PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival

Get to know Calgary’s amazing media art scene at this innovative celebration

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Full of innovative works and amazing examples of creativity, PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival returns for its fourth year with a stellar lineup.

Presented by EMMEDIA, this unique three-day festival celebrates the critical innovation and creativity present in the media arts community. An art form that by its very nature is always evolving, this festival highlights the integration of ever-changing technological processes.

This year’s festival includes screenings, installations, and live performances by local, national, and international artists:

We Dream in Glitches

February 1, 2018, 7:30pm
EMMEDIA Screening Room (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Featuring works by Charlotte Clermont, Nikita Diakur, Zachary Finkelstein, Rakel Jonsdottir, Kendra Lohr, Alice Saey, Aristo Vopenka, and Taryn Ward, this screening explores isolated landscapes of visual spectacles, both nostalgic and strange.

Channeling the Digital

February 2, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00pm
EMMEDIA Screening Room (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

A talk with Lauren Marsden, co-curator of the exhibition The Channelers and Editor-in-Chief of Decoy Magazine, the evening focuses on the alternative economies of digital art and the collective platform that inspired the exhibition.

The Channelers

February 2 – March 3, 2018
EMMEDIA Gallery (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

A group exhibition curated by Lauren Marsden and Maria Fedorova, and featuring works by Jeremy Bailey, Philip Huang, Lorna Mills, Yoshi Sodeoka, Sydney Southam, and Rodell Warner, don’t miss this physical extension of Decoy Magazine’s ongoing series of digital art commissions, Bcc:. Showcasing six artists who employ everyday digital materials and platforms such as Instagram, animated GIFs, YouTube videos, memes, banner ads, and online archives as channels for artistic expression, check out the show at its opening reception from 7:00 to 10:00pm on February 2, 2018.

Sounding Objects: Intro to Electromagnetics

February 3, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00pm
EMMEDIA Screening Room (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Get to know some of the basic concepts of electromagnetics at this workshop with Martín Rodríguez. Using a hands-on approach, learn fundamental knowledge around electronics and how it relates to sound while experimenting with various electromagnetic devices such as piezos, speakers, and transducers. Limited seats are available—register with

PARTICLE + WAVE: Feature Night

February 3, 2018, 8:30 – 10:30pm
Festival Hall (1215 10th Ave. SE)
$15 – $20

Get a taste of what this festival has to offer with performances by Aran Wilkinson-Blanc and Sabrina Naz, Martín Rodríguez, and Matthew Waddell and Craig Fahner. There’s even an interactive installation by Mat Lindenberg to check out at this fun evening full of great programming.

PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival runs February 1 to 3, 2018 at venues around Calgary. Visit for the full schedule.