2013 Vector Festival

FEBRUARY 21ST-24TH, 2013

THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF VECTOR GAME + ART CONVERGENCE.

For 5 days, more than 70 artists, scholars and makers participated in our multi-venue programming, which included:

3 exhibitions
5 screenings
3 panel discussions
2 evenings of live performance and
4 workshops.


Exhibitions:

Other Worlds. (@ InterAccess)
Curated by Prosthetic Knowledge and Skot Deeming.
Artists: Luis Hernandez, Alex Myers & Jeff Thompson, Lea Albaugh, Arcane Kids, Ed Key & David Kanaga, Alan Kwan, Cyril Lecomte-Languérand, and Axel Shokk.

Games as procedural landscapes. Addressing the psychogeography of imaginary worlds.

Ludacy(@Bento Miso)
Curated by Christine Kim. 
Artists: Damian Sommer, Alex Martin (Droqen) and Cale Bradbury (Net Grind)

An experimental workshop/exhibition project which takes 3 young game designers and asks them to transform their games into new media art installations.

net.works (@ Propeller)
Curated by Team Vector.

Artists: Kenton Sheely, notendo (Jeff Donaldson), anna anthropy, Christian Streinz, Aaron Oldenburg, Jose Acosta, Jason Nelson, Myfanwy Ashmore, Gavin Bailey, Tom Corby & Jonathan Mackenzie, Hannah Epstein, Alex Myers, and coll.eo.

Vector’s game art survey show. This exhibition surveys the myriad of practices that fall under the umbrella of game art creative production. Video, photography, art games, textile and more.

Screenings:

(all screenings programmed by  Clint Enns, except for SuperCade + F@n F_ckery, which are co-programmed by Clint Enns and Skot Deeming)

Stranger Comes to Town: Identity and the Avatar.
Wednesday, February 20: @ Propeller.
Co-Presented by VideoFAG
Exploring the politics of the avatar in relationship to identity by examining massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG), technologies of biometrics and the border that separates our real identity with our digital selves.

Program:
She Puppet – Peggy Ahwesh (2001, 15 minutes)
Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face – Zach Blas (2012, 8 minutes)
Untitled #2 – Valerie Brewer  (2007, 12 minutes)
Stranger Comes to Town – Jacqueline Goss (2007, 28 minutes)
Second Bodies – Sandra Danilovic (2009, 44 minutes)

Meditations on the Medium.
Friday, February 22, @ Propeller
What do a classic video game cabinet, a tv, and a snack dispenser have in common? How are they different? This program reflects on the nature of the medium.

Program:
Total Power, dead dead dead – Stephanie Barber (2005, 3 minutes)
Best Flamewar Ever – Eddo Stern (2007, 15 minutes)
Driven – Scott Stark (2005, 8 minutes)
Extranormal – Beflix (Ant Scott) (2011, 2 minutes)
Turku Goes Oukkidoukki – Gun Holmström (2005, 8 minutes)
Think – Meesoo Lee (1999, 3 minutes)
Another Day of Depression in Kowloon – IP Yuk-Yiu (2012, 15 minutes)

Bonus Stage 1: Supercade!
Saturday Morning, February 23, @ Bento Miso.
A special screening of animation, commercials and other ephemera from the history of game culture’s intersection with broadcast television. We invite you to bring your children and your inner-child to spend Saturday morning eating sugar cereals and watching classic cartoons inspired by your favourite video games.

Awaiting the End of the Beginning.
Saturday Night, February 23, @ Propeller.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Exploring the competitive nature of video games and the desire for simulated violence.

Program:
Wild Gunman – Craig Baldwin (1978, 20 minutes)
tape loading error – s.ara (2012, 3 minutes)
Vacation Suit – Paul Atkins & Ian Campbell (2010, 5 minutes)
Personal – Kathleen Daniel (2012, 3 minutes)
Self Destruction for Eternity – Wei-Ming Ho (2011, 6 minutes)
Post Newtonianism – Josh Bricker (2010, 6 minutes)
Codes of Honor – Jon Rafman (2011, 14 minutes)

Bonus Stage 2: F@n F_ck3ry + Festival Closing Party!
Sunday Night, February 24, @ VideoFag.
Weird and wonderful experimentations and creative interventions made by fans. This night promises to be strange.

