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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: ayisha@charlesstreetvideo.com

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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 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!
Screening + Party

Video Chuck: Summer Fun @ TMAC


Wed 18 July 2018 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight CSV members' work.
Artist Talk + Party

Share Tech: 360 Cameras


Wed 27 June 2018 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Share Tech events are themed evenings that focus on sharing knowledge and offering a brief overview of some of the most relevant gear to contemporary media art production.
Meeting + Artist Talk

Sound Hackers Meetup!


Wed 30 May 2018 7 - 9:30 pm
Turn ANYTHING into an Electronic Musical Instrument.
Meeting + Artist Talk

RE:COLLECTIONS


Sat 28 April 2018 10 am - 5 pm
How do we take the idea of an archive, and its difficult, racist, exclusionary history, and turn it around? How can it become an opportunity where our personal and political histories shine in all their complexities? Re:collections brings Indigenous artists and artists of colour to share how their work engages, re-frames and re-defines the archive. Whether the archive is a collection in a formal memory institution or a recently dusted off basement find. Re:collecitons is made in partnership with Charles Street Video and Toronto Media Arts Centre.  Join us at Re:collections for discussions on archiving and counter-archiving. Saturday April 28th, 2018 at the Toronto Media Arts Centre (32 Lisgar Street) FREE ADMISSION, CHILDCARE and LUNCH provided Register Here This more about the Home Made Visible (HMV) Project here
Meeting

CSV Annual General Meeting!


Wed 11 April 2018 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 the Toronto Media Arts Centre, 36 Lisgar Street (near Queen and Dovercourt), Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the hour of 6:30pm (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, 2017. 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 4 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 March 16, 2018.
Party

SPRING VIDEO CHUCK


Wed 21 March 2018 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Join us in welcoming Spring and celebrating World Storytelling Day (technically on March 20)! 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 present. Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight CSV members' work. After the screenings, we chat, mingle, and share some snacks. All are welcome, and it’s always free! If you would like to showcase your work at one of our upcoming Video Chucks, please email: jennifer@charlesstreetvideo.com. RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many oysters to fetch!
Artist Talk

Art Intersections: Digital Curation


Tue 6 February 2018 6:30 - 9 pm
The Commons Suite 440, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 ** Note new venue! ** Presented by Akimbo  OCAD U and Charles Street Video. Supported by Beau’s Brewing Company. Access: This is a free event located in a wheelchair accessible venue. If you wish to have ASL interpretation provided, please let us know by January 30 by emailing info@akimbo.ca. 6:30pm - Doors Open 7pm - Guest presenters Golboo Amani and Lindsay LeBlanc, plus Q&A, moderated by Matthew Kyba 8pm - Networking, Food & Beverages How do you curate art with digital technologies in mind? For our first Art Intersections event of 2018, we will be considering the subject of Digital Curation. This month’s speakers will address both curating digital art in physical spaces as well as the curation of artworks for digital platforms, and what this means for the artists, curatorial process and the visitor experience. In the tradition of past Art Intersections Meetups, we have invited three arts professionals who are working at the intersections of curatorial practice and digital art. Multi-disciplinary artist Golboo Amani is best known for her performance and social practice works, and recently co-curated the 7a*md8 Live-Stream Performance series. As the curator of Equitable Bank’s Emerging Digital Artists Award, Lindsay LeBlanc is interested in the circulation of contemporary digital and web-based artwork. Moderated by Matthew Kyba, an independent curator and writer, this conversation will bring to light how curators can produce unique exhibitions specifically for the digital age. Art Intersections is a meeting event 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 event celebrates artists and innovators who are embracing change leading the next wave of creativity. Free! Please RSVP via the Facebook event. About Golboo Amani: Multi-disciplinary artist Golboo Amani is best known for her performance and social practice works. Amani often relies on familiar social engagements as a point of entry into her practice. Critical of systemic social patterns, the artist views social situations as ready-made sites for aesthetic intervention. Amani’s work often addresses the conditions of knowledge production that render epistemic violence as invisible, insignificant and benign. Much of her work focuses on interventions or alternatives to formal sites of pedagogy to include forms, contexts and content normally excluded from institutionalized knowledge production. Amani’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including the Creative Time Summit, Art Gallery of Ontario, Articule, XPACE Artist-Run Centre, Encuentro: Hemispheric Institute, Union Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, Rats9 Gallery, Rhubarb Festival, FADO Emerging Artist Series, TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), 221A Artist-Run Centre, and the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art. golbooamani.com About Lindsay LeBlanc: Lindsay LeBlanc is a student, writer, and curator working out of Toronto and Montreal. She is currently the art curator for Equitable Bank, and in 2015 launched the company’s Emerging Digital Artists Award program, which aims to support early-career practitioners of screen-based media. In addition to her corporate work, she is completing her master’s in Art History at Concordia University with a research focus on historiographies of machine art since the 1950s. LeBlanc received her BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in 2016. Her writing has been published in Prefix Photo, On Site Review, and Existere Journal, among others, and she has served as an editor for multiple projects, including her permanent post at digital publication KAPSULA. edaa.equitablebank.ca kapsula.ca Twitter: @edaa_eqb About Matthew Kyba: Matthew Kyba is an independent curator and writer. He received his Master's degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in 2015. Currently, he is the Director of Forest City Gallery Artist-Run Centre, and co-founder of Bunker 2 in Toronto, ON. Recent curatorial projects include Ritualia at Modern Fuel and Don't Worry, its just another White Exhibition at Bunker 2. He has a small dog named Rico. Instagram: @thejewishryangosling forestcitygallery.com / @forestcitygallery bunker2.ca | @bunker2 For more information about the Art Intersections event series please contact info@akimbo.ca To watch past presentations by Adrienne Crossman, Thirza Cuthand, Deirdre Logue, Jonathan Carroll, Jacob Niedzwieki, Nicole Del Medico, Jeremy Bailey and Midi Onodera please click here. Presented by Akimbo in collaboration with OCAD U and Charles Street Video. Supported by Beau’s Brewing Company. Akimbo Art Promotions info@akimbo.ca akimbo.ca Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Party

