Elizabeth Matheson is a curator of contemporary art and culture. In the past fifteen years, she has curated projects in galleries, historical buildings and outdoor spaces including the initiation of several successful symposia and performative projects including High-Tech Storytellers (2000), Between the Frames (2005, 2006), Missing and Taken: A Symposium (2006) and SHIFT dialogues of migration in contemporary art(2011) that platformed media, digital art and moving imagery. Matheson has written extensively on and overseen projects with contemporary artists who use cinematic devices and narratives, including the work of Janet Cardiff, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, Brendan Fernandes, Romeo Gongora, Terrance Houle, David Hoffos, Bettina Hoffmann, Rachelle Viader Knowles, Glenda León, James Luna, Oscar Muñoz, Rita McKeough, Betsabeé Romero, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Lázaro Saavedra, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Jo Spence, Adrian Stimson, Reva Stone, 2Fik, amongst others. Her major projects include the first large scale presentation of Academy Award nominee Lourdes Portillo films (Mexico/US), as well as the first solo exhibition of renowned Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó in Canada. The latter project was recognized as a top exhibition out of the 200 exhibitions presented at CONTACT Festival (Toronto, 2009). Matheson’s writings have been translated into various languages and have appeared in Arts Illustrated (India), Art Nexus, CV Ciel Variable Magazine, Prefix Photo, Studium (Brazil’s leading electronic arts magazine) among other publications. Matheson also has developed pioneering approaches to collaborative and cross-disciplinary work including the co-founding of the Strandline Curatorial Collective. She serves as an advisor to Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto) and the Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam), and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT). Matheson has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and is a recipient of the Management of the Arts Certificate from the Banff Centre.
Christine Ramsay is Associate Professor (Film and Media Studies, University of Regina). Dr. Ramsay’s research and teaching are in the areas of Canadian and Saskatchewan cinemas, masculinities in contemporary cinemas, curatorial studies, cultural studies, the culture of small cities, and philosophies of identity. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. She has published in several anthologies and journals, including Indigenous Screen Cultures in Canada, Expressions culturelles de la francophonie, Self Portrait II: Cinema in Canada, Boys: Masculinities in Contemporary Culture, North of Everything: English Canadian Cinema Since 1980, Canada’s Greatest Films, The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, and Post Script. She has recently published Overlooking Saskatchewan: Minding the Gap (University of Regina Press, 2014) and Making It Like A Man: Canadian Masculinities in Practice (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011) and is currently working on a book project, David Cronenberg and the Double. In 2012 she was Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Program in Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Past president of the Film Studies Association of Canada and past chair of the Regina Arts Commission, she currently serves on the board of the Art Gallery of Regina and is a Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute (University of Regina), 2015-2016.
Timothy Long is Head Curator (MacKenzie Art Gallery) and Adjunct Professor (Visual Arts, University of Regina). He has over twenty years of curatorial experience at the MacKenzie Art Gallery where he has been Head Curator since 2001. He has extensive experience in organizing large retrospective exhibitions; in 2007-2008 he served on the advisory committee with the National Gallery of Canada for the retrospective exhibition Joe Fafard, for which he was coordinating curator. His interest in a critique of the ethics and aesthetics of spectatorship have led him to curate a number of projects involving lens-based practices, including: Let Me Be Your Mirror (2007), Double Space (2008), My Evil Twin (2009), Masculin/Féminin: Ian Wallace and Jean-Luc Godard and After Presence (2011). Furthermore, he has presented exhibitions addressing key moments in the history of these practices, including: Douglas Gordon—Play Dead: Real Time (National Gallery of Canada, 2008) and Projections: A survey of projection-based works in the history of contemporary art in Canada, 1964-2007 (JMB Gallery, University of Toronto, 2009). Among the leading practitioners in video installation art that he has curated are: Jean-Luc Godard (France), Dan Graham (USA), Julian Rosefeldt (Germany), David Claerbout (Belgium), Adad Hannah, Joey Morgan, Wanda Koop, and Rachelle Viader Knowles. His theoretical concerns are addressed in the publication: Theatroclasm: Mirrors, Mimesis and the Place of the Viewer (MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2009).
Rachelle Viader Knowles is Senior Lecturer and Course Director for Fine Arts at Coventry University, UK. Prior to this recent appointment, she chaired the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina in central Canada where she taught for twelve years. She is an artist and practice-based researcher working primarily in dialogue-based art. A recipient of a Canada Council International Residency in Paris (2009) and a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s contemporary art prize (2007), her works have been exhibited internationally including: the Kwangju Biennale in South Korea; Chapter Gallery in Wales; the Conflux Festival in New York; Residencia Corazon in La Plata, Argentina; the Directors Lounge at the Berlin International Film Festival; and the Gyumri Biennale in Armenia.
