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CSV events are usually free and include screenings, artist talks, and parties! Come check us out and meet other independent media artists at our upcoming events. 

With oyster shucking and media art screenings, Video Chucks are hosted by CSV once every quarter. They're opportunities to bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members' work. If you would like to showcase your work at one of our upcoming Video Chucks, please email: greg@charlesstreetvideo.com

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Still Life with a Suitcase


Thu 25 July 2019 7 - 10 pm
An interactive multimedia installation and linoprints of imagined places

 

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Artist Talk

WATER FALL ARTIST TALK


Thu 30 May 2019 6:20 - 8:20 pm
The Aird Gallery and Charles Street Video invites you to the final talk for: Annette Mangaard's "Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation" With an introduction by exhibition curator Carla Garnet. Holding a masters in interdisciplinary media, art and design, Annette Mangaard’s current research focuses on the interconnectedness between our health and our stewardship of the world’s natural resources with an emphasis on water. Carla Garnet is the director and curator of the John B. Aird Gallery and the JOUEZ curator for the annual BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture in Toronto. She has worked as the curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (2010-2013), as a guest curator at Gallery Stratford (2009-2010), as an independent curator (1997-2010), and was the founder and director of Garnet Press Gallery (1984-97). Garnet holds an associate diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a masters degree in art history from York University. Presented by John B. Aird Gallery in partnership with Charles Street Video. ARTIST BIO Annette Mangaard is a Danish-born Canadian artist, photographer and filmmaker whose work has been shown internationally at art galleries, cinematheques and film festivals. Installations include: Armoury Gallery, Olympic Site Sydney, Australia; Pearson International Airport, Toronto; South-on Sea, Liverpool and Manchester, UK; Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina; and Whitefish Lake, First Nations. Mangaard, has had retrospectives in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Vancouver. International screenings include: The Experimental Film Coalition, Chicago, The Collective for Living Cinema, NewYork, the SESC de Pompeia, Sao Paolo, B, Ozfun Australian Tour, Ann Arbour, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, National Gallery of Canada, Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy, DOCSDF Mexico City, Hot Doc’s, and Millenium, New York. A recipient of numerous arts awards including Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council, Mangaard has participated as a juror for the Governor Generals Awards in Visual Art and sat on many boards including as Chair of Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. CURATOR BIO Carla Garnet is the Director and Curator of the John B. Aird Gallery and the JOUEZ curator for the annual BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture in Toronto. She has worked as the curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (2010-2013), as a guest curator at Gallery Stratford (2009-2010), as an independent curator (1997-2010), and was the founder and director of Garnet Press Gallery (1984-97). Garnet holds an Associate Diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a Master’s Degree in Art History from York University. Garnet is interested in the politics of the art exhibition and its potential to function as a common—a public space for dialogue. Her curatorial area of interest engages with an exploration of work that presents the possibility of existing simultaneously in many tenses or occupying more than one subject position at once, or both as way to open up a space for greater empathy. For Garnet, an artwork’s significance is tied up with an ability to say what otherwise might be unsayable. CONTACT 2019 showcases an outstanding selection of Canadian and international lens-based artists. The Festival’s Core Exhibitions are comprised of collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centres as well as site-specific public art projects. These are cultivated through partnerships and commissions, and frame the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The Featured and Open Call Exhibitions present a range of works by local and international artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city. The Festival also includes a wide range of Programs including a book fair, a symposium, lectures, talks, panels, and workshops. CONTACT exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, with some exceptions at major museums.
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Mayworks Festival of Working Peoples


