It will be an anniversary commemorated with tin. After a decade of celebrating the work of our peers, a decade of artists programming other artists, we reflect on the occasion by molding a metal screen. This modest, symbolic material represents the spirit of necessity that motivated the founding of WNDX: bringing innovative experimental work to our community. Originality and a sense of discovery have always been key. And though new members join and founding members move on, our collective remains committed to celebrating the most challenging, often overlooked media artworks, and ensuring that artists are always paid for their labour.
Included in our years of projected festivities were publications of monographs, commissioned performances, installations, experimental architectures and records. This year we continue the tradition, releasing three DVD anthologies from internationally acclaimed Prairie-based artists. During the festival, a special, retrospective program will accompany the first DVD release of activist-performance artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan. Prior to the festival we will release the work of Darryl Nepinak and in the coming months, Royal Art Lodge alumni Drue & Myles Langlois.
From the over 1,000 open-call submissions, 38 films have been selected for four programs. From mystical works offering the supernatural transmogrification of the everyday to paced portraits of seemingly impenetrable subjects slowly revealed, these films reflect the contemporary vision of media art and the efforts of artists to surpass that vision through innovation and experimentation. In addition to these, over 25 original works will premiere during our annual One Take Super 8 Event. Moving once again beyond the black box of the cinema, the festival will also include audio-visual performances by Amalie Atkins (SK) and Lindsay McIntyre (AB), and an installation by acclaimed cine-visual artist David Hoffos (AB), co-presented with Platform Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts. For untrained eyes–those truly able to grasp and appreciate a cinema unbound by convention, we have brought back our experimental films for kids screening. Finally, we welcome American underground vanguard Crispin Hellion Glover and Australia celluloid lyricist Richard Tuohy who will present retrospective programs of their work in our cinema of tin, flat out in the centre of the continent, stubbornly opaque and indelibly experimental.
– The WNDX Curatorial Collective