March 1 - May 31
Jadda Tsui, "Wingman," Short Film
Jadda Tsui, "Wingman,"Short Film
Three new short films and experimental media come to the Arts Commons Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA), beginning on March 1, 2016: Jadda Tsui’s Wingman, Heather Kai Smith’s A Woman Comes Into the Room, and Joel Hamilton’s M22. 079. The shorts run continuously on three public video monitors throughout the centre and are available to everyone entering Arts Commons, for free.
Wingman explores the concept of body as both a physical and psychological being. Through a deconstruction of the figure, the almost mechanical aspects of being human are examined individually and up close - senses, organs, emotions, thoughts, and interactions.
Set to Alice Notley's 1979 poem of the same name, A Woman Comes Into The Room explores representations of femininity, the anonymous woman and abstraction through found footage and rotoscoped lines. Produced with support of the Quickdraw Animation Society, and screened at 2015’s GIRAF Festival.
Using techniques such as painting and scratching directly onto film, M22. 079 takes a look at machinery, a shipyard, and ecosystems living in a Class M Star. Inspired by a lunar eclipse viewed during a visit to Calgary’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.
The Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) remains the only permanent exhibition space for short films, animation, and video created by Alberta media artists. Arts Commons is proud to partner with the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society. These films are also screening in Casa Gallery (Lethbridge) and the Alberta Legislature Building (Edmonton).