Shoufen (pronounced show-fen) is a monthly creative talk hosted by Jackpine. The talks are given by artists, musicians, designers, makers, and anyone else who has something interesting to share. Shoufen, the Chinese word for pollination, is a place to experiment and learn, and our hope is that you walk away from our talks feeling energized and inspired to create.
POSSIBLE WORLDS is an artist-run shop, gallery and project space in Chinatown, Ottawa, Canada run by co-owners Melanie Yugo and Jason Pelletier. Occupying a 330 square foot former travel agency since February 2015, this micro arts and social hub brings together and showcases the work of contemporary visual artists, printmakers, media artists, sound artists, music producers, DJs, craftspeople, writers, social practitioners and the community-at-large.
Michael Vickers holds an MA in Contemporary and Modern Art History from the University of Toronto (2013) and an Honors BA from the University of Ottawa (2009). Vickers has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at Mercer Union, Division Gallery, Feature Contemporary Art Fair, Patrick Mikhail Gallery and the Queen’s Museum of Art, N.Y. His work addresses the seductive and poetic qualities of form and critical discourses and reviews of his work have appeared in ESSE Magazine, The Toronto Star, and Canadian Art. Upcoming projects including presentations at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Papier 16.
Brad Tinmouth is an artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. His work deals with sustainable and efficient systems. He aims to make everyone as happy as he is. His work has been shown at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Cooper Cole and Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain 221 in Montreal, Esam Caen in France, Preteen Gallery in Mexico, Dokfest in German and OhMyDays Gallery in Singapore. His work has been reviewed on Artinfo Online, Art 21 Online and Canadian Art Online. He has received awards from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council.
A curator and film programmer based in Ottawa, Tam-Ca Vo-Van is the director of Galerie SAW Gallery, where she has curated many exhibitions, including International Geographic, The Winter Life and Culture Crash. She worked for many years as a programmer at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie and organized the On the Bend Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Moncton. She currently serves on the board of the Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF).
Jason St-Laurent is an artist and curator based in Ottawa. He studied fine arts at the Université de Moncton and the University of Toronto. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, South Africa, Romania and Finland, notably at the Western Front in Vancouver, VertexList in New York City, the South African National Gallery Annex and MUU in Helsinki. As a curator, he has presented more than 50 projects in Canada, South Africa, Finland and Estonia, including SCATALOGUE: 30 Years of Crap in Contemporary Art at Galerie SAW Gallery, Voices in Transit at the Cape Town Central Train Station in South Africa and Videogram International Media Art Exchange as programmer for SAW Video. Jason St-Laurent founded the biennial ELECTRIC FIELDS: Festival of Electronic Art and Sound in Ottawa. He was until recently the Director of Programming for Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival. He is now the curator at Galerie SAW Gallery since 2012.
Since the early noughties Bailey has ploughed a compelling, and often hilarious, road through the various developments of digital communications technologies. Ostensibly a satire on, and parody of, the practices and language of “new media,” the jocose surface of Bailey’s work hides an incisive exploration of the critical intersection between video, computing, performance, and the body.” (Morgan Quaintance, Rhizome)
Bailey’s work has been shown widely including recent exhibitions and performances for the ICA and SouthBank Centre in London, The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Tate Liverpool, and The New Museum in New York. He teaches at New York University and is Creative Director at FreshBooks in Toronto. Bailey is represented by Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto. For more visit http://www.jeremybailey.net/
Marc is a Canadian contemporary artist, satirist, antique hoarder, and upcycler. His art practice spans a wide range of disciplines including painting, sculpture, assemblage, performance, ready-mades, video, and sound – usually consisting of sharp sociopolitical critique, subversive and irreverent epigrams with a hint of dark humour. We are pleased to have Marc speak about his career and feature his latest work interactively, encouraging contributions to his art. www.adornato.com
Kevin Yuen-Kit Lo is a Montreal-based graphic designer, community organizer and educator. He runs the independent design studio Loki Design specializing in work in the community and cultural spheres. He also publishes the zine Four Minutes to Midnight and teaches in the department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University.
Lee is a digital designer and master of design student in Digital Futures at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
She is the editor and founder of Art & Science Journal, a publication about artworks with themes of science, nature and technology that has grown to over 250,000+ web subscribers in the past year.
The journal, like all of her work, focuses on the wonder that
occurs when fields collide. Design extends well beyond graphic design and many of the challenges our societies face need multidisciplinary design thinking. These societies also need art, culture and open systems of thought and Lee Jones embodies this approach.