Donna Szoke

Faculty of Humanities




Donna Szoke

Assistant Professor

Office: GLN 278

Telephone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 4116

E-mail:dszoke@brocku.ca 

Donna Szoke is a media artist from Winnipeg, MB. Her practice includes video, animation, writing, installation, experimental collaboration, drawing and printmaking. Her work exhibits in public art, interactive video installation, outdoor site-specific video installation, film festivals and galleries. Her ideas investigate immanence, encounter, failure, haptic perception and non-visual knowledge in moving images. Her work has shown in Canada, US, France, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Cuba and Turkey. She has received numerous research awards and grants for her work, including SSHRC, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. She holds a BA in Theatre and Writing, a BFA in Visual Art and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art (Simon Fraser University). Donna Szoke is an Assistant Professor in Visual Art at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON.
www.donnaszoke.com

RESEARCH EXPERTISE
Video art; Experimental animation; Site-responsive public art; Haptic cinema; Creative writing for video; Installation art. 

RESEARCH AWARDS & GRANTS
2013 Canada Council, Media Arts, Travel Grant ($1500)
2013 Brock U, Experience Works, Media Art Research Assistant Wage Subsidy, ($3680)
2013 BUAF/BSIG Research Seed Grant, Brock U, Research Services ($3288)
2013 BUAF/BSIG Special Purpose Grant, International Travel, Brock U, Research Services ($970)
2013 ORS Fed. Indirect Funds Grant, Brock U (with J Bridge & D MacDonald) ($4500)
2013 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, Art Souterrain/Nuit Blanche Montreal, ($1000)
2013 HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($1800)
2012 Dean’s Travel Grant, UAAC, November, Brock University ($650)
2012 HERE, Locative Media Commission, Site-specific animation, Niagara Cultural Capital Fund ($2000)
2012 Canada Council, Media Arts Project Commission for NAC / Quest ($1400)
2012 Canada Council, Media Arts, Travel Grant ($1000)
2011 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, CRAM 2012 Solo Show, Fall ($500)
2011 Brock University, Humanities Research Institute, Research Award, (SSHRC 4A) ($1600)
2011 City of Vancouver Public Art Program, Platforms Video Commission ($8000)
2011 Brock U, ORS Fed. Indirect Funds Grant (with D MacDonald) ($8,000)
2011 Brock U, Experience Works, Research Assistant Wage Subsidy, ($2700)
2010 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, Site-specific Video Installation, off-site, Fall ($500)
2009 B.C. Arts Council Production Grant, Video, Fall ($10,000)
2009 Brock U, ORS Fed. Indirect Funds Grant (with J Bridge & D MacDonald) ($40,000)
2008 Erasga Dance Co., Video Art Commission: Paradis/Paradise ($10,000)
2007 SFU, MFA Candidate Project Grant, Spring ($1000)
2006 SFU University Service Award, Summer & Spring, ($250 each)
2006 SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, MFA Research, ($17,500)
2006 B.C. Arts Council, Scholarship, Fall ($3100)
2006 Canada Council Travel Grant, Media Arts, June ($1000)
2006 Canada Council Travel Grant, Media Arts, May ($500)
2006 SFU, MFA Candidate Travel Grant, Spring ($450)
2006 SFU, MFA Candidate Project Grant, Spring ($500)
2005 B.C. Arts Council, Scholarship, Fall ($3500)
2005 SFU, MFA Fellowship, Fall ($6000)
2005 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Scholarship, Summer ($2500)
2004 Canada Council, Media Arts Commission Program, for Orchid Ensemble, ($44,000)
2003 Curatorial research stipend, Artropolis ($3000)
2001 B.C. Arts Council Production Grant (Video), Spring ($2500)
2001 Canada Council Travel Grant, Media Arts Sector (France), Spring 2001 ($1000)
1999 Dean’s List, Capilano College, Art Institute, Diploma (Sculpture/Foundry)
1999 B.C. Arts Council, Professional Development Award, Fall ($3500)
1998 Dean’s List, B.F.A. Honours, (Visual Art) Simon Fraser University
1998 Helen Pitt Award (Spring) ($1000)
1996-8 SFU F.W. Sullivan Award, 1998 (Summer), 1997 (Summer), 1996 (Spring) ($500 each)
1996-8 SFU Alumni Scholarship, 1998 (Spring), 1997 (Fall & Spring), 1996 (Fall & Spring) ($500 each)
1995-6 SFU University Service Award, 1996 (Fall), 1996 (Summer & Spring), 1995 (Fall) ($250 each)
1993 absinthe magazine, Crowsnest Pass Writers’ Retreat ($2000)
1993 Manitoba Art Council, Writers’ Professional Development Grant ($1000)
1993 Manitoba Motion Picture Awards, Five-Year Honour: Best Costume Design of 1988-1993
1992 Dean’s List, B.A. Honours (Theatre / Creative Writing) University of Winnipeg
1991 Atlantic Film Festival, Archangel, Best Costume Design
1989 Atlantic Film Festival, Tales From The Gimli Hospital, Best Makeup F/X's
1989 Berlin Film Festival, Tales From The Gimli Hospital, Honorable Mention (Design)

