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EMMEDIA is proud to launch our first media arts festival, a unique 3-day event that will celebrate the critical innovation and creativity present in our citys media arts culture. This festival will ignite interest and cast light on an art form that by its very nature, is constantly evolving and growing with the integration of ever-changing technological processes. Screenings, installations, exhibitions, and performances by local artists will be showcased throughout downtown Calgary. Join us on September 27-29, 2012 during Alberta Culture Days and immerse yourself in media art!

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  • FESTIVAL GUIDE

  • FESTIVAL INFO

    FESTIVAL VENUES

    EMMEDIA GALLERY & PRODUCTION SOCIETY 35111AvenueSW,2ndFloor,Suite#203

    UNTITLED ART SOCIETY SATELLITE GALLERY 34311AvenueSW,Basement

    JOHN DUTTON THEATRE - CENTRAL LIBRARY 616MacleodTrailSE

    CENTRAL MEMORIAL PARK 12212StreetSW

    ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #1 BRANCH 1167AvenueSE

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    ALL EVENTS ARE PAY WHAT YOU CAN EXCEPT:

    FESTIVAL CLOSING CELEBRATION AT THE LEGION $7(Tickets sold at the door)*Only$5forEMMEDIAmembers,seniorsandstudentswithID

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    EMMEDIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    LonA.ParkerPresidentAndreaMannTreasurerSigridMahrSecretaryEricBeckerDirector

    EMMEDIA STAFF

    PeterCurtisMorganDirector of OperationsVickiChauPrograms & Outreach CoordinatorKyleWhiteheadProduction CoordinatorJoelFarrisArchive & Outreach Assistant

    EMMEDIA PRODUCTION COMMITTEE

    EricBecker NoelBgin PhilipBowen RaminEshraghi-YazdiJoshuaFraserCarlSpencer

    EMMEDIA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEELiaRogersJoshuaFraserJenniferMcVeighGrantPoier

    2012 EMANIMENTEUR SandraVida

    FESTIVAL GUIDE DESIGNED AND COMPILED BYVickiChauFESTIVAL GUIDE PRINTED BYBurntdogCommunicationsFESTIVAL TRAILER BYPeterCurtisMorganFESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHERAranWilkinson-BlancFESTIVAL VIDEOGRAPHERPhilipBowenCONTACT particlewave@emmedia.ca403.263.2833

    EMMEDIA FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS:

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    LiaRogersDirectorCoriStentDirectorBradStrubleDirector

  • PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

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    ItismypleasuretoinviteyoutoenterParticle+Wave,afestivalof Media Art presented by EMMEDIA Gallery & ProductionSociety. For over thirty years, EMMEDIA has existed in thedualityofparticleandwave,andtheexistentpropertiesoflight.At once inmotion and at rest, experiments labeled as particleor wave, phenomena that behave differently, isolated systemsinbattlewithentropyandabsolutes,fallingraintothedroplet,between art andwar, customs and family, sacrifice and shifts,talesfromtheprairiesandwalksthroughnature.

    Three days from sense to nonsense, to safely(?) back. As aparticipant,asaudience,asavoyeur,itisyourstoexperience.

    - LON PARKERPresident,EMMEDIA

  • MESSAGE FROM HONOURABLE HEATHER KLIMCHUK

    MINISTER OF CULTURE

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    Congratulations to the organizers andartists of Calgarys inaugural Particle +Wave festival. Theevent really captureswhatAlbertaCultureDaysareallaboutcelebratingandexpressingourprovincesrichheritageandaboundingcreativity!

    ForthreeexceptionaldaysinSeptember,communities, governments, businesses,non-profit and voluntary organizationsand individuals all across our province

    get together to showcase their talents and enjoy everythingthat is great about our land and people. From theatricalperformances, music festivals and historical experiences toculinary events, behind-the-scenes creative industry tours andinteractive activities where new artists will be born AlbertaCultureDayshassomethingforeveryone!

    CultureDaysisnowalsoanationalphenomenonthatcontinuestogrowexponentiallyeveryyear.InAlberta,thousandsofeventsare planned in communities all over the province. And, at itsheartitremainsavolunteer-driven,grassrootsmovementledbypartnersintheculturesectorincollaborationwithgovernment,publicfundingagenciesandtheprivatesector.CultureDaysaretrulyatestamenttojusthowcultureconnectsusall.

    WelcometotheParticle+Wavefestival,andenjoyyourAlbertaCultureDays!

    Heather KlimchukMinisterofCulture

  • MESSAGE FROM THEFESTIVAL PROGRAMMERIttookusquiteawhiletodecideonwhatwewouldname EMMEDIAs media arts festival. It had to besomethingthatreallyspoketowhatEMMEDIAwasallabout,andmakepeoplefeelexcitedfor it.Thiswasgoingtobeourfirsttimeholdingafestival,andwithastrongreputationalreadyinplace,wedidntwanttodisappoint.ItwasGrantPoier,oneofthefoundersof EMMEDIA, and also an active participant on myprogramming committee, that struck a chord withParticle + Wave. Inspired by our new 2012/2013programming theme,Light, itwasano-brainer thatthis was it. We decided it was about time this cityhad a media arts festival, and if EMMEDIA wasntgoingtoholdit,whowill?