Fri 24 May 2019 3 pm - 3 am
About Mayworks: Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts strives to incite the creation and production of art that engages diverse artists and workers at the intersection of culture, economics and social justice. Mayworks showcases working people’s art, and promotes artists-as-workers and workers-as-artists. They operate within an anti-oppressive framework that prioritizes the representation and participation of artists and audiences from equity-seeking groups. About All-or-none: The act of sitting, pausing is a central fixture in the navigation of the fatigued body in spaces of capitalism; the body that must wait for energy to return before moving again, amidst an affluent and sterile re-sculpting of downtown public space that echos violent community displacement, where one must pay to sit, pay to transit, pay to pee, pay to pause. Named for Henry Bowditch’s cardiological phenomenon, all-or-none is a triptych of found & furnished space, reflecting that a heart beat is a set of three: beat-beat, pause, chair, chair, chess table. Every placed object has the potential to be re/moved; a reflection on the timed disappearance expected of bodies themselves. Come make up space with us. Often found marrying poetry with large-scale sculptural forms, Parkdale resident jes sasche addresses the negotiations of bodies moving in public/private space and the work of their care. Their large-scale video loop will play alongside all-or-none, a site specific installation of furniture found in Parkdale parking lots. CSV is providing technical support and presentation gear.
Artist Talk

WATER FALL: A CINEMATIC INSTALLATION PANEL #2


Thu 23 May 2019 6 - 8 pm
Annette Mangaard, Netami Stuart, Walter Kehm Moderated by: Jane Weninger The Aird Gallery and Charles Street Video invites you to the second of three panels for: Annette Mangaard's "Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation" A panel discussion concerning: water, flood-plains, wetlands and the future of our city. ‘Can art initiate discussion and bring about change in public policy?’, with artist Annette Mangaard and Waterfront Toronto Senior Project Manager, Parks, Netami Stuart and founding member of the Landscape Research Group at the University of Guelph AND expert in sustainable community development, parks and recreational design, waterfront regeneration, Walter Kehm, moderated by senior planner with the City of Toronto Planning Division responsible for natural heritage system planning and policy development, Jane Weninger. Curated by Carla Garnet, Annette Mangaard’s Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation is an exploration of water as both an environmental and a conceptual issue. Using footage sourced from several geological locations — a glacier in Patagonia, a melting iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, and tidal pools off the East and West coasts of Canada — Mangaard disrupts the conventions of nature movies to reflect on environmental stewardship from an affective standpoint. The result is a space where viewers might reflect on escalating climate change and the emotional states it provokes at a time when water — its presence and its lack — is ever more visible and charged within ecological and conceptual environments. CONTACT 2019 showcases an outstanding selection of Canadian and international lens-based artists. The Festival’s Core Exhibitions are comprised of collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centres as well as site-specific public art projects. These are cultivated through partnerships and commissions, and frame the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The Featured and Open Call Exhibitions present a range of works by local and international artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city. The Festival also includes a wide range of Programs including a book fair, a symposium, lectures, talks, panels, and workshops. CONTACT exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, with some exceptions at major museums.
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MY STILL LIFE OPENING w Tess Payne


Tue 21 May 2019 7 - 10 pm
 After a little hiatus, (video artist) Tess Payne is back with a new video - "My Still Life: A Tableau" (10 min.) - a "reflection on aging, infrastructure and erasure." It's a visual, poetic (and even funny) look at 30 years of living and renting in Toronto's inner city.  VIDEO MY STILL LIFE is a visual and poetic reflection on aging, infrastructure and erasure. Heading into retirement - or "colours of nothingness" - Tess Payne playfully confronts life in Toronto's inner city as a renter and a single woman. Presented as an ever changing tableau, her day-to-day activities are framed within the relentless transformation - into "real estate" - of what she tenuously refers to as home. (10 min. HD) PHOTOS & VERSE A collection of 10 photo-based images with a poetic text printed on each surface. The images are culled from lived experiences, and the poetic texts speak to personal reflections, from owning a pet, to aging, to everyday rituals in an old, downtown Toronto apartment. (10 mounted & framed Chromira prints) The exbibition runs from May 21-26 from 10am to 6pm.
Artist Talk

