Video Communication: Art & Technology between Canada & Japan, 1967-1985

Opening Date
Tue, Oct 27, 2020 800pm
Tue, Oct 27—Tue, Dec 15, 2020
Programming Series


Video Communication: Art and Technology between Canada and Japan, 1967 -1985
Series Introduction & Interviews

A three-part series curated by Jesse Cumming

October 27 - December 15, 2020



Video Communication: Art and Technology between Canada and Japan, 1967 -1985, explores the rich history of influence and exchange between Japan and Canada in the early, exploratory years of video. Intended as a prelude and supplementary program to a future in-house archival exhibit, this series of online programs explore topics of mixed-media experiments and community journalism and video activism. Each video program will highlight little-seen work and classics by both Japanese and Canadian practitioners, tracing a history of mutual influence and emphasizing important collaborations.

Previews of the upcoming screenings are now online.



Part One: Interviews
October 27 - December 15

This three-part series launches October 27th with short interviews with Michael Goldberg, co-founder of the Satellite Video Exchange Society (VIVO) and facilitator of some of the earliest exchanges between Canadian and Japanese video artists; Moira Simpson and Liz Walker, both filmmakers, Metro Media producers, and co-founders of the Vancouver feminist film collective, ISIS Women & Film; and Mihato Taura, videomaker and co-founder (with Ko Nakajima) of Video Earth Tokyo collective (est 1971). The interviews will be accessible for the duration of the series.

Part Two: Intermedia (online video event)
November 24 - December 1

Intermedia is the first of two video screenings. Featuring videos by Michael Goldberg, Video Inn, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Saburo Muraoka, and Keiji Uematsu, CTG (Computer Technique Group), and Video Information Center, Intermedia will be streamed to a worldwide audience for one week, 24 hours a day.

In each of the selected works the new capabilities of the technology appear at the fore. Whether connected by shared conceptual grounding, by subject matter, or by physical travel and exchange, through the examination of explorations in Intermedia between Japan and Canada what emerges is a shared sense of exploration and excitement.” –Cumming


Part Three: Vox Populi (online video event)
December 8 - December 15




Jesse Cumming

Jesse Cumming is a curator, writer, and researcher based in Toronto. He has curated, co-curated, and presented programs with The Museum of Modern Art, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Tallinn Photomonth Biennal, Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Anthology Film Archives, the Volksbühne Berlin, La Cinémathèque québécoise, and more. From 2016 to 2019 he served as Programming Associate for the Wavelengths section of the Toronto International Film Festival, and in 2016 he developed Vertical Features, a Toronto screening series dedicated to non-fiction film and video. He currently serves as a consultant for the Berlinale Forum and Open City Documentary Festival, and from 2016-2020 sat on the steering committee of the Toronto Film & Media Seminar. His writing has appeared in Cinema ScopeThe Brooklyn RailMUBI NotebookFilmmaker MagazineHyperallergicCanadian ArtAnother GazeC MagazineBerlin Art Link, and more. In 2020 Cumming participated in a TOKAS Research Residency and was awarded a Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art by the Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation.