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09 Apr 2008

Video Pool Celebrates 25 Years with Six New Commissions

Daniel Barrow, "Trying to Love the Normal Amount" (video still), 2008.

Video Pool's 25th Anniversary Exhibitions and Events


April 12 - May 24, 2008

Exhibition and performance hours vary according to location; please see website for details...

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1H3

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Video Pool is proud to celebrate 25 years of support to Manitoban artists through the commission of six projects by seven artists who have made dynamic contributions to its history and to media arts in Canada.

Temporarily Out of Order: Downtime, curated by Sigrid Dahle, and Seen/Unseen: Light Play, curated by Grant Guy, embrace themes emphasizing key notions and material qualities particular to media arts practices. The themes befit the occasion of Video Pool’s anniversary by simultaneously harkening back to media art’s primal scene of light first being captured as image, and anticipating the future of new media art as a form being assimilated into larger cultural discourses while outmoded technologies decay. At times, media art is approached as a problem: what is the importance of new technologies to new media works, and what happens when the technologies don’t work?

The curators have noticed a curious shift in media arts practices – as technology-based arts have matured, artists appear to be using electronic media to replicate the past rather than to speculate on the future. They describe an aesthetic attitude particularly suited to Winnipeg as a city equally haunted and inspired by the past. It is a view of technology as something mythical and broken, as opposed to clean and slick.

Join us for six weeks of exhibitions, performances, and receptions:

Daniel Barrow (Apr 12 – 19) @ Plug In ICA's Satellite Gallery
Victoria Prince (Apr 18 – 25) @ Adhere and Deny's Pocket Theatre
Richard Dyck (Apr 18 – May 2) @ aceartinc.
Peter Courtemanche & Lori Weidenhammer (Apr 24 – May 10) @ PLATFORM
Steven Loft (May 5 – 17) @ The Duke of Kent Legion
Sharon Alward (May 16 – 24) @ Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers Studio

Please visit for details.

Video Pool is grateful to The Canada Council for the Arts, The Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Arts Council, The Winnipeg Foundation, The W.H. & S.E. Loewen Foundation, and On Screen Manitoba for their generous financial support.