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Ash Tanasiychuk is a photographer, illustrator and graphic designer who runs Format No Auto Creative Projects.
Photodocumenting art and music in Vancouver has been his passion since 2010. Although he has shot artists as big as Leonard Cohen at venues as big as Rogers Arena, his focus is on documenting the incredible local events and performances produced by Vancouver’s fantastic local artists.
Ash is currently assembling a collective of photographers, videographers, and writers who share a belief in a committed documentation of the art & cultural events in our city. Our organization will use the power of documentation to promote local artists, engage more citizens, and validate the value of arts & culture in Vancouver.
Brady is an artist working in sound, light and interactive sculpture. Based in Vancouver, Canada and holds a M.Sc. in Interactive Arts from Simon Fraser University (SFU). She hosts a monthly sound art radio show, she teaches at VIVO Media Arts Centre and SFU University, volunteers with The Rock and Roll Camp for Girls she plays music in a the Vancouver Electronic Ensemble and DJs regularly.
Her work is often collaborative, bringing Generative and Interactive perspectives to the collaborations. While her solo projects are characterized questioning impending cultural forces, such as surveillance, remediation and technological determinism, allowing the audience to step sidewards to view these forces with greater freedom. She works with technology and against technological thinking.
Her work has been presented at VIVO Media Arts Centre, Surrey Art Gallery, National Art Gallery, Dutch Electronic Art Festival and REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles.
Byron Dauncey is a photographer and artist. He specializes in art documentation street art and candid portraiture. He has studied extensively under photographers Lincoln Clarkes, Fred Herzog, and conceptual artist Andrew Owen. As an artist Byron has exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery and The Monte Clarke Gallery. His work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, National Post and CBC television.
Colleen Arndt, aka Miss Innocent, is a DJ, event promoter, music writer and artist manager in the Vancouver electronic scene. She currently heads Soundproof, a local underground collective, and has a regular column on Examiner.com which focuses on electronic music in Vancouver. Over the last 14 years this veteran DJ has played across multiple formats (vinyl, CD, Serato and now Traktor) and toured extensively across Canada, Europe and parts of the USA, spinning a mixture of acid, trance, techno, tech-trance and tech-house. With all this experience under her belt, Colleen is now keen to spread her knowledge and enthusiasm for the craft of DJing.
From early childhood experiments trying making his parents clocks run backwards and robot controlled curtains Dave quickly moved into the world of circuit bending and building. His current artist practice includes design, photography and sound art as well as construction of analog synthesizers/electronics. Current he is developing custom Max/MSP/Jitter software for both audio compositions and multi-media installations which has been exhibited recently in the Patterns show at Aberthau, Thru The Trap Door (On Main Gallery with LocoMotoArt), Queen Elizabeth Park and VIVO’s Signal & Noise Festival.
Niel McLaren is a creative technologist whose work is a playful exploration at the boundaries of human-computer interaction. He specializes in interactive installations and generative drawing and is currently experimenting with different representations of time.
Jesse Scott creates and exhibits work in the genre formerly known as new media. He has used Processing and openFrameworks to create live visuals, light up large led matrices, drive laser cutters, control 3D puppets and interactive installations, create Android applications, and make iOS applications. Over the last several years, he has taught Processing, oF and creative coding in Canada, Spain, Germany, Norway, Latvia, and South Korea.
Julie is a designer and artist with a strong curiosity about interactivity, accessibility, playfulness and change. Her main inspiration is to design experiences that allow people to explore and create their own point of view, culture and communities. Julie completed her graduate work in the department of Art, Design and Technology at Concordia University specializing in participatory design. She has received awards and grants from the Japan Media Art Festival, Canariasmediafest (Spain), Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Centre interuniversitaire des arts mediatiques, Dora and Avi Morrow Award for Excellence in Visual Arts and BC Film. She has shared her work at various conferences in Canada, Spain, Japan, Australia and the US.
