REFRAME | Milada Kovacova | Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ 9:30pm | Hanover Drive-In Theatre, 033277 County Rd 28, Hanover ON Image Credits: Yea Yea | Rebecca Baird; e clips | Marnie Parrell; Stand By Your Plant | Rebecca Baird
Runners | Odeimin Runners Club | Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 9:30pm | Hanover Drive-In Theatre, 033277 County Rd 28, Hanover ON Image Credits: Negotiations II | Anna Binta Diallo; Out of Many | Rebecca Williams; Out of Many | Rebecca Williams;
Colonial Encounters of the Pandemic Kind | Clayton Windatt, July 15 (online)
Trail Encounters | Wayne Dunkley and Candace Elder, July 15 (online)
Lying Fallow: A Covid Response Artwork | Interference Ensemble, July 15 (online)
Zakide and the Wawasayg Film & Media Arts Festival | Jacob Dayfox, Cole Forrest, Clayton Windatt and Tara Windatt, July 15 (online)
Window Display Walking Tour | Clayton Windatt, July 23 & 24 (Various locations in Downtown Durham) Image Credits: Mourning Dove | Meera Sethi
Since 2002, the Grey Zone Collective (GZC) has produced the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film in Durham, West Grey, ON. We present independent and experimental media art, showcasing Canadian and international artists to a rural audience. The annual Festival emerged out of the concerted energies and synergies of Tony Massett, Phil Hoffman and Myke Dyer. The GZC has transformed over the years, bringing Corinna Ghaznavi, Adrian Kahgee, and Debbie Ebanks Schlums. With locations in Durham, Hanover and Saugeen First Nation, the Festival acknowledges that we operate on Saugeen Ojibway Nation traditional territory.
Clayton Windatt is a curator, multi-arts performer and filmmaker living and working in Ontario. As the former Executive Director of the White Water Gallery, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and current Executive Director of the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference, Clayton has an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts. Clayton maintains contracts with various governments, colleges and non-government organizations as a writer, consultant and knowledge broker negotiating between peoples, places and communities. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, and consulting, and is a very active artist.
We are an Anishinaabekwe-led, migrant-adapted, inclusive collective inspired by the traditional teachings of the strawberry or heart berry. Like the vast network seen and unseen of a strawberry plant, we are sharing knowledge to connect, create and co-create with artists across Turtle Island. We acknowledge the power of our roots and potential of our seeds in creating a symbiotic nourishment of one another. As a collective of Ogimaakwe – women warriors, we embrace an a-colonial approach based on odeimin teachings of the heart.
The Odeimin Runner’s Club is a collective of Ogimaakwe– women warriors, Indigenous and Caribbean- whose research and artistic practices are inspired by the traditional teachings of the strawberry or heart berry. Adrian Kahgee, (Saugeen First Nation), founding member of Odeimin Runner’s Club, is an artist and Community Arts Educator, currently teaching Visual Arts and Indigenous Studies, with the Bluewater District School Board. She is former Co-Artistic Director and Community Co-ordinator for the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film. Media and story creator Rebeka Tabobondung is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MUSKRATMagazine.com a leading digital Indigenous arts and culture magazine established in 2010. Rebeka is also a filmmaker, writer, poet, and Indigenous knowledge researcher with a strong body of work focused on Indigenous birth knowledges. Debbie Ebanks Schlums is a PhD student and Vanier Scholar in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. She is a former Co-Director and Co-Producer of Saugeen Takes on Film.
As a graduate of Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, Dunkley has worked in both commercial and art photography. He was awarded the Paul D. Fleck award for Innovation in the Arts from the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and a commission from the Banff New Media Institute. He has worked as a consultant on interactive storytelling and digital strategy with the National Film Board and served as a panelist and advisor for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Royal Ontario Museum and the Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art. Dunkley’s practice includes photography, digital media & storytelling, cultural mediation and workshop facilitation. He is a lecturer in photography and the 2020-2021 Documentary Media Artist In Residence at Ryerson University. Dunkley has lived and worked in Montreal, Edmonton and San Francisco, and currently resides in Toronto.
Candace is a leader and advocate with over fifteen years of professional experience in the arts and cultural sector. Through her work at the National Music Centre, the Banff Centre and in her current role leading mentorship programs at Business / Arts, Candace is committed to the cultivation of communities where artists and organizations feel supported and empowered to carry out their vision. As a values-driven, collaborative facilitator, she brings an aptitude for conceptualizing ideas and building effective partnerships. Meaning-making is central to Candace’s process, observing and exploring how we understand ourselves and our relationship to the world. As a Certified Ontological Coach with a Master of Arts in Arts Leadership, Candace provides unique and highly attuned guidance to individuals and organizations seeking to build meaningful connections while creating compelling and transformative experiences.
