Media Art Scholarship Info Session

The call is officially out for the 31st annual CFAT Media Art Scholarship! Applications will be due on Thursday, June 7th at Midnight.

The CFAT Media Arts Scholarship program is a rigorous six-month education and mentorship opportunity where participants make a media art project. Selected applicants are required to make a media art piece in a medium in which they have little to no previous experience. The Media Art Scholarship Program is open to any member of the public who is not currently attending a similar program. You do not need to be an artist to apply, but you do need to have a clear vision/concept for your art project. Read more about the scholarship here.

Before you send in that application, join us for our scholarship info session!
Do you have an idea but you’re unsure how to put it down on paper? Not sure if you’re right for the program? Join Programming Director Tori Fleming as she reviews what the jury looks for in an application, what kinds of projects are possible and answers your questions. The info session will take place here at CFAT at 2238 Maitland st. on Wednesday, May 23rd.

ACCESS NOTES:
CFAT is entirely ground level and accessible by wheelchair. There is no button to press on the entrance door for it to open automatically, however volunteer greeters will be stationed at the door to offer assistance. The washroom is a centrally located single room with 1 toilet and is for all genders.

CFAT wants to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment. If at anytime you are made to feel unsafe or require assistance, please let an employee or volunteer know at the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

Cover photo of Andrea Thorne’s 2018 piece ‘Here Again is a Foreshadowing’ photo by Stoo Metz

CFAT Garden Party

Join the Centre for Art Tapes for our second annual Garden Party Fundraiser! We will be at the Historic Farmers Market on Saturday, May 12th selling a wide variety of plants: Cactus, various house plants, seeds, vegetables, herbs and more!! Some of our favourite stores will be supporting the sale. The Independent Mercantile Co. will be dropping off some of their incredible house plants, Taproot Farmstays is donating leek and tomato seedlings, and Annapolis Seeds has generously donated some seeds to get your garden started!

All proceeds will go to programming and facilities at the Centre For Art Tapes. If you’d like to show some support please consider donating a plant to our office at 2238 Maitland St before May 10th.

7am -1pm
Saturday May 12th, 2018
Historic Farmers Market
1496 Lower Water St

If you would like to show CFAT some love before the event or give from afar, we are also fundraising now through Youcaring. All non-antonymous donations through YouCaring are eligible for a tax receipt

ACCESSIBILITY NOTES:

The lower two levels of the farmers market are accessible from Lower Water Street – they have new double doors that have push button access.

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

CFAT employees will be on site for the whole duration of the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

Introducing Film Reel!

We are so excited to launch our new online booking system Film Reel! You can use this system to book gear and facilities, log volunteer hours and check suite availability!

How do I access Film Reel?
You can find the link to login on the top bar of our website. Most members and users of CFAT already have an account. If you would like to create an account, give us a call at 902-422-6822. For your first time logging in, you will need to create a password by clicking “I forgot my password” and then entering in your username or email address. You will then be prompted by email to create a password and your account will be set up!

What can I do with Film Reel?
You can request gear of facilities from the ‘account’ button. This request will then be sent to Tom who will approve your booking and send you an email confirmation. You can also confirm your contact information, update your email address and log volunteer hours (which get you CFAT dollars!).

How do I book Equipment and Facilities?
Booking Equipment and Facilities: Under “Account”, go to the “Booking” tab. On the right side of the screen, you’ll see a search bar. Type the name, or part of the name, of the equipment or facility you want to book, and then click “Search”. Under the name of the equipment or facility, click “book”. A calendar will then appear. Choose the start and end dates you want (these can be the same if you only need it for one day). If you are booking a facility, you must also enter the start and end times you want to book in the pink area at the top of the calendar. Lastly, there is a drop-down menu for the rate (Individual member, Non-Member, Non-Profit or Commercial). When you’ve chosen all these, click the “Book” button. The equipment is now listed on the left side of the screen as part of a ticket. If you are booking more than one piece of equipment or facility, you can add all of these to the ticket. At the top of the grey ticket area, you should enter the project name and any notes. “Ticket Notes” is where you should enter any additional adapters or cables you will need. You will also notice that the ticket will list an amount payable. If you’re only booking for 1 day but are booking over a weekend, mention this also in the “Ticket Notes” section. If you are booking as part of a Technical Grant or under a Production or Editing membership and should not be charged, enter this in the Ticket Notes section as well. We’ll adjust the amount so that any invoices will be correct. Lastly, when the ticket is complete, click the “Save Ticket” button at the top of the grey ticket area. That will send the ticket to us and we can confirm it, or let you know if there are any problems or adjustments that need to be made. We’ll confirm by email (or phone if you specify that in the notes) when we are next in the office.

How do I log my volunteer hours?
Logging Volunteer Hours: Under “Account”, go to the “Volunteer” tab. You can then enter the number of hours you’re submitting, a description of the work, and the date the work was completed. You can also enter the staff member that assigned the work, so they can approve the hours. When that’s done, click “Submit”.

Ahh I’m confused!
Fair enough – it confused us at first, too! You’re always welcome to book by calling us or emailing like you have been. If you’d like a lesson on how to book, all of the staff members are trained and can give you a tutorial during our open hours.

Happy Booking!

Spring General Meeting

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Join us for our Spring GM!

The Centre for Art Tapes’ Board of Directors invites all members in good standing to attend a Special General Meeting on March 27th @ 7PM in our Project Room at 2238 Maitland St. The purpose of this General Meeting will be to present our new Strategic Plan and re-written bylaws.

