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Renewal – MANO’s 2017 Conference
Toronto, November 17 – 19, 2017

Still from: Malena Szlam / Lunar Almanac / 16mm / 2013

The Media Arts Network of Ontario / Réseau des arts médiatiques de l’Ontario (MANO/RAMO) is pleased to release the schedule our next gathering of media artists, cultural workers, researchers and allies. This conference, titled Renewal, will bring together cultural workers and artists from across Ontario, Canada and internationally to discuss renewing the conditions of our collective labour and the spaces that make it possible. All events will take place in the West Queen West area of Toronto, home to dozens of media arts organizations.

Programming will include in-depth discussions and workshops of media arts granting, humane resources for workers and artists, building and renovating facilities, collective organizing, archival practices, addressing new funding structures, and challenges across the field. We will also share programs of moving image works and close the gathering with a live performance by an incredible group of cinema artists: Kidlat Tahimik, Lindsay Mcintyre, Malena Szlam, and Leslie Supnet + Henning Frederik Malz. Friday’s keynote address will take the form of a conversation between broadcaster and cultural worker Rick Harp and media worker advocate Terri Monture.


Friday November 17

10:00am – 11:30am: Funder Forum
11:30am – 1:00pm: Workshops
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Catered lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm: Panel “Humane Resources”
3:30pm – 5:00pm: Panel “Scaling Up and Scaling Down: Space”
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Catered Dinner
6:30pm – 8:15pm: Keynote

Saturday November 18

10:00am – 11:30am: Panel “Research and the Archive”
11:30am – 1:00pm: Workshops
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Catered lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm: Roundtables and Discussion Groups
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Strategy Forum “Towards a New Advocacy”
5:30pm – 7:30pm: Dinner on own
8:00pm – late: Film Performances

Sunday November 19

11:00am – 12:30: AGM and Closing Business

Travel subsidies will be available for MANO members and pre-approved freelance cultural workers. Deadline for travel subsidy requests October 27, 2017.

Registration: $50 for MANO members / $80 for non-members

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Renewal has been made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the ongoing support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Keynote and Filmmaker Short Bios:

Rick Harp is a founder and president of the INDIGENA Creative Group, Rick offers 15 years-plus media experience in journalism and communication. A host/producer with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for many years, Rick has also served as Artistic Director for the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. He is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan.

Henning Frederik Malz is a German artist/filmmaker who is currently residing in Toronto, Canada where he makes art and serves on the board of the directors of Pleasure Dome as a programmer.

Lindsay McIntyre is a film artist and creator from Edmonton, Alberta. Specializing in analogue film work that emphasizes documentary, experimental and handmade techniques, her work has been shown at numerous national and international festivals.

Terri Monture, is a Kanienkaha’keh (Mohawk), Wolf Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario. She is currently a Staff Representative specializing in Human Rights and Equity at the Canadian Media Guild.

Leslie Supnet is a Toronto based moving image artist. Supnet utilizes animation, found media, lo-fi and experimental practices to create documents of her personal vision.

Malena Szlam (Chile/Montréal) is a visual artist and filmmaker working at the intersections of cinema, installation, and performance. Her practice is concerned with transforming time and space through the unique properties of analogue cinema.

Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines) is a pioneer of the postcolonial essay film, and the grandfather of the Philippine New Wave. With a wide ranging practice in film, performance and beyond Kidlat has created a remarkable body of work spanning four decades.






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