Staff

Vtape’s administrative, creative and technical employees are some of this country’s most knowledgeable in the field of distribution. Vtape staff are practicing artists, bringing with them personal experience in the areas of technology, production, promotion, dissemination and exhibition.

Kate Barry

Submissions and Communications Coordinator

Kate Barry

Kate Barry has been involved in artist run culture since 1998. She an artist and cultural worker investigating the performative capacity of the human body through drawing, video and performance art.  Kate has held positions at aluCine Latin film & media arts festival, Carleton University Art Gallery, Galerie SAW Gallery, and the Western Front. She currently sits on the Board of FADO Performance Art Centre and is Project Coordinator for Caught in the Act Volume 2 edited by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars. Kate holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, and an MFA from the University of Ottawa. She has exhibited or performed works at the National Gallery of Canada, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa), The Rider Project (New York City) and Glad Day Event Space (Toronto). She has also self-produced work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France) and Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada).

info@vtape.org

Natalie Dunlop

Distribution Assistant

Natalie Dunlop

A proud Ojibway First Nations person living in Toronto, Natalie attended York University for three years, majoring in Kinesiology and Psychology, before joining Vtape in June of 2013 as the Distribution Assistant. She is an avid video watcher. Her love of movie-watching began at a young age with her love of Disney classics. She has a particular interest in Aboriginal art and film.

distribution@vtape.org

Chris Gehman

Finance Manager

Chris Gehman

Finance Manager Chris Gehman is a filmmaker, curator, educator and critic. His film Refraction Series (2008) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and won the Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Chris was the Artistic Director of the Images Festival from 2000 to 2004, and has also worked as a programmer for Cinematheque Ontario and the Toronto International Film Festival. As an independent programmer he has organized screenings for venues including Experimenta (Bangalore), B92/Rex Cultural Centre (Belgrade), the Winnipeg Film Group/Manitoba Cinematheque, Image Forum (Tokyo), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Chris was editor of the recent anthology Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists’ Film and Video (LIFT & Images Festival, 2013) and co-editor, with Steve Reinke, of the critical anthology The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (YYZ Books, 2005). He has written on the work of Simone Jones, Philip Hoffman, Janie Geiser, Lindsay Page and John Porter for critical anthologies and exhibition catalogues, and his writings on experimental media have appeared in periodicals such as Millennium Film Journal, Cinema Scope, Take One and Broken Pencil. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of media arts organizations: the Hand Eye Society (2015- ); Images Festival (2006-09); Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (President, 1999-2001); and the Board of Directors/Programming Collective of Pleasure Dome (1994-97).

admin@vtape.org

Brian Kent Gotro

Technical Coordinator

Brian Kent Gotro

Brian Kent Gotro is a digital pixel manipulator…    

Primarily working in installation, single-channel video and web art, he has exhibited in galleries, at festivals, on electronic billboards, and online; Brian’s work activates territory that is sometimes personal… sometimes political, sometimes serious… sometimes comedic.

Currently based in Toronto, he has exhibited in Moscow, Berlin, Hong Kong, Oslo, New York, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, and (in his hometown of) Kelowna, B.C.

 

Parallel to his artistic practice, Brian works extensively within the arts community: along with Vtape, he servers as Board Vice President for ON MAIN Gallery in Vancouver.  Before Toronto he was Head Studio Assistant at Paul Wong Projects (Vancouver) and Lead Digitizer for Activating The Archives at grunt gallery (Vancouver).

tech@vtape.org

Deirdre Logue

Development Director

Deirdre Logue

Deirdre Logue’s film, video and installation works are self-portraits that focus on the psychosomatic and the body as material. Deirdre’s most notable projects to date include Enlightened Nonsense, a series of ten short performance films about repetition; the twelve-channel self-portrait Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes; the continuous counting project Rough Count; and, most recently, the multi-work, multi-channel installation Id’s Its.

Solo exhibitions of her work have taken place at Plug In (Winnipeg, MB), Open Space (Victoria, BC), the Berlin International Film Festival, Oakville Galleries, YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto), the Images Festival (Toronto) – where she won both Best Installation and Best of the Festival awards – Beyond/In Western New York, Art Star (Ottawa) and articule (Montréal). Group exhibitions include Traumatic Landscapes at the Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax), Achtung Baby at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (Buenos Aires), Material Girls (Regina) and The F Word at Western Front (Vancouver). Her work has also been featured at several recent national and international events, including Double Vision at the BFI (London), Live Film: Jack Smith!! at Kino Arsenal (Berlin), and CUE as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver.

Deirdre has also spent most of her professional life working on behalf of media artists by organizing independent film and video festivals and participating in the ongoing dialogue on the future of cultural production, film and video exhibition and distribution. She was a founding member of the Media City in Windsor, Executive Director of the Images Festival (1995-1999), and Executive Director of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (2001-2006) before coming to Vtape in 2006. She was also the Vice-President of CARFAC National (2009-2014), and Co-Founder of the Feminist Art Gallery (with Allyson Mitchell, Toronto).

deirdrel@vtape.org

Kristie MacDonald

Archival Consultant

Kristie MacDonald

Kristie MacDonald is a visual artist, archivist and writer who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a BFA from York University specializing in Visual Arts, and an MI from the University of Toronto specializing in Archival Studies. Her art practice incorporates elements of sculpture, print media, photography and installation. She has recently exhibited her work at the International Print Centre New York, Gallery 44, Xpace Cultural Centre, and Open Studio Gallery.

