June Public Programming

Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to invite you to a number of off-site programming initiatives this week including an artist talk by current exhibiting artist, Stephen Kelly; the second screening of Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival; and an experimental performance by Erin Gee created specifically for the Hamilton Children’s Choir at McMaster University’s LIVElab.


Stephen Kelly
Artist Talk and Catalogue Launch Co-Presented with the Hamilton Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee at Mills Hardware, Thursday, June 23, 7:00 pm


On Thursday June 23, the Hamilton Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee and Hamilton Artists Inc. welcome Hamilton born and Halifax-based artist, Stephen Kelly to Mills Hardware in downtown Hamilton as the fifth speaker in the Echo Artist Talks series. Stephen’s solo exhibition, Open Ended Ensemble (Competitive Coevolution) is currently on view at Hamilton Artists Inc. from June 18-August 13, 2016. This evening will also mark the publication launch of the exhibition, featuring a critical essay by Donna Szoke.

Stephen Kelly is an artist, computer programmer, and musician living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has exhibited and participated in residency programs both nationally and internationally. His work incorporates sound, electronics, and other media in the creation of thematically diverse, often complex systems of cultural exploration. Stephen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design as well as a Master of Computer Science degree from Dalhousie University, where he is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Computer Science. He plans to continue crossing art and science within public installations and ongoing research projects in Machine Learning.

For more information about Stephen Kelly’s current exhibition at Hamilton Artists Inc., please click HERE.

Echo Artist Talks is a project of the Hamilton Arts Council Visual Arts Committee that provides a forum for both local and visiting artists exhibiting in Hamilton galleries to share their experiences with the local community. Hosted monthly at Mills Hardware in downtown Hamilton, each talk includes a Q&A session and opportunity for informal networking before and after the talk with a cash bar available on site. Doors open at 7:00 in advance of the start of the artist’s talk at 7:30.

Admission to all Echo Artist Talks is free to the general public thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Incite Foundation for the Arts.


Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival: Screening 2

When: June 23, 9:30 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden

Photophobia is the 10th annual festival of short-format contemporary media, film, video and moving image hosted in partnership between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. Established in 1999, Photophobia was Hamilton’s first film and video festival dedicated to the development of experimental time-based media at a time when there were no such platforms in the Hamilton community. Not confined by restrictions or themes, Photophobia is a free, two-part screening series presented under the cover of night. The first screening of Photophobia 10 was presented June 4,  in Hamilton Artists Inc.’s ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. The second screening will be presented this Thursday, June 23, at 9:30 pm in the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden (123 King St. W., Hamilton, ON).

Lee Skinner
(Hamilton, ON) , Primordial Radiance, 2011. (4:50)
Julia Huynh (Toronto, ON), The Múa Lân Are Coming. 2016. (2:01)

Hamilton Babylon
Founded as a student filmmaker society at McMaster University in 1966, the McMaster Film Board and the City of Hamilton soon became a symbolic battleground for the future (and the soul) of the Canadian film industry. Screening in conjunction with the launch of Stephen Broomer’s new book Hamilton Babylon: A History of the McMaster Film Board (University of Toronto Press), this program of short films spotlights a pivotal moment in our local and national film history.

John Hofsess (Hamilton, ON), Palace of Pleasure, 1967. (38:17)
Peter Rowe (Hamilton, ON), Buffalo Airport Visions, 1967 (19:31)
Robert Arlington (Hamilton, ON), …and Dionysius died, 1968. (8:07)
Eugene Levy (Hamilton, ON), Garbage, 1969. (5:05)


Songs for Seven Bodies
Erin Gee, Daniel Áñez and the Hamilton Children’s Choir

When: Saturday, June 25, 2:00 pm
Where: McMaster University’s LIVELab
(1280 Main Street W., Hamilton. Located in the Psychology Building [#34] on the McMaster University Campus. Detailed directions, including parking can be found HERE)

In partnership with the Hamilton Children’s Choir and McMaster University’s LIVELab, Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present Songs for Seven Bodies, an improvisational, interdisciplinary performance by Montreal based artist, Erin Gee created specifically for the Hamilton Children’s Choir and acclaimed pianist, Daniel Áñez.

Over the course of a one-week residency with the Hamiton Children’s Choir at McMaster University’s LIVELab, Erin Gee has been invited to explore the potential of combining her ongoing research into physiological markers of emotion within a choral setting.  The opportunity to work with multiple musical subjects opens up possibilities to explore the sonic potential of group empathy, to witness biosynchronization, and also to use the human body’s shifting rhythms as a source of musical organization. The composition includes sections that highlight the body, vocal “games,” as well as more traditional compositional melodies.

In this performance created specifically for the Hamilton Children’s Choir, Gee explores biosensor technologies relative to the activities of the heart and sweat glands. Gee’s musical compositions will be overlaid with the sounds of her newly created “BioSynth” synthesizers, controlled exclusively by the biorhythms of the choristers bodies.  The rhythms of the sensors are used both as drivers of the synthesizers as well as guide elements of choral play within the score.

The program will be comprised of two performances: 

Part one:
Pianist Daniel Àñez will perform a Solo presentation of works, Viva Voce (2016) by Graciela Paraskevaídis (Argentina/ Uruguay, 1940).  Àñez specifically selected works by this composer for their meditative, contemplative qualities that have a particular emotional resonance.

Part two:
Songs for Seven Bodies: A presentation of a new improvisational, interdisciplinary performance created specifically for the Hamilton Children’s Choir, directed by Erin Gee. Piano accompaniment by Daniel Àñez and custom synthesizers by Erin Gee.

Erin Gee is a Canadian artist whose work primarily explores digital culture through the metaphors of human voices in electronic bodies. Working in video, performance, robotics and audio art, Gee has exhibited most recently at Hamilton Artists Inc. (2016), University of Toronto Art Center (2015), Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2015), Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal (2015), Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters, Montreal (2014), and Nuit Blanche Calgary (2014).

For more information on Erin Gee’s recent solo exhibition at Hamilton Artists Inc. please visit:

Daniel Áñez García, Colombian pianist born in 1982, is a Doctorate graduate from the University of Montreal.  His doctoral thesis deals with non-discursivity in the piano works of Argentine composers Eduardo Bértola, Mariano Etkin and Graciela Paraskevaídis.  He specializes in Latin-American contemporary repertoire, which he has performed throughout the Americas.  He obtained 1st prize in the 3rd International Piano Competition Maria Clara Cullell in San José de Costa Rica.

The Hamilton Children’s Choir makes a difference in the lives of children and youth within the greater Hamilton community by providing children and youth with exceptional choral music instruction and performance opportunities that foster creativity, personal development and social growth.

Located within the McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind (MIMM), the LIVELab is a 106 seat research-based performance theatre and testing centre. The LIVELab is committed to developing a world-class facility for the scientific study of music, sound, and movement and their importance in human development and human health.

This project is made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


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