Aya Garcia is a storyteller, visual artist and filmmaker. She was born and raised in the Philippines and is now living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations. Her projects focus on intimate portrayals of the artist, the creative process and the impact of art within communities. Aya’s work is collaborative whenever possible and she would jump at any opportunity to shoot with film. Her work extends a commitment to creating interdependence through art. She enacts her lens in order to create worlds apart from the industries that extract resources from women, people of colour and any historically marginalized groups. When she is not filming or hidden away in her editing room, Aya is probably hanging out with her dog Gorda.
Kimit Sekhon (They/Them) is a Queer second generation Indian immigrant living on the unceeded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh nations.
They hold a Broadcast diploma from BCIT as well as an Audio Engineering diploma from SAE Vancouver.
Kimit is the Outreach Coordinator at Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM.
Arman Paxad is a media artist working in video, music, and graphic design.
Radek Przedpełski is lecturer in media studies and visual culture at Trinity College Dublin, with a background in digital media and sound design. He is co-editor of Deleuze, Guattari and the Art of Multiplicity, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020. Radek is also a migrant artist working in sound, photography and video.
Hannah Dougherty has directed, shot, edited, and animated music videos, television commercials, web videos, and award-winning short films. She is represented as a director and cinematographer by Neer Motion in the U.S and Velvet.la in Australia. Her dedication and reputation for storytelling has catapulted her from Sydney to Melbourne, New York, Paris, and Barcelona, settling in Vancouver. Five of her short films have been selected to screen in international film festivals such as Vancouver International, Flickerfest, and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. She has been awarded with Best Editing, People’s Choice, and a Vimeo Staff Pick as well as the chance to take part in TedX Sydney and the Berlinale Talent Development program in Germany. Hannah finds new ways to tell stories and form connections with the world around her through painting and short stories, traveling all over in search of adventure, knowledge, and conversations with as many fascinating people as she can find.
Russell Gordon is VIVO Media Arts Centre's communications specialist. He has been working with Augmented Reality since ARKit was made widely available in 2017. He's made a number of Augmented Reality apps and publishes Face Filters for Instagram with collaborator Casey Wei as 'coldboi9969'. Recently, coldboi9969 was commissioned to make a custom Face Filter for Images Festival in Toronto. As an artist, Russell is passionate about using technology for personal expression; his work has been shown nationally and internationally.
Jae Lew is an media artist and filmmaker currently residing in so-called Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories). Their practice is situated at a place of visibility and invisibility; their work deals with spirituality, disability, gender and the absurdity of the constructs in which we live under. Jae is the founder of EMO (Experimental Media Outsiders) Collective, an experimental media and analog filmmaking artist collective. They are currently completing a degree in New Media and Sound Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Yasushi Harada is an interactive developer, technical director, and visual artist based in Tokyo. With a background in psychology, he later found his passion for creating visuals with programming languages while he was working at a creative agency. He has worked for brand activation events, museum exhibitions, night club events and music festivals and has focused on creating live visuals and interactive installations mainly with TouchDesigner in recent years. He is also a producer of TDSW (Tokyo Developers Study Weekend), one of the most active TouchDesigner communities in Japan.
Matthew McBride was born, lives, and learns on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. He is an educator working for and with the Vancouver School Board and Simon Fraser University that specializes in learning in the early years. Currently, he teaches Kindergarten, and is interested in Reggio inspired learning environments.
Sepideh Saii's videos have been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout Europe, Canada, the United States, and Japan. In 2014, she exhibited her film, Behind the Scene, at Whitechapel Gallery alongside artists Shirin Neshat and Bill Viola. Saii has extensive experience teaching film production at Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art Design, and the University of Oregon. In 2009, she received her MA in Fine Art Media at UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. Currently, she teaches video production at Vancouver Technical Secondary School.