Donna Szoke

Associate Professor, Studio

Visual Arts Department Chair

Shot / Counter Shot: Self-portrait as mother. Digital print on Hahnemuhle, Editioned print, 47 x 61 cm. 2018.

MFA & BFA Simon Fraser University
BA University of Winnipeg
Office: MW339
905 688 5550 x4116

dszoke@brocku.ca

Donna Szoke is a media artist from Winnipeg, MB. 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. In 2017 she was awarded the Brock Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.

Szoke’s 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, UAE, and Turkey.

Video art; Experimental animation; Media art; Site-responsive public art; Installation art; Critical theory.

RESEARCH AWARDS & GRANTS, 2011-2018

2018       Brock Explore Grant, ORS, Brock University ($10,000) Shift, December
2018       HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($3000) Plot, November
2018       Shot / Counter Shot, Drawing commission, Grimsby Art Gallery “Ripple Effect” Project ($625)
2018       HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($2774) Shift, March
2017       Dean’s Travel Grant, UAAC, October, Brock University ($750)
2017       Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, Brock University, May
2017       HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($2862) Business as Usual, January
2016       Niagara Investment in Culture, Public Media Art Commission ($2000)
2015       Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, Fall ($800)
2015       Ontario Arts Council, Media Art, Production Grant ($10,000)
2015       Dean’s Travel Grant, UAAC, November, Brock University ($650)
2015       HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($2700), Cloud Catalogue, December
2015       Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, Winter ($800)
2015       HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($1347), Invisible Histories,
2014       HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($2670), Cloud, June
2014       Fed. Indirect Funds Grant, Research equipment, Brock U, (with VISA faculty) ($14,000)
2014       HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($2400) Invisible Histories, January
2013       Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, C3 Hamilton, Fall ($500)
2013       Canada Council, Media Arts, Travel Grant ($1500)
2013       Brock U, Experience Works, Media Art Research Assistant Wage Subsidy, ($3680) April
2013       BUAF/BSIG Research Seed Grant, Brock U, Office of Research Services ($3288) Cinemachine, April
2013       BUAF/BSIG Special Purpose Grant, International Travel, Brock U, Research Services ($970) Osnabrueck, April
2013       Fed. Indirect Funds Grant, Research equipment, Brock U (with J Bridge) ($4500) May
2013       Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, Art Souterrain/Nuit Blanche Montreal, ($1000) February
2013       HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($1800) Cloud, January
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       Fed. Indirect Funds Grant, Research equipment, Brock U, ($8,000)
2011       Brock U, Experience Works, Research Assistant Wage Subsidy, ($2700)

VIDEOGRAPHY
https://vimeo.com/donnaszoke

PUBLIC ART: SITE RESPONSIVE MEDIA ART
2016 Isolations. (4K Animation Projection, Oakes Hotel, Niagara Falls), Niagara Investment in Culture Commission
2015 (Android) 2014 (Osx) Invisible Histories. Phone app,
2012-2015 Alfred Waits. Locative Media Commission, HERE: Cultural Capital Fund
2011 Light of Day. Video, Canada Council, Media Arts Project Commission (Niagara Artists Centre)
2011 Canoe. Animation, City of Vancouver Public Art Program, “Platforms 125”
2010 Off-site. Site-specific Video Installation, St. Catharines, March 28 – April 3

Midst. Single channel video, 15m, 2018
Midst. Video installation, 2018
Isolations. Single channel video, 1m 48s, 2018
Stuff vs. Ideas. Single channel video, 1m 25s, 2015
Invisible Histories. OSX Phone app, 2014, Android, 2015.
Parlamonium. Interactive video installation, 2014.
Invisible Histories. Single channel video, 19s loop, HDV, 2012.
Alfred waits. Site-specific animation, HDV, 2012.
and all watched over by machines of loving grace. Interactive video installation, 2012.
Light of Day. Single channel video, 4m 22s, HDV, 2012.
Canoe. Single channel video, 2m, HDV 2011.
Off-site. Single channel video, 2m, HDV 2011.
Paradis / Paradise. Single channel video, 50m, HDV, 2008.
Mary. Single channel video, 7m, DV, with music by Jamie Saft, 2007.
PNN. Single channel video, 6m, DV, with Maki Yi, 2006.
Cascadia. Single channel video, 3m, DV, with musician Chris Grigor, 2006.
the bell. Single channel video, 2m 45s, DV, 2005.
the album. Single channel video, 4m 30s, DV, 2005.
cat + mouse. Single channel video, 3m 20s, DV, 2005.
like. Single channel video, 4m 30s, DV, with composer Isabelle Noël, 2005.
reasonable & senseless. 20 channel video installation, dimensions variable, DV, 2005.
bad person. Single channel video, 1m 45s, DV, with Ben Mikuska, 2005.
buried treasure. Single channel video, 4m 30s, DV, Music: Orchid Ensemble, composer Moshe Denburg, 2004.
How To Make Love in an Earthquake. Single channel video, 6m, DV, 2001.
a smell… Single channel, RT 4m, DV, 2000.

