the gallery from Sept. 17–23

Anchi Lin – Artist talk and screening of rhzyal maku Sept 23 at 7pm PST

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·Weekly Meetups
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Session 1:  Artistic Staff

Session 2: Technical and Production Staff

To be held simultaneously in the Main Hall on Sept. 22, 10am–12pm PST

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Events for September 24 – September 30 

Roundtable Discussion
Indigenous Digital Sovereignty (IM4)
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Main Hall – September 24, 10am–12pm PST

Co-presented with the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC)

Speakers: Tracey Kim Bonneau, Doreen Manuel, Loretta Todd, Cease Wyss

The Indigenous Matriarchs 4 will share their work and speak about bringing an Indigenous worldview to immersive technologies such as VR/AR/360, and through platforms such as their Media Lab, supporting Indigenous communities to find effective ways to incorporate these technologies into educational, cultural, language, artistic and commercial applications. 

French/English Translation and ASL Interpretation Provided  

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Weekly Screening

In Between Frames

Programmed by EMO Collective

Works will be available to stream in the cinema from Sept. 24–30

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Featured Artist Works

Anchi Lin rhzyal maku’ (my land)

Marianne Nicolson“K’ak’akwama – The Fireweed”

Artist Presentations will be shown in the gallery from Sept. 24–30

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Artist Walk

Tracey Kim-Bonneau

LIVE on Instagram, Sunday Sept. 27 at 11am PST

Video will be up in the Park from Oct 1–7

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Weekly Meetups
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Session 1:  Management and Administrative Staff

Session 2: Member Outreach, Communications, Volunteer Coordination

To be held simultaneously in the Main Hall on Sept. 29, 10am–12pm PST

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Events for October 1 – October 7

 

Roundtable Discussion
Digital Ethics: AI, Algorithms, and Surveillance
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Main Hall – October 1, 10am–12pm PST

Speakers: Julie Funk, Tracey El Hajj, Suzanne Kite

We live in a world of AI-powered recommendation systems generated using algorithms that are increasingly opaque and susceptible to built-in bias and exclusion.

How are artists critically engaging with machine managed systems and addressing the increasingly relevant themes of algorithmic bias, personal privacy, and digital surveillance? 

How can we ensure that artists benefit from these systems while also retaining control over the vocabularies and semantic markers used to describe and define their works? 

French/English Translation and ASL Interpretation Provided  

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Weekly Screening

LAND BACK IndigeVision

Curated by Eli Hirtle

Works will be available to stream in the cinema from Oct. 1–7

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Featured Artist Works

Jeffery Chong – Kingsway

Jeffery Chong’s work will be shown in the gallery from Oct. 1–7

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AbTeC –  LIVE Event Oct. 2 at 11am PSTActivating AbTeC Island 

The demonstration is by registration and will take place on Zoom and Second Life.

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Artist Walk

LIVE on Instagram, Sunday Oct. 4 at 10am PST

Video from the previous week will be up in the Park from Oct. 17

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Weekly Meetups
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Session 1:  Presenters, Galleries, Festivals

Session 2: Preservation, Archives, Collections management

To be held simultaneously in the Main Hall on Oct. 6, 10am–12pm PST

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Events for October 8 – October 14

 

Roundtable Discussion
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Access, Accessibility, and the Digital Divide

Main Hall – October 8, 10am–12pm PST

Speakers: Nasma Ahmed, Devon Renée Bergqvist, Carmen Papalia, Tamar Tembeck

Digital ecosystems often reproduce systems of exclusion and marginalization through their operating assumptions and social structures. 

How are independent artists and cultural workers striving to resist these tendencies, to successfully create digital contexts that promote access and accessibility? 

What opportunities does technology provide to move towards a more equitable sector, both online and in person? 

What strategies are media artists and organizations employing to navigate the digital divide including barriers to costly technology and high-speed internet?

