Digital Carnival 2019: Fire

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2019 Digital Carnival: Fire, August 30-31, 2019

We acknowledge that this exhibition takes place on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.

Prepare to discover new worlds and encounter the unexpected through a series of avant-garde installations in the heart of Richmond! 

Transforming shipping containers into pop-up galleries, Digital Carnival offers a unique perspective on the complex relationship between art, nature and technology, while contemplating what it means to live in a port city.

With FIRE as the central theme, this year’s exhibition reflects upon the growing intensity of BC forest fires in recent years, the broader environmental concerns it signals, as well as personal and collective strategies for building resilience. 

Featuring a combination of interactive installations, immersive video projections, virtual reality experiences, and more, Digital Carnival is a multimedia extravaganza suitable for all ages! 

This programme is presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Society and guest curated by Wynne Palmer.


Featured Artists Programme

// THE DYSTOPIAN M– USEUM – Nicole Dextras

The Dystopian Museum is a multimedia exhibition with performance elements which examines the environmental impact of wildfires today through the lens of “eco-science-fiction.” Incorporating framed prints, found objects, costume elements and digital media, the project draws upon the Greek myth of Persephone to imagine a future where a young girl is the sole survivor of a destructive wildfire. Using the limited resources available to her, Persephone fashions furniture, clothing, and dolls out of natural and scavenged materials as she waits for spring…


Friday, August 30 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, August 31 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, September 1 to Wednesday, September 4 1:00pm – 5:00pm
(Closed Monday, September 2 for Labour Day)
Thursday, September 5 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, September 6 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Richmond Cultural Centre Atrium & Performance Hall
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC


Nicole Dextras

Nicole Dextras is an award-winning environmental artist working in a multitude of media. Her art practice is based in social interventions and environmental installation, rooting nature to our everyday urban experience. She is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art in Vancouver, BC Canada, where she was a sessional teacher from 2003 to 2013. Dextras has exhibited her work in Canada, the USA and in Asia, and has been featured in publications including Junkies Magazine, Cronica Ambiental, The Royal Academy of Arts Magazine and Art and Ecology Now. She received Future Fabrication for Surface Design Magazine’s Craftivism Award in 2017. Her work has also been featured in the television documentaries Exhibitionists, Carte de Visite, and Chacun Sa Route.


Featured Artist Workshop

Mask-making Workshop with Nicole Dextras and Emily Smith

Use natural materials to create a mask inspired by the artwork of Nicole Dextras, to be featured at the Richmond World Festival!

In this workshop, artists Nicole Dextras and Emily Smith invite you to make your own Persephone-inspired mask from natural and repurposed materials, and capture your creation in the form of an animated GIF. Final digital projects will be shared during Dextras’ exhibition at Digital Carnival on August 30th and 31st at the Richmond Arts Centre as part of the Richmond World Festival.

No previous experience is necessary. Registration fee includes instruction and materials.

Limited to 12 participants. For ages 15+ only.

NOTE: Participants are welcome to bring their own plant material and/or mesh fabric such as tulle or lace to make their project (dried plants are okay). Some knives/cutters provided, but participants are advised to bring their own.

Presented in partnership with:


Saturday, August 17, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

$5.00 Registration Fee  –  Limited to 12 participants.



Digital Carnival Exhibiting Artists Programme


August 30 4:00pm – 10:00pm
August 31 11:00am – 10:00pm

Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC

Alchemist's Elixir - Bagua Artist Association

Alchemist’s Elixir is a sensory experience that references elixir refining in a Chinese alchemical refining furnace. Consisting of video, audio, and immersive space, the work moves towards creating a space that acts as a metaphor for both physical and spiritual cultivation of the self. 

This multimedia participatory work arises from humanity’s ceaseless pursuit of immortality, eternal existence, and attempts to surpass death. Elements of the work refer to both ancient and modern, eastern and western methods of prolonging life and alleviating pain and suffering. The project is an attempt to re-examine the desire for immortality in a new framework and to discuss the parameters and notions of existence.

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Bagua Artist Association

Bagua Artist Association is an artist collective based in Chinatown, on unceded Coast Salish territories. The collective members are Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi, Sean Cao, Yuan Liu, and Xingyue Feng. They are dedicated to experimenting and re-examining variations of Chinese traditional culture, philosophies, mythologies, traditions, customs, and their manifestation in contemporary context through the quotidian and everyday. Social engagement art, participatory and interactive performances are focuses in the practice of the collective.

Transcending Perception - John Desnoyers-Stewart

Transcending Perception is an interactive Virtual Reality (VR) installation that allows participants to collaborate in the creative, improvisational production of multisensory experiences. Upon entering the installation, participants are assigned an instrument and can discover the system’s response through the playful exploration of movement. In doing so, it blurs the boundary between performer and audience, and reminds participants that they are creative, expressive individuals.

Live performances will take place throughout the evening. Performers are Sarah U, Annabelle Wong, Robyn Murray, Kestrel Paton and Charlotte Telfer-Wan.
_Cinevolution Digital Carnival 2019 Richmond World Festival Artist_John Desnoyers-Stewart
John Desnoyers-Stewart

John Desnoyers-Stewart is an engineer, designer, and artist pursuing a PhD in Interactive Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University. His virtual reality installations activate social spaces and build upon reality rather than escape from it. These artworks become performative sites, forming connections and blurring the relationship between viewer and performer.

Sprung - Bridget Fairbank

As a Ceramicist and Fire Tower observer, Bridget Fairbank considers flora, both wild and domestic, as a living witness to human actions. Inspired by Canadian West Coast flora, Sprung is a ceramic installation that reminds us to connect with and protect nature as we are not apart from, but a part of nature. Plants are conduits through which viewers may feel that growth is possible, and Fairbank offers them up as remedies and  recommendations for human survival.

