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Night School

Night School

The Fundamentals of Media Art

January 17 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

This is the first lecture as part of SAW Video's new, FREE, lecture series, Night School!  Night School is a bi-monthly lecture series designed to provide the basic fundamentals of media arts, theories and current works of significance and interest. We want to demystify this constantly evolving form of ours.

Night School is divided into four lectures:

  • The Fundamentals of Media Art // January 17th, 2019
  • The Moving Image // March 14th, 2019 (Lecture covers analogue/digital video art, new media and interdisciplinary forms)
  • Alternate Realities // May 9th, 2019 (Lecture covers virtual reality, art gaming, interactivity and animation)
  • Frequencies // July 11th, 2019 (Lecture covers audio art, performance, installation, performance & sound, installation & sound)

This is a free event for SAW Video members and members of the arts community at large. You are eligible to attend this lecture if you are: a SAW Video member, professional artist, creator, cultural worker, looking to experiment in a new discipline, admirer & or advocate for video and media arts. 

The Fundamentals of Media Art

Thursday January 17th, 2019 


Yes, ok. So what is media art anyway? A common question but is their one answer? For a form that is constantly evolving and engulfing with the speed of technological advancement it can be difficult to pin down. This lecture will attempt to demystify the form by taking participants through the A to Z’s of media art. Participants will leave with the necessary history, terminology and current debates in the world of media art.


If you care to do so, feel free to bring a notebook, laptop or tablet along with you for note-taking purposes (no distracting images please). No other materials are required.


Registration is on a first come first served basis. You may reserve your spot by registering here . As a courtesy, we ask that all registered attendants be cognizant of the space they fill. If you become unavailable to attend after registering, please email notice of your cancellation to

About Christopher Payne

Christopher Payne works predominantly with sound, light, and video, as experiential tools. Payne completed his original artistic training in cinema at Concordia University in 2007 before completing his MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2013. His work and performances have been presented in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Poland, Belgium, and Mexico. Payne is currently SAW Video’s Technical Director and professor in Video Production at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa School of Art.