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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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The Hair Scarf Project

A multimedia installation by Monica Mak and Shiva Shoeybi. Sept 19-28 in the CSV gallery.
Thu 19 September 2019 5 - 8 pm
Join us for the opening of Hair Scarf Project at Charles Street Video. Monica Mak (documentary filmmaker) and Shiva Shoeybi (mixed media artist) have joined forces to create The Hair Project. This collaborative mixed media work combines fabric-based art with documentary video installation. Through the fusion of these media forms, we reflect on the internal versus external constructions of female appearance, the lived experiences of three Muslim women of different ages and backgrounds, who choose to wear. Shiva has designed two head scarves, each with a highly stylized hair design print. Both have been made entirely from artificial hair, intricately woven. Monica has documented each of the women’s experiences in short documentary segments. Together these disparate media forms will inhabit the CSV exhibit space, functioning as the threshold between the public and private spheres. On the one hand, the intimacy of the space and the quiet viewing experience will enhance the women’s personal stories told through documentary media; on the other hand, the room’s function as a space for the viewing public will relate to our fascination with the public gaze on the female body. September 19 - September 28 Opening: Thursday, Sept 19, 5pm to 8pm Regular Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday - 10am to 5pm Weekend Viewings with the Artist(s) present: Saturday, September 21st **by appointment only Saturday, September 28th **by appointment only.  The artist will meet you outside the entrance of the Toronto Media Arts centre. Please schedule a viewing at the link below and call 416-603-6564 when you arrive: Viewing Sign up

 

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Artist Talk

Arts Intersections


Fri 16 August 2019 6 - 9 pm
SOUND, MEDIA, AND DISABILITY Charles Street Video is proud to present a night with media artists lwrds and Stefana Fratila. Please join us, as they lead participants through an artist talk followed by a workshop. Participants of the workshop are encouraged to bring ideas they are developing for a media-based work so that, as a group, they can discuss how to create work and installations that are more accessible to different bodies. This event is free and everyone is welcome to participate in the workshop. Schedule: Artist Talk: 6pm - 7pm Workshop: 7:30pm - 9pm Art Intersections Meetup is a meeting place for artists, moving image-makers, gamers and technologists who are experimenting with art-related digital content and how the moving image is presented in a connected world. Digital culture, social media and networks encourage new ways of storytelling, image making, idea sharing and collaboration. This Meetup celebrates artists and innovators who are embracing change leading the next wave of creativity. lwrds: lwrds (pronounced ‘lords’) is an interdisciplinary artist developing critically-engaged work that celebrates and centers the liberation of 2-Spirit, non-binary, queer, trans, intersex, Black, Indigenous, racialized, and invisibilized peoples everywhere. lwrds’ work responds to their personal journey of healing sexual trauma at the intersections of gender variance, blackness and indigeneity (complicated by an imposed latinidad they reject due to its colonial underpinnings), and disability for reasons of neurodivergence and chronic illness. A born storyteller with a deep commitment to healing personal and collective traumas, their material approach is an intuitive process of learning with other non-human beings, valuing energetic exchanges with all that exists. Stefana Fratila: Stefana Fratila is a Romanian-born, Toronto-based artist, DJ and writer. Her work examines the act of bearing witness through public interventions, performances, sound and video installations. Interested in interrogating the relationship between memory and the body, she often incorporates her own experiences with disability and chronic illness. Her current work focuses on how sound waves might be perceived by human ears as they travel through the different atmospheres of our solar system and will culminate in eight open-source VST plug-ins created for digital audio workstations (DAWs). ACCESSIBILITY *At TMAC all events and offices are located on the second and third floors, accessible via an elevator just inside the entrance. Interior galleries and event spaces are barrier-free. Visit the TMAC website for additional policies on accessibility. *ASL available upon request. *If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact us at workshops@charlesstreetvideo.com, or 416-603-6564, for further information about support.
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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
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.
Event

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.
 
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