PUBLIC ART: SITE RESPONSIVE MEDIA ART
2015 (Android) 2014 (Osx) Invisible Histories. Phone app.
2012-2015 Alfred Waits. HERE, Locative Media Commission, 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. Catharines, March 28 – April 3.

2015 Satellite. MIWSFPA Gallery, St. Catharines ON, October 19 to November 28.
2015 Cloud. Rodman Hall, St. Catharines ON, October 10, 2015 – January 17, 2016.
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 Road to Kashgar. Media art concert, Roundhouse, Vancouver (CCA, Media Arts Commission), Sept 16.
2005 The Road to Kashgar. (c-prints), Roundhouse, Vancouver, Sept. 10 – 24.
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.

2013 and all watched over by machines of loving grace. Centre 3, Hamilton, ON, Sept 6 – October 19.
2008 reasonable & senseless. 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.

2018 Digital Animalities. John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON October 29 – November 23, 2018.
2018 Ripple Effect. Grimsby Art Gallery, Fall 2018 (Upcoming).
2018 Motion. St. Catharines City Hall. Curated by Public Art Advisory Committee, Sept 21, 2018 to March 15, 2019
2017 Niagara Investment in Culture, Public Media Art Commission, Winter premiere
2016 Under Surveillance, Art Gallery of Regina, September & October.
2014 International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA), Dubai, UAE, October 30 – November 8.
2013 CT-International Print Biennale, Centre 3, Hamilton, ON, October 25 – November 30.
2013 Toronto Underground Film Festival (TUFF), Sept 6-16.
2013 Cyber Insecurities, Pepco Edison Gallery, Washington DC, Aug 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 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 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, 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.

2013 Toronto Underground Film Festival (TUFF) , Sept 6-16.
2012 Whispers and Rages, 164 Allen Street, Buffalo NY, Oct 5 (First Friday Event).
2012 Gimli Film Festival, Manitoba, July 25-29.
2012 Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, April 12-22.
2009 Kurye International Video Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2 – 12.
2008 See The Voice: Visible Verse @ Pacific Cinémathèque Van. 2006, Nov 6.
2008 Screening Night at the Helen Pitt Gallery Artist-Run Centre, Oct. 24.
2008 Vancouver Feminists: Chainletter DVD. Pacific Cinémathèque, Oct 20.
2008 Video Art Festival, Harvestworks Digital Media Centre. Soho, New York, Sept 24 – 26.
2008 Montreal Underground Film Festival. May 15 – 17.
2008 Doxa (Documentary Festival). Vancouver, May 27 – June 1.
2007 The Lotus Eaters: New Vancouver Video. Western Front Van., Oct 25.
2006 See The Voice: Visible Verse. Pacific Cinémathèque Van., Nov 16.
2006 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. Toronto, Nov 9 – 18.
2006 Antimatter: Underground Film Festival. Victoria BC, Sept 22 – 30.
2006 Festival Paradanta. Ottawa, Canada, July 14.
2006 herland Film + Video Festival. Calgary, Alberta, May 1 – 7.
2006 hi / lo Film Festival. San Francisco and Oakland, USA, April 6 – 9.
2006 Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival. France, (Can. Council Program) Jan 30.
2006 Transmedia. Curated by Year Zero One, Yonge-Dundas Square, TO, Jan 1-31.
2005 Tall Grass Film Festival. Wichita KS, Oct 22.
2005 Vancouver International Film Festival. Sept 29 to Oct 14, 2005.
2005 Regina Festival of Cinematic Arts. Sept 16 – 18, 2005.
2004 SWARM Art Festival, Video In Studios. Vancouver, Sept 9.
2003 Signal & Noise: Festival of Video and Sound. Vancouver, March 27 – 30.
2002 roARaToria (Recontres Internationales # 5, Paris & Berlin). Spring.
2002 Signal & Noise: Festival of Video and Sound. Video In, March 21-24.
2001 Vancouver Videopoem Festival. Pacific Cinémathèque, Nov. 11.
2001 In Video Out. Pacific Cinémathèque, Van, Sep 24.
2001 roARaToria (Recontres Internationales Berlin # 4). June 6.
2001 Revers mondains et amities urbaines. Strasbourg, France, April 5.
2001 Image du Nouveau Monde. Quebec City, March 11.
2001 Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival. Feb 2-11.
2000 Electro-Lit Video Poem Festival. Pacific Cinémathèque, Nov. 4.