French/English Translation and ASL Interpretation Provided  

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Weekly Screening

Programmed by Cinevic

Works will be available to stream in the cinema from Oct. 8–14

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Featured Artist Works

Carmen Papalia White Cane Amplified

Dan SokolowskiGhosts of the Joe Henry

Artist Presentations will be shown in the gallery from Oct. 8–14

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Artist Walk

LIVE on Instagram, Sunday Oct. 11 at 10am PST

Video from the previous week will be up in the Park from Oct. 8 – 14

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Weekly Meetups
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Session 1: Analog

Session 2: Open Session

To be held simultaneously in the Main Hall on Oct. 13, 10am–12pm PST

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Events for October 15 – October 21

 

Roundtable Discussion
Artists’ Rights: Intellectual Property & Payments in the Digital Realm
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Main Hall – October 15, 10am–12pm PST

Speakers: Georges Azzaria, Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, Sally Lee, Wanda vanderStoop 

The inherent openness of the internet and the ease with which media art works can be copied and distributed has opened phenomenal possibilities for dissemination, but also poses some serious challenges to protecting artists’ intellectual property and ensuring fair revenue share. 

How can we utilize technology to increase dissemination of media artworks while ensuring fair artist remuneration and protecting intellectual property? 

How can we ensure fair artist remuneration and sustainable livelihood in the face of widespread expectations of free or nearly-free online content? 

French/English Translation and ASL Interpretation Provided  

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Weekly Screening

Curated by Peruzzo

Works will be available to stream in the cinema from Oct. 15–21

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Featured Artist Works

Avatar Metaverse Orchestra Register Here

Live presentation on Zoom, Oct. 21 at 12pm PST

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Farheen HaQ WASH AND FOLD: REVELATORY HOUSEKEEPING IN AN AGE OF PANDEMIC AND RACIAL INJUSTICE

Artist Presentations will be shown in the gallery from Oct. 15–21

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Artist Walk

With Dennis Shorty in Ross River, Yukon

LIVE on Zoom, Sunday Oct. 18 at 11am PST

Video from previous week will be up in the Park from Oct. 15–21

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Weekly Meetups
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Session 1:  Distribution

Session 2: Open Session

To be held simultaneously in the Main Hall on Oct. 20, 10am–12pm PST

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Special Presentation by IMAA
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CYBER SAFE AND SOUND
IMAA Launches Cyber Security Resource

Cybersecurity is as much a question of mutual aid and interdependence as it is a strategic issue. By protecting our data, we avoid major risks and create a more secure network. Arts organizations are rarely prepared to plan their cyber defence. This is why IMAA, in collaboration with a number of experts, has developed Cyber safe and sound, a free microsite hosted on IMAASource to equip the sector to meet these challenges. After two years of research, IMAA is proposing a cybersecurity strategy that explains cyber risks and encourages the use of best practices.

Join IMAA’s team for the launch of Cyber safe and sound. Benjamin J. Allard, Project Manager, will give a guided tour, announce the upcoming Cybersecurity Celebration in March and inspire you to learn about digital risk management!

To be held in the Main Hall on Oct 20, 12pm PST

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Events for October 22 – October 28

 

Roundtable Discussion
Racial Justice in the Digital & Media Arts
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Main Hall – October 22, 10am–12pm PST

Speakers: Simone Blais, kimura byol-nathalie lemoine, Nancy Lee, Peruzzo 

The historically racist and colonial structures and ideologies embedded in the culture of the media arts leave racialized artists and administrators fighting an uphill battle to address injustice.

What do just and equitable spaces look like?

How can we challenge the racist and colonial systems that the media arts exist within?

What does it mean to centre and empower BIPOC voices?

French/English Translation and ASL Interpretation Provided  

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Weekly Screening

Programmed by Cinevolution and VIVO

Works will be available to stream in the Cinema from Oct. 22–28 

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Featured Artist Works

Deanne Achong Pandemik Piks

Kemi CraigFor Aiyana

Artist Presentations will be shown in the Art Gallery from Oct. 22–28

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Artist Walk

With Tiffany Joseph – will be posted on Instagram, Sunday Oct. 25 at 11am PST

Video from previous week will be up in the Park from Oct. 22–28

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Weekly Meetups
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Session 1:  Production Centres

Session 2: Open Session

To be held simultaneously in the Main Hall on Oct. 27, 10am–12pm PST

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