Meeting Agenda:

1. Call to Order @ 7PM
2. Welcome and Territorial Acknowledgement
3. Appoint Minute Taker
4. Introductions
5. Presentation of CFAT’s 2018-2021 CFAT Strategic Plan
6. Presentation of CFAT’s re-written Bylaws
7. Call for Motion to approve new bylaws
8. Adjourn @ 7:45

Wondering if your membership is up to date? Would you like to join CFAT? Contact us at 902-422-6822 or visit our website to purchase a membership online. You will also be able to sign up or renew your membership at the door.

Immediately following the SGM we are excited to present our new equipment and facility booking software, FilmREEL. FilmREEL goes live April 1st and will allow members and users of CFAT to book equipment and editing suites online, log volunteer hours, and check on their unpaid and overdue invoices.

We will be introducing the software, explaining how it will impact you and giving a brief tutorial on how to use it.

Hope to see you there!

Y2Karaoke with E. Moir

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Come hang out with the current artist in residence, see some of the stuff they have been working on, have a drink, listen to music sing some Karaoke!

Cost: FREE!

Entrance on Gottingen St. @ 2169

8-9: Video from artist in residence E. Moir
+ live music from Strange Charmz

9-12: Y2Karaoke!
Millennium glam, hackers, 90’s pop stars and drag welcome.
+Prize for best dressed!

ACCESS NOTES:
ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCE at other side of building @ 2238 Maitland st. CFAT is entirely ground level and accessible by wheelchair. There is no button to press on the entrance door for it to open automatically, however volunteer greeters will be stationed at the door for duration of the event to offer assistance. The washroom is a centrally located single room with 1 toilet and is for all genders. There will be light snacks and water available for free at the bar, as well as beer and cocktails for sale cash/credit only (no debit, sorry)! There will also be a decompression space available with comfy seats for folks who need a break.

CFAT wants to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. A licensed bar will be open and we do not allow outside liquor, drugs or drug use in the space. We ask that if you choose to consume alcoholic beverages that you do so in a responsible manner. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

If at anytime you are made to feel unsafe or require assistance, please let an employee or volunteer know at the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

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Women in Video: A Round Table

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Through the Looking Glass, Thirza Cuthand, 1999, 13:59

Women in Video

Saturday March 10th at 3pm

2238 Maitland St

As a complement to our upcoming Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift screenings, CFAT is proud to present Women in Video: A Round Table Discussion. CFAT Programming Director, Tori Fleming, will moderate a discussion featuring Thirza Cuthand, Becka Barker and Helah Cooper. The artists will discuss their practices, Thursday’s screening, gender and video art. Tea and pastries will be provided!

About the Artists:

Becka Barker

Becka Barker uses moving images, drawing, language, and participatory performance as strategies for exploring geography and mediated communication on collective identity. A defining feature of her work is the use of hand-crafted processes as a media art methodology. Sometimes tap dancing is involved, too.

http://www.beckabarker.info/

Helah Cooper

Helah Cooper is an interdisciplinary artist currently participating in the NSCAD Lunenburg residency. They work with live performance, video, sound, interactive play and tactile sculpture to encourage new pathways for communication and to allow room for an acceptance of queer subjectivity and absurdity.

http://helahcooper.com/

Thirza Cuthand

Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 they have been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, Hot Docs in Toronto, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Outfest in Los Angeles, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany where their short Helpless Maiden Makes an ‘I” Statement won honourable mention. Their work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. They completed their BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and their Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University. In 1999 they were an artist in residence at Videopool and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, where they completed Through The Looking Glass.  In 2012 they were an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg, Germany, where they completed Boi Oh Boi. In 2015 they were commissioned by ImagineNATIVE to make 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99. In the summer of 2016 they began working on a 2D video game called A Bipolar Journey based on their experience learning and dealing with their bipolar disorder. It showed at ImagineNATIVE and they are planning to further develop it. They have also written three feature screenplays and sometimes does performance art. They are of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently reside in Toronto.

http://www.thirzacuthand.com/

 

ACCESS NOTES:
CFAT is entirely ground level and accessible by wheelchair. There is no button to press on the entrance door for it to open automatically, however volunteer greeters will be stationed at the door for duration of the event to offer assistance. The washroom is a centrally located single room with 1 toilet and is for all genders. There will be light snacks and refreshments available for free.

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

CFAT employees will be on site for the whole duration of the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

Isolated Landscapes/Anchored & Adrift

In collaboration with the Video Pool Media Arts Centre, CFAT is proud to present Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift, a collection of video works by women from 1980 to now. The screening will be in two parts:

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7pm Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women

Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman

Including videos by Thirza Cuthand, Elvira Finnigan, Hope Peterson & Maureen Medved, Dominique Rey, Reva Stone, Sheila Urbanoski and Lori Weidenhammer.

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Selling Venus – by Dominic Rey, 2003. 17:35 min.

9pm Anchored and Adrift: Video by Atlantic Women

Curated by Yalitsa Riden, Tara Taylor and Jessica Wiebe

Including works by Becka Barker, Catherine Bussiere, Hannah Levin and Halah Cooper, Marie Koehler, Natalie Boterman, and Rajee Pana Jeji Shergill. More pieces will be added to this line up by early next week. Stay tuned for exciting news!

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Sell It! – Becka Barker, 2003.

In addition to the screening, we will be holding “Women in Video: A round table discussion”. Join us on Saturday, March 10th at 3pm for snacks, tea and discussion with a few of the featured artists!

 

ACCESS NOTES:
St. Georges Main Hall has an entrance on Maitland st which is accessible by wheelchair by ramp. There is no button to press on the entrance door for it to open automatically, however volunteer greeters will be stationed at the door for duration of the event to offer assistance. There will be light snacks and water available for free.

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. There will be no alcohol at this event. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

CFAT employees will be on site for the whole duration of the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.