    For the festival, I knew there were three things I wanted to do. First of all, Iwanted toactivateapublic space, specificallyCentralMemorialPark since it spracticallyEMMEDIAsbackyard.Beforeyouknew it,we roundedup17artiststobepartofanamazingeventcalledBringYourOwnBeamer(BYOB).Imagine,themostbeautiful park in the city lit upwith lights and sounds from someofthemosttalentedartistsinthecity.Ifthatsnotenoughtohookyouin,Ithinka foodtruckor twomightappear justsayin.Secondly, Iwantedtoshowcasethe works that have come out from EMMEDIA, made by our many talentedartist-producers.SomeoftheseworkswereincludedinthisyearsPrairie Tales,which is already in its14thyearof celebratingAlbertan filmandvideo!Otherworks were produced in-house through our Compression Camps, all made injustseveraldays!Someofthemweremadebyseasonedproducers,whilesomeof themmade their first video through Compression Camp. It s amazingwhatpeoplecanaccomplishinashortamountoftimewiththerightresources.Lastly,Iwanted to throwaparty!Whatsa festivalwithout thecelebration?Wellbeclosingthefestivalwithabigbang,activatingthehistoricRoyalCanadianLegion#1Branchwithscreenings,installations,andofcourse,musicanddancing!

    Andofcourse,allofthiswouldnthavehappenedwithouttheongoingloveandsupportfromtheEMMEDIAboard,myprogrammingcommittee,mypartners-in-crimeKyleWhitehead,PeterCurtisMorganand JoelFarris,ourEManimenteurSandra Vida, and all the members, funders and supporters who believed wecoulddothis.

    Forsuchajam-packedthree-dayfestival,Ithinkwedidprettyokayforourfirsttime.Ifyourenotfamiliarwithwhatwereallabout,Ihopeyouhaveachanceto really see whats going on in the media arts community and get inspired,ignite some interest, and justhavea reallygreat time.Whoknowswhere thiswillgo.AllIcansayiswhenwelookback,wecanallsaythatwewerethereatthebeginning.:)

    - VICKI CHAUPrograms&OutreachCoordinator,EMMEDIA

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    LUMINARIES:PRODUCTION ACCESS 2012

    Now in its 29th year, EMMEDIAs annualProduction Access program has supportedlocal emerging and established mediaartists in the creation of new worksover an intensive four-month period, byprovidingaccess toprofessionalproductionequipment, post-production facilities,hands-on training, as well as conceptualandtechnicalmentorship.Luminaries is theculmination of the 2012 Production Accessprogram,andIampleasedtobepresentingsix diverse and challenging works createdby this years participants; Zac Slams,MattMcKinney, Kim Seung Pen, Greg Marshall,LonParkerandBogdanCheta.A luminary isliterallyanobject, a celestialbody like themoonorsun,thatgivesoff light. Incontextof theprogram, it should beunderstood as

    anindividualwhoenlightensorinfluencesothers.

    This programming year of Light marks the inaugural presentation of Particle + Wave: EMMEDIAs festival ofmedia arts. The exact nature of visible light isa mystery that has puzzled humanity for centuries. Greek scientists from theancient Pythagorean discipline postulated that every visible object emitsa steady stream of particles, while Aristotle concluded that light travels in amanner similar to waves in the ocean. Waveparticle duality postulates thatall particles exhibit bothwave and particle properties,meaning at times lightbehavesasaparticle,andatothertimesasawave.Thiscomplementary,ordualroleforthebehavioroflightbecomesafittingmetaphorfortheworkscreatedbyourLuminaries.

    Creatingworksthatchallengeorsubverttraditionalmodesofpresentation,ourProduction Access participants have broken free of the screen, expanding theimageandbreakingthenarrative.Thefestivalhasaffordedustheopportunitytomove away fromour traditional venue, the historic Plaza Theatre, and intomoreintimatepublicandprivatespaces.Eachoftheworkspresentedchallengeaccepted conventionsofwhat constitutesMediaArt in their ownuniqueway;fromZacSlamssgender-hackingmulti-channelvideoinstallationattheUnitledArtSocietysSatelliteGallery, toBogdanChetas research-heavyexplorationofrelation-aesthetics,presentedintheformofa48-hourretreat.Alloftheworksexemplify the notion of wave-particle duality by refusing to be contained ordichotomisedbythetoolsorprocessesemployedintheircreation.

    - KYLE WHITEHEADProductionCoordinator,EMMEDIA

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    Affirmative attitudes towards poverty as expressed through times of change, in Calgary.

    Retreat facilitators: Bogdan Cheta & Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed September 25 + 26, 2012Retreat starts at 10AMPart of LUMINARIES: Production Access 2012

    A GUIDE TO GETTING LOST:

    Part philosophic dialogue,part poetic reverie, partnature walk, Island Night isan extended meditation onthe present that fleetingmoment occurring once-and-one-time-only in timesvast history. Through theact and space of retreat,participants will be invited

    tosharetheirexpertiseandformtheretreatsfacultycollectively,wewillraisequestionsaboutthecharacterofoursocietyandthemodesofartisticandculturalinvestigationbeingintroducedtoday,tocreatenewmodesofbecomingandbelong