 

EXHBITIONS - SITE RESPONSIVE PUBLIC ART
2012 Alfred Waits. HERE, Locative Media Commission, Site-specific animation, Niagara Cultural Capital Fund
2011 Light of Day. Canada Council, Media Arts Project Commission (Niagara Artists Centre)
2011 Canoe. City of Vancouver Public Art Program, “Platforms 125”
2010 Off-site Site-specific video installation, St. James & Paul Street, St. Catharines, March 28 – April 3

EXHIBITIONS – SOLO
2012 and all watched over by machines of loving grace CRAM Gallery, St. Catharines ON, April 27 - May 22
2012 and all watched over by machines of loving grace. Plug In ICA, Gallery 3, Winnipeg, MB, Jan 28 - March 25
2009 The subtitle series. Brock Centre for the Arts, Brock University, Jan 7 - Jan 29
2006 reasonable & senseless, Video Pool, Winnipeg, MB, November 10 - December 8
2005 The Road to Kashgar, (c-prints), Roundhouse, Vancouver, Sept. 10 – 24
2005 Road to Kashgar Media art concert, Roundhouse, Vancouver (CCA, Media Arts Commission Program), Sept 16
2004 buried treasure Burnout Residency Finissage, Alternator, Kelowna BC, October 24
2003 galatea loop, Galerie Du Nouvelle Ontario, Sudbury, ON. Feb 27 - April 5
2002 galatea loop, Capilano College Library, North Vancouver

EXHIBITIONS - TWO PERSON
2013 and all watched over by machines of loving grace, Centre 3, Hamilton, ON, Sept 6 – October 19
2008 reasonable & senseless, (with R. McDonald) Richmond Art Gallery, Jan. 18 - Feb 28
2002 fleshy, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, (with Terri Foster) June 23 - July 18
2001 flesh, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC, (with Ben Neilsen) April 27 - May 31

EXHIBITIONS - GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Cyber Insecurities, Washington Project for the Arts (Curator Lisa Moren), August 30 – Sept 27
2013 European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, April 24 – May 26
2013 In the Soil, St. Catharines, April 26-28
2013 Quest Health Centre, CC Media Arts Project Commission for Niagara Artist Centre, March 19 launch
2013 Art Souterrain, Montreal, March 2-17
2013 Nuit Blanche, Montreal, March 2
2013 CT-International Print Biennale, Galeria Luz y oficios, Havana, Cuba, February 15 - March 15
2012 Emblemata, St. Catharines Public Art Committee, Inaugural Exhibition:Centennial Gardens, Oct – Dec
2012 CT-International Print Biennale Taller Cultural Centre, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Dec 18 – January 5
2012 Whispers and Rages, a Can-Am Exhibition, 164 Allen Street, Buffalo NY, Oct 5 (First Friday Event)
2012 Niagara Night of Art, St. Catharines ON, Sept 15
2012 City of Vancouver Public Art Program, Platforms Video Commission, Robson + Granville videoboard, Aug – Sept
2011 Medium_Massage_2.0, Curated by Year01, Contact Gallery, TO (+ online), Nov 5 - Dec 3
2011 City of Vancouver Public Art Program, Platforms Video Commission, CBC Vancouver videoboard, July 11 – Oct. 2
2011 Small Feats, Niagara Artist Run Centre, St. Catharines ON, April 2
2008 Vizivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2007 Show + Tell, Gallery 1C03, U of Winnipeg, Sept. 7 - Nov 2
2007 Congress Centre, Balatonfured, Hungary, August 7 - September 7
2007 Connexus, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Jan 19 - March 25
2006 Transmedia: media art in public urban space, Curated by Year Zero One, Yonge-Dundas Square, TO, Jan 1-31
2006 EXIT, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, May 11 - June 10
2006 mini rock collection, Alexander Studio, SFU, May 26 – 28
2005 reasonable & senseless, Surrey Art Gallery, May 21 - July 10
2001 Artropolis ‘01, CBC Studios, Vancouver, BC, Erosion, April 7 – 28
2001 Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania, Snapshot, Feb 14 – Jun
2001 Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Snapshot, Nov 2 - Jan 14
1999 Or Gallery (Vancouver), Helen Pitt Awards: 1996 - 98, July 2 - July 31
1999 Moonbase Gallery (Vancouver), Late Bloomers: A Panty Show, June 25 - July 18
1999 Community Art Council (Van.) Hooked: A Group Show About Fish, June 1- July 3
1999 Community Art Council (Vancouver), A Show of Hands, March 4 - April 3
1998 U. Western Washington, North of 49: Six Vancouver Artists, June 30 - July 20
1998 Community Art Council (Vancouver), One Hundred Fingers: April 21 - May 9
1998 SFU Alexander Studio, One Hundred Fingers: Graduation Show, April 24 - May 9
1997 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby), Negotiations, February 22 - July 6

