Drake AV

Drake AV (DAV) is a unique program that acts as a creative launchpad for emerging video artists in Toronto. The second cohort of this video art residency will work collaboratively to exchange ideas + thoughts about each other's work + the medium, allowing them to develop their work and share their art.

In partnership with Trinity Square Video, Drake AV aims to connect artists with industry professionals through tutorials, workshops + lectures. Over the course of the four-month semester, students will use The Drake Hotel and as a cultural hub to connect, collaborate + produce cutting-edge original video content that will be premiered at the Drake TV Artist Showcase (a.k.a. a killer video art party in the Drake Underground) + Nuit Blanche 2017. The works will grace Drake TV screens across all Drake locations, a one-of-a-kind platform for promoting + sharing your video art.

Kicking off the second year of Drake AV on June 1st, we're on the hunt for video artists to APPLY NOW.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Lectures, workshops + tutorials from established industry professionals + leaders
  • Complimentary membership to Trinity Square Video
  • Access to workshops + equipment from Trinity Square Video w/ allowance
  • Exclusive screen time on Drake TV across all Drake locations (The Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty + Drake Devonshire)
  • Drake TV Artist Showcase with press + industry leaders in attendance
  • Nuit Blanche 2017 screening (24-hour loop)
  • 15% OFF of Drake Food while working + Drake General Store during your 4-month term

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit a 250-word statement of intent, CV, and video sample that showcases their creative vision, filmmaking expertise, and demonstrates an innovative interpretation of the media. Applicants with the most original + compelling submissions will receive an email of admission to the Drake AV by May 5, 2017.

Applications can be completed at thedrake.ca/jointheclub

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY APRIL 30th, 2017

TRINITY SQUARE VIDEO

Trinity Square Video is a space to re-imagine media arts.

For over 45 years, Trinity Square has been a champion of media arts practices. Our activities are guided by a goal to increase our members’ and audiences’ understanding and imagination of what media arts practices can be. Trinity Square strives to create supportive environments, encouraging artistic and curatorial experimentation that challenge medium specificity through education, production and presentation supports.

As video-based practices have become increasingly present across disciplines, Trinity Square engages artists and curators in critical investigations into the changing conditions of perception, materiality and the virtual. In addition to holding aesthetic worth in its own right, our artistic programming extends our education and production activities in order to generate new knowledges.

Our membership represents the diversity of the city and honours the original mandate of the organization—seeking to reduce barriers to access related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio- economic and physical ability. In order to serve our membership effectively, to be as accessible as possible, and to keep Trinity Square vital and dynamic, we offer a variety of membership options, including discounted rates for students. Check out www.trinitysquarevideo.com for more information.

Drake TV

Still from Yoshihide Sodeoka's "Mutation", Undervolt & Co.
Still from Tobias Williams' "Power C", Synthetic Landscapes.
Still from a Carrie Gates' VJ set.
Still from Gwen Trutnau's "Brodeo in Space", RSN.
Still from Daniel Goodbaum's TVCITY Street Style.
Still from Sabrina Ratte's "Marooned", Plink Flojd.
Still from Brandon A. Dalmer's NOART.
Still from "Lido Pimienta @ The Garrison", Analog Preservation Network.

DRAKE TV is an interlacing of the past, present and future. Anchored by vintage film, a tribute to the history that inspired and defined the brand, accented by live footage harnessing the moments that bring the space to life every day, and showcasing contemporary video art - an ode to the Avant-garde art house approach that has kept the Drake at the forefront of it all.

Now, with the help of Drake AV, this platform helps to celebrate the creativity + innovation that goes into the the creation of original video art content, bringing the medium out of niche and into the mainstream.

Drake AV Alum

  • Alec Emery Headshot

    Alec Emery

    Alec Emery has a uniquely diverse practice. Alongside a practice in experimental film/video and installation art, Alec often draws from his background as an actor to explore unexpected perspectives through live performance. Deeply concerned with the dialectic of conversation, as well as the production and subversion of meaning, Alec's works draw heavily from archival sources. He seeks to create new experiences that acknowledge the multiplicity of truth and the importance of lived experience as valid and essential knowledge. Alec completed a BFA in film at Ryerson University in 2016 and has exhibited works in Toronto and Montreal.

  • Alex Ricci Headshot

    Alex Ricci

    Alex Ricci is an AV artist living and working in Toronto. He performs with music and projections collective Versa, making live cymatic visualizations that respond directly to bass guitar. Using primarily analog equipment, Alex creates colourful and fuzzy video collage, which is often shown in conjuction with live music concerts. These videos have been shown at Nuit Blanche (renegade), Supernova Burlington, Empty Fest Sarnia, and Phi Rho Sigma. Alex is also an active member of the White House Studio Project in Kensington Market, where he serves as Events Coordinator. Alex is interested in interfacing old and new technology and exploring the artistic potential of immersive video devices.

  • Alison Postma Headshot

    Alison Postma

    Alison Postma is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph’s Studio Art program. In 2015, she was one of three nationwide recipients of the AIMIA / AGO Photography Scholarship. Her work is predominately photographic and sculptural – using video as an extension of photo-sculptural space. Her motivations for creating work in these mediums stems from her interest in the confusing experience of familiar spaces while dreaming and the way our perception of a space becomes distorted when interacting with a video or sculpture or photograph. Her current work is an exploration of light and wind.

  • Ben Tucker Headshot

    Ben Tucker

    Tucker studied Visual Communications at Medicine Hat College, Alberta; graduating in 2011 with a major in photography and film. His work focuses on space, time, and movement while trying to evoke some sort of emotional response from viewers, in order for them to draw their own meaning from within. As a young closeted gay artist, he drew from his own passion dealing with internal struggles and identity censorship, feeling as though he could use art to express what he may not have had the guts to express otherwise. As a young adult, he is excited about the changing times of our present day.

  • Chlor Brouitt Headshot

    Chloe Brouitt

    Heading into her fourth and final year at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media, Chloe Brouitt is an emerging video artist with a passion for cinematography and visual storytelling. In the last year, she has completed several projects, including a dreamy music video and a short documentary about the tangibility of Polaroid photography. Inspired by everything from poetry to family and friends, she creates a hybrid of new and found footage. Using archival videos to create a certain aesthetic when blended with modern digital technology. She has also experimented with cryptic words and phrases layered over footage to alter the context of its setting.

  • Mike Reynolds Headshot

    Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds, a video artist from Dufferin County, began his career in Toronto in 2006 projecting synesthetic pieces for live electronic music performances. He has since expanded his practice to include live video cutting, employing otherwise obsolete tech and circuit benders and scouring the city for rare and strange VHS tapes. His work aims to make the viewer take a breath, to examine their familiarity with the content. There should be a moment of recognition, while also experiencing something new. Recent projects include music videos for local band Germaphobes and Thrift Shop Dead Drop: A 100% analog video mixtape.

  • Stacie Ant Headshot

    Stacie Ant

    Stacie Ant is a Ukrainian born artist who recently graduated from OCAD University. She works in a wide range of media, specializing in video installation and compositing. Through the use of satire, parody, references to pop culture and misrepresentation of gender roles, Ant attempts to deal with the absurdities of the world. Her work embraces vibrant colors, fast paced editing and pays homage to mid-century visual aesthetics. She uses a wide range of patterns and textures inspired by Eastern European traditional art. Ant is engaged in several curatorial projects. The themes of which, much like her solo works, are chosen to satirize internet culture.

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