WATER FALL: A CINEMATIC INSTALLATION PANEL #1


Thu 16 May 2019 6 - 8 pm
The Aird Gallery and Charles Street Video invites you to the first of three panels for: Annette Mangaard's "Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation" RSVP here! The first panel takes place this Thursday May 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Charles Street Video, Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St on the 2nd Floor. This three-way conversation asks, ‘How do artists take scientific knowledge and use/transform it within their artistic endeavours in order to create real meaning and impact?’, featuring renowned Toronto multi-disciplinary artist Annette Mangaard, prize-winning Canadian author, Christopher Dewdney, whose latest book is: "18 Miles: The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather" and multidisciplinary artist and OCAD-U professor Simone Jones who works with film, video, sculpture and electronics. Christopher Dewdney is the author of five books of non-fiction as well as eleven books of poetry. A four-time nominee for the Governor General's Award he won first-prize in the CBC Literary Competition for poetry and was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize, given in recognition of his contribution to Canadian literature. His non-fiction book, Acquainted With The Night; Excursions into the World After Dark, was nominated for both a Governor General's Award and The Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction, and was published in six countries. Dewdney appeared in the critically acclaimed film, Poetry in Motion, and an adaptation of his book, Acquainted With the Night, was released as a feature documentary by Markham Street Films in 2010. The movie garnered a Gemini award in 2011. His most recent non-fiction title, 18 Miles: The Epic Drama of our Atmosphere and its Weather, was published by ECW in 2018. Dewdney teaches creative writing and poetics at York University in Toronto. Simone Jones is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Toronto. Jones' recent video work entitled "Intercept-Call-Response" is a portrait of her father set against the backdrop of his memory loss and the history of digital computing. Jones' work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with exhibitions at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (NYC), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Annette Mangaard is a Danish-born Canadian artist, photographer and filmmaker whose work has been shown internationally at art galleries, cinematheques and film festivals. Installations include: Armoury Gallery, Olympic Site Sydney, Australia; Pearson International Airport, Toronto; South-on Sea, Liverpool and Manchester, UK; Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina; and Whitefish Lake, First Nations. Mangaard, has had retrospectives in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Vancouver. International screenings include: The Experimental Film Coalition, Chicago, The Collective for Living Cinema, NewYork, the SESC de Pompeia, Sao Paolo, B, Ozfun Australian Tour, Ann Arbour, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, National Gallery of Canada, Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy, DOCSDF Mexico City, Hot Doc’s, and Millenium, New York. A recipient of numerous arts awards including Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council, Mangaard has participated as a juror for the Governor Generals Awards in Visual Art and sat on many boards including as Chair of Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival.
Screening + Artist Talk + Party

Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation


Thu 9 May 2019 6 - 9 am
A primary exhibition for the 2019 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Presented in partnership with the John B. Aird Gallery and Charles Street Video
Meeting

CSV Annual General Meeting


Tue 7 May 2019 6:30 - 8:30 pm
 NOTICE OF ANNUAL CHARLES STREET VIDEO MEETING OF MEMBERS! Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the members of Charles St. Video and Performing Arts Society (hereinafter called “CSV”) will be held at 32 Lisgar (at the Toronto Media Arts Centre - second floor), Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at the hour of 6:30 p.m. (local time) for the following purposes: AGENDA: 1. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm with or without amendment, the AGM agenda. 2. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm, with or without amendment, the minutes of the previous annual general meeting of members of CSV 3. To consider the report from the President of the board of directors. 4. To consider the report from the Treasurer of the board of directors and to review the financial statements of the Society as at July 31, 2018. 5. To consider the reports from the Managers. 6. To elect directors. 7. To confirm and appoint the auditor. 8. To transact such further and other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or adjournments thereof. The Minutes and Financial Statements referred to in Agenda items 2 and 3 above are available upon request during office hours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy will also be sent to any member who requests it. DATED at Toronto, Ontario the 2nd of May, 2019. charlesstreetvideo.com 416.603.6564 The Toronto Media Arts Centre (2nd floor) 32 Lisgar Street, Toronto, Ontario M6J 0C9 Canada Charles Street Video acknowledges the generous support from our public funders. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Unsubscribe
Event

The Smiling Room Spring Exhibition


Thu 2 May 2019 5 - 10 pm
 Join us for a two week exhibition of The Smiling Room - an immersive multimedia installation where 100+ LGBTQ2S explore & deconstruct Queer & Trans happiness within struggle via multi-channel video and audio installation, screening stations with interactive single channel interviews, and artifacts from our community filming events. Opening Night reception: May 2nd, 5:00-10:00pm. Accessibility: Transit to TMAC via the southbound Ossington kneeling bus & 5 min walking/wheeling along the Queen street sidewalk which has curb ramps. The space is accessible by ramp and elevator. The installation includes video, audio & video-interviews with closed captions as well as areas for standing and sitting. We invite everyone to help us keep this a scent-free event.
Screening + Party

