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Q-Lab A Three Day Workshop

August 13, 14, and 15 - Q-LAB - A Three Evenings Workshop


Learn QLab, a multimedia playback, cue-based software designed for theatre and live entertainment.

Used in venues around the world, this intuitive program has allowed performers and operators to take control of a performance, twist it, tweak it, reproduce it, and if programmed just right… it’ll even brew your morning coffee. Now we’re not all coffee drinkers, but if you are a Producer, Performer, Theatre Designer, Audio Engineer, Video Operator, Stage Manager, Stage Hand or just someone who likes Mac computers – these sessions will be for you.  Sorry Lighting Operators – we’re not covering that area of QLab at this time, but we’re working on it.

In this three evenings workshop, we’ll take you through the basics of QLab 4 and dipping back into QLab 3, from programming audio to mapping of video, how to set-up your workspace and understand the workflow to get the most out of your system and enhance your performance.

Because QLab is hyper specific to what you want to do, we ask that you bring as much of your own content with you (audio and video files).  We’ll bring some hardware for demonstration purposes, but if you have a goal in mind – that gives us more to work with.

X-camera Speaker Series: Mary-Catherine Newcomb

August 16, 2019 - Mary-Catherine Newcomb: The Importance of Unimportant Things


Mary-Catherine Newcomb writes:
“I am interested in the way we perceive and construct reality. We attach significance to perceptions that are reinforced by cultural mythologies and affordance. Myth aligns objective, rational and subjective experience. Myth is informed by imagination, and speaks to deep human truths. Keepers of myth have increasingly become commercial enterprises whose products trade in easy access, self-gratification, and spectacle. I will be speaking about my work in relationship to the idea of myth.”

Mary-Catherine Newcomb is a visual artist who has had a long career as a sculptor and teacher. Born and raised in Montreal she is now based in Waterloo Region. She attended the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Science, then studied fine arts at University of Waterloo (BFA) and York University (MFA). Mary Catherine was one of the original members of the Redhead Gallery and a member of Nethermind Collective. Her work has been shown throughout Canada and in Germany. She has received support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Waterloo Region Arts Fund. In 2009 Mary Catherine was awarded the K.M. Hunter prize for visual art.

Workshop: Projection Mapping

Monday, August 19, 2019, 4pm - 9pm - Workshop Projection Mapping


Fresh Ground at Commons Studio
256 King Street East, Kitchener ON N2G 2L1

FEE: $100. Fee subsidies are available: please contact us at

For artists with plenty of video content to build into their next installation, party, or performance piece, this Introduction to Projection Mapping workshop prepares you to use argumentative light as an artistic and narrative device in diverse forms of live art productions. You will learn the basics of working with Isadora,a user-friendly platform, and it’s intuitive projection mapping tool, IzzyMap; learn to use Isadora to projection map your video, animation, or images onto 3D physical objects; and learn how to incorporate live interactivity into your installation.

Maziar Ghaderi is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, educator and director who works with visual media and interactive technology. With a background in multimedia production, his work is situated at the intersection of technology, the experiential and creative direction. Under the direction of Marina Abramovic, Maziar was the media producer and on-site technical assistant for the 2013 Luminato Festival’s MAI Prototype. His piece "Dissolving Self" was shown at the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2014 (ISEA) in Dubai. Maziar has also taught media production and conceptual development at OCAD University and Ryerson University.

X-camera Speaker Series: Scott McGovern

August 23, 2019 - Scott McGovern: Artists before Audiences - Expanding Approaches to Curation


Scott McGovern discusses the techniques he has adopted to present successful contemporary art exhibitions. In response to local economic and social dynamics, McGovern has shifted Ed Video programming out of Guelph and into new communities across Canada and internationally. By embracing pragmatic approaches to curation, and rejecting many flawed art-world traditions, this new model has significantly increased audience engagement and future opportunities for artists. Through proactive strategies to exhibition opportunities, McGovern has forged many new relationships between Canadian artists and international audiences. The presentation will conclude with suggestions about how individual artists can broaden the potential of their own practice.

Scott McGovern is a curator, artist, video maker, and educator. He studied video at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Since 2005 he has been the program director at Ed Video Media Arts Centre, an artist run centre in Guelph, Canada, where he has facilitated over 150 exhibitions, events, and concerts. He has curated exhibitions at artist run centres, public galleries, festivals, and art fairs in Canada, USA, Mexico, England, Sweden, Finland, Spain, France, and Greece. McGovern is also the Visual and Media Art Curator of Kazoo! Fest in Guelph since 2010.

