The Curatorial Incubator, v.18: Learning From the Local

Cooling Reactors, soJin chun and Alexandra Gelis, 2011

Vtape and NAC

The Curatorial Incubator, v.18:
Learning From the Local

JANUARY 25 – MARCH 4, 2023

This year, Vtape has invited the Niagara Arts Centre (NAC) to join us for a joint Curatorial Incubator. We each sought applications to participate in a curatorial research project that will examine the idea of Toronto-ness (Vtape) and Niagara-ness (NAC) and come up with a program of titles to screen in response. Vtape selected two participants and NAC selected one.

The resulting programs will be screened at both locations. NAC presents the three programs at the Micro Cinema during NAC gallery hours. Each program screens for a three week run, starting Wednesday January 25, 2023.

Vtape will be doing an all day in person screening of the three programs on Saturday January 28, 2023, 11am – 5pm, followed by a reception 5-7pm. The three programs will then be available on Vtape’s website Jan. 28 – Feb. 4, 2023.

Learning From the Local opens @ NAC with Marvin Veloso’s program Cruising Circuits, and Other Slippery Landscapes: Queer(ing) Resistance in Toronto Video Art at NAC in person, January 25 – February 11, 2023, Wednesday – Friday, 12-5, Saturday 12-4pm.

Cruising Circuits, and Other Slippery Landscapes: Queer(ing) Resistance
Curated by Marvin Veloso

1. Kent Monkman
Future Nation, 2005, 16:27

Against the backdrop of a biological apocalypse, Brian, a Native teenager comes to terms with his identity, family, and futurity. His relationship with his lover Tonya/James evolves as the “megapox” epidemic quickly devastates urban populations across North America. Through a surreal journey in search of food, new relationships and acceptance emerge when the youth face down their fears.

2. soJin chun and alexandra gelis
Cooling Reactors, 2011, 2:01

Cooling Reactors is a site-specific performance at Cherry Beach, confronting social and ecological conditions surrounding Lake Ontario and the impending potential of nuclear infrastructures. Mixing audio, visual, and embodied elements, the video lays claim to modes of reflection and resistance, offering viewers a site to consider the local and global implications of climate change.

3. Juana Awad
In DEEp Skin, 2004, 6:51

Juana Awad is an experimental video travelling through fractured scenes while presenting a lesbian encounter. The visual and musical entanglements explore desire, identity, and geography, inviting viewers along the edges of icy waters, tropical climates, and to the lonely body within an emerging urban centre.

4. Richard Fung and Tim McCaskell
School Fag, 1998, 16:35

Richard Fung and Tim McCaskell capture the trauma, joy, and flamboyance of Shawn Fowler. Offering a fresh account of homophobia and resistance through an up-close interview, the stories alternately hilarious, biting and poignant illustrate early yearnings to play Wonder Woman in preschool neighborhood games, to the efforts of community organizations in the city, and to losing the much publicized prom competition at his high school.

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Vtape acknowledges the generous support of all of our funders including The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

NAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of St. Catherine’s, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Niagara Community Foundation and Delta Bingo Players.