[Blueboard] ARTSPEAK with Graham Thompson, Canadian new media artist

Ramon E.S. Lerma rlerma at ateneo.edu
Mon Feb 14 11:02:08 PHT 2005

                       The Ateneo Art Gallery


                       The Embassy of Canada

           warmly invite you to a stimulating afternoon of



                           Graham Thompson

                           New media artist,
                  member of the Métis First Nations
                 indigenous group of British Columbia


           "North, South, East, West: Old Cultures, New Media"

              H.E. Peter Sutherland, Ambassador of Canada
                     to deliver welcome remarks

               Wednesday, 16 February 2005, 4.00-6.00 pm
                   Main Gallery, Ateneo Art Gallery
           G/F Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University
                      Loyola Heights, Quezon City

                         Refreshments follow

                RSVP: Yolly 426.6488/Tiffany 857.9013


About the artist

Graham Thompson, a member of the Metis Nation of British Columbia,
graduated from York University of Toronto (1983) and from the British
Columbia Institute of Technology of Vancouver (1986).

The Métis descended from the marriage of Scottish, Irish and French
explorers with Cree, Saulteaux, Assiniboine and Ojibway women in and
around the Hudson Bay region of Canada. Métis culture is a hybrid of
European technology and Aboriginal traditional knowledge.

Thompson has won awards from the European Film Festival MEFEST, the
International Digital Art Awards of Melbourne Australia, the
International Association of Webmasters and Designers of Florida, Cool
Site of the Day of New York, the Digital Giraffe of California, and Art
Space of Manitoba. He has exhibited new media art work and video
productions at the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, TransTech -
the Toronto International Media Arts Biennial, Ed Video Media Arts Centre,
the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, World Social Forum in Mumbia India,
Serbia's international film and video festival MEFEST, the New Forms
Festival of Vancouver, Toronto's Trinity Square Video, the ImagineNative
Film and Media Arts Festival of Toronto and Chicago's experimental media
festival Pilot TV.

About "North, South, East, West"

"Inspired by the meaning of the four sacred directions as taught by the
Anishinaabe Peoples of North America, the North-South-East-West new media
series tells the story of our lives in terms of 4 challenges - the
challenge to survive, to find a vision, to find a path and to learn the
wisdom of the path of the vision."

North South East West 2.0, the new media installation, is concerned with
enhancing our emotional connection to the earth by creating an immersive
audio/visual environment that includes video monitors,projectors, DVD
players, computer workstations, interactive CDROMs and a talk inspired by
the meaning of the four sacred directions as taught by the Anishinaabe
peoples of North America.

North South East West 2.0 is inspired by the  traditional knowledge of the
Anishinaabe People. It is presented in the Philippines by the Embassy of
Canada as part of a 6-city tour of Baguio, Puerto Princesa, Davao,
Cotabato and Zamboanga, and is being shown in Manila in proud association
with the Ateneo Art Gallery.

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