Digital Sites: Conversations on Building Space, Constructing Archives
with Immony Men, Sajdeep Soomal and Fusun Uzun
13 March 2018, 7PM
Koffler.Digital and Trinity Square Video invite you to Digital Sites: Conversations on Building Space, Constructing Archives, a discursive program developed in conjunction with TSV’s ongoing V/Art Projects and Koffler.Digital’s Death To/Long Live: The Archive.
Immony Men, Sajdeep Soomal and Fusun Uzun will discuss the emotional capacity of virtual realities, their ability to utilize archives for political impact, and the ethics surrounding virtual constructions. In considering the gamut from analogue video to VR, Digital Sites will investigate the various hierarchies fixed in archival practices that influence and obstruct lived accounts and speculative narratives.
Immony Men is an artist and educator. He is an assistant professor in the Digital Futures program at OCAD University. Men’s practice takes the form of time-based performances, interactive installations, and community-based research. He also shares a social art practice with his collaborator Maegan Broadhurst. Community-based artworks include Can you hear the city whispering?, Last Night at the Chestnut, Home on Gerrard Street, From the Mouth of the River and Our City Centre Skatepark. Solo exhibitions include Taking Care of Business (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, Khyber ICA, Artspace, Grunt Gallery, Gallery 44, Gallery 101), Effections: “We need to Talk” (Videographe, Connexion Gallery, Beaverbrooke, Harcourt House, Arnica, A Space, and Centre3), and Khnhom mok muoy kaun techtuoch.
Sajdeep Soomal is a researcher, archivist and emerging curator based in Toronto, ON who was initially hired to complete a three-year oral history project about the Toronto-based South Asian arts festival Desh Pardesh (1988-2001) with the launch of a digital archive and podcast series. As Communications Coordinator, Sajdeep has designed a new visual brand and website for the organization and revitalized its social media presence. Prior to working at SAVAC, Sajdeep was a research assistant at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where they assisted with exhibition planning and conducted collections research.
Design, documentary filmmaking, and research combine to describe Fusun Uzun’s professional background. Her focus is on creating new forms of storytelling within emerging platforms and hybrid solutions that can expand our perception of new possibilities. As an MFA graduate from the Digital Futures program of OCAD University, she created an immersive, verbatim 360° documentary about the Canadian immigration detention system. The artwork employs the practice of Verbatim Theatre and the techniques and technologies of 360° Cinema to present the events surrounding the death in 2013 of migrant Lucia Vega Jimenez while in detention with the Canada Border Services Agency.