Help blow out the candles for Art's 1,000,051st birthday cake at EMMEDIA this Friday night! We'll be joined by friends M:ST, Frosst Books, Ladies' Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS), and FUSE Magazine!

Celebrate Art's 1,000,051st Birthday!

January 17, 2014 @ 7-10PM
EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society
351 – 11 Ave S.W., 2nd Floor

EMMEDIA, together with M:ST, LIDS, FUSE Magazine and Frosst Books celebrates the 1,000,051 birthday of Art! This year, we celebrate the art form of text! Peruse the books and zines offered at Frosst Books reading corner, or explore the web articles on the future of art with Lindsay Sorell’s Fortune Cookies project. Don’t forget to purchase the special edition of FUSE Magazine, so you can join the Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS) in crafty activites! And as always, we will be blowing out the candles on Art’s 1,000,051 birthday cake.

About Art’s Birthday:

1 million and 51 years ago, a sponge was dropped in a bucket of water and with that, Art was born! First acknowledged by Fluxus artist and poet Robert Filliou in 1963, Art’s Birthday has been celebrated by artists the world over, through collaborative and networked based activities that recognize the spirit of permanent creation. For more information, check out the official Art’s Birthday website at

FORTUNE COOKIES: Articles on the future of art
Facilitated and edited by Lindsay Sorell
Essays by Steven Cottingham, Michael Haight, Julia Kansas, Karly Mortimer, Kyle Petreycik, Brianna Strong, and Sabrina Tarasoff

To commemorate Art’s Birthday 2014, EMMEDIA will be launching an online database of articles, a survey of art in the future by artists and writers across the globe.

Much like Science Fiction, which has always foreseen developments in science and technology, we will be making Art Fiction – naively hopeful and possibly stupid-sounding predictions and dreams for art in the future.

Join us as we launch the website on Art’s Birthday and chat with the writers involved!

Designed by Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS)

To commemorate Art’s Birthday this year, LIDS has designed two crafty activity streams to activate the special FUSE DO LESS WITH LESS / DO MORE WITH MORE pullout. First, stop at our self-directed hat making workshop table to fold and assemble a select page from the FUSE Austerity issue into a festive low-cost party hat. Now you have a valuable artistic multiple! Next, use our special edition poster as a pattern and contribute some of your own free artistic labour to the embroidered DO LESS banner for the LIDS’ office! Perhaps with help we will finally finish our work.

Copies of Fuse, publications, and LIDS’ special edition poster will be available for purchase.

Special-issue bulletin Austerity in and beyond artist-run culture No-nonsense motto against neoliberalism Combatting unpaid internships one letter at a time

The Ladies´ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS) was founded in 2006 as a closely-knit affiliation of then-unemployed cultural workers, not working, but still bustin´ ass within Alberta artist-run culture. Their activities make visible and politicize women´s roles in the (arts) economy through tactical laziness, crafty collaboration, over-performance, and wild hilarity. In addition to their art and writing practices, members Anthea Black, Nicole Burisch, and Wednesday Lupypciw have held positions as dog sitters, maids, waitresses, professors, homeopathic practitioners, and board and staff of several Canadian artist-run organizations. They´ve exhibited their solo works, published, conferenced, and lectured throughout Canada and the world, and they now reside in London/Toronto, Ontario, Montréal, Québec, and Calgary, Alberta respectively.

Ongoing LIDS activity and a complete project archive can be found at:

EMMEDIA congratulates member Matt Watterworth on being selected for NSI's Features First program!

Calgary filmmakers first in 16 years to attend prestigious national program
Local filmmaking duo Scott Westby and Matt Watterworth from Calgary’s Full Swing Productions are one of four teams selected to participate in the National Screen Institute’s Features First program. “The program is designed for new feature filmmaker teams to take the idea for a film and a new script and enhance it in every way. When we complete the program, we’ll have a polished product ready for development with a funding body or distributor. It’s a definite leg up and there’s potential for the process to strongly boost our careers in the Canadian Film Industry” says Matt.Their acceptance into the program marks the first time in 16 years a Calgary team has been selected, and the second Calgary team to ever participate in the program since it’s creation in 1997. The Full Swing team will be completing the program with their project Synapse, a sci-fi romance screenplay written by Scott Westby.
For more info on their work, please visit:


AMAAS (Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society) invites filmmakers, videographers, documentarians, and animators to submit their recently completed works to Prairie Tales, an annual touring program of short works by Albertan media artists.

A work is eligible for submission to Prairie Tales if:

•it was completed during the 18-month period prior to the deadline*
•it has a running time of 20 minutes or less
•its creator's primary residence is in Alberta
*The deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on January 31, 2014.
Please send your submission to:
Prairie Tales Jury
Metro Cinema Society
8712 109 St
Edmonton AB T6G 1E9
For more information and to download the submission form, click here
If you have any questions regarding submissions or the Prairie Tales Tour, please the Prairie Tales coordinator at or 780-628-2031.

Get a grant to create a music video!

Listen up filmmakers and musicians in Calgary! Want a chance at up to $7500 in grants to make a music video? Check out Public Records who is giving away grants in partnership with TELUS Optik in our area! Public Records is a grant program offering up-and-coming musicians and filmmakers an opportunity for a grant to create a music video, along with educational workshops that nurture and develop their talent. Grant recipients form film and music teams to create music videos that will be broadcasted in their local communities on TELUS Optik TV.

Applications close on Feb. 7 ,2014

Details here:


We will be keeping our current hours of operations to Tuesday - Saturday from 12PM - 6PM due to staff shortage. These will be our hours until further notice.

JOB CALL: National Director (IMAA)

Application deadline: February 3, 2014
The Independent Media Arts Alliance is seeking an individual to work in a non-profit independent media arts organization; coordinating, facilitating and maintaining IMAA National’s activities. Candidates must have experience with grant writing and working in a non-profit arts environment; have comprehensive knowledge of the independent media arts in Canada, and demonstrate a strong understanding of arts funding and the political landscape in Canada. Exceptional communication skills are required (both written and oral), project management experience and an understanding of the importance of responding to the needs of the independent media arts community, along with a willingness to develop new links and partnerships. Strong organizational abilities are essential. The ideal individual must be bilingual.

For more information on the position and how to apply, please click here.


The Cannes Program is designed to assist and empower the independent filmmaker by introducing new trends, alternate business ideas, networks and companies at the film market.

The program is broken down into three components :
INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE Fifteen days to peek behind the curtains and learn how buyers and acquisition executives work to achieve that great film deal.
CALLING CARD – FILMMAKING Fifteen days of creating your Calling Card short film with the backdrop of the Festival de Cannes as your film set plus a chance to win the ultimate prize “Best Short Film”.
NETWORK CONNECTION Nine days of business meetings, networking receptions and the chance to be a part of the Producer’s Workshop at the Festival de Cannes/Marché du Film.

The program’s objective is to minimize the hurdles that newcomers encounter as they begin to develop business contacts and gain greater insights into the ‘business’ of film production, distribution and international sales.

Deadline for Applications: January 31st, 2014

For more information on how to apply, go to:
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society  is a non-profit media arts organisation that provides equipment, technical support and programs for independent video, audio and multi-media artist/producers.
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, The Calgary Foundation, The Alberta Lottery Fund-Community Initiatives Program, The National Film Board of Canada, Webcore Labs,  our members, artist-producers, volunteers and the Calgary community.
Phone (Administration, Programming and Communications): 403.263.2833
Phone (Production, Workshops & Equipment/Facility Rentals): 403.263.2838
Fax: 403.232.8372

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EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society
Suite 203, 351 11 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0C7

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