“i am happy here, now”:


Sat 15 December 2018 5 - 7 pm
Exhibition Times - 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday from December 4 to  December 14 Closing Party - 5pm to 7pm on Saturday, December 15. Resilience, strength, and the determination to make things better mark the stories of “i am happy here, now”. As a culmination of Media Art for Newcomer Youth (MANY), the exhibition presents the independent works of nine newcomer youth from Nigeria, Sudan, Syria, and Iraq. In these projects, youth explore how they negotiate their sense of self during a time of rapid change, adolescence and (re)settlement. MANY is a five-month pilot program of the Arab Community Centre of Toronto and Charles Street Video. It reduced barriers to media art creation, supported youth through tailored workshops and one-on-one mentoring by culturally affiliated artists, and worked towards promoting the capabilities that youth value. This project is supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding. Youth Bayan Abdelkarim Chioma Okogbue Jesse West Majd Alsheblaq Mary Osuiwu Pelumi Kehinde Reem Zeyada Temy Ibikunle Zahraa Wohaib Artist Mentors Ebti Nabag Jawa El Khash Daniel Ousta Jabbour Program Coordinator: Kasia Knap
Party

Holiday Video Chuck!


Wed 12 December 2018 6:30 - 10 pm
'Tis the season for CSV's HOLIDAY VIDEO CHUCK ('n shuck)! Bring your friends, family, or cat and enjoy an evening of snacks, drinks and good hearted frivolity. Members are invited to bring along short film, video and interactive work to showcase. Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight CSV members' work.
Screening