ARTISTS’ RESIDENCIES, ART LABS & MENTORSHIPS
2013 C3 Print Residency, Hamilton, ON, May 1-June 15
2012 Art Lab: Actionable Image: Agency of Image, Performance Body, Apparatus of Spectating. Zagreb, March 15-17
2012 Canada Council, Media Arts Project Commission for NAC / Quest, Mid-career mentoring artist
2008 Blérancourt Dance and Music Centre, Blérancourt France Residency, Jan 26 to Feb 2, 2008
2007 Hungarian Multicultural Centre Residency, Csopak, Hungary, June 18 – July 11
2005 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Sound and Vision Residency, May 23 – July 1
2004 Burnout Residency, Alternator, Kelowna BC, Oct 1-24

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Book Contributions:
2013 “and all watched over by machines of loving grace.” Eds. Alfred Rotert, Hermann Nöring, Ralf Sausmikat. (Osnabrück; European Media Art Festival, 2013).
2012 “Maiden Name.” in Trunk Vol 2: BLOOD. ed. Meredith Jones and Suzanne Boccalatte, (Sydney :University of Technology, 2012).

Journals:
2009 “bad person.” Brock Review Vol 10, No 2 (2009) Madness Manifest.
2009 “buried treasure.” Brock Review Vol 10, No 2 (2009) Madness Manifest.
2008 “yarn.” Precipice: A Literary Journal. Vol 15 No 1, (2008)
2005 Body, Space & Technology Journal (Brunel University, West London), Vol. 5 No 2,
<http://people.brunel.ac.uk/bst/vol05/index.html> (see Perspectives: Donna Szoke)

PAPERS DELIVERED
2012 Brock University, HRI Symposium: From Ports to Portals, “Reasonable & Senseless: Articulating an Emergent Process”, December 13
2012 Universities Art Association Conference, “Reasonable & Senseless: Articulating an Emergent Process“ Nov 2
2012 Histrionics for Cultural Preservation Conference, “Invisible Histories” U of Buffalo, Oct 6
2012 Actionable Image: Agency of Image, Performance, Apparatus of Spectating. Zagreb, Croatia, March 15-17

REVIEWS 

2013 Cronin, Keri, “Animal Histories in Contemporary Media Art” Our Hen House <http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2013/05/animal-histories-in-contemporary-media-art/>
2012 Gilmor, Alison, “watching you, watching me.” Winnipeg Free Press, Feb 25, 2012, p. G7
2008 Kasmyrchuk, Amy, Vancouver Feminists: Chainletter DVD, DVD Catalogue Essay Pacific Cinémathèque
2008 Powell, Chris, “Reasonable and Senseless: Chains of Consequence.” Poolside Magazine
2006 Abramson, Stacey, “Gawking at the Train Crash” Uptown, (Winnipeg, NB) Nov. 23
2006 Epp, Aaron, “History on Repeat: Former Winnipegger Views a Disaster’s Cause Through Art’s Lens.” Uniter, (Winnipeg, NB) November 3
2006 “Road to Kashgar”, Pacific Rim Magazine, May
2006 Mochizuki, Cindy, “Familial Distance”, Her Lens: Explorations in Media Art, DVD Catalogue Essay, 72 min, Video Out Distribution
2005 Werb, Jessica. “Cultures Connect on the Silk Road” Glove & Mail, Sept 16
2005 Varty, Alexander. “Orchid’s Road Still Evolving” Georgia Straight, September 15 - 22
2005 Ryan Witt, “Artist in Focus”, Georgia Straight, May 26 - June 1

VIDEOGRAPHY
because. In progress, Single channel animation, HDV, 2013

Invisible Histories. 3D animation, HDV, 2012
Alfred waits. Site-specific animation, HDV, 2012.
and all watched over by machines of loving grace. Site-specific interactive video installation, 2012

Light of Day. In progress, Single channel, HDV, 2012

Canoe. Single channel, RT 2m, HDV 2011

Off-site. Single channel, RT 2m, HDV 2011 

Paradis / Paradise. Single channel, RT 50m, HDV, 2008

Mary. Single channel, RT 7m, SD Digital, with music by Jamie Saft, 2007

PNN. Single channel, RT 6m, SD Digital, with Maki Yi, 2006

Cascadia. Single channel, RT 3m, SD Digital, with musician Chris Grigor, 2006

the bell. Single channel, RT 2m 45s, SD Digital, 2005 

the album. Single channel, RT 4m 30s, SD Digital, 2005

cat + mouse. Single channel, RT 3m 20s, SD Digital, 2005

like. Single channel, RT 4m 30s, SD Digital, with composer Isabelle Noël, 2005

reasonable & senseless, 20 channel video installation, dimensions variable, SD Digital, 2005

bad person. Single channel, RT 1m 45s, SD Digital, with Ben Mikuska, 2005

buried treasure. Single channel, RT 4m 30s, SD Digital, Soundtrack by Orchid Ensemble, composer Moshe Denburg, 2004

How To Make Love in an Earthquake. Single channel, RT 6m, SD Digital, 2001

a smell... Single channel, RT 4m, Hi-8, Beta SP, 2000

 

 

 

 

Donna Szoke

Departmental Events

Culture Days, Fall Open House at Rodman Hall
September 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm