Thursday, April 30, 2015

Annual Report 2013-2014
Highlights of activities

In February 2014, MediaNet revised its mandate to reflect our core activities: providing specialized tools needed by media artists to create their work; providing workshops for people to gain or advance video/film skills; promoting media art and the work of media artists, and educating the public about media art.

Full mandate text:
- To Preserve and promote the media arts in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island and maintain high standards in that artistic field by making available to artists the specialized tools or facilities needed to practice their craft.
- To advance education by providing structured learning activities such as courses, instructional seminars, and workshops about media arts.
- To advance the public’s appreciation of the arts by producing public media art exhibitions, presentations and art events, and by providing a forum for qualified artists to exhibit, present or perform their artistic works through participation in such events.

This past year has been one of MediaNet’s most successful years to date. We had a series of significant partnerships with other organizations, including the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, where we held two series of exhibitions, Crossing Channels and Crossing Terrain, which spotlighted the work of 5 media artists from BC and 5 from Canada and the US. The exhibitions spanned the period of July 2013 - March 2014, with an estimated attendance of over 15000 people!

A partnership with Limbic Media was made possible with a grant from Creative BC.
Through the collaboration, Limbic created wearable interactive media art works that were presented at a TedX talk in Victoria, and at MediaNet in December.

In January 2014 we began a new monthly screening series with the Greater Victoria Public Library called  Cinema Salon, which combined screenings of Canadian and International films with discussions by invited guests. We featured talks by Sophie Oliveau Moore of the Victoria Francophone Society, UVic Professor Lianne McLarty, Isabel Leal, Director of the Latin American and Hispanic Film Festival and April Ingham, Director of the Pacific Peoples’ Partnership. Cinema Salon will continued at the Library from September - December 2014.

We also had a successful partnership with Saanich Neighbourhood Place for two youth workshops this summer: Introduction to Video Expression and Creative Media Expression. These two programs were made possible with a Project Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, with Saanich Neighbourhood Place providing the venue, skilled youth workers, and promotion for the programs. The programs brought youth together with artists to raise media literacy by creating, discussing and producing video works of personal and artistic expression. 17 youth participated in these workshops.  Another collaboration led to MediaNet receiving sponsorship funding from ArtsVest, a Business for the Arts program, for an interactive workshop, sponsored by One Net Marketing.

A grant from the Canadian Media Fund enabled MediaNet to expand the presentations of our OPEN CINEMA documentary series, such that we presented three of the screenings with a sister screening of the same film in another city in Canada on the same day, connecting discussions about the films after the screenings via social media, and Skype presentations with the filmmakers.  This hybrid-cinema model is being pioneered by OPEN CINEMA Program Director, Mandy Leith, and we aim to do more events in this manner in the coming year.

Flux  Media Art Gallery
In October 2014, MediaNet developed the Flux Media Art Gallery, an exhibition and presentation centre dedicated specifically to contemporary media arts. Media arts include film, video, media-based installation and performance, and interactive technologies. Flux is the only gallery in Victoria dedicated specifically to media arts. Part of the mandate of Flux will be to educate the public about media art, through exhibitions, screenings and artist talks. Programming will include local, national and international art, with a mixture of curated exhibitions and works produced during MediaNet’s workshops.

With 113 members, MediaNet serves a community of media artists, providing access to equipment, and  technical support.  Over the past year we also worked in partnership with Saanich Parks and Recreation, The Greater Victoria Public Library, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, serving people in the broader Greater Victoria communities.

Friday, January 31, 2014

MediaNet Annual Report 2012-2013

MediaNet Annual Report 
Stability after the storm
MediaNet's budget has stabilized since the funding cuts to BC’s Gaming grants have been restored, but the cuts had given us an accumulated deficit. This year we have a small operating surplus of $3872, which will bring our accumulated deficit down to -$4342.  

The Board has been looking at challenges that could impact the media arts sector in the near future, notably the ubiquity of affordable digital cameras and computers for editing. How will this growing access to digital video tools change the nature of the services media art centers should offer to artists and the public?  Over the past year MediaNet's Board and Staff held two Board meetings on this topic, in April and June, and the Board decided that MediaNet should enhance its programming with more production programs and media art presentations, and should seek increased support for these initiatives.   

Fundraising and sponsorships were identified as two areas where MediaNet could seek additional support to be able to increase its programming.  Obtaining Charitable Status would help us greatly.  We would be able to apply to Foundations, as well as programs for charities,  for example Tech Soup, a program that gives away free software from companies like Adobe, whose video editing software we use.  With Charitable status we could improve our fundraising efforts and apply those funds to expand our programming, screenings and exhibitions.

