Women In Video: A Round Table Discussion
Saturday March 10th at 3pm
As a complement to our recent Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift screenings, CFAT is proud to present Women in Video: A Round Table Discussion. CFAT Programming Director, Tori Fleming, will moderate a discussion featuring Thirza Cuthand, Becka Barker and Helah Cooper. The artists will discuss their practices, Thursday’s screening, gender and video art. Tea and pastries will be provided!
About the Artists:
Becka Barker uses moving images, drawing, language, and participatory performance as strategies for exploring geography and mediated communication on collective identity. A defining feature of her work is the use of hand-crafted processes as a media art methodology. Sometimes tap dancing is involved, too.
Helah Cooper is an interdisciplinary artist currently participating in the NSCAD Lunenburg residency. They work with live performance, video, sound, interactive play and tactile sculpture to encourage new pathways for communication and to allow room for an acceptance of queer subjectivity and absurdity.
Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 they have been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, Hot Docs in Toronto, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Outfest in Los Angeles, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany where their short Helpless Maiden Makes an ‘I” Statement won honourable mention. Their work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. They completed their BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and their Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University. In 1999 they were an artist in residence at Videopool and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, where they completed Through The Looking Glass. In 2012 they were an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg, Germany, where they completed Boi Oh Boi. In 2015 they were commissioned by ImagineNATIVE to make 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99. In the summer of 2016 they began working on a 2D video game called A Bipolar Journey based on their experience learning and dealing with their bipolar disorder. It showed at ImagineNATIVE and they are planning to further develop it. They have also written three feature screenplays and sometimes does performance art. They are of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently reside in Toronto.
CFAT is entirely ground level and accessible by wheelchair. There is no button to press on the entrance door for it to open automatically, however volunteer greeters will be stationed at the door for duration of the event to offer assistance. The washroom is a centrally located single room with 1 toilet and is for all genders. There will be light snacks and refreshments available for free.
CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.
CFAT employees will be on site for the whole duration of the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.