Current and Upcoming

Hearing Video

Hearing Video

Curated by Lewis Kaye


@401 Richmond St. W., 4th floor

Opening Reception Saturday, March 3, 2018, 1:00-5:00pm

Exhibition runs March 5-24, 2018

Open Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Saturdays 1-5
Closed Thursday, March 15, 2:00pm-5:00pm and Friday, March 16, 10:00am-noon for special event


“Hearing Video” is a project that is part exhibition, part archival research experiment. It explores and plays with a number of works drawn from Vtape’s archive holdings selected on the basis of their audio rather than their visual content. By focusing on the sonic components of these archived video works, the exhibition foregrounds questions of how technical systems of reproduction inevitably transform the aesthetic experience of the archived media artwork as well as how the works themselves can be brought into conversation and dialogue with each other within a framework of collective presentation.

Works by Sarah Abbott, Kevin Lee Burton, Calla Durose-Moya, Vera Frenkel, Gordon Monahan, and Andrew James Paterson will be configured and presented to highlight – and in some cases alter – their sonic component. De-emphasizing the visual and accentuating the audio parts of the works, the artists will see and hear their works in new ways.

Workshops for students, a round table discussion for curators and researchers, an open workshop for the public – all are planned for this dynamic and highly mobile exhibition of video for the sake of audio. Expect the unexpected with Lewis Kaye’s Hearing Video.


Lewis Kaye is a Toronto-based sound artist, media studies researcher, and educator. His work explores the interplay of sound, technology and culture through both critical enquiry and creative practice. His current research interests include the status of audio art archives and the auralization of “big data”. Kaye’s recordings of sound environments have been presented in media installation, audio CD, video and live performance. Major solo works include Crowds ReSpaced (Signalraum Gallery, Munich, 2014) and Through The Vanishing Point, a multi-channel sound installation based on the ideas of Marshall McLuhan (exhibited in Toronto in 2010, and Paris and Berlin in 2011). 

Vtape’s 2018 Researcher-in-Residence is Daniella Sanader

Vtape’s 2018 Researcher-in-Residence is Daniella Sanader

Through sustained watching and writing, this research residency at Vtape will explore ways of engaging with performance for the camera within the specific context of a video archive. Across her time at Vtape, Sanader will develop practices of descriptive, associative, and speculative note-taking for watching artists’ bodies in motion on video. While her approach is intentionally unstructured and ambulatory, she is guided by the following questions: what kind of movement—or stillness—exists within an archive of video? What can be learned or felt by watching gestures by artists in this context? Does watching performance for the camera within a video archive constitute a duet between artist and researcher? What are the potentials—and failures—of writing as a mode of documenting these relationships

Daniella Sanader is a writer and reader living in Toronto. She has written reviews, essays, and experimental texts for a variety of publications, galleries, and artist-run spaces across Canada. She has curated projects for Vtape and Oakville Galleries, and her upcoming exhibition The Shape of the Middle at Open Studio is listed as a Featured Exhibition for the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Daniella was recently awarded the 2018 Emerging Cultural Leader Award from the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO). She works as the Installation and Communications Coordinator at Gallery TPW.

Image credit: Martha Wilson, “Psychology of Camera Presence,” 1974, 08:50, B&W, English. Tapecode 492.06