Channels is a new international biennial festival based in Melbourne that will showcase contemporary video practice from Australia and around the world. In September 2013 Channels will host an eclectic and playful programme of screenings, performances, workshops and artist commissions designed to provoke curiosity and engagement amongst the arts and broader community. The three-day Festival (along with a 10-day commissions exhibition) will offer a thoughtful selection of work from some of the world’s most interesting and outstanding video makers.
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Eugenia Lim is a Melbourne-based artist who works across video, performance and installation. Through her work she explores the representation of race, identity, nationalism and cross-cultural mythologies with a critical but humourous eye. Her work has been exhibited locally and globally at venues including ACMI, the Tate Modern, GOMA and West Space. She was a founding member of audio-visual collective Tape Projects and is the editor of online publication Assemble Papers.
Jessie Scott is a practicing video artist, writer, programmer and producer who works across the spectrum of screen culture in Melbourne. She is a founding member of audiovisual art collective, Tape Projects; an editor of Picture Skew screen culture blog; she has worked in public programs at ACMI; was a preview panellist with MIFF from 2008-2012; and in 2009 completed an internship with Wholphin DVD. She has exhibited and performed her own video works nationally and internationally, at venues both large and (very) small.
Rachel Feery is a video and photomedia artist. Based in Melbourne, Rachel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.) from Monash University and a Diploma of Screen and Media from RMIT. She is the producer and curator of Short Play, a DVD publication of Australian video artworks and On the Screen, an exhibition program of video art at dianne tanzer gallery + projects. Her solo work has been exhibited nationally and collaborative art projects include the cultural institutions and festivals; ACMI, Mona Foma and Next Wave.
Ghita Loebenstein runs Speakeasy Cinema, an independent film series whose ethos revolves around screening overlooked or just plain good films in ways that encourage conversations about them to linger. Ghita was previously a freelance writer and editor published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Frankie, The Big Issue and Inside Film. She has worked for festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival, and between speakeasies she contracts as a film and arts publicist.
Nico Reddaway is a Melbourne based media artist. Recently graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Media Arts, her work eloquently merges self-performance and video. Drawing on themes of identity and transformation, Reddaway’s work gives the viewer unique passage to the spectacle of the absurd. Reddaway has been gaining industry experience interning for Channels and has previously held intern and volunteer positions for RMIT Gallery, ACMI, MIFF and Next Wave Festival.
CO-CURATOR (MEMORY SCREENS)
Laura Castagnini is a curator and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. She is interested in feminist histories and their current articulations, photography and representation, and modes of performance and collaboration. Curatorial projects include Backflip: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art (Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2012-13); Come A Little Closer (Screenspace, 2012); This is Not A Love Song (co-curated with Anna Pappas, Anna Pappas Gallery, 2012); and Re/Gendered (Platform Artist Group Inc., 2010). She has worked in curatorial and administrative positions in organisations including Anna Pappas Gallery, Tape Projects, Platform Artist Group Inc., O Projects, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Centre, (Brooklyn Museum), and MOMA PS1 in New York. She is a graduate from the 2012 Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course and currently a Master of Arts candidate at the University of Melbourne.
Sun Streaming Studio
Memory Screens – Eugenia Lim and Laura Castagnini
Video Visions – Rachel Feery and Nico Reddaway
Channel Surf – Eugenia Lim and Rachel Feery
Nocturne – Ghita Loebenstein and Rachel Feery
Satellite Night – Rachel Feery
Video Art in the Internet Era – Jessie Scott
Transformer – Eugenia Lim
Programming – Ghita Loebenstein with Rachel Feery, Jessie Scott and Nico Reddaway
Stage Manager – Katie Anastasiou
VIDEO VISIONS ADVISORY PANEL
Maggie Scott – Copy Editor
Sarah Booth – Publications Co-ordinator
Jared Davis – Essay contributor
Willoh S. Weiland
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