FEEDBACK / Work+Discussion

FEEDBACK / Work+Discussion
featuring: VJ Bear Witness & Laura Taler
Wednesday December 5, 2012 / 7pm
Club SAW 
67 Nicholas, Ottawa
Initiated in 2008, SAW Video’s FEEDBACK is an interactive discussion and screening series. Audiences engage with selected media artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau region in an open dialogue about their work and artistic processes. FEEDBACK is a unique chance to learn about these artists’ methods and to discuss the ideas behind their work in an informal setting. 
The 2012 edition of the series will feature presentations by outstanding local media artists Bear Witness (VJ/DJ for Polaris-nominated group A Tribe Called Red) and Laura Taler (Best Experimental Film, HotDocs!), with samples of their old, new and in-progress work, as well as live demonstrations of AV techniques. Though their styles and approaches differ, both artists’ rich and diverse practices go beyond using video to include a variety of disciplines, including dance, sculpture, music, visual art, installations and VJ’ing.
Laura Taler is a Romanian-born Canadian artist working across a range of media including dance, film, sound, sculpture and installation. Taler began her career as a contemporary dance choreographer before turning her attention to filmmaking and visual art. She has been a resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), and a fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Her work has been screened in festivals, special screenings and broadcast internationally. Broadcasters include CBC, Bravo!, TfO, ARTV (Canada), Channel 4 (U.K.), NPS (The Netherlands), ABC (Australia), IBA (Israel), and SVT (Sweden). Awards include a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, the Best Experimental Documentary award from Toronto’s Hot Docs!, and Best of the Festival from New York’s Dance on Camera Festival. Publications include Tension/Spannung (Turia+Kant, 2010), Revisiting Ephemera (Blue Medium Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Embodied Fantasies (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012). Taler holds an MFA from the University of Ottawa.
Ehren “Bear Witness” Thomas is an Ottawa-based media artist who has been producing short experimental videos for over nine years. Bear explores stereotypical representations of Aboriginal people in North American media and popular culture, re-editing these images to create new narratives representing his experiences as an urban Aboriginal artist. In 2008, his video BrokeDickDog was included in the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibition Steeling the Gaze: Portraits of Aboriginal Artists, hosted by the National Gallery of Canada. Bear’s video The Story of Apinachie and her Redheaded Wrestler was selected for the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, as part of the Culture Shock program. During his residency at Parramatta Artists Studios he had a solo exhibition as part of the 2010 Sydney Festival, titled The Only Good NDN. Bear was awarded the Aboriginal International Residency Exchange in Australia by the Canada Council for the Arts. Bear also exhibited two videos as part of Drive By: A Road Trip with Jeff Thomas at the University of Toronto Art Centre. In 2010, Thomas collaborated with the NFB on a video project to remix films from the NFB archive. Bear also produces live audio-visual performances and co-founded A Tribe Called Red, a native DJ collective who produce music internationally known as Pow Wow-step. The group have been featured on the MTV Iggy website, and host a monthly event called Electric Pow Wow.

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