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MEDIA INFORMATION CONFERENCE ARTISTS Digital Art: Play & Intervention Camille Turner Camille will be discussing her projects Transmedia, Teletaxi, Miss Canadiana, The Container Project and The Final Frontier, and how digital media artists can help communities and individuals tell their stories, creating meaningful exchanges that contribute to social change. Camille Turner is a Toronto-based artist, curator and cultural producer whose practice explores the social dimensions of technology. A ‘digital interventionist’, Camille’s projects operate outside of traditional exhibition, disrupting and challenging the power systems of art and technology. She is a founding member of Year Zero One, a trail-blazing collective operating as a network for the dissemination of digital culture; and curates for the Subtle Technologies Festival, an event that blurs the boundaries between art and science. For the past three years Camille has been the artist- in-residence at Central Neighbourhood House, a social agency in downtown Toronto. She is working on her new project The Final Frontier, an afro- futurist Odyssey on the coulees in Lethbridge Alberta. Contemporary Art & the Mediascape Michael Campbell Michael Campbell will be sharing recent audio/video installation projects and his digital media teaching practices and philosophy. The focus of Michael’s presentation will be a critique of media saturation in relation to contemporary art practice, and methods used to challenge the assumptions that audience and students bring to production. Michael Campbell’s recent video-installations present implied narrative fictions that merge obsolete technologies, remote landscapes, purposeless inventions, suburban boredom, and utopic schemes, with adolescent fantasy. Sculpture, ambient audio, found objects and digital video are combined into sprawling installations which reintroduce the ordinary as extraordinary. Past video sequences have included floating tents in Baffin Island N.W.T, circling over Las Vegas, Nevada at night, diving in the Pacific off Hawaii and burning a canoe in the Muskoka river, Ontario. Recent exhibitions include EXPO 2005 Aichi Japan, Plug-In Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), Red District Gallery (Marseilles France), the 2002 and 2005 Alberta Biennial (Edmonton, Calgary and Banff) and YYZ (Toronto), Truck Gallery (Calgary) and The Deleon White Gallery (Toronto). Michael currently lives in Lethbridge and is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of Lethbridge. Beyond Local: Distributing Media Art Deirdre Logue Deirdre Logue will be sharing her expertise in independent film and video distribution, and stimulating discussion about how Alberta artists can get their work to wider audiences. Deirdre Logue has spent the past fifteen years working on behalf of media artists: organizing independent film, video and new media festivals; founding collectives; and participating in forums and symposiums on the future of independent artistic practice. She was the Executive Director of the Images Festival from 1995-99, the Executive Director of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre from 2001-2006 and is currently the Development Director at Vtape in Toronto. She is also a respected filmmaker and has actively exhibited her work since 1990. Deirdre is perhaps best known for her series of 10 short, handmade, performance films entitled Enlightened Nonsense completed in 2000. Numerous exhibitions of her works have taken place nationally at YYZ Artist's Outlet in Toronto, Neutral Ground in Regina, SAW Gallery in Ottawa, as well as internationally at Centre d'art Contemporain in France, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Video Ex Festival in Switzerland, the Honolulu Academy of Art in Hawaii, Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and was part of a Canadian video exchange in Cairo, Egypt, to name a few. In 2006, Deirdre Logue won two awards at the Images Festival for her video installation "Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes" in the categories of Best Installation/ New Media Award and the Images Prize. New Tubes & the Internet Stars Wes Borg Wes will offer a presentation on the pros and cons of internet exhibition, the new ‘tube’, and viral marketing of media work. Wes Borg is a video artist, producer, presenter, and all-round digital instigator. He is also a well-known Canadian comedian, playwright and musician, best known as a member of the comedy troupe Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. Borg co-wrote and starred over 20 Trolls shows, and won Sterling Awards for both "Kevin Costner's Naked Butt" and "Skippy Gets a Boner”. Among his many projects as a writer, he has co-written several popular plays including Ha! with Chris Craddock and Piledriver! with Darren Hagen. He is well known (globally!) for his short video sketches related to information technology, the best-known being "Welcome to the Internet Help Desk". In 2004 Borg created and hosted The Geek Show, a thirteen episode TV series highlighting "the funniest gags, animation, and games of the Internet". His voice has also appeared in several Bioware video games, including Jade Empire and MDK2. His most recent project, METRO TV, a collaboration with Metro Cinema that challenges video makers with television aspirations to create pilots that are judged by a live studio audience. Everywhere=Art Tim Folkmann Tim Folkman will present random media interventions throughout the conference. Tim is a busy multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been created and seen in many venues. In addition to his solo work, Tim is well known for his video art/installation collaborations with dancers and performing artists like Mile Zero Dance and Brian Webb. Tim's innovative methods of art education for at risk youth are a model for media studies, and outreach programs that facilitate artistic expression in community settings. He recently directed and co-produced the much acclaimed and AMPIA award winning The Carol Project.