'Art Thieves' Installation


Fri 10 August 2018 12 - 6 pm
Charles Street Video presents Art Thieves Video Installation by CSV member Gunilla Josephson TMAC Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar Street, 2d floor [Dovercourt and Queen], along side the SummerWorks Performance Festival 2018.   Gallery Hours: Friday Aug 10th 12pm-6 pm Saturday Aug 11th 12-6pm Sunday Aug 12th 12-6pm Monday Aug 13th 12-9pm Tuesday Aug 14th 12-9pm Wedn Aug 15th 12-9pm Thursday Aug 16th 12-6pm Friday Aug 17th 12-6pm Saturday Aug 18th 12-6pm Monday Aug 21st 12-5pm Tuesday Aug 22nd 12-5pm Wedn Aug 23rd 12-5pm Thursday Aug 24th 12-5pm Friday Aug 25th 12-5 pm Saturday Aug 27th 12-6pm Art Thieves 18 minutes. Stereo mix Concept, production Gunilla Josephson Performers Anna-Lena Johansson, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay Camera Lewis DeSoto Gunilla Josephson casts a critical eye on the orthodox consensus that looking at art is good for you but that only some people know what art is and is not. A couple of art specialists arrive in the late baroque melancholy of a semi-abandoned art museum somewhere in France. They set up camp in the museum, catch fish from the windows, have dinner with a bird and proceed to examine the collection. Using a variety of peculiar instruments they measure, dissect, excavate and interfere with the art. Amongst the gilded frames and forlorn second-rate art collection a small museum guard with a very large dog wanders by, somebody cycles through the galleries, a voyeur stalks and peeps, an employee sweeps, while floors creak, doors open and close, somebody sings and the art transforms. Who are the Art Thieves? What is their task? Were they sent? By whom? What are they doing with such determination? Are they there to expose the hidden internal assumptions and contradictions and to unsettle/sabotage the apparent significance and unity of an art institution? Are they saboteurs? Art specialists? Artists, or curators? A Case of Life Imitating Art. Shortly after Art Thieves was filmed with permission February 3-5. 2007 at an art museum (anonymous) in Normandy, France, I got the news that the Director of the gallery had been fired and charged with art theft. Consequently I was asked to withdraw the video scheduled for a solo exhibition of the video for Festival les Boréales in Caen, Normandy, opening November 21, 2008. As a result the show features instead a printed series of a Wanted Poster for the lost Art Thieves (video), designed by PARK STUDIO in London, UK, http://www.park-studio.com Artist Statement My approach to moving image incorporates the aesthetics of painting/sculpture and the conventions of film style, while pushing the boundaries of both. I am interested in the intersection between structure and chaos within the realm of video as a form of media art. Juxtapositions such as: order and disorder, the planned versus the improvised, as well as the relationship between the performer and the amateur. My work within and outside of these intersections transcends the boundaries and rules governing how moving images are meant to be viewed. This subversion behaves as a visual language that further enhances the meaning of the work for the viewer, once it is decoded. From the actions of the performers, through my own use of the video camera, as well as the editing process, I am working to disrupt norms. My aim is to challenge systems, actively resist the tyranny of orthodoxy and have my work serve as a commentary on this process. In the production and post-production process, I work in a way that exploits unbridled emotion and marries it to abstraction. I challenge the accepted conventions of art as an entertainment that is well-behaved. Artist Biography Gunilla Josephson is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Toronto since 1993. She has a BA in Social Science from Stockholm University and a MFA in 1986 from The University of Fine Arts and Design.  Josephson’s videos have been featured in MEETINGS - Video and Performance Festival 2017, Jutland, Denmark; in VOICES: Artists on Art, Harbourfront Galleries, Toronto; at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art [solo]; Rodman Hall art Centre [solo] in Saint Catherines, Ontario, at Ryerson Centre, Toronto, at SAW Video in Ottawa,; at The Winnipeg Art Gallery, at MSVU Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia; in the video screening series ‘Canadian Experimental Films & Videos of the 1990’s’; highlighted in The UK/Canada Video Exchange at South London Art Gallery, London, UK; at the Hull Centre for Time-Based Art; at LUX Cinema, London, UK, at The Stuttgarter Winterfest; The Kassel Dokumentarfilm & Videofest, Germany, 2001; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Awarded the Festival Prize]; at Toronto Images Festival, Toronto in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009; in Canadian Currents at the Goethe Institute, Toronto; The Independents, Cinematheque Ontario; at Video Inn, Vancouver; Cinematographe Montreal; Video Archaeology Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, Moderna and Femmedia-International Film and Video Festival, both in Stockholm, Sweden.
Artist Talk

Ambisonics for Facebook and YouTube


Thu 26 July 2018 7 - 9 pm
Description This workshop explores how we can create soundscapes for headphones that give the impression of space, or what we typically understand to be surround sound. However we will go one step further and learn how to generate these soundscapes for use on Facebook and YouTube, both of which support this with the intention of being used in virtual reality. Why Attend You are looking to learn more about ambisonics but don’t know where to begin You have researched this topic in the past but never found any information in the English language, readable by humans. You understand ambisonics but know nothing about how they fit in with Facebook and YouTube Who Should Attend Artists in the areas of sound and video. Field recording enthusiasts. People who enjoy acquiring new skills and have no attachment to where these new ideas will take them in life. What’s Going to Happen Soundhacker Elliott will be dividing the session up into two sections. The first half will deal with the Ambisonics, specifically in the audio editor Reaper, which is available for free. The second half of the session will then move over to the Facebook Spatial Workstation, as well as a look at YouTube’s support for this technology. This workshop will cover: Working with 360 degree sources of audio Synthesizing your own 360 degree soundscapes using mono sounds Encoding and Decoding Facebook Spatial Workstation and YouTube’s support for Ambisonics It is recommended attendees bring their laptops to work along. Installing Reaper ahead of time is a good idea, and more specific instructions will be sent the week of the workshop. Bonus: Attendees of this workshop will receive a concise eBook summarizing all the information after the event. This will be available to non-attendees for the price of $10. About the presenter: Elliott Fienberg is a sound artist and composer who has been organizing the Soundhackers meetup for over four years. His most recent project was producing the music and sound design for Orphan Black: The Game. Price of the workshop: $12 early bird (goes up to $15 on July 1st) Limited to 20 attendees Tickets available here!
 
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