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Thursday, July 23rd, 6pm-11pm
SAW Outdoor Courtyard, 67 Nicholas Street
Free admission
 
SAW Video Summer Screening and Picnic 
Presented in partnership with CHUO 89.1 FM Community Radio and the Downtown Rideau BIA.
 
Program
6 pm: Sonic Picnic with DJ Skid Vicious
8 pm: Art Making after the Internet – A conversation with media artists Lorna Mills (Toronto) and Matthew Williamson (Ottawa), moderated by independent curator and critic Anna Khimasia (Ottawa)
9 pm: Ways of Something - Screening of Episodes 1, 2 and 3
 
 
Lorna Mills - Ways of Something (2014)
- An Introduction by Anna Khimasia
 
In 1972, British art critic and writer John Berger, along with the BBC, produced a four part television series called Ways of Seeing. This iconic television production questioned and critiqued modes of representation by making more evident the ways in which ideology is embedded in traditional images and their reproductions. However, in the twenty-first century is Berger’s text still relevant? 
 
Canadian artist Lorna Mills has created a four-part remake of Berger’s television show entitled Ways of Something. Retaining Berger’s original narrative and voice over, Mills invited over 110 Canadian and International artists to contribute one- minute segments to her remake. Combining video, 3D renderings, animated gifs, live web cams, and digitally manipulated visuals, along with twenty-first century references, Ways of Something presents a layered, multi-generational collage of our world: a world that is saturated with images of all kinds.
 
Initially commissioned by The One Minutes, at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam this series offers a cacophony of ideas as Mills “encouraged the artists to update or contradict the material.” [1] Each half-hour episode asks us to question not only the relationship between Berger’s text and the visuals shown, but also the role of technology, and the new status of computer generated and manipulated images and spaces. As Berger argued in 1972, “When the camera reproduces a painting, it destroys the uniqueness of its image. As a result its meaning changes. Or, more exactly, its meaning multiplies, fragments into many meanings.” [2] The fragmentary structure of Ways of Something not only highlights this multiplicity, but also asks us to rethink how images in the digital age are created and reproduced, and how they continue to find meanings.
 
[1] “Online Premiere: ‘Ways of Something’ and the Female Nude,” Hopes and Fears, accessed June 20, 2015, http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/culture/ art/168423-premiere-ways-of-something.
[2] John Berger, Ways of Seeing (London: British Broadcasting Corporation and Penguin Books, 1972), 19.  
 
 
Ways of Something. Episode 1. Minute 18. by Eva Papamargariti. (still)
 
 
Participating Artists
 
Episode 1, Minute 1 – 30
Daniel Temkin, Rollin Leonard, Sara Ludy, Rhett Jones, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Dafna Ganani, Jennifer Chan, Rea McNamara, Theodore Darst, Matthew Williamson, Hector Llanquin, Christina Entcheva, V5MT, Marisa Olson, Joe McKay, Carla Gannis, Nicholas O'Brien, Eva Papamargariti, Rosa Menkman, Kristin Lucas, Jeremy Bailey & Kristen D. Schaffer, Giselle Zatonyl, Paul Wong, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Sally McKay, RM Vaughan & Keith Cole & Jared Mitchell, Andrew Benson, Christian Petersen, Faith Holland, Jennifer McMackon
 
Episode 2, Minute 1 - 28
Kevin Heckart, Geraldine Juárez, Gaby Cepeda, Angela Washko, Emilie Gervais, LaTurbo Avedon, Lyla Rye, Mattie Hillock, Antonio Roberts, Georges Jacotey, Daniel Rourke, Sandra Rechico & Annie Onyi Cheung, Yoshi Sodeoka, Alma Alloro, LoVid, Andrea Crespo, Ad Minoliti, Arjun Ram Srivatsa, Carrie Gates, Isabella Streffen, Esteban Ottaso, Silke Zil Kuhar ZIL & ZOY, Hyo Myoung Kim, Jesse Darling, Tristan Stevens, Erica Lapadat-Janzen, Claudia Hart, Anthony Antonellis
 
Episode 3, Minute 1 - 27
Carine Santi-Weil, Nicolas Sassoon, Tom Sherman, Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach, Rafaela Kino, Alex McLeod, Kate Wilson & Lynne Slater, Aleksandra Domanović, Systaime, Erik Zepka, Adam Ferriss, Rodell Warner and Arnaldo James, Debora Delmar Corp., Brenna Murphy, Nick Briz, Carlos Sáez, Jenn E Norton, Juliette Bonneviot, Luis Nava, Vince McKelvie, Claudia Maté, Evan Roth, Shana Moulton, Sabrina Ratté, Jordan Tannahill, Vasily Zaitsev feat. MON3Y.us, Ann Hirsch
 
 
Conversation: Art Making after the Internet
 
Biographies
 
Canadian artist, Lorna Mills has actively exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990's, both in Canada and Internationally. Her practice has included obsessive Ilfochrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film & video, and obsessive on-line animated GIFs incorporated into restrained off-line installation work.
She has also co-curated monthly group GIF projections for the “Sheroes” performance series in Toronto, a group GIF projection event “When Analog Was Periodical” in Berlin with Anthony Antonellis, and a four person GIF installation, “:::Zip The Bright:::” at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, with Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva. 
Lorna Mills is represented by Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Matthew Williamson is a media artist whose work has been presented internationally including exhibitions and screenings in Moscow, New York City, Jakarta, London, Toronto, Seattle, and Shanghai. He was recently named an "Artist to Watch" by tumblr.com
 
Anna Khimasia recently received her Ph.D. from the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University. Her dissertation considered the intersection of autofiction, performance archives, and performativity in the work of contemporary French artist Sophie Calle. Khimasia has been a Contract Instructor at Carleton University since 2008.
 
             

 


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