New Media opens this Saturday at Medulla gallery


A collaborative effort between the trinidad + tobago film festival and ARC Magazine, New Media 2012 presents an overview of experimental video and film works for the second incarnation of the exhibit. New Media 2012 will showcase the works of 33 artists in a collection of 49 experimental pieces, exposing a wide range of scenarios and interrogations that are linked by the universal language of filmic expression. They utilise Caribbean-related ideas and themes, while being diverse and exploratory in content.

New Media signifies the way technology is influencing and challenging our modes of representation; and has developed in parallel with advancements in technology and its relation to cultural production. New Media’s assembled collection challenges how artists are reconsidering evolving art traditions and their proliferation.

The use of varied themes show the evolution of their articulate sensibilities and apply not only to personal experiences and subjectivities, but also operate outside of stereotypical narratives and tropes of representations. The artists rely heavily on the examination of the political, social and gendered concerns of their contemporary moment, becoming makers and markers of cultural engagement. The pieces presented range from the humorous, reflexive and contemplative, to quizzical while remaining close to an aesthetic engagement with the medium itself.

New Media 2012 will run at Medulla Art Gallery in Woodbrook Port of Spain from the 22nd – 29th September, with satellite screenings and partnerships in association with the Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Studies at UWI, St. Augustine and PUMA.PEACE: FILMS4PEACE. New Media 2012 will feature the work of the following acclaimed international and emerging artists:

Abigail Hadeed | Alberta Whittle | Andy Robert | AS Majerus | Christian Bertin | Felipe Guerrero | James Cooper | Janelle Griffith | Janet Cook Rutnik | Karen McLean | Karine Tailame | Manuel Mathieu | Marlon James | Miatta Kawinzi | Natalie Wei | Nile Saulter | O’Neil Lawrence | Olivia McGilchrist | Patricia Kaersenhout | Peter Dean Rickards| Rodell Warner | Ryan Oduber | Sasha Huber | Sonja Dumas | Sophie Meyer | Versia Harris | Viviana Paretti | Raoul Saleem Amrit | Nayda Collazo Lorrens | Holly Parotti | Lawrence Graham-Brown | Eduardo Nunes |

Films will be screened daily at Medulla Art Gallery at 4pm and 7pm. Opening reception will be held on the 22nd from 6pm-9pm. RSVP to attend at rsvp@arcthemagazine. For full programming visit the New Media 2012 guide.

Click here to download a copy of the new media 2012 guide!


Both organizations have partnered with films4peace an annual short film commissioned by PUMA.Peace to engage directly with New Media. Films4Peace features 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. These art films will be released at cutural venues globally, online on World Peace Day on 21st September 2012 on a dedicated films4peace website, through social networking and video sharing sites and blogs amongst others. The New Media screening takes place on the 22nd of September. Renowned curator Mark Coetzee has invited 21 artists to create 17 new works see the full line up here.

+ ABOUT MEDULLA ART GALLERY: Medulla provides a core space for art education through alternative artistic expression and public participation. The gallery seeks to promote an appreciation of art through exhibitions, forums, seminars and workshops. The importance of art as a social expression will also be demonstrated through an introduction to art as a medium for therapy and growth.

+ ABOUT ARC Magazine: ARC Magazine is a non-profit publication launched in January of 2011 and seeks to fill a certain void by offering a critical platform for visual artists to present their work while fostering and developing critical dialogues and opportunities for crucial points of exchange. It is an online social space of interaction with a developed methodology of sharing information about contemporary practices, exhibitions, partnerships, and opportunities that are occurring in the Caribbean region and throughout its Diaspora. ARC Magazine is dedicated to showcasing artwork that encapsulates a pan-Caribbean focus while highlighting the lack of boundaries that now exist in the midst of the Internet and post information age. We are interested in promoting and underlining the current regional focus on sustainability for creative industries while engaging with a specified target audience, mostly comprised of emerging artists and cultural practitioners from the developing states and diaspora.

Caption: An image from A Dream Is, by Versia Harris



Date: Fri 21 Sep, 2012
Category: ttff news and features

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