The Interference Ensemble is a loose group of artists and musicians who are creating dynamic, live artworks rooted in our community in rural Ontario. We use a studio-centred, transmedia approach that alternates between spontaneous improvisation and rigorous, formal explorations.
Our normal practice is a persistent condition of experimentation and risk taking, where we manipulate the limits and intersections between video projection, live performance, object making, presentation space and the viewer experience. We have presented in hockey arenas, Christmas parades, online livestreams, industrials spaces, roadsides, galleries and festivals. We have invited the audience to sit, stand, walk, mingle and even follow us around the block banging on drums. As artists working in a rural context with an active and engaged audience, we constantly reinvent and reconsider the dynamic tensions that prevail between artist, artwork, venue and viewer. In this way we seek to invigorate that space between the watcher and the watched.
We are committed to collaborating with a raft of like-minded artists and musicians. In the midst of the pandemic lockdown, the contours of our need for collaboration became more stark. We challenge both artists and non-artists who work with us to contribute beyond their own expectations, enhancing and expanding our experimental vocabulary.
The ensemble was started by Geoffrey Shea and Tony Massett in 2014.
Tony is a visual artist, a former curator at the Durham Art Gallery and the founder of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film. He has programmed and commissioned numerous artworks and events that pushed the boundaries of art presentation, including commissioning site-specific works by Lyla Rye, Max Streicher, John Dickson, Eric Glavin, Myfanwy MacLeod, Shelly Bahl, Michelle Gay and John Greyson. He has been working figuratively in marble for the last three years and comes to video in an inquiry which explores the objecthood of the projection surface: where the transformative nature of projections and their relationship to an object assumes a subtle theatricality.
Geoffrey is a media artist whose work operates at the intersection of community and identity. Working primarily in video, music, performance and installation, his work uses poetics to exemplify the impossibility of connecting by other means. Shea has written country songs, municipal bylaws, prayers and other forms of coded communication, and coupled them with unexpected imagery in an effort to arouse bonds and commonality. He was a founder of InterAccess, the video journal Diderot and the Common Pulse Media Art Festival. He has curated numerous exhibitions and film/video programs, and is an Associate Professor at OCAD University, where he teaches part-time.
Current and past collaborators with the Interference Ensemble include:
Jessica Karuhanga is a first-generation Canadian artist of British-Ugandan heritage whose work addresses cultural politics of identity and Black diasporic concerns through lens-based technologies, writing, drawing and performances. Through her practice she explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity. Karuhanga has presented her work at SummerWorks (Toronto, 2020), The Bentway (Toronto, 2019), Nuit Blanche (Toronto, 2018), and Goldsmiths University (London, UK, 2017). Karuhanga's writing has been published by C Magazine, BlackFlash, Susan Hobbs Gallery and Fonderie Darling. She has been featured in AGO's Artist Spotlight, i-D, DAZED, Visual Aids, Toronto Star, CBC Arts, Globe and Mail and Canadian Art.
Caroline Klimek (She/Her) is a PhD candidate in the Cinema and Media Arts department at York University. Her dissertation examines how Canadian cultural institutions such as film festivals, art museums and artist-run-centres are incorporating XR media within their overall programming. She is also a VR programmer for small community-based film festivals and has been programming for the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film since 2017. This year she is curating an online exhibition through Art Gate VR showcasing some of the artwork, programmers and places that are central and at the heart of the Fab Film Fest.
Milada Kovacova started as a painter but now makes films and curates. She holds several degrees including a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University. While studying at Concordia, she was awarded the Mel Hoppenheim Award for Outstanding Overall Achievement in the Film Production Program. Milada specializes in curating small-gauge screenings and is a founding member of the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival. Her films have shown locally and internationally. Currently, she is in post on a film about peasants from Slovakia.
Zakide and the Wawasayg Film & Media Arts Festival
Our focus is to present Indigenous voices, which collectively become Zakide’s voice within the larger arts milieu. There are obvious ways moving forward for cross-cultural collaboration but Zakide will always retain an Indigenous perspective no matter the content we present. As Zakide is still a relatively new initiative we will keep our options open and refine actions over time as events occur and feedback is gained from our peers.
The Zakide Collective is a group of like-minded Indigenous multi-artists and curators working in arts research and community activation.
The use of the Ojibwe word “Zakide” (It catches fire) is both in respect for the Aboriginal territory that we inhabit, but also the excitement towards the events that we are planning. This collective/group has been created to explore Indigenous programming free of any existing institutions as it may become the first Indigenous-specific Artist-Run Centre to exist in Ontario. Currently we are being realistic about our path, which is why we have adopted the all-encompassing mandate:
“To advance the public’s appreciation of contemporary Indigenous art by producing public art exhibitions and presentations, and by providing a forum for qualified Indigenous artists to exhibit, present, or perform their artistic works through participation in such events.”
