Indigenous Youth Mentorship

15/07/2021

Thunderbird Sisters Collective was recently awarded an exciting grant from the Trillium Foundation to develop its mentorship program for youth. Artengine is excited to be working in mentorship and exchange over the three year arc of their project development. Their program is targeted at youth’s from 12-19 and they recently kicked off with an in depth workshop on creativity and writing with Ottawa’sEnglish poet Laureate, Albert Dumont.

Thunderbird Sisters Collective was founded by Patsea Griffin and you can find more about them at their site. You can also reach out to our Managing Director, Remco Volmer, if you interested in learning more about the program.

Negotiating Digital Space in Culturally Significant Storytelling

29/06/2022

Artengine is delighted to be supporting the newly formed organization Mindful Habitats with their online presentation series Negotiating Digital Space in Cultural Significant Storytelling. These series explores the relationship between narrative and our experience of the environment around us.

Check out the upcoming talks below and register on their site to join.

 

The Omnipresence of Screens: Ideal Projections:

Brian Greenspan in conversation with Louise Pelletier: June 29, 2022 10 AM to 12 PM

In the webinar, The Omnipresence of Screens: Ideal Projections, Louise Pelletier examines how different points of view negotiate the role of the image in a digital era, while Brian Greenspan explores the concept of narrative transportation through screens and the visualization of ideal spaces.

Absences and Pluralities of Stories

Zoe Todd and Marc Neveu: July 7, 1 pm – 3 pm EST

In the session Absence and Pluralities of Stories, Zoe Todd discusses institutions and strategies of absenting stories, while Marc Neveu proposes a plurality in the reading of stories embedded in archival drawings.

Translate and Transform

Caroline Dayer and Liam Doherty: July 14, 9 am – 11 am EST

In the session Translate and Transform, Carolina Dayer and Liam Doherty discuss how translation transforms stories, their audience, places, and lives.

Narratives of Familiarity: Empathy in Storytelling

Sojung Bahng and Stephen Foster: July 21, 9 am – 11 am EST

Sojung Bahng and Stephen Foster will discuss the dangers of empathy and other ethical issues as they introduce their work in immersive and interactive documentary storytelling.

Immersive Storytelling: Negotiating Identity

Dylan Paré and Maize Longboat: July 28, 1 pm – 3 pm EST

Dylan Paré and Maize Longboat ask what it means to create a video game or experience that reflects their identities. As they each navigate what it means to create a queer or Indigenous game, respectively, they explore how game design can create a conversation between creator and user.

Sourdough Rising

22/06/2022

This week we kicked off our new cultural incubator program Sourdough. The beta version of the program includes three participants all developing new projects for their creative communities. They will meet together on a weekly basis for mentorship and workshops from leading artists and cultural producers from around the world.

 

Learn more about the program and the participants at sourdough.art

 

Jennifer A. Quintanilla

Jennifer A. Quintanilla (she/her) is a Salvadoran-American New York native who has been calling Canada her home over the past few years. She holds an M.A. in Film and Media Studies from Concordia University.

In addition, she recently earned an Arts in Medicine Graduate Certificate from the University of Florida. Her experience there led her down the path of developing a creative wellness initiative. Her project centres on how film can serve as an outlet and tool to unearth possible solutions for mental and emotional health & well-being.

 

Abdul Muse/KAR33M

Abdul Muse (he/him) is an award-winning entrepreneur and singer/songwriter. He is the founder of Woke Studios; an artistic residency for Afro-diverse emerging artists to find support for their debut work.

 

As an award-winning Afro-soul artist famously known as KAR33M, he creates narrative-style music to provide a unique perspective into the African diaspora. His project focuses on how to build alternative blueprints for success for afro-diverse genre artists within the music industry, while uncovering resources to guide their path.

 

Mikayla Gordon/Seiiizi

Mikayla Gordon (she/her) was born and raised in Ottawa. Her artist name is Seiiizi. She became a self taught Emcee, DJ and Producer with artistic roots in Hip-Hop and reggae. Since 2015, Mikayla/Seiiizi has been creating spaces for creatives to learn and showcase their talents. Seiiizi strives to build the urban arts community, while fusing her own unique twists on tracks and mixes.

 

Her project focuses on supporting multimedia immersive showcases of emerging  artists in the Ottawa region, while connecting them with new audiences.

Welcome Junior Fellows!

01/06/2022

We welcome our first Junior Fellows to Artengine – Annika Walsh and Kayla Eli!

 

The Junior Fellowship program helps recent graduates transition out of the school context and into their professional practice. Annika and Kayla will be grounded at Artengine until the end of the year, making and exploring the beginning of their artistic practices in our home here.

 

Annika Walsh is a transdisciplinary artist who was born in Chuzhou, China and adopted at 11 months of age by my family in Canada. She works with a variety of ingredients, materials, and collaborators to form my conceptual pieces and her practice covers notions from personal exploration of cultural identity, to participatory food performances, and everything in between. Her passion for all things culinary are frequently implicated in my continuous investigation of the power of food and shared meals as a tool for community engagement, conversation and congregating.

Kayla Eli is a Kenyan-Canadian video, new media, and textile artist. She explores the feeling of nostalgia by creating work that focuses on childhood and memories. When creating sculptural and textile work, she takes her materials into consideration as she focuses on found objects from thrift stores. For her media-based work, she creates non-linear narratives that challenge viewer expectations and make them question the realities in her work. While Eli’s sculptural and textile work both invites and repels the viewer, her media-based work comments on real life stories and situations in popular culture.

remixed in residence

01/04/2022

Remixed

Remixed is an immersive listening party that can be experienced at-home or in-person. Together, we travel down the spine of change, connected by our custom app, the portal into the performance. Five years in the making, Remixed gathers true stories of transformation from all over the globe in a personal and multi-faceted meditation on how we instigate change in our lives, in our communities, and in the world. In Remixed, we’re listening for the sound of change.

 

During our Artengine residency, we are developing the immersive environment of Remixed’s in-person version. The design integrates biomimetic and kinetic sculptures that unfurl over the course of the performance. Responsive and playful lighting creates a heightened and collective experience. Ever-changing, the space imitates cycles found in nature and breathes a life of its own. The installation’s movements conceal and reveal listeners, playing with public and private and creating a space of possibility.

 

Credits

Created by: Trophy

Director and Producer: Sarah Conn

Dramaturg and Collaborator: Laurel Green

Environmental Installation Design: Allison O’Connor

Mobile Development / Lighting Design: Guillaume Saindon

Mobile Development: Kieran Dunch

Backend Development: Julien Desautels

Sound Design: Nancy Tam

Decade Music Curation: AL Connors

 

Created in collaboration with community members and change-makers across Canada and beyond.

 

Remixed’s development partners include Artengine, In the Soil Arts Festival, undercurrents festival’s under development program, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa. Remixed’s community partners include Parkdale Food Centre, Ottawa Seed Library, and Wellspring Calgary Cancer Support Centre.