These works have been acquired for distribution by Vtape within the last six months. Not all of the videos are necessarily new, as older works are sometimes brought into distribution.
2013, 08:00 minutes, colour
In this autobiographical essay, reflection’s of the year an artist returns to his hometown. Trying to understand isolation, heartbreak, the bonds of queer friendship, and family when it feels like things are falling apart.
2012, 03:31 minutes, colour
The artist explores the interior of his home within the parameters of a landscape film.
2011, 13:00 minutes, colour
Using video as a tool for self-acceptance and a step towards heeling, an artist comes to terms with his shame about growing up in affluent community in Los Angeles while living amongst a working class Queer community in Portland, Oregon.
2011, 08:00 minutes, colour
Using video and performance 2 artists share their deepest secrets to the audience.(performance recorded at MIX NYC)
2009, 04:33 minutes, colour
The artists mother narrates the story about his birth. An exploration of who holds the truth when it comes to family lore within the context of queer retellings.
2015, 45:00 minutes, colour
Indigenous peoples face some of the highest rates of sexual and physical violence, substance abuse, HIV and suicide in all of Canada. But statistics never tell the whole story.Sex Spirit Strength follows Michael and Jack, two young Indigenous men, as they shed the stigma and shame associated with their sexual health and gender… ⊕
2017, 04:21 minutes, colour
Increasingly invasive questions are asked of a series of lesbians, both couples and a single lesbian, to complete the Longform Lesbian Census. From "big boxes of dildos," and "political lesbianism," to only being able to have six cats at a time, this playful video looks at the current state of lesbian lives.… ⊕
2017, 04:56 minutes, colour
2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com queers and indigenizes traditional dating site advertisements. Using a Butch NDN 'lavalife" lady (performed by director Thirza Cuthand), 2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com seduces the viewer into 2 Spirit "snagging and shacking up" with suggestions of nearby pipeline protests to take your… ⊕
2016, 29:09 minutes, colour
No.2/right of two channel workTwo silent video recordings, exactly the same length, to be played simultaneously (a two channel work). Professional wrestlers perform their elegant routines in a hockey rink in small town Nova Scotia with cut-a-ways to bees and ants and tidal surf and other things wonderous in our natural world.… ⊕
2016, 29:09 minutes, colour
No.1/left of two channel workTwo silent video recordings, exactly the same length, to be played simultaneously (a two channel work). Professional wrestlers perform their elegant routines in a hockey rink in small town Nova Scotia with cut-a-ways to bees and ants and tidal surf and other things wonderous in our natural world.… ⊕
2016, 01:43 minutes, colour
Skulls and cross-bones are everywhere these days. Death is celebrated like a Mexican parade that streams across networks, crisscrossing the globe with brightly coloured banners of death. Car horns honk and bands play crazy marches full of soul and sweet remorse. Skulls laugh and bones pound the drums of war. The skies roar… ⊕
2016, 07:28 minutes, colour
Tom Sherman’s spoken text guards a sequence of video recordings, preventing these recordings from being fully embraced. During an exercise probing the divided nature of acoustic and visual space, we observe scientific research being conducted, a harbour seal hanging out, and environmental reparation being performed. When… ⊕
2016, 15:23 minutes, colour
Learning to see the laboratory where the robot is programmed to work was initially recorded at the National Research Laboratories in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1988. Tom Sherman directed control engineer George Hollinworth to program a Unimation PUMA robot to see and describe the laboratory environment it was stationed in. The… ⊕
2016, 09:51 minutes, colour
Three or four young red fox kits are observed on a dirt road in rural Nova Scotia. The documentation is conducted from an automobile and the fox’s environment extends to the interior of the SUV. The vehicle’s headlights draw and reveal this animal’s behaviour. The sound from the interior of the vehicle… ⊕
2013, 06:34 minutes, colour
This is a Spanish language version of Sherman’s The Amateur Scientist, 2012.“The government is shutting down the flow of scientific information to the public. Information is being privatized. If you want to know something for sure, you have to dig it out for yourself. I want to know about bacterial infections.… ⊕
2013, 33:26 minutes, colour
This video work is governed by the principles of a Boolean search. The conjunctive grammar of AND, OR, NOT in the work’s title combine, expand and exclude content as a result of the act of searching--in this case, searching video databases. In a general sense this exercise begins to explain why we have become so… ⊕
2017, 05:00 minutes, colour
“The Oldest Tree in the World” is a love song to the oldest sugar maple in the region, living just outside of Peterborough in Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park. This grandmother tree, one of our oldest living relations, has witnessed over 500 years of history. The music video was filmed and directed by Cara Mumford… ⊕
2016, 04:12 minutes, colour
In forgive me for speaking in my own tongue (4 minutes and 12 seconds before entering melancholy), the artist is engaged in the act of meditating on her breathing; focusing on each inhale and exhale. The exercise stops once she is no longer able to focus on her breathing as anxieties pervade her thoughts.