Julie currently works independently under the guise of Desiring Productions doing communication design, project management, interaction strategy, and installations.
Whether working with micro radio projects, massive arrays of low frequencies, or sampled and sequenced rhythmic construction, Roos demonstrates that there is more to sound than just audibility. His work introduces a sense of reorientation and reconstruction of objects from their usual state into objects with multiple possible meanings. Roos draws on history, urban and rural sound ecology, and the capabilities of his means of transmission to suggest new or hidden realities in relation to the subjects he investigates. His My work has been exhibited and performed in artists-run centers and festivals in Canada, Sweden, and the UK and has aired on radio stations in New York, Boston, London, and Melbourne. His writing on sound and radio art appears in the Errant Bodies publication: Radio Territories, and the New Star Books publication: Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada. He holds a BFA from Concordia University, and an MFA from the University of Victoria.
Photo credit: Angela Fama
Majid Bagheri is an Iranian film and video artist who is interested in fiction, documentary, and experimental video. Recently he directed Weaving Together, a documentary film that investigates the hopes and challenges faced by the Yong ethnic minority in Northern Thailand. The film was made upon request and for the community though the SAC Anthropology centre in Bangkok. In late 2010, he collaborated with the Vancouver-based independent choreographer Anna Kraulis to create a dance film, Twixt, which exhibited in Interplay Projects at the MAAC Studio Theatre, Vancouver, Canada from June 2 to June 4, 2011. Majid is also interested in video art. His video installation, in:between (2010), won the third prize at the Surrey Arts Centre and was juried to be part of the art exhibition at the International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa 2010) conference. He holds a master’s degree in film and video art from Simon Fraser University, Canada. http://www.tinbox.org/
Flick Harrison (www.flickharrison.com) is a writer, educator, media artist, filmmaker, hacker and drone pilot in Vancouver. Starting out on the CBC youth series Road Movies as one of Canada’s first professional videographers, he’s since made video in Pakistan, the US, Mexico and China.
Frances Breden has been teaching filmmaking since 2009 at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School. She started as a volunteer at VIVO and climbed the ranks. She especially enjoys Super 8, which she processes in her basement.
Mauri is a Vancouver-based director, writer, actor, puppeteer and editor, specializing in comedy in all things. She was raised on the sets of hundreds television commercials and was defending creative choices in the editing room at age seven. Really. She is an alumna of Women in the Director’s Chair, a graduate of New York University and has worked with all kinds of people, animals and puppets in a wide variety of capacities for all sizes of stages and screens.
Merlyn Chipman’s artwork spans live improvisational audio/video, print and interactive installation art but he identifies himself as a “Video Feedback Artist.” He was first mesmerized by video feedback in 1998. Video feedback occurs when a video signal is passed from a video camera to a monitor while the camera and monitor are pointed at each other.
Merlyn’s video feedback is an exercise in maintaining attention, i.e. an open-eyed meditation. His music is created by video feedback. Fans typically categorized it in the “Noise” or “Drone” genres of experimental music. Merlyn is certified both as a Hypnotherapist and as an Interaction Designer. His art explores the relationship between consciousness, technology (particularly video) and society.
Phil Thomson is a Vancouver-based listener, soundmaker, theorist and curator who completed his Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University. His sound works have been heard on CBC, in concerts in Canada and abroad, as well as on releases by labels from Italy, England and Macedonia. As a curator, he has curated the weblabel centibel and, at the request of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), an online “gallery” for the sonus website. His writings have been published by the CEC and Cambridge University Press.
Johan Thornton is an engineer-turned-artist based in Vancouver, B.C. With his love of technology, he programmed games for the Game Boy and Super Nintendo, analyzed nuclear waste storage for Atomic Energy of Canada, and founded a company developing DJ performance gear before turning his focus to art. His largest urban art installation was when he hacked into the Lions Gate Bridge lights and made them blink in Morse code. He has been producing and performing dance music since 1995, and is one of the founders of Soundproof, Vancouver’s longest running underground rave group. Since joining the Burning Man community, Johan has done engineering work on the Temple in 2011, and did engineering work for large art in Burning Man 2012 and 2014.
