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.

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.

Welcome to New Team Members!

04/11/2021

Artengine welcomes Najeeba Ahmed and Mercedes Ventura to our team as part of a new internship program.

Najeeba (they/them) is an artist and designer with a bachelor’s degree in biology and visual arts at the University of Ottawa. They are currently doing their Masters research on nakshi kantha in Bangladesh.

Mercedes (she/her/they) is an artist working across photo, textile, web and media projects, Instagram (as medium), performative self-portraits and, of course, memes. Their work functions as autobiographical fiction investigating new spaces of the digital era.

Najeeba and Mercedes will be helping develop the new artengine.ca space, expanding its capacity and developing new content for our growing Ideas section.

This initiative is supported by the DIGITAL SKILLS FOR YOUTH (DS4Y) administered by Independent Media Arts alliance and funded by the Government of Canada.