This mandate does not define parameters making opportunities available for artists from across Canada as well as opportunities for events to take place both locally and nationally when possible. Our focus will is to create an Indigenous voice for the contemporary arts in Ontario. There are obvious ways for cross-cultural collaboration, but Zakide will always remain within the Indigenous perspective no matter the content of our shows. Over the past three years different Indigenous Artists directly connected to Zakide have been conducting small multi-arts projects as a way of testing the waters and building interest in the formation of Zakide. Currently Zakide remains an ad-hoc group and loose collective of artists from across Ontario and Canada but as we move forward we will be looking at formalizing in many ways while keeping our options open and refining our actions over time, seeking feedback from our peers.
Hanover Drive-In Theatre
033277 County Rd 28
Emerging Artists Residency
Alex Clarke (they/them) is an emerging non-binary artist based in North Bay. They are approaching their university graduation. Alex has designed paintings and tattoos for various clientele. Recently they submitted a untitled portrait for North Bay Defeat Depression’s wellness calendar (featured as the biography picture). Alex‘s art is a mix of impressionism, surrealism and pop art which attempts to shed light on their experiences with mental health, gender identity and personal sense of identity.
Jacob (Anishinaabe/Ojibwe) is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer originally from Sheshegwaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island currently residing in North Bay and working on completing his Bachelor of Arts degree (Major Indigenous Studies, Minor Gender Equality and Social Justice) through Nipissing University. Jacob has achieved diplomas from Canadore College specializing in Media Arts - Radio Broadcasting and Television Production. Jacob is a self-taught musician working in his own personal time developing original guitar and lyrical pieces. Jacob is also actively involved with the continuation of the cultural traditions relative to his people such as traditional pow-wow dancing, singing, drumming and he enjoys attending ceremonies. Jacob utilizes both his personal life experience and educational background to lead by example for anyone seeking help and encouragement.
Jacob has utilized his skills in the past as former Communications Coordinator for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA). Jacob has worked with Aanmitaagzi Storymakers, Cultural Pluralism Arts Movement of Ontario, ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival, National Film Board, Spiderwoman Theater and Zakide Artsit-Run. Jacob has assisted many arts projects bringing Indigenous protocol respectfully to his mindful event coordination ensuring ethical behaviour is maintained and acknowledgement and respect are given to participating artists.
Hello! My name is Alastair McPherson. I am a high school graduate from the North Bay Area, and I am really excited to be an artist with the festival! When it comes to art, writing is by far my biggest creative outlet. I am the author of two published novels and I’m working on a third, and I also love writing little scenes and short stories as they pop into my head. I definitely intend to produce short stories and other writing pieces for this festival, but I also want to try to explore some more visual forms of art. There are a lot of artistic projects and ideas that I’ve had the inspiration for but never the time to properly learn the skills needed to execute them, so hopefully I’ll be able to develop some of those skills and create some visual pieces as well!
Alessandra Schlums is a fashion designer based near Toronto, exploring the intersection of fashion, art and technology. With a bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering and work experience within the Engineering industry, she is applying her gained knowledge of 3D modeling and 3D printing to create digital fashion and 3D printed fashion. Her previous work, including dresses with integrated wearable electronics, has been showcased in local fashion shows. She also runs an Instagram and TikTok account @fashiontechworld to share the research she finds surrounding the Fashion Tech field. Alessandra is working to integrate these concepts into her independent fashion label HOUSE IUNGO.
Hi, I’m Hannah Walsh (she/her), a design student at OCAD University. My interests have long involved arts, sports, and mental health, and finding bridges between all three. Health equity and access to healthcare are newer areas that have also been driving research forces in my design and artistic interests. I’m particularly interested in getting my hands busy and exploring different materials and styles to find what suits an idea best, and in sparking new ideas.
Roy Xu b.1996. North York, Ontario. From a promising upbringing, to prestigious universities; the lifestyle of a wandering tramp has presumed command of Xu's life. Perhaps because of his foreign status or because of the constantly shifting environments due to factors beyond his control; Xu has found himself often unconsciously seeking extremes and instability in his life. His stance is one of war with the world, uncompromising and isolating. He creates music, music videos, videos, animations, illustrations, performances. These mediums allow him to speak to the world for many different reasons. Sometimes to concrete his stance at war or to provide some sort of beauty to ease the daily pain some seek for. Seeking truth, practicing. gentle discipline.
2019 Festival Highlights:
For more information, please contact:
Clayton Windatt, Artistic Director