Highlights of the past year’s programming
MediaNet’s highlights for the Oct 1, 2012 - Sept 30, 2013 fiscal year would include our programming activities outlined below, and our core service of supporting media art creation, with access to equipment for MediaNet members; currently we count 115 members, we had 315 camera rentals over the past 12 months, resulting in 119 video productions.  We have people coming almost everyday to rent equipment, and/or use our computers for video editing.

Programming highlights:

September 6 – October 6, 2012
Activate was a video documentary production program, designed to provide valuable experience and resources for people interested in creating and using video to express their point of view on issues they find important. No previous video or filmmaking experience was necessary. Participants had access to MediaNet equipment and editing facilities as well as ongoing production mentorship. ACTIVATE participants attended workshops on topics such as “crowdfunding”, the Activist Video workshop with Richard Boyce, ”Shooting for the Edit” workshop with Anna Malkin, Documentary Cinematography with Cyrus Block, intro to iMovie, Final Cut X and/or Premier Pro with Kirk Schwartz and to a variety of talks and seminars with documentary industry professionals.   Cost of the program was $150 per team or individual plus $50 for each additional participating team member. The program ran over 4 weeks, culminating in a public screening of the works at Intrepid Theatre.

OPEN CINEMA - Summary of achievements
Season Ten launched in October 2012 with a Canadian premiere of Deborah Koons Garcia's Symphony of the Soil, with the filmmaker in attendance. Deborah attended an OPEN CINEMA screening of her previous film The Future of Food in 2005 and was so impressed by the event that she offered us the Canadian premiere of her new film.   Open Cinema then showed the following films: “Play Again” in November, about kids getting away from computer games and internet ruling their lives; “Occupy Love” by Velcrow Ripper in December, a world premier for Open Cinema, filmed at the Occupy Wall Street protests; “In Organic We Trust” in January, 2013; and “Big Boys Gone Bananas” in March, about Dole suing the filmmakers of a documentary on the struggles of labourers working on banana plantations.   OPEN CINEMA’s annual fundraiser was on April 24th, 2013 in conjunction with Sierra Club, with the environmental film “ELEMENTAL”, and Season Ten closed on June 4, 2013 with our 100th event since 2003, the film “Connected”.   OPEN CINEMA launched a summer outreach project GET ON THE DOC BUS. From June - September 2013, OPEN CINEMA founder and Program Director traveled across the country to meet with filmmakers, film lovers and documentary screening programs to help develop a cross-Canada community screening network.  

Two Worlds: Indigenous Media and Performance festival
January 25-27, 2013  Presented in collaboration with the Royal BC Museum.  Two Worlds: Indigenous Media and Performance festival was a clear success.  We hosted 3 evenings of multi-media projections, videos, music and performance art.   Presented in partnership with the Royal BC Museum, in their First People’s Gallery, TWO WORLDS struck a strong chord with the audiences in attendance.  The opening night of music and experimental video projections by Skookum Sound System was presented to a packed house in Logan’s, a key alternative music venue in Victoria. The festival unfolded during the same time as the IDLE NO MORE movement was growing across Canada, and the presentation of Indigenous artists was received in a celebratory spirit.  

The performance art presented on the following night at the Royal BC Museum, comprised performances by artists Robyn Kruger, Janet Rogers, Peter Morin and Skookum Sound System, combining music, video, poetry and performance art.  It was held under the watch of 13 totem poles in the First People’s Gallery, and there were many comments about the moving and spiritual character of the event, including the feeling that the event breathed life back into the objects that had been appropriated and installed in the museums decades ago!  
 On January 27, Two Worlds concluded with a screening of films for and by Aboriginal Youth, as a part of The RBCM’s Wonder Sunday family event at the First People’s Gallery.  Many people saw the video programs that played continuously in the Museum over the weekend, and MediaNet has been encouraged by the Museum to collaborate again on an Indigenous media art presentation.