Jennifer Matotek has held curatorial and administrative positions at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. She has curated numerous exhibitions for galleries and artist-run centers across Canada and is a practising video artist whose work has been shown internationally. Her writing has been published by YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Gallery 44, Vtape, and Magenta, among others. She holds an MA in Art History from York University and a Diploma in Curatorial Studies. She completed an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University. Matotek is the Director/Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery at Regina Public Library.
A recent graduate with a BFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Regina, Élise Beaudry-Ferland is originally from Quebec where she studied Theatre at the CEGEP de Saint-Hyacinthe. In 2014, Elise was selected to attend the prestigious Work Study program Women in the Director's Chair at The Banff Center.
As an undergraduate student, Beaudry-Ferland wrote Welcome to the Sullivans’ which was selected to be produced as one of the fourth year final projects in Film Production at the University of Regina. After directing this production, she completed and co-wrote R.C.I., a dark comedy which, along with Welcome to the Sullivans’, was nominated for awards at multiple festivals, such as the Trinity Film Festival, University of Winnipeg Film Festival, Living Skies Student Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and the Festival du Nouveau Cinema. During her last year of studies, she collaborated on a short film for Berny Hi's Great Saskatchewan Timelapse, Station 2 of Meet in the Middle, and worked as a Research Assistant on Station 4: Saskatchewan Gothic.
Most recently, Élise has worked as a volunteer Producer Assistant on the production A.R.C.H.I.E. and as an Office Production Assistant on The Adventure Club, as well as acting in the student film Chess Moms, where she played the main character. Elise is currently producing an independent feature film Talent, written and directed by Lucas Frison.
Wagner Cavalcanti is BFA candidate at the University of Regina majoring in Film Production. Wagner was born in Brazil and has been living in Regina since 2014. He worked as an independent music producer in Rio (2011 - 2014) and some of his work can be seen on his SoundCloud website (www.soundcloud.com/beatbom). He also produced a short documentary entitled Your English is Terrible, which attempts to portray the experiences of foreign students at the University of Regina. It was screened on Access 7 TV in Saskatchewan in 2015. He is currently working on a documentary for CITY TV produced by Professor Mark Wihak at the University of Regina in which 4th year students gain professional on-set experience. As an aspiring multimedia artist and filmmaker, Wagner is aiming to expanded his knowledge as a student in Canada. He is contributing to several stations of MITM, including Station 7: Mkrtich Tonoyan: Forays in Military Art, assisting with sound and installation; Station 8: Armenian Film Series, as a film editor; and on Station 9: Atom Egoyan Steenbeckett and Station 10: MITM International Symposium as a curatorial and administrative assistant.
Kolby Kostyniuk is a fourth year student pursuing a BFA at the University of Regina in Film Production with a minor in Creative Technologies. His current focus is in narrative filmmaking, but he continues to develop an interest in expanded cinema and screen based installation, with a particular interest in alternatives to fictional filmmaking and the adaptation of narrative structures outside the black box. In 2014 his film installation work was featured in Station 2 of Meet in the Middle, the #3CityLink exhibition at the 5th Parallel Gallery (University of Regina). In 2015/2016 he wrote and directed his neo-noir inspired short film Dreamers, which was selected for production by the University of Regina Department of Film. He is currently working as a sound editor on VEI, a documentary by the Regina based filmmaker Mark Wihak, and as a Research Assistant on Station 6 of Meet in the Middle: Anecdotal Evidence: The Work of Gerald Saul.
Lydia Miliokas is an MA Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies and Curation at the University of Regina, co-supervised by Dr. Christine Ramsay and Dr. Carmen Robertson. Her current research focuses on visual art and lens-based installations within the context of urban arts festivals in Canada, with a specific interest in the relationship between alternative exhibition sites and contemporary discourses on spectatorship. She received her Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree from the University of Regina and is a 2014 SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient. She has been employed as a Curatorial Research Assistant with the MacKenzie Art Gallery since 2010. At Meet in the Middle she has worked as an assistant on several stations, including Station 13: Atom Egoyan: Steenbeckett Catalogue. She will present her curatorial research on urban arts festivals in the City of Edmonton at Station 10: MITM Symposium.