As an archivist, MacDonald specializes in the areas of media perseveration and collections management. Her research and writing is currently focused on media art preservation and archives within artist-run centres. She has been invited to speak on these topics by art centres and conferences across the country including Grunt Gallery, the Association of Canadian Archivists, and the Independent Media Arts Alliance. In addition to her work at Vtape MacDonald has recently worked with the collections of CARFAC Ontario, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, and SAW Media Art Centre.

collections@vtape.org

Erik Martinson

European Correspondent

Erik Martinson

Erik Martinson is an artist and curator who has worked with Vtape since 2005. He is an independent curator, and was a member of the Pleasure Dome curatorial collective from 2006-2014; in addition, he has curated programs for Art Star 3: Video Art Biennale at SAW Gallery; Vtape’s Curatorial Incubator (2009); the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (2010, 2011); the Images Festival (2012); A Space Gallery (2012); and the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2013). He is currently working toward an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths College, London. While abroad, Erik will be Vtape’s European Correspondent.

Lisa Steele

Founder, Artistic Director

Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele works in video, photography, film and performance as well as writing and curating on video and media arts. Steele’s videotapes have been extensively exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues including the Venice Biennale (1980), the Kunsthalle (Basel), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Canada, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Long Beach Museum. Her videotapes are in many collections, among them: the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Museum of Contemporary Art (Houston, Texas); Ingrid Oppenheim; Newcastle Polytechnic (England); Paulo Cardazzo (Milan); the Canadian Embassy (Tokyo); and the Akademie der Kunst (Berlin).

Since 1983, Steele has worked exclusively in collaboration with Kim Tomczak, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works. They have received numerous grants and awards, including the Bell Canada Prize for Excellence in Video Art, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Peter Herndorff Award for Media Arts through the Toronto Arts Awards, and, in 2005, a Governor-General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts. They have been awarded two public art commissions, one for an outdoor screen at Toronto’s Dundas Square, and Watertable, a light installation that marks the original shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Steele is a co-founder of Vtape and teaches at the University of Toronto, where she is the Director of the Visual Studies program in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Steele and Tomczak were awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in 2009.

lisas@vtape.org

Kim Tomczak

Founder, Restoration and Collections Management Director

Kim Tomczak

Kim Tomczak is a multidisciplinary artist primarily known for his work in performance, photography, and video. Born in Victoria, BC in 1952, he graduated with honours from the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design) in 1975. His work has been shown extensively both nationally and internationally, at venues including the Paris Biennale; the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris); the Video Biennale (Vienna) – where he received first prize for a tape co-produced with Lisa Steele – as well as the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal; Documenta 8 (Kassel, Germany); and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). His work is in many collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), and Oakville Galleries.

Since 1983, Tomczak has worked exclusively in collaboration with Lisa Steele, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works. They have received numerous grants and awards, including the Bell Canada Award in Video Art, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Peter Herndorff Award for Media Arts through the Toronto Arts Awards, and, in 2005, a Governor-General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual and Media Arts. They have been awarded two public art commissions, one for an outdoor screen at Toronto’s Dundas Square, and Watertable, a light installation that marks the original shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Recent exhibitions of their video and photo/text works include a major survey at the Wharf Centre d’art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie, and group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), Le Mois de la Photo (Montréal), and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Future Projections series. An exhibition of their newest installation work, The Long Time: the 21st Century Work of Steele + Tomczak, curated by Paul Wong, was exhibited in Vancouver in 2012 and tours other Canadian centres in 2013-14.

Tomczak is a co-founder of Vtape and teaches at the University of Toronto in the Visual Studies program, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Steele and Tomczak were awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in 2009.

kimt@vtape.org

Wanda vanderStoop

Distribution Director

Wanda vanderStoop

As Distribution Director, Wanda vanderStoop provides continuing support to all of Vtape’s 1,000-plus artists (representing more than 5,000 titles) when marketing their independent projects, acting as a liaison between the artists and museums, festivals, broadcasters, educational institutions, and mobile media platforms by promoting screenings and sales of artists’ independent productions.

Representing Vtape and its artists at international festivals as panelist and presenter/curator, Wanda participates in markets such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, LOOP Barcelona, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, and many others. She brings with her a dynamic cross-section of independent Canadian programs, focused on reaching out to international markets and creating greater exposure for Canadian video art.

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Image Arts New Media program, Wanda has worked with a number of arts organizations, participating on boards of directors and programming committees, festival juries and has provided programming and consultation for many others. Wanda is a member of the international DINAMO Distribution Network, an international alliance of non-profit distributors. She is a committed advocate for artist’s rights and fees and contributes to the policy consultation process on changing methods of dissemination in tape and digital media.

wandav@vtape.org