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CWA Canada/Canadian Media Guild

Remaking Game Work Public Forum

2019-07-17T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-07-17T22:00:00.000-04:00 Studio closures, harassment, crunch time, rumblings of unionization - game labour issues currently have unprecedented public profile. Join us at a public forum with game developers, media work researchers, and digital labour activists to discuss working conditions and social inequalities in the video games industry and strategies to improve conditions in digital media. The forum will be moderated by Austin Walker, the Editor of VICE Games. Six speakers - game workers, union organizers, and researchers - will participate in a moderated conversation, followed by Q&A and refreshments. This event launches “Contested Formations of Digital Game Labor,” a special issue of the journal Television & New Media, currently freely available as an open-access publication. ### Guests Dan Joseph, PhD is an organizer with the Game Workers Unite Toronto chapter, a freelance writer, and researcher of game work, apps, and platform capitalism. Katherine Lapointe is an organizer with CWA Canada/Canadian Media Guild, this country’s only all-media union, with members at VICE, BuzzFeed, CBC, Canadian Press and other outlets across the country. Maggie McCaw is a documentary visual researcher and was the first Branch President of the VICE Canada Union from 2016-2019. Austin Walker is the Editor of VICE Games and the host of the podcast Friends at the Table. Before his career as a critic, he studied the intersection of play and labour at the University of Western Ontario, where he was a Research Associate in the Digital Labour Group. Johanna Weststar teaches at Western University. She researches working conditions in the video games industry and partners with the International Game Developers Association to conduct developer satisfaction surveys. Jennifer R. Whitson teaches at the University of Waterloo. Her research centres on game developers, as well as digital media surveillance and social influences on software development. Sagan Yee is an animator, experimental game designer, and Executive Director of the Hand Eye Society, a video game arts not-for-profit organization. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1562639275-8c954bd3-9617-42f3-a332-016f2f33bcf4.JPG CONFIRMED
July 17, 7:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + FADO Performance Art

International Visiting Artists: Liina Kuittinen (Finland)

2019-09-20T19:30:00.000-04:00 2019-09-20T23:00:00.000-04:00 *I am on my four. I am next to the ground. I see the surface from very close distance, the small particles and the space between them. I have to move my whole body closer to the object if I want to see it more clearly. I can not take the object in my hand and bring it closer to my eye. As an artist I am on my four and my hands are not swinging freely.* *I am eating ice-cream while writing this text. I am eating ice-cream for real, not just writing about it. I am eating it and it gives me great pleasure. Ice-cream goes through my digestion and my body knows how to turn the sugar into energy and to use the proteins and to get rid of the leftovers. Digestion is process that involves the body with other processes, one point in the circle of matter. Performance operates on the same plain with digestion. Performance and process of digesting are equally real. They are meeting points for material flows, actual events transforming material into other.* A new performance by Liina Kuittinen will be presented. ### ABOUT VIVA! ART ACTION www.vivamontreal.org _Image credit: Helene. Liina Kuittinen. 2018. Photo by Peter Rosvik._ https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1562628308-liina-kuittinen.jpg CONFIRMED
September 20, 7:30 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + FADO Performance Art

Liina Kuittinen & Marita Bullmann

2019-09-21T13:00:00.000-04:00 2019-09-21T15:00:00.000-04:00 Artists: Marita Bullmann, Liina Kuittinen FADO is pleased to welcome Liina Kuittinen (Finland) and Marita Bullman (Germany) to the International Visiting Artists series. This series seeks to bring exceptional artists from the global performance art scene to Toronto, to present a new work (September 20) and give an artist talk (September 21) about their own practices and the contemporary performance art ecologies of their home cities/countries. Liina Kuittinen and Marita Bullman's appearance in Toronto is in collaboration with VIVA! Art Action, one of FADO's enduring partners. FADO and VIVA! have partnered several times (2013: Tomasz Szrama / Poland, Macarena Perich Rosas / Chile; 2015: Victoria Gray / UK, Dorothea Rust / Switzerland) over the years to share the presentation of international artists to both platforms in order to bring exceptional artists and their work to audiences in both cities; in addition to giving visiting artists the unique opportunity of engaging with performance communities in both Toronto and Montreal. _Image credit: untitled (another small matter). Marita Bullman. 2017. Photo by Rebekah Dahlia._ https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1562627890-marita-bullmantalks-pic.jpg CONFIRMED
September 21, 1:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + FADO Performance Art

International Visiting Artists: Marita Bullmann (Germany)

2019-09-20T19:30:00.000-04:00 2019-09-20T23:00:00.000-04:00 Marita Bullmann's works are engagements with everyday objects: familiar materials, actions, spaces and places. In her performances, she seeks a direct encounter between body and space. Her working method can be understood as a temporally ephemeral, site- and situation-specific process. With her actions she creates her own realities and scenarios, which strengthen the awareness for object, material, body and space. Visual, temporal, haptic or acoustic elements determine the effect and perception of her performance. The way she creates abstract interpretations allows us to perceive and observe the things around us in a new way. The interpretation takes place through experience. The objects and materials she uses are by no means neutral, but connect with our sensual and emotional world of experience. Bullmann's intention is to influence the usual mechanisms of seeing and perceiving far away from cultural imprints and to create a new 'space' that lets us become aware of the act of seeing. She combines the constructed experiences with a search for images and actions that make the phenomena of curiosity and peculiarity visible. ### ABOUT VIVA! ART ACTION www.vivamontreal.org _Image Credit: untitled. Marita Bullmann. Photo by Svetlana Lopato._ https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1562627403-marita-bullmann.jpg CONFIRMED
September 20, 7:30 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Charles Street Video

Projection Mapping - Light, Form & The Stage

2019-07-21T12:00:00.000-04:00 2019-07-21T17:00:00.000-04:00 This hands-on course teaches students to customize graphical content (video, image) and then map this content on to physical 3D objects using Isadora*. Students will have the opportunity to put these techniques to use by workshopping with assigned actors, playwrights, and other key players in the professional arts and theatre industry. * Working knowledge of Isadora is a requirement to take this course. Successful completion of the "Projection Mapping for Artists 101" course will suffice. See the work of past students that have taken this course here: http://projectionmappingworkshops.com/student-work ### Learning Objectives * Theory: best practices for digital augmentation in a physical world, projection art, principles of light, colour theory and interaction design. * Learn the basics of GPU codecs ideal for multiple simultaneous playback in a real-time environment. * Image/Video Production: make digital content your own through filters, compositing, special effects, editing, masking, keying. * Projection Mapping & Interaction: map your own customized images and videos onto 3D surfaces, and develop manual & live input as actuators. * Conceptual Development: learn to articulate and execute a raw idea from inception to a real-world exhibition. * Industry Engagement: deliver an innovative and sustainable production in collaboration with industry partner. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1559955576-projectionmapping7-1.jpg CONFIRMED
July 21, 12:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON

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