CROSSING CHANNELS , July 18 to November 9, 2013
A series of media art exhibitions co-curated by MediaNet with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, from July 18 to November 9, 2013, inspired by the publication produced by MediaNet called Crossing Channels: Essays on Contemporary Media Art in British Columbia.  The publication offers information on BC artists, and centres within the disciplines of film, video, and media-based installation works.  The July 18 opening was packed, and brought a new audience to media art, work by Victoria artists Grace Salez and Kristina Campbell. Also exhibited: Vancouver artists Marina Roy and Kevin Schmidt and artist Chris Bose from the Interior. The series encompasses a wide variety of approaches and themes such as Grace Salez’s examination of the power of memory, Kristina Campbell’s the power of naming,  Marina Roy’s look at human-animal relationships, and Kevin Schmidt’s takes on Canadian landscape. Chris Bose explores the dialogue between historical and contemporary society within First Nations experience.

CrowdFunding Strategy 101 with Ian MacKenzie  Wednesday 12 September, 2012  – 6 to 9 pm  Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad St.   Collaboration between MediaNet, Victoria Film Professional’s Association (ViFPA), CineVic, Media Rising and Media that Matters.  Filmmaker & media activist Ian MacKenzie (Occupy Love) demystified crowdfunding and the specific strategies that will help artists tap into the revolution.  He outlined a variety of popular platforms, including Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  

Negotiating Desire - October 15, 2012 MediaNet screened video works at Open Space as a part of the Institutions by Artists Convention, a meeting of artists, curators, critics and academics, examining the common interests of artist-run centres collectives and cultures, held in Vancouver, Oct. 12-14, 2012. 

January 11th, 12th, 2013  -  Screening, workshop with filmmaker Richard Boyce On January 11 at 7pm, Filmmaker Richard Boyce presented his film Rainforest: The Limit of Splendour, at the University of Victoria’s David Lam auditorium.  Richard was in attendance for a discussion after the film, moderated by MediaNet Executive Director, Peter Sandmark.  On January 12, Richard held a documentary workshop at Camas Books and Infoshop.  A collaboration between MediaNet, Camas and Freeskool.

MediaNet’s Saturday Spring Workshops:
All workshops took place at the MediaNet office, #110 – 2750 Quadra St.
  • March 9, 11am -2pm – Intro to MediaNet Cameras and Lights 
  • March 16, 11am – 2 pm – Recording Sound in camera and on the H4N 
  • March 23, 11am -2pm – Introduction to iMovie 
  • April 6, 11am-4:30 pm – Final Cut Pro X and Keyframing,  Exporting in Final Cut Pro X
  • April 13, 11am-2pm – Premiere Pro Keyframing and Exporting in Premiere Pro

48 Hour Hack-a-thon!    April 19-21, 2013
The Hack-a-thon was a workshop for making interactive devices based on environmental ideas.   The program was open to all artists, engineers, techies, hackers and everyone in between, and was co-hosted by MediaNet and Victoria Makerspace.  

Youth Video workshop for Teens at the Pearkes Recreation Centre, July 8 -19
This two week workshop, aimed at youth 14 -19, introduced participants to the fundamentals of digital filmmaking.  Week one focused on storytelling and documentary.   Week two focused on individual-expressive projects.  The instruction was complemented by presentations from guest speakers and practical opportunities.  Taught by Jordan Czop & Kirk Schwartz.

Jan Peacock - Artist talk at Open Space, Sept. 16
MediaNet and Open Space co-hosted an artist talk and screening by video artist Jan Peacock.  Jan Peacock has completed over twenty video works and installations and has exhibited widely throughout Canada, as well as in France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has has won awards at the Atlantic Film & Video Festival, the Chicago International Film & Video Festival, and the Atlanta Film & Video Festival. She is a recipient of the Governor General's Award, the Bell Canada Award and the Canada Council Medal for her contribution to the field of video.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MediaNet 2010-2011 Annual Report presentation

MANDATE & MISSION - The mission of MediaNet is to support and facilitate the creative use of the medium of video/film as a form of communication and personal expression.

- Facilitate opportunities for individuals to develop media skills in a co-operative environment so that they may contribute their diverse perspectives in video/film.
- Provide fair access to a resource pool of equipment, skills, expertise and information on video/film.
- Promote media literacy and critical appreciation of video/film.
- Research issues of concern to the video/film community.
- Educate the public on the value of independent video/film

MediaNet’s mandate leads us to organize presentations of independent media art and artist’s talks and presentations, with the general public invited to view and discuss work. OPEN CINEMA, now a MediaNet program, includes as part of its format an open discussion with a panel of invited speakers, discussing the issues raised by the film presented. MediaNet’s equipment and facilities are used in a wide range of productions - video art, documentary, multi-media, performance, installation, and community-based projects. MediaNet actively promotes access for all artists, regardless of age, class, gender, sexual orientation, race or ability. MediaNet has a strong history of creative partnerships with other arts organizations within the Victoria area, which we continue to nurture and promote.

