In 2021, Cinevolution started the initiative of researching, developing and piloting an Accessible Online Media Art Presentation Platform through Digital Carnival Z, the first of Cinevolution’s flagship events to be presented in a hybrid format. This research project is an ongoing initiative that will not only support media artists and presenters by facilitating the presentation of their work to diverse audiences, and improve access to media arts for the disability community as a sorely underserved art audience but begin to establish an alternative model for inclusive, interactive online presentations in the media arts sector and beyond. Cinevolution is currently working to compile our experiences and lessons learned into a research report and toolkit that outline accessible practices in online media art presentations. Both the report and toolkit will be made available on our website and also as a part of two Digital Access Roundtables in early 2022.
Led by Elisa Yon and Janet Wang, this community-driven commemorative mural and storytelling project honours the unsung contributions and legacies of the women who have helped shape Vancouver’s Chinatown and the history of the Chinese Canadian community. Five years after Underwater Chinatown, the Suzhou Alley Women’s Mural project continues our creative exploration of “Chinatown” through undiscovered stories told by voices that too often go unheard. The project began in early 2020, with an in-depth artist and community engagement process. To ensure that the mural will reflect the diverse voices and stories of Vancouver’s Chinatown, the artist team reached out through online surveys and hosted a number of workshops, community conversations and participatory art activities. The project will culminate in the creation of a 100ft long x 12ft high commemorative multi-section mural in Suzhou Alley in Summer 2022, as well as the creation of an interactive website and online educational toolkit.
A multimedia, multidisciplinary theatre production created by artist Kagan Goh, Surviving Samsara is a deeply personal story that traces Kagan’s struggles with manic depression. Drawing on a collection of poems and short stories written over a period of 20 years, Surviving Samsara offers intimate insights into an ‘insider’s’ experience of madness as a survivor and traces Kagan’s journey towards recovery, acceptance and unconditional self-love. The project seeks to expose the damaging effects of the stigma on mental illness, and explore manic depression not only as a disorder, but as a spiritual emergence – a vehicle for personal growth, healing and transcendence.
Initially conceived as a multimedia, multidisciplinary theatre production, the work has evolved to include several performance readings, a short film The Day My Cat Saved My Life (2020) and, most recently, a memoir published by Caitlin Press. This project is co-produced by Cinevolution Media Arts Society and Theatre Terrific, with generous support from many quarters.