HOLIDAY VIDEO CHUCK!


Thu 14 December 2017 7 - 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. After the screenings, we chat, mingle, and share some snacks. All are welcome, and it’s always free! Location: 568 Richmond Street West Time: Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:00pm to 9:00pm If you've got work you'd like to share at the HOLIDAY VIDEO CHUCK please email: jennifer@charlesstreetvideo.com. Get a free ticket here so we know how many oysters to fetch! Special thanks goes out to Jennifer Hazel for catering the event.
Event

Roots (RaĆ­ces) Workshop Series #4: Blender3D


Mon 11 December 2017 5:30 - 9:30 pm
***This workshop is one in a series of six workshops that form part of the exhibition programming for Roots (Raíces). ***For full exhibition + workshop programming please visit: http://bit.ly/2B0GCLc ::: BLENDER3D WORKSHOP FOR LATINX ARTISTS ::: Date: Monday, December 11th Time: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Address: 586 Richmond St West ***This is a FREE WORKSHOP. There is a limited capacity of 10 people. Priority will be given to Latinx-identifying individuals. ***Please RSVP to abreard@spanishservices.org to reserve your spot with subject title "Blender3D Workshop RSVP" Be introduced to Blender3D which is a powerful open source software for 3D modeling and animation. This workshop will provide an overview of how to create and import models, animate them within a scene, apply textures and materials, and render for distribution. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a short animation to share online as a video or GIF. Personal laptops + a mouse are recommended, however, participants will not be turned away due to lack of hardware. Snacks, TTC tokens and USB flash drives filled with 3D assets will be provided. This workshop will be beneficial to any Latinx youth who is interested in exploring experimental and expanded practices in animation, new media and digital painting. ::: ABOUT THE ARTIST & FACILITATOR ::: Born in Bogotá, Colombia. Alisson is a transmedia artist + art worker living and operating in Toronto, Canada. Their work explores the internal drives and external influences that shape identity as a Colombian first-generation immigrant in North America. They are interested in subversive strategies of laughter and femininity as a linguistic and visual medium: play upon codes already in place and the degree to which we are shaped by consumer capitalist culture and mass media. Through their work, they attempt to engage and interact with the public by creating, facilitating or collaborating in shared experiences. They are a part of the digital art collective Tough Guy Mountain and runs The Brandscape. They hold a BFA with an honorable mention from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. ::: ABOUT TAKING ROOTS ::: This workshop is one in a series of six workshops that form part of the exhibition programming for Roots (Raíces). The programming forms part of Taking Roots - My Canada, Our Canada: a youth civic engagement project for emerging Latinx youth artists based in Tkaronto organized by the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples in partnership with the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council and Story Centre Canada. Funded by ON150 ::: ABOUT THE VENUE ::: Charles Street Video is a not-for-profit facility that focuses on media and film production and post-production. We acknowledge the ancestral and traditional unceded territory on which we stand: of the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and most recently Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy of the Ojibwe and Allied Nations to Peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Artist Talk + Party

Art Intersections Meetup - November 21, 2017


Tue 21 November 2017 6:30 - 9 pm
In the tradition of past Art Intersections meetups, we have invited two interdisciplinary artists who are imagining and imaging futures. Game and narrative designer Sophia Park deconstructs the relationships formed between humans and increasingly-sentient technologies, while filmmaker Cara Mumford re-orients human relationships to the land in exploring the future of Indigenous sovereignty. Moderated by Karl Schroeder, a science-fiction writer and professional futurist, this conversation will bring to light how representations of the future work to alter the present.
Artist Talk + Party

Share Tech Series


Wed 27 September 2017 6:30 - 9:30 pm
In part 4 of our Share Tech series we'll be focusing on lenses!
Screening

She Films Collective: Movie Night + Workshop


Fri 22 September 2017 6 - 9 pm
Join She Films Collective in a 2 day expedition, reliving your childhood filmmaking memories like never before!
 
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