Tête-à-Tête Media Talks in Sackville

Hold on to your fancy sunhats! Tête-à-Tête Media Talks is on its way!

Presented by Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre in collaboration with SappyFest, this five-week expanded media arts conference is bringing together over 50 artists from across the country for a series of roundtable discussions, artist talks, residencies, screenings, artist projects, installations, performances, workshops and enough fun to give you a sunburn.

Tête-à-Tête Media Talks is happening in Sackville, NB from July 9 to August 10, 2012.

What can people expect to experience at Tête-à-Tête?

Tête-à-Tête is an opportunity to view, participate in, and discuss contemporary Canadian media art including film, video, installation, web-based-art, electronics, sound and more through a variety of programming, all free of charge and open to the public!

A key component of the Tête-à-Tête program are the roundtable discussions to be held at the Owens Art Gallery at 7:30pm on Tuesday July 24 and Tuesday July 31. The first roundtable discussion, titled Art Won’t Change The World, is a conversation concerning media and the social conscience, and is moderated by Sackville artist Paula Jean Cowan; the second roundtable discussion, Technology Will Save Us All, is a talk on appropriated technology in media art, and is moderated by Saint John artist Gillian Dykeman.

Throughout the five weeks, informal discussions with artists including Brian McKenna (Amsterdam), Tegan Moore (Toronto), Jessica MacCormack (Montreal), Christine Lucy Latimer (Toronto), and Don Miller & Christine Swintak (Toronto), will give the community a chance to hear what Contemporary media artists have to say about their work in a casual setting.

Tête-à-Tête is more than just talking!

Tegan Moore, Brian McKenna and Yukon artist Eryn Foster will each be in residence at different points throughout the program, setting up studios that are open to the public. Three screenings of contemporary film and video work will be presented to the public free of charge: the first curated by Jessica MacCormack; the second, a showcase of Atlantic Canadian film and video titled You Kids Have a Story For Everything; and the last curated by Christine Lucy Latimer.

Check out Don Miller & Christine Swintak’s two-week artist project, STORE, based in a storefront in downtown Sackville from July 23 to August 5.

The Society for Future Anachronism, an artist project by Guelph artists Dustin Wilson & Claire Elson, will work with members of the community to generate data about future individuals in the form of statistics, maps and illustrations from July 30 to August 5.

A 16mm film by Edmundston artist Louise Bourque, titled Going Back Home Again, will be installed in the Sackville Music Hall.

Halifax-based artist José Andrés Mora’s video Interlocution, a set of altered interviews with lip-synched dialogue, will be installed at 7 Lorne Street.

Amy Siegel and Timber Timbre (Toronto) will light up the Sackville Music Hall with an exciting multimedia performance, and Montreal artist Daniel Barrow will perform at the Owens Art Gallery on August 5th.

Want to learn more about media art?

Tête-à-Tête will be offering a variety of workshops by artists such as WL Altman, Jessica MacCormack, Christine Lucy Latimer and Brian McKenna, on topics as diverse as sound editing and non-camera-filmmaking. For workshop dates and times, please visit our website. Tête-à-Tête is a totally new program, and we cordially invite you to come experience Sackville and Contemporary Canadian Art through this unique lens!

For specific schedule information, bios, project descriptions and more please visit www.strutsgallery.ca/tete-a-tete, email conference@strutsgallery.ca, or call 506-536-1211.

Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre is located at 7 Lorne Street in Sackville, New Brunswick.