The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, in partnership with MediaNet, is currently presenting the Crossing Terrain exhibition, a series of screenings spotlighting the work of some of the best media artists from across the Country. The current artist featured is Victoria’s Richard Raxlen, who is showing 3 works from now until January 12, 2014: Fish Don’t Talk, Song of the Suicides’ Daughter and Everything Reminds Me of My Dog. Raxlen is giving a talk at the Gallery on January 9th at 7pm.
Crossing Terrain is a continuation of the Crossing Channels series, which was held from July 18 – November 10, 2013. This exhibition was based on a publication put out by MediaNet in the summer of 2012, called Crossing Channels: Essays on Contemporary Media Art in British Columbia.
The Crossing Channels publication contains writings by Jennifer Cane, Marie Prince, Bracken Hanuse-Corlett and Catlin Lewis about media artists, collectives and centres in Vancouver, the Interior, and Victoria.
Below I have included links to works by the artists mentioned in the publication, in preparation for a launch of an ebook in 2014. The printed copy, containing the accompanying essays, as well as information on other media arts events and centres, may be purchased at MediaNet or the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for $10.
In the below list, I have tried to include any site which shows the full video work. Often, the complete work is not available online, in which case, I have included a link to a video clip or still of the piece. The titles of the video works are listed in italics. You will also find links to interviews where available, or to the artists’ home page, or essays about the artist. I hope you enjoy! We have an amazing number of talented media artists in this province (and in this city!). Here’s an informative way to spend your time on these cold winter nights.
Crossing Channels: Essays on Contemporary Media Art in British Columbia (published by MediaNet in 2012)
1. Host, File and Activate: The Past Decade of Media Arts in Vancouver
by Jennifer Cane
Marina Roy – video of Apartment
Raymond Boisjoly – video clip of Sense of Reckoning
Kevin Schmidt – still of Long Beach Led Zep
Alex MacKenzie – Artist’s webpage about The Wooden Lightbox
Isabelle Pawels – About B+E
Judy Radul – video clip of World Rehearsal Court
Marianne Nicholson- About The House of Ghosts
Jeremy Shaw – About Best Minds Part One (Expanded)
2. First Nations Media Artists: Vancouver Edition
by Marie Prince
James Diamond – About the artist
Frederick Cummings – About the artist
3. Media Arts in Interior BC: Cross-Cultural Collaborations and Indigenous Media Makers
by Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Victoria Baptiste – Artist’s Website
4. Videos from the Edge: Media Art in Victoria
by Catlin Lewis