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.