Published Sep 23, 2020Winnipeg's WNDX Festival of Moving Image will be going digital for its 2020 edition, and organizers have now announced the slate of programming for this year's event.
Running free of charge from October 7 through 11, WNDX promises a collection of "new and innovative moving image works from Canada and abroad" from a bill of legendary artists, hometown icons and underrepresented communities.
"My dream to program an exclusively BIPOC roster of artists has been realized for WNDX 2020," festival co-director Hagere Selam "shimby" Zegeye-Gebrehiwot shared in a statement. "The erasure of BIPOC artists — particularly women — is a problem that doesn't get counteracted by a sole festival edition. We are dedicated to continuing the work to dismantle the current landscape of white supremacy within the arts community."
A first highlight of WNDX's 2020 lineup is Beverly Glenn-Copeland, who will join the festival from New Brunswick for a performance accompanied by live visuals from Winnipeg-based experimental filmmaker Leslie Supnet.
"Seeing Beverly Glenn-Copeland perform is a transcendent experience, and I'm overjoyed to be able to share that with the WNDX community," WNDX co-director Scott Fitzpatrick expressed in a statement. "His momentous warmth and generosity is life-affirming, and his musical blend of new-age synth and jazz experimentation is the perfect pair for Leslie Supnet's dreamy animated visuals. This will be a performance you don't want to miss."
More songs and stories will come from Manitoba-based visual artist Annie Beach, set to perform the Wanted: Red & Alive Tour as Sweet Prairie Passion. WNDX will also play host to filmmaker and performance artist Joshua Gen Solondz, who will pair hand-manipulated 35mm slides from his studio in Brooklyn with an abrasive analog synth soundtrack on the fest's final evening.
Toronto-based artist and educator Jessica Karuhanga will open WNDX's first night with a brand new iteration of her performance #Carefree, a hybrid digital art performance which engages with technology, movement, cultural archive, and activators from Treaty One.
Film program ISM ISM ISM, Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America will showcase artists who have carved their space in the male-dominated world of Latin American experimental filmmaking, while Addis Video Art Festival: Grounded in Movement will explore innovative video art from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Closer to home, Miko Revereza's No Data Plan is a highly personal reflection on the experience of undocumented people in ICE-age America. These film programs will all feature Q&A sessions with filmmakers.
WNDX's 15th edition also includes paid education and training opportunities for programmed artists in software WNDX will use in this new digital context. Additionally, there will be 16 slots available to Manitoba based artists for one-on-one studio visits with established artists from the WNDX community. The festival has also hired two BIPOC essayists to respond to the festival, and will be hosting a paid skill-building workshop on moving image media art criticism. Both initiatives will be offered by WNDX on an annual basis, in perpetuity.
Further festival and programming information can be found through WNDX's official website.