Thematic Compilation DVDs:
2008 Vancouver Feminists: Chainletter DVD. DIM Programming, Pacific Cinémathèque
2006 Her Lens: Explorations in Media Art. “Familial Distance” curated by Cindy Mochizuki, 72 min, Video Out Distribution

Public Collections: UBC Okanagan Library, Kwantlen College Library, Simon Fraser University Library

2014 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Creature (Dis)comforts workshop, CACHET SSHRC Project, May 7 – 11.
2013 C3 Print Residency, Hamilton, ON, May 1-June 15.
2012 Art Lab: Actionable Images. 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.

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:
2018 Image contribution, cover: “and all watched over by machines of loving grace.” Arena: A Magazine of Critical Thinking and Ideas for Change, 153 (04/05 2018). Deakin U, Melbourne, Aus.
2017 Image contribution & review: “and all watched over by machines of loving grace.” In Lisa Moren. Algorithmic Pollution: Artists Working with Dataveillance and Societies of Control. NMC Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus. Fall 2017. ISSN 1942-017X.
2015 “Researchify: Artists’ Research as Disruption.” ISEA (International Society of Electronic Arts.
2014 “Researchify: Immanence and the Artist-Researcher.” RACAR (Canadian Art Review), Spring (2014).
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).
2015 “Researchify: Artists’ Research as Disruption.” ISEA (International Society of Electronic Arts), ISSN TBA.
2014 “Researchify: Immanence and the Artist-Researcher.” RACAR (Canadian Art Review), Spring (2014).
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).

2015 Universities Art Association Conference, “and all watched over by machines of loving grace: artist’s talk” Surveillance Panel (Moderator Dr. Susan Cahill). Nov 5-7.
2015 Hot Talks. Artists’ talk, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catharines, ON, November 12.
2015 International Society of Electronic Arts (ISEA 2015). “Reasonable & Senseless: Artists’ Research as Disruption”, Vancouver, BC, August 14-18.
2015 International Society of Electronic Arts (ISEA 2015). “Invisible Histories”, Vancouver, BC, August 14-18.
2013 In The Works. Niagara Artists Run Centre, Artists’ Talk, St. Catharines ON, Feb 2.
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 Artists’ talk, McMaster University, Animation Class, Hamilton, ON, Oct 25.
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.
2012 and all watched over by machines of loving grace. Artists’ talk, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, MB, Jan 28.
2010 Aniconism to Bliss. Public talk for Aniconism screening, NAC St. Catharines, ON, March 19.
2008 Artists’ talk, Talk for reasonable & senseless exhibition, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC, Feb 16.
2006 Artists’ talk, Talk for reasonable & senseless, Video Pool, Winnipeg, MB, Nov 10.

2015 Steve Nadon. “Let the mice guide you: “Invisible Histories” Brock Press, January 14
< http://www.brockpress.com/2015/01/let-mice-guide-invisible-histories/ >
2014 Holly Mohr. “Brock visual arts prof creates app to uncover historic nuclear testing” Brock News, December 19.
< https://brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=31340&wpmp_switcher=desktop >
2013 Mark Jenkins. “Fall Gellery Shows: Cyber In Securities…” Washington Post, Sept 6.
< http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/fall-gallery-shows-cyber-in-securities-silver-clouds-this-is-labor/2013/09/05/712f248a-0e5e-11e3-bdf6-e4fc677d94a1_story.html>
2013 Tiffany Mayer. “Time Out with Donna Szoke.” Brock News, Sept 3.
<https://brocku.ca/brocknews/?p=24169&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29>
2013 Jim Riley. “Video Interview with Donna Szoke.: Centre 3 Website, Sept 1
http://centre3.com/centre3upgradesite/
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
<http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/watching-you-watching-me-140406383.html>
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