2014, 02:10 minutes, colour
Why are some plants desired in our gardens, and others uprooted and discouraged to flourish? How can we expect seeds and people to respect borders if opportunities for growth are disparate on either side? Inspired by the continuing struggle of African refugees stranded in Berlin without the basic rights to work and move… ⊕
2013, 07:01 minutes, colour
Two “movements of people”: the carnival practices in Buenos Aires and Cologne and the forced migration of Africans across the Atlantic. For decades, various groups, like the “Original Negerkoepp E.V.,” have participated in Cologne carnival in blackface, with the sole explanation of parody and “good… ⊕
2016, 0113:00 minutes, colour
A mysterious web of international shortwave radio towers once dominated theTantramar marsh. Meanwhile, local residents heard radio broadcasts emanateunexpectedly from their household appliances.The Radio Canada International shortwave relay site was built during World War 2, to broadcast to Europe and Africa. It continued to… ⊕
2016, 04:30 minutes, colour
Walk With Me is a short film about accessibility and how simply taking a walk can be a statement about belonging. The students at Beverly Public School, located in downtown Toronto near Chinatown, all have special needs. My eight year old son Teddy is a student there and for three years he had a wonderful teacher named… ⊕
2011, 02:00 minutes, colour
This short animation pokes gentle fun at stereotypes about the Inuit people.
2014, 15:00 minutes, colour
In the 1950s, two Inuit women attempt to protect their relationship when pressure from their community forces them to marry men.
2017, 05:00 minutes, colour
Digestion is an animation loop consisting of 7 hand painted frames of an imagined x-ray of the abdomen. The imagery depicts the strenuous on goings of gut feelings. The loop acting as a clock, the body continuously shedding its uterine lining and replenishing itself.
2016, 13:20 minutes, colour
The distant future. A Nigerian space station in a remote corner of the galaxy orbits an artificial pinpoint of matter so dense it cannot exist in our solar system. It is a recreation of the birth of the universe itself, contained for the purpose of study, and overseen by Yetunde, sole crew member on the space station Eko.The… ⊕
2016, 04:10 minutes, colour
How to Steal A Canoe is a song telling on one hand telling the story of a young Nishnaabeg woman and an old Nishnaabeg man rescuing a canoe from a museum and returning it to the lake it was meant to be with, and on a deeper level, of stealing back the precious parts of us, that were always ours in the first place. The spoken… ⊕
2015, 04:30 minutes, colour
Through a physical investigation of the self, performance and metaphor are utilized to address blood quantum as a colonial notion of authenticity.
2010, 04:15 minutes, colour
This work began in my mouth with my voice and moved down to my feet, and the earth. Writing landscape is a series of images that were created between my body and the land. The finished product consists of three parts. A series of copper plates that were marked up when I wore them on my feet walking over the land, a series of… ⊕
2017, 04:00 minutes, colour
Sablier is a text about place, time and becoming. It is part of The Spirit of the Time / L’esprit du temps, a writing project based on colour. I have used commercially available colour palettes from Benjamin Moore, Ralph Lauren, Behr, Earthpaint, Taubmans, and others as based elements to create a geo-poetry of Sydney but… ⊕
2017, 05:15 minutes, colour
real cadences and a quiet colour is a study of portraiture and gesture. Unbeknownst to the artist and her mother, their feet appear to be choreographed and at times their movements mirror each other in strangely familiar ways.
2016, 03:46 minutes, colour
Dark End of the Street is a music video for the The Hidden Cameras. From the 2016 album Home On Native Land.
2016, 11:02 minutes, colour
forgive me for speaking in my own tongue/to practice the study of breathing combines the two videos: forgive me for speaking in my own tongue (4 minutes and 12 seconds before entering melancholy) and to practice the study of breathing (it seemed to me more than just to speak) as a split screen, single channel video. The artist… ⊕
2016, 04:22 minutes, colour
An image that has lived with the artist for some time now, has been of her and her mother laughing hysterically to the point of tears. When this fleeting image appears, they aren’t sharing the same space. There is a softness to the image – as if the light is shining through them. This imagery invokes the tradition… ⊕
2016, 03:00 minutes, colour
RotoJam3 is a collaboration between animators who rotoscope sections ofa beautifully choreographed dance in order to make a single video that displays a variety of styles and techniques. Animators:Tanziba Awal, Ashley Lo Russo, Steve J. Drumonde, Jamie Sutherland, Nikole Hidalgo, Jill Johnston, Janet Cheung, Alexandra… ⊕
2016, 01:20 minutes, colour
consume repeat #2 is one in a series of short videos exploring the notion of repetition through the isolation of specific gestures. The series focuses on animal interactions with their environments, specifically involving activities surrounding consumption. In consume repeat #2, the subtle violence of the exchange between the… ⊕