Rob started working with electronics at the age of twelve, long before every electronic store had kits – back then it was a trip to the library to get a book on scratch built projects. The first was a crystal radio that worked surprisingly well. The next years were followed by light sensing, relay control and other projects that are lost in the sands of time… At sixteen he bought an acetylene welding set and started making metal art. His work history encompassed custom sheetmetal shops, machine shops, marine fabrication and electrical. Now he works full time creating kinetic sculptures and sound art in his home machine shop.
Ross Birdwise is an artist and musician originally from Ottawa. His artistic practice includes electronic music, vocal music, curation, non-idiomatic improvisation, performance art, photography and video. He has performed at the Mutek Festival in Montreal, with Anthony Braxton in Vancouver (Sonic Genome – The Roundhouse) and has shown visual art in a variety of contexts including Gallery 101 (Ottawa) and Vancouver New Music (Theatre for the Ears – Scotiabank Dance Centre). He obtained a BFA from Ottawa University in 2005 and an MAA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2008. He has trouble separating his hobbies from his creative practices.
Simon Lyons is a physicist, engineer and experimenter who enjoys exploring the creative possibilities of technology, primarily electronics – both analog and digital. Having taught for four years in Vancouver, his priority now is to develop engaging and open-ended experiential learning opportunities that challenge the technology-as-sealed-black-box stereotype and get people involved in their own technological evolution. He is a cofounder of MakerMobile.org, a local collaborative venture featuring a unique multipurpose mobile workspace and hacker lab.
Specializing in live video performance, exhibition, and projection mapping Stuart has created installations for fashion shows, luxury events, club nights, festivals and art spaces. His current artistic interests include 3D projection mapping and multi-sensory experiential pieces, collaborating with musicians and other performers. Stuart has a pragmatic sense to his work, which is celebrated in both the art world and the business world.
Stuart Ward founded Hfour, a boutique design/art company, in 2008. Hfour is a fluid collaborative experience of technical directors, programmers, film-makers, designers, illustrators and animators whose skills are collectively celebrated to solve design challenges and create art.
Travis Kirton is an artist specializing in the production of performance, tangible, and interactive media. A graduate from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (Vancouver, Canada) with a specialization in interaction design, he is currently a Master’s candidate in the Interface Culture department (Linz, Austria).
Recently, he spent a year and a half at The Banff New Media Institute, (Banff, Canada) exploring media-art-research. Prior to this he was a creative engineer for Tangible Interaction Inc. and interaction designer at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
His works are based in interactive media (gaming and typography), with a focus on joint production of art and academic publication. He has exhibited at The Banff Centre (Canada), TEI2010 (Boston), Over the Game Festival (Sevilla), Medialab Prado (Madrid), Santral Istanbul (Turkey), Ars Electronica (Linz), ACM Multimedia (Vancouver), and has published research papers and print works in a variety of magazines and conference publications.
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Vincent van Haaff
Vincent van Haaff is a multi-disciplinary media artist working with computer code to explore virtual and real spaces defined by rule-based systems. Originally from Southern California, he went from a record label co-founder and audio hacker in Los Angeles to an environmental club founder in Santa Barbara before moving to Vancouver to become a software developer and media artist. His expertise spans from data and music visualizations to computer vision, event and community installation, and user-centred design.
Wynne Palmer is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and producer. She is currently assistant administrator/project manager for 20 media artists in LocoMotoArt, a co-founder and member of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra and artist in residency with the City of Vancouver from 2013-2015. Holding a BFA (Graphic Design + Photography), BFA Visual Arts and certificates and diplomas in communication design and business administration, she has exhibited and performed in numerous exhibitions and festivals both locally and internationally. Wynne has a keen interest in community engagement, from building skills with media arts to the business of being an artist.