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The Team

CFAT Discoverability Project Team

Founded in 1979 The Centre for Art Tapes is a not for profit artist-run, charitable, organization that facilitates and supports artists at all levels working with electronic media including video, audio, and new media.

Tori Fleming, Executive Director

Tori Fleming is an artist, programmer and curator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Tori’s practice includes installation, and animation. Her works have exhibited in Nuit Blanche Toronto, Art in the Open PEI, the Halifax Independent Film Festival, the Bus Stop Theater, the Khyber Centre for the Arts and more. She has been awarded multiple grants and awards including the Starfish Properties Award for Film, the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative Celluloid Grant, and an Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a certificate in International Curation from the Berlin based Node Centre.
 
Fleming’s curatorial work focuses on media arts, often centering on the space between media art and filmmaking. Fleming is currently the Executive Director at the Centre for Art Tapes, a Media Arts based artist-run centre in North End Halifax. Through her independent curatorial practice, Fleming has recently worked with the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nocturne Art at Night Festival, and the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival. Fleming has worked to promote the status of the artist and Canadian cultural institutions through volunteer work as a director on the boards of advocacy groups including Halifax Ink, a Nova Scotia based artists publication non-profit, as the Atlantic Canadian Representative for the Artist-Run Centre Association of Canada and as the Atlantic Canadian Representative for the Independent Media Arts Alliance of Canada.

Jesse Mitchell, Project Coordinator

Jesse Mitchell is a media artist with a fine art BFA from NSCAD University. He has professional predictor experience from a number of respected galleries and institutions such as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Jesse is currently the Programming Coordinator at the Centre for Art Tapes, where he employs his invaluable skill set in electronics and new media to educate and empower an eclectic group of Nova Scotian media artists.

Patricia Boushel, Researcher

Patricia is a cultural producer, researcher and activist translator from Montréal. Her work has unfolded in varied and hybrid orientations as producer and researcher in documentary film both independently and for the NFB, producer for POP Montreal International Music Festival, artist manager, arts organization director, and community organizer, notably as an activist translator and language educator. She sits on three boards: as Vice President at ARTEXTE, and as administrator at both Innovations en concert and Voie Boréale/True North Insight, where she has coordinated the prison meditation program. She finds joy and solace in the practice of compassion in challenging situations, spirited militancy and conversations that go deep and take time.

Seamus Gallagher, Production and Membership Services Coordinator

Séamus Gallagher is a non-binary media artist originally from Moncton, New Brunswick and currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They often work in photography and virtual reality, focusing on queer culture through the use of computer technologies. They are a recent NSCAD University graduate with a double major in Photography and Expanded Media (BFA 2019). Their work has shown in exhibitions and festivals across Canada, as well as in Los Angeles, and Switzerland.

Riss Sean Cruz, Production Coordinator

Marissa Sean Cruz is a digital multimedia and video performance artist from Kjipuktuk (so-called Halifax). Cruz’s topics of interest are related to labour, power and surveillance as seen through digital platforms and pop culture. Their experimental videos comprise found footage, 3D modelling, sound design and costumed performances to look at value systems with critical sensibility. These satirical works aim to capture a fast-paced contemporary present and envision possible, liberatory futures.

To view CFAT’s current team visit: https://www.cfat.ca/about/

AMS Network & FAVA

AMS-Network is an all-in-one cloud-based digital arts management system and administrative tool for member-based artist-run centres developed by The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA). It’s been the backbone of FAVA operations now for over 12 years, and today we are sharing this amazing software with our peers across Canada.

Cam Restrepo, AMS-Network, Chief Product Officer

With more than 10 years as a Digital Innovation Advisor. Camilo has acquired a very specific set of skills and experiences that inform his broad perspective on IT project management and product development at a very high level. An entrepreneur by nature and a firm believer in the idea that success only comes through research and experimentation, he has successfully completed digital transformation initiatives in both, non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Dave Cunningham, AMS-Network, Partner Liaison & Development 

Mr. Cunningham has been a Filmmaker and Arts Administrator for over 40 years. He is a founding member of the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta as well as one of the original progenitors of the AMS-Network. During his past tenure as Executive Director, he spearheaded such initiatives as FAVA FEST. FILM REEL, AMS-Network, the Gotta Minute Film Festival and FAVA TV. He has decades of arts admin experience and a history of bringing new and progressive projects and programs into existence.

Andrew Scholotiuk, AMS-Network, Senior Project Consultant

Andrew Scholotiuk is a media producer with over 15 years of experience in formats ranging from commercials and documentaries to multiple feature films. He is also a founding member of the original AMS-Network development team.

Serene Yew, Pixel Tree

Entrepreneur and founder of Pixeltree Inc., co-founder of LocalShops.com, and a lead organizer of both YYC Dev and YYC.js, Serene Yew combines her vision of empathy-based leadership with value-focused software development. An experienced innovator and problem solver, Serene collaborates with startup founders, business pioneers, and software developer talent across multiple business domains. As a passionate believer in community and capacity building, she launched Calgary’s YYC Hacks hackathon series in 2022, which brings together local developers to create projects that focus on city challenges and opportunities.

Jay Bhagwan Singh, Senior Developer

Jay is a web developer focused on PHP, WordPress, and Laravel development. He is skilled in building custom HTML to create fully responsive WordPress themes and plugins for WordPress, extending their functionality to meet client requirements. Jay has in-depth knowledge of the Laravel framework, including database migrations, RESTful API development, and implementing MVC architecture.

Kyle Tobiasson, AMS-Network, Marketing & Communications

Kyle is a marketing professional and filmmaker from Edmonton, Alberta. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from MacEwan University and an unrelenting need to create and contribute to the arts. Kyle brings experience in SEO and WordPress tools as well as proven communication skills through multiple online platforms.

Clea Karst, AMS-Network, Communications & Outreach Assistant

Clea Karst works as the Communications and Outreach Assistant with AMS. As a recent Art & Design graduate, her passion for new technology, web design, branding and digital art finds a practical application in her role, where she contributes to the development and execution of effective communication strategies.

Project Advisory

The purpose of the Advisory Committee was to support our organisation and this project’s sub-contractors in ensuring that we had the knowledge and oversight to carry out this project with the necessary thoughtfulness and consideration. This committee was built from representatives of National Arts Service Organisations, project partners and CFAT. This committee supported our ability to maintain a national reach through all phases of the project by providing advice, resources and access to a broader network; and enabled this project to move ahead in a way that was coordinated with similar projects. Fundamentally, this committee provided direction on the vision of the tool that we were developing and evaluated the success of each phase as the project moved forward. 

The Advisory Committee would meet through conferencing or video chat on a bi-monthly basis to receive project updates and provide feedback to project contractors. At the conclusion of a phase, the committee would meet to conduct a post-mortem to evaluate the success of the phase and provide go/no-go feedback on advancing to the next phase. Committee members were expected to spend 1-2 hours per month reviewing emailed updates and responding to emails.

Anne Bertrand, Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) – Executive Director

Lindsay Ann Cory, Nocturne Halifax – Executive Director

Dave Cunningham, The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta – Executive Director

Jesse Mitchell, The Centre for Arts Tape – Programming Coordinator

Emmanuel Madan, Independent Media Arts Alliance – Executive Director

Andrew Scholotiuk, The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta – AMS Development