EcoDoc (Sept-Oct 2010)
EcoDoc was a three week documentary creation program. Filmmakers of all ages are exposed to an inspirational week of workshops by filmmakers and eco-activists, designed to give them basic technical tools for expressing themselves and exposing the issues that are important to them. In 2010, eleven short films were produced highlighting diverse environmental issues.

Video Lab (July -Aug, 2011)
Video Lab was a three week interactive video art workshop where participants learned to make interactive media arts installations. Led by artists Justin Love, David Parfit and Farheen Haq, 10 participants created each an interactive work. Then the Video Lab participants’ interactive art works were exhibited Aug. 12th to Aug. 13th at Open Space gallery, who sponsored Video Lab.


OPEN CINEMA 2010 -2011:
OPEN CINEMA  is our very successful documentary program combining screenings with open forum discussions featuring invited panelists. The partnership has been very beneficial, leading to partnerships with other organizations such as the AGGV, and Food Roots, and helping to fulfill MediaNet’s mandate of promoting media literacy, while providing structure and resources for OPEN CINEMA events.

Oct 13-14, 2010, Winds of Heaven:Emily Carr, Carvers & the Spirits of the Forest
In partnership with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Winds of Heaven was an impressionistic documentary on Emily Carr.

November 17, 2010: The Clean Bin Project  In partnership with the CRD. The Clean Bin project: one couple’s goal to live waste free for a year.

January 19, 2011: What’s On your Plate In partnership with Food Roots. Sponsored by Vancity. What’s On your Plate: about healthy eating and urban sustainability.

February 23, 2011: The Economics of Happiness
In partnership with Transition Towns, The Centre for Integral Economics, and The Gross National Happiness Project. A documentary about the importance of localization and community-based economies.

April 20, 2011: Powerful: Energy for Everyone Earth Day fundraiser
A documentary on the possibilities of alternative energy sources.
Celebration of BC Media Art: screening on February 16 at the Victoria Event Centre.
A Sense of Place, Saturday, May 28, various locations
Funded by a grant from the City of Victoria, “A Sense of Place” was an exhibition of film and video works by Janet Rogers, Grace Salez, Rick Raxlen, Scott Amos and Judith Price, which explored the cultural and historical landscape of Victoria through the lens of personal expression. Screenings and events took place in a variety of locations in Victoria, including a discussion with the filmmakers on May 28 at Cinevic’s office.

Victoria Arts Live!
In partnership with The Victoria Event Centre and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, MediaNet developed an interview magazine program, streamed live to the internet four times during the summer of 2011.

Public Domain - Sept 23, at Deluge Contemporary Art gallery
MediaNet presented Public Domain, a video programme by SAW Video Media Art Centre, a media-art centre located in Ottawa. In 2009, seven artists were selected to create videos drawn from archival films and photographs from Archives Canada. Featuring local video artist, Maureen Bradley.

Community Impact
MediaNet serves the Greater Victoria arts community with access to equipment, facilitated by an open membership policy with affordable rates. This access is also extended to community organizations, which has led to collaborations with groups like VIRCS (Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Society), PPP (the Pacific People’s Partnership), ICA (Inter-Cultural Association), THAW (Transform Homelessness Advocacy Watch), Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria, Dancing with the Octopus, Positively Africa, and the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre.

MediaNet's structure is based on a Board of Directors, elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. Any member is eligible to run for election to the Board. The Board meets 4 times a year, establishing policies that they mandate the employees to enact. As a non-profit Society, MediaNet follows the BC Society Act. The directors are empowered to manage, or supervise the management of, the affairs of the society, and may exercise all of the powers of the society. The Board forms Committees to research and make recommendations to the full Board on specific areas. Committees are responsible to the Board.

MediaNet Board of Directors, 2011: 
President, Scott Amos; Vice President, Trudy Pauluth-Penner; Secretary, Monique Cartesan; Treasurer,Tom Shandel; Members at Large: Cyrus Block, April Ingham, Colleen Craig, Nicole Sorochan, Kristina Campbell, Tania Muir.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Farheen Haq at Video Lab, summer 2011

MediaNet member, Farheen Haq was one of the artists giving artist talks at Video last summer. She is currently exhibiting work at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Thursday, June 02, 2011