30 January 2013


PLATFORM is very excited to introduce ACTIVE RESEARCH, a quarterly lecture series beginning in January 2013 and culminating one year later. The purpose of this lecture series is to investigate the idea of research as an active practice rather than a passive model. We have approached four cultural workers / researchers / artists to each offer an hour long treatise on their research methodologies and how it informs or relates to their current creative pursuits. The four participants were chosen to reflect the Centre's interest in artists at various stages in their careers (emerging, mid-career, and established) in addition to their thought-provoking and experimental approaches to research.

Marina Roy

Queuejumping  Thursday, January 31, 2013, 7:30-8:30 pm  

Red River College, 160 Princess St., main floor Roblin Centre, CGA Manitoba Room (P107)  
Presented in partnership with mawa MENTORING ARTISTS For WOMEN'S ART

Marina Roy's lecture will focus on her writing and research for a future book titled Queuejumping. Roy will discuss her art practice, cross-disciplinary in scope, which investigates the intersection between materials, language, history and ideology. Her work addresses the desire for a post-humanist perspective, counter to the dictates of anthropocentric hubris and biopolitical control. She believes that materials and objects themselves have multiple potential agency, and art can act as a bridge between culture and nature, ethics and drive.

Roy has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. In  2001 she published sign after the x (Artspeak/Arsenal Pulp), a book that revolves around the letter X and its multiple meanings. She is  currently working on the next book, titled Queuejumping. In 2010 she was recipient of the VIVA art award, British Columbia’s largest  visual art award for mid-career artists. She is Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. 

12 January 2013


18 January - 16 February 2013

Reception + Book Launch
Friday 18 January | 7PM

Saturday 2 February | 12 -5PM

PAC In Conversation
Saturday 16 February | 3PM


PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is pleased to present be.still, the latest exhibition by Winnipeg’s Pinhole Artist Collective (PAC). Continuing to balance the push/pull of the individual and the collective, the group has drawn images from their monthly forays over the past year. Determining destinations by consensus - Spirit Sands, the English Garden, the bridges of Winnipeg, Narcisse, and more (sometimes deliberate and premeditated; sometimes more whimsical and weather dependent) - upon arrival they create independent works, albeit linked by place, conversation, and time. And so it is that leisurely exposures, long discussions, and days of driving yield images grounded in the collective that celebrate the individual. In conjunction with this exhibition, PAC will launch a publication related to their recent exhibition of solargaphs.

Please join us for the opening reception + book launch with the artists: Friday 18 January, beginning at 7PM. Refreshments will be served.

About the Collective

PAC is a collective of artists interested in exploring the artistic plurality of analogue and digital photography. Growing out of the spirit of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and the DIY artistic philosophy, they are hands-on, resourceful, playful, and open to constructive criticism. In regular gatherings, the collective engages in both critical discourse and artistic creation and is, from time to time, nomadic. PAC members participating in be.still are Sarah Crawley, William Eakin, lori fontaine, Beth Johnson, Jen Loewen, Merrell-Ann Phare, and Bonnie Tulloch.

About the Publication

Collecting Light
| Pinhole Artist Collective publication

“Collecting Light” is a collaborative bookwork by members of PAC. In the winter of 2010, members of PAC built approximately one hundred pinhole cameras from 35mm black plastic film canisters. These cameras were then placed around the city and province to take photographs (called solargraphs) over weeks and months. These images were then the basis of a group show at Platform: centre for photographic + digital arts in August 2010. "Collecting Light" expands on this exhibition, incorporating solargraphs, individual visual responses to the project, and critical essays by Dianne Bos and J.J. Kegan McFadden.

Contributing members: Marian Butler, Sandra Campbell, Sarah Crawley, William Eakin, lori fontaine, Jacquelyn H├ębert, Beth Johnson, Jen Loewen, Natasha Peterson, Merrell-Ann Phare, Bonnie Tulloch
Dimensions 10 x 8 inches / 84 pages
Image: Jen Loewen