Sculpture in photo by artist Patrick Cruz, in Ed Video’s booth at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City in 2016

X-camera Speaker Series: Laura De Decker

August 30, 2019 - Laura De Decker: Charting (Im)Probabilities


Laura De Decker writes: “I write computer programs to create abstract digital images. Tracing my trajectory from the traditional media of painting to interactive digital media, I will discuss my approaches to creating art that intersects with science with an emphasis on intellectual rigour, and artistic intuition. My recent projects, ranging from large-format printed artworks to wall installation to video and interactive virtual reality, have stemmed from my interests in color, the intricacies of quantum mechanics, randomness and using quantum random data as source material, and exploring aesthetic possibilities.”

Laura De Decker: “I earned my MFA in Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. Recently I was Artist-in-Residence for CAFKA-Christie Digital in 2012, and at University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing in 2015. I have received several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Waterloo Region Arts Fund. My artwork and writing were presented and published at the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Dubai (2014), in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts (2018), and in the current exhibition “Intersection of Art and Science II” at Purdue University, Indiana.

X-camera Speaker Series: Gada Jane

September 6, 2019 - Making Films at Every Level


It's one thing to have a great idea for a film, it's another to figure out how to turn that idea into a film and get it seen. Gada will talk about what she’s learned about creating personal and authentic projects within the film industry. She has years of experience writing screenplays and developing other writers' scripts, attending film festivals from Toronto to Cannes, and working on productions that range in size from three people “shooting something” in a Parisian AirBnB to CW Network's Supergirl. Throughout it all, Gada’s great obsession has been telling stories that matter. She will talk about how she's built her network within the film and VR industries and how she’s approached balancing the demands of the industry with focusing on the craft of creation.

Gada Jane is a writer and filmmaker. She is the Creative Director of Velvet Icons Productions, a production company that works closely with creators to develop and produce niche content for film, VR and the web. Velvet Icon’s mission is to put craft back at the centre of media production and it is active in both the traditional film industry and new media production. V.I. is currently developing its first slate of projects, including Gada's own web series, LA BOHEME which will be shot in Waterloo Region. Gada is also the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Waterloo's Games Institute. At G.I. she develops research partnerships between academia and industry and designs projects to engage partners in exploring storytelling in VR.

X-camera Speaker Series: Tess Martens

September 20, 2019 - Tess Martens: From Fear, Fixation & Failure

Tess Martens will speak about the perseverance needed to become an artist. Tess Martens is committed to performance art and to painting, and is obsessed with taking risks, finding loopholes, and exploring boundaries. She will talk about her art practice and its ties to mental health and her life experience.

Tess Martens completed her Masters of Fine Art focusing on performance art at the University of Waterloo in 2018. She recently participated in a weekend workshop with La Pocha Nostra, and a two week residency in The Netherlands with VestandPAge and Marilyn Arsem. Tess Martens founded an artist-run gallery, The Front Room Gallery, in Waterloo, Ontario, where she features visual artists monthly, and hosts bands, djs and poets. She is also part of the programming committee for CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener & Area). Tess Martens interviews artists for arts and culture blog, She is a Recreation Therapist for a Long Term Care Home and in her free time performs stand-up comedy, spoken word poetry and karaoke. She has performed in Common Waters for Idea Exchange, Cambridge Galleries. She has upcoming performance art exhibitions with The Button Factory in Waterloo and Tangente Danse in Montreal.

X-camera Speaker Series: Lynn Slotkin

September 27, 2019 - Did We See the Same Show?


Lynn Slotkin will outline her journey from the 12 year old kid taken to the theatre for the very first time to becoming a theatre critic, and on the way she will talk about the difference between a critic and a reviewer, tell us why critics are important, and try to answer that perennial question “Did we see the same show?” (Hint: even though we might have been sitting side by side, no, we did not see the same show - and Lynn Slotkin will tell us why not.)

Lynn Slotkin publishes an on-line newsletter The Slotkin Letter which chronicles her theatre going in Toronto and internationally. The Slotkin Letter is used as a resource for actors, directors, artistic directors, and ‘civilians’ who are keenly interested in theatre.

Lynn Slotkin earned an Honours BA in Fine Arts from York University, specializing in Drama Studies, History, Theory and Criticism. Her reviews and articles have been published in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Performance Magazine, American Theatre Magazine, Eye Weekly, How Theatre Educates, Orbit, Mystery Scene Magazine, The Canadian Jewish News, the London Free Press and The Hollywood Reporter. She has done theatre commentary for Studio Two on TV Ontario and CBC TV-Newsworld. She has been profiled in The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and on Bravo TV for the Arts and Minds Program.