Program:
My Trip to Liberty City – Jim Munroe (2003, 9 minutes)
Skooma – Mark Pellegrino (2010, 2 minutes)
SHITEST REMIX EVUR LOL ***** OMGZ IZ THAT RAINBOW ROADZZZZ? LOLZ WARIO???********* – Bryan Peterson (2012, 1 minute)
Pargu – Sean Grounds (2011, 4 minutes)
Election: Total War – Mat Lindenberg (2012, 3 minutes)
KROJC music video for the song Pirx – Tomasz Wlaźlak (2012, 2 minutes)
Such Is Life. – David Musgrave (2010, 2 minutes)
World Head Law – Edward Shallow (2012, 2 minutes)

Panels:

Somewhere between formal panel and casual conversation, participants joined Vector artists as well as local thinkers on various topics of discussion related to game art.

Games + Art : Play and Practice. (@ Bento Miso)
Friday, February 22nd. 5pm
Moderated by Aubrey Anable.
Panelists:
 Luis Hernandez, Kenton Sheely, Angela Washko, Damian Sommer.
A discussion about the intersections between game art, game culture and the relationship between production and player practices.

Feminism in Games + Game Art. (@ Bento Miso)
Saturday, Februrary 23rd. 3pm.
Moderated by Alison Harvey.
Panelists: Cecily Carver, PartyTime!Hexcellent! (Rachel Weil), Cindy Poremba, Sanda Danilovic, Emma Westecott
A conversation centered around feminist practices in both game based and game art based production.

Dames Making Games February Social and feb-fatale Arcade! (@Bento Miso).
Saturday, February 23rd. 5pm.
Following the feminist round table discussion, promotional sponsors Dames Making Games will be hosting their February Social, which will feature an Arcade consisting of games made during their feb-fatale game jam, featuring feminist games with a noir twist!

The Politics of Appropriation in Game Art. (@ Bento Miso)
Sunday, February 24th. 3pm
Moderated by Felan Parker.  
Panelists: foci+loci (Chris Burke + Tamara Yadao), Martin Zeilinger, Alex Myers.
Discussions of hacking, modding and other unsanctioned  subversions employed in game art production.

Performances:

Playing Personae: Engendered + Embodied Performances.
Friday, February 22nd. 10pm. @ InterAccess.
Featuring Performances by Angela Washko (NYC), 
and Daniele Hopkins + Kyle Duffield (Toronto).
Using games as the focal point for discussions of gender and embodiment, these performances address the representations of gender in gaming culture and technologies.

Engines of Performance.
Saturday, February 23rd. 10pm @ InterAccess
Featuring performances by Toca Loca (Toronto) 
and Foci+Loci (NYC).
Game engines as tools for live performance. Toca Loca will be performing their Halo Ballet (a live choreographed ballet performance in Halo, featuring a live musical score).  Foci+Loci creates live electro-acoustic sound pieces using custom game levels built in Sony’s LittleBigPlanet.

 

Workshops:

chip.jam (@InterAccess)
Saturday, February 23rd, 12-5pm.
Led by Jeff Alynak (Jefftheworld), Roger Bongers (.exe) and Pete O’hearn (bossfyte).
Create music, noise and sound art using a variety of video game technologies.

boardgame.remix.jam (@ Bento Miso).
Saturday, February 23rd. 12-5pm.
Led by William Robinson and Alison Pattern.
4 teams will take classic boardgames and remix them to create new games.

micro.Twine.jam. (@Bento Miso)
Sunday, February 24th. 12pm-5pm.
Led by Damian Sommer.
Make short interactive text adventures using Twine, a free user friendly tool for interactive fiction creation.

glitch.jam (@InterAccess).
Sunday, February 24th. 1pm-6pm.

Led by clint enns and notendo (Jeff Donaldson).
Learn to create glitch art by circuit bending video game consoles.

 

tickets:

Thanks to funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, we were able to greatly reduce our original ticket pricing. We were also able to offer a special discount for students wishing to attend the festival.

 

PARTNERS:

Bento Miso
InterAccess
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
VIDEOFAG

 

SPONSORS:

Ontario Arts Council
Canada Council For The Arts
Hand Eye Society
Dames Making Games
OCADU Digital Futures Initiative
Feminists In Games