Saqib Noman holds an MFA in Media Production from the University of Regina and a BFA in Film & Television Studies from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. He worked as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Christine Ramsay on Meet in the Middle's #3city Link project in Fall of 2014, where he was primarily responsible for managing the technical needs of the exhibition and its live-link to Coventry (UK) and Gyumri (Armenia), and on Anecdotal Evidence: The Work of Gerald Saul as Saul's technical assistant. Saqib's own MFA research focused on the issues of queer masculine performance and queer sexuality and the marginalization brought on by the intersectionality of the two phenomena. His current research focuses on studying the marginalization that comes from the intersectionality of race and sexual orientation and its impact on ethnic queer individuals in North American society. Regarding his filmic practice, Saqib is currently interested in the merger of traditional drawing with the moving film image. His films and works have been exhibited in multiple film festivals, including Pakistan's only LGBTQ Film Festival, AKS, the Shanghai Queer Film Festival and CUQSC 2016 in Halifax, NS. Saqib currently works as a freelance videographer and editor and manages a portrait studio.
Jessica Richter is an MFA candidate in Visual Arts in the Faculty of Media-Art-Performance at the University of Regina, supervised by Professor Robert Truzskowski. Her art practice is multi-media, with a focus on print media sculpture and laser-cut metal working. Conceptually, her practice explores home, culture, trauma, stigma, stereotyping, gender roles, and cultural identity through the framework of her experiences in a German-Canadian family. A recipient of The Chair for German-Canadian Studies research scholarship, she maintains a practice that is both deeply personal and rigorously researched. Jessica worked as a curatorial assistant on MITM Station 6: Anecdotal Evidence: The Work of Gerald Saul.
Negar Shakour is an MA candidate in Media Studies at the University of Regina supervised by Dr. Christine Ramsay. Her research is focused on the aesthetics of death in Iranian Cinema within the past ten years. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from the Art University of Tehran. She has been employed as Research Assistant on MITM Project since February 2016, working on Station 6: Anecdotal Evidence: The Work of Gerald Saul as an installation assistant, and on Station 10: MITM Symposium as a web designer.
Byron Sywanyk is currently an MA candidate pursuing Media Studies at the University of Regina where he attained a BFA in Media Production. He has worked primarily in the fields of live broadcast television and post-production and is now a research assistant on the Meet in the Middle Symposium and the Atom Egoyan Steenbeckett project.
Garry Wasyliw is currently pursuing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies and Creative Technologies at the University of Regina through a study of Expanded Cinema and Sound Art. His undergraduate degree is in Engineering. He is a Research Assistant to Station 7: Mkrtich Tonoyan: Forays in Military Art and the site-specific curation of Roll Call, and to Station 9: Atom Egoyan: Steenbeckett, where he will be focusing on the installation and maintenance of the work at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. He will present his research in curating art/film/sound at Station 10: MITM Symposium.
Melanie Wilmink holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Fine Arts (Film Studies and Visual Arts, University of Regina), and was Research Assistant to both Atom Egoyan and the Place of the Witness and Meet in the Middle (from 2012-2014). Her research focuses on cinematic curation and the role of space as a key to audience engagement with moving image art. She received a BFA in Studio Practice from the University of Calgary and has worked with various arts groups in a variety of mediums over the past few years, with a specific leaning towards handmade analogue formats, such as film, photography and printmaking. She has served as Programming Coordinator for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and the $100 Film Festival. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in art history and curation at York University (Toronto) and is the recipient of the Elia Scholars Award.
Ken Wilson lectures in English and film studies at the University of Regina and is currently an MFA student in the Department of Theatre. His first play, The Interview, won the 2010 Dorothy Whity Prize and was produced at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and his 2012 site-specific audio collage Cyclone Podwalk, was presented as part of Curtain Razors’s Spiralling Forces event in Regina. In May 2016 his new play, What We Carry Inside, received a staged reading at the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New Plays. A past president of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, he has served as editor of the Filmpool’s Splice Magazine and has contributed site-specific film installation work and performance text to several Saskatchewan-based arts events, including Crossfiring/Mama Wetotan and Windblown/Rafales. At Meet in the Middle he has written the catalogue essay for Station 6: Anecdotal Evidence: The Work of Gerald Saul and is an assistant on the exhibition installation.
MITM is very grateful for generous support from:
Art Gallery of Regina
Canada Council for the Arts
Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
University of Regina: Campion College; Dean of Media Art Performance and the MAP Faculty; Humanities Research Institute