In Conversation: Extending Media
Thursday, June 3 | 7 pm – 8 pm
Art is a conversation – want to talk? In partnership with Artcite Inc., our “In Conversation” series will dive into the works of artists featured in the 2021 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art, and the crucial conversations that these works spark for all of us.
On Thursday, June 3rd at 7pm, join us for our fifth and final conversation – Extending Media – with curators Ray Cronin and Lucas Cabral, and artists Canada Herrera, Christopher McNamara, and Imogen Clendinning. These three artists all extend media in various ways. These days, with extensions of media at our every turn, it can seem like we’re like goldfish in a bowl: media is the essence of our environment more than it is a tool.
As we become creatures of media and adapt to our always evolving surroundings, it is not the medium that extends us, but we who extend the media. Extending Media is a conversation about how we live now, how we think now, and how we navigate a world that we seemingly create anew every time we interact with it.
Ray Cronin is a Nova Scotia-based writer, curator, and editor. He is the author of nine books, including John Greer: Hard Thought (2019, Gaspereau Press) and Maud Lewis: Life & Work (2021, Arts Canada Institute).
Lucas Cabral is an artist, curator, and arts administrator with a background in marketing, communications, community engagement, and strategic planning. Lucas completed his BFA at Western University and has since held positions in public art galleries and service organizations including at Harbourfront Centre, McIntosh Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, AIDS Committee of Durham Region, and Artcite Inc.
Canada Herrera's work is autobiographical and is influenced by the politics of race, language, settlement, and sexuality. His most recent series, “El Pájaro Nacional”, explores the relationship between five migratory animals that coexist in a realized dream.
Christopher McNamara is a video, sound and photo-based artist who lives in Ann Arbor Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. He has exhibited and performed his work extensively in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In the fall of 2004 his work was included in Shrinking Cities at Kunst Werke in Berlin and most recently he presented a solo exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, ON and at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, ON. He is the recipient of numerous grants, awards and fellowships including the OAC Media Arts Grant (2008, 2010, 2012) and the Joan Chalmers Fellowship (2015). His video, Establishing Shots premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2007 and screened at numerous other festivals. His latest film, “Immaterial Los Angeles” premiered at The Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2020.
His festival appearances as a musician and multi-media artist include Mutek in Montreal, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, and Spark Festival of New Electronic Music at the University of Minnesota. Last year he released an LP entitled Shorelights on Barcelona label Subwax.
McNamara teaches video, animation, sound design and digital media in the Department of Film, Television and Media at the University of Michigan.
Imogen Clendinning is a video artist, administrator and curator who resides as an uninvited guest in Waawiiyaatanong (Windsor, ON). In her practice, Clendinning often considers how her femininity is shaped by popular cinema, using found-footage videos to deconstruct tropes and signifiers used in cult film. Her research uses films and antiquated technologies to investigate how media images can shape identities and inform our individualized relationships to the lived world. Clendinning’s video-works incorporate themes such as sexuality, violence and the inherent anti-capitalism of degraded images. Clendinning completed an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor in 2019. She has shown across Ontario, in Windsor, North Bay and Temiskaming. Clendinning is currently the Programming Coordinator at Artcite Inc., an artist-run centre focused on community building and bringing contemporary arts to the Windsor-Essex region. Clendinning recently curated the digital exhibition 'End of Daze' featuring artists Kiera Boult, Rihkee Strapp and Sam Noseworthy, presented by Artcite Inc.