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Video Communication

Art and Technology between Canada and Japan, 1967 -1985

October 27 – December 15 2020

Researched  & Curated by Jesse Cumming


Due to licensing restrictions, artists’ videos are no longer available to view. Video descriptions, the curator essay, and video interviews are available.

Video Communication: Art and Technology between Canada and Japan, 1967 -1985, explores the rich history of influence and exchange between Japan and Canada in the early, exploratory years of video. Intended as a prelude and supplementary program to a future in-house archival exhibit, this series of online programs explore topics of mixed-media experiments and community journalism and video activism. Each video program will highlight little-seen work and classics by both Japanese and Canadian practitioners, tracing a history of mutual influence and emphasizing important collaborations.

This three-part series launches October 27th with an introduction by curator Jesse Cumming  as well as interviews with artists Michael Goldberg, Moira Simpson, Mihato Taura, and more. The artists will discuss the works in the program as well as the historical background for their production These pre-recorded conversations will be freely accessible throughout the run of the series.

Thank you to:

Ann ADACHI-TASCH and Collaborative Cataloging Japan, Michael GOLDBERG, Clark HENDERSON, Karen KNIGHTS, Hitoshi KUBO, Kanako NAKANISHI, Karl MCCOOL and Electronic Arts Intermix, Yukino TAKASHIMA.

Jesse Cumming is a curator, writer, and researcher based in Toronto. He has curated, co-curated, and presented programs with The Museum of Modern Art, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Tallinn Photomonth Biennal, Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Anthology Film Archives, the Volksbühne Berlin, La Cinémathèque québécoise, and more. From 2016 to 2019 he served as Programming Associate for the Wavelengths section of the Toronto International Film Festival, and in 2016 he developed Vertical Features, a Toronto screening series dedicated to non-fiction film and video. He currently serves as a consultant for the Berlinale Forum and Open City Documentary Festival, and from 2016-2020 sat on the steering committee of the Toronto Film & Media Seminar. His writing has appeared in Cinema Scope, The Brooklyn Rail, MUBI Notebook, Filmmaker Magazine, Hyperallergic, Canadian Art, Another Gaze, C Magazine, Berlin Art Link, and more.

In 2020 Cumming participated in a TOKAS Research Residency and was awarded a Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art by the Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation.

Video Communication is a special edition of Sticky Impulse Archive Nights.