Bridget Fairbank

Bridget Fairbank makes pottery, installation art, and orchestrates happenings- all of which aim for the re-imagining of everyday actions and relations. The handcrafted object is now the subversive object. Her utilitarian items act sometimes as objects of irony, sometimes as objects of intimacy and sometimes as a means to an educational end. A revolution is cooking in the kiln.

Gather/Scatter - Yang Guo

Gather/Scatter utilizes holographic technology to create an all-directional and multi-sensorial experience.The four faces of the hologram correspond with the Chinese symbolic space known as Fengshui (simplified Chinese: 风水). Walking around the hologram, viewers will experience shifting abstract characters (Yuan, simplified Chinese: 缘) and images of hands interacting with each other and nature. The installation will bring the viewer’s reflections on the impermanence of the fast-changing material world and the contemplation of life.

_Cinevolution Digital Carnival 2019 Richmond World Festival Artist_Yang Guo
Yang Guo

Yang Guo is a media artist and digital designer. He obtained an MFA from NSCAD University, an MA from University of the Arts London and a BA from Jiangsu University. His work is primarily digital and combines a wide variety of media (painting, film, photography, and CG). He is fascinated by traditional Chinese arts and culture and strives to integrate this rich and ancient heritage into his own art, including experimentation with visual representations of traditional Chinese music. 

Third Beach - Melany Nugent-Noble and Trent Noble

Third Beach is the first collaborative project between Melany Nugent-Noble and Trent Noble. It combines their individual practices and addresses the ways that they have experienced peripheral impacts of climate change through social and gathering spaces and routine. The project includes a large, virtual campfire and an accompanying hearth that intends to activate the installation space as a community and gathering place, and to enhance a sense of warmth, comfort, and home.

_Cinevolution Digital Carnival 2019 Richmond World Festival Artist_Melany Nugen Noble and Trent Noble

Melany Nugent-Noble

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Melany’s research and practice regularly engages with the political nature of public spaces, texts and speeches, and often takes form as installations and art books.

Trent Noble 

Originally from Whitehorse, YT, Trent is a classically and 3D trained animator. Trent has worked on a diverse range of installations, video and interactive projects across Canada and internationally, including for Stan Douglas (Circa 1948 and Helen Lawrence), the National Film Board of Canada; and the Rockheim Museum (Trondheim, Norway).

Phoenix Rising - Jasmine Sanchez-Ziller

A Phoenix can only rise from fire. 

Phoenix Rising is a project that weaves together video, the artist’s voice, and a soundscape that includes the artist’s own abstract music. The themes are empowerment, resurrection, and resilience, directly relating to the artist’s own life experience as a disabled female. Using a fluid medium, the project aims to immerse the viewers in as many sensory aspects as possible in order to evoke emotional responses as well as personal reflections. 

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Jasmine Sanchez-Ziller

Since the age of 19, Canadian self-taught artist Jasmine Sanchez-Ziller has lived with the debilitating complex chronic illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Before falling ill, Jasmine was a dancer, student, actor, and performer. However, by 2010 her illness had progressed to the point that she was unable to leave her home independently. As someone who had relied on her physicality as a means of self-expression, community, and identity, this loss of a definition was paralyzing. Through a long process of adjustments and experimentation, Jasmine discovered art as the new way to express herself and to communicate with the world. She explores various mediums including fine art portraits and figures as well as poetry/spoken word and musical composition.

Fire Dream - Roberto Santaguida

Fire Dream is an animated film featuring a woman’s reflection on her first encounter with a videotaped record of a traumatic memory involving a bush fire from her youth in California. The film examines the codes of the eye-witness account, and our efforts to find meaning. It inspires us, the viewers, to rethink the relationship between self and memory: Are we conforming our memories to our beliefs about the world, or are our memories shaping how we perceive the world?

_Cinevolution Digital Carnival 2019 Richmond World Festival Artist_Roberto Santaguida
Roberto Santaguida

Since completing his studies in film production at Concordia University, Roberto Santaguida’s films and videos have been shown at more than 300 international festivals. Roberto is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.

Static - Paige Smith

Static is a film that examines the addictive nature of content consumption through both its narrative and installation. Caught in a loop of paralyzing television programs, a girl is finally awoken from her trance only to discover there is no escape from this prison of TVs. The installation includes a small mountain of cathode ray tube televisions, mirroring those that appear in the film. The looping nature of the piece plays into the idea of never being able to escape from the constant stream of content, and the installation mirroring the setting of the film asks viewers to question their own relationship to video content.

_Cinevolution Digital Carnival 2019 Richmond World Festival Artist_Paige Smith
Paige Smith

Paige Smith is a Vancouver based experimental filmmaker that obtained her BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University. She was chosen for the 2018 VIFF Filmmaker Mentorship program, and her films have screened around the world, including at VIFF, MWFF, and the Moonrise Film Festival. Her works are experimental, often dealing with the apparatus of filmmaking. She attempts to push the limits of what filmmaking can look like with a variety of techniques such as long takes, advanced camera movements, or reflexive subject matter. 

Our Partners and Sponsors

An event like this requires support from many quarters. We are thankful to all of the participating artists, supporters and volunteers who give their time and energy to this program so tirelessly.

We also wish to acknowledge the generous support of the BC Arts Council, City of Richmond, IMAPON, Insta-Space Storage, Richmond World Festival, Richmond Art Gallery, and VIVO Media Arts Centre, without which this year’s Digital Carnival would not be possible.

Illustration by: Jenniffer Tai


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