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HELLO AMIGA


Daniel Barrow, Barry Doupé, Amy Lockhart, Alex McLeod, Lorna Mills, Mark Pellegrino

NEW WORK COMMISSIONED BY THE TORONTO ANIMATED IMAGE SOCIETY

The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) in conjunction with Trinity Square Video (TSV) and Vtape, present Hello Amiga, a special animation project. TAIS has commissioned six artists to create experimental animations that return to the roots of digital culture by exploring Amiga computers that were popularized for graphics processing and image creation in the 1980s and early 1990s. Artists Daniel Barrow, Barry Doupé, Amy Lockhart, Alex McLeod, Lorna Mills and Mark Pellegrino have created works that generate necessary critical discourse around the use of old technology through new manipulations.

With an accompanying essay by Andrew James Paterson.

GALLERY EXHIBIT

HELLO AMIGA premieres at Trinity Square Video, Thursday, November 15, 7pm – 10pm.

November 15 – December 15, 2012
Opening: Thursday, November 15, 7pm –10pm
Trinity Square Video
376 – 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Website: www.helloamiga.ca

Panel Discussion

Friday, November 16, 6:30-8:30pm, OCAD University, Central Hall, 230 – 100 McCaul St. FREE
Join Hello Amiga project artists Daniel Barrow, Barry Doupé, Amy Lockhart, Alex McLeod, Lorna Mills and Mark Pellegrino in conversation considering the meaning and creative potential of obsolete imaging technologies. Moderated by Philippe Blanchard, Assistant Professor, Digital Painting & Expanded Animation, OCAD University.

Workshop

Hello Amiga Workshop with participating artists Alex McLeod and Mark Pellegrino
Saturday, December 8, 2-5pm, TSV, 376 – 401 Richmond St. W.
$15.00
$10.00 – TAIS and TSV Members
Workshop limited to 15 participants. To sign up please call 416-593-1332

While addressing his work, Mark Pellegrino will provide a brief history of Amiga technology and offer an introduction to working with Amiga digital emulators. Alex McLeod will talk about the influence of Amiga animation on contemporary digital production while giving insight into his practical approach to image creation.

Artist Talk

Hello Amiga Masterclass with participating artist Lorna Mills: Animated GIFs and Technical Opportunism
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 2-4pm, TSV, 376 – 401 Richmond St. W.
$15.00
$10.00 – TAIS and TSV Members
Masterclass limited to 15 participants. To sign up please call 416-593-1332

Lorna Mills' will present tips, tricks and strategies for image theft, along with a presentation on animated gifs.




Daniel Barrow uses obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives centering on the practices of drawing and collecting. Since 1993, he has created and adapted comic book narratives to "manual" forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors. Barrow is the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award.

Barry Doupé is a filmmaker living in Vancouver. His films have been screened throughout Canada and Internationally including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Lyon Contemporary Art Museum, Pleasure Dome and the Tate Modern.

Alex McLeod constructs hyper-realistic 3D environments filled with crystalline mountains, fiery lakes, and rotund clouds, all rendered in a sickly sweet and gooey candy-colored palette. Alex McLeod lives and work s in Toronto, Canada. He has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, San Jose, Denver, Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Toronto and Sweden.

Lorna Mills has actively exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990′s. Her practice has included obsessive Cibachrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film, and obsessive animated GIFs incorporated into restrained installation work.

Mark Pellegrino is a Toronto-based, multi-disciplinary artist and art technician. His digital practice utilizes antiquated video equipment, emulated computer systems and 3d animation to explore the history, discourse and anomalies of the video medium.

Amy Lockhart is an independent animator and artist. Her artwork and award winning films have been exhibited internationally. Amy has educated herself through attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, completing an artist residency at the Quickdraw Animation Society and completing a fellowship at the National Film Board. She has received international acclaim, speaking and exhibiting her work at various art institutions including The California Institute of the Arts, where she just completed an artist residency.



Formed in 1984, The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to support and encourage the production and promotion of independent innovative animation. TAIS is dedicated to assisting independent artists in creating their animation art by providing workshops, equipment access and exhibition opportunities. Films made by our members have been screened at film festivals nationally and internationally.

CONTACT: Janice Schulman
Toronto Animated Image Society
60 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 102
Toronto ON Canada M6K 1X9
416-533-7889
tais@bellnet.ca
www.tais.ca

Trinity Square Video (TSV) is a not-for-profit artist-run centre for the production, presentation, education and dissemination of video by artists and community organizations.

Vtape is an information resource centre and distribution system specializing in the visibility of media artworks. Born from a love of video art, and actively involved in fulfilling the needs of artists and audiences.

TAIS, TSV and Vtape gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Petman Foundation.

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