Donna Szoke

Associate Professor, Studio Art

Image Credit: Midst, video installation (wood, 80 fans, electronics, aeronautic honeycomb, fog machine, data projector), 2019

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

dszoke@brocku.ca

Donna Szoke is an interdisciplinary artist. 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, installation, animation, drawing, writing, experimental collaboration, 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.

she/her/they/them pronouns

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

Publications 2012-2020

CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDITED BOOKS

Book:
2020 Donna Szoke & Gary Barwin. The Dark Redacted. Designer: Lauren Wickware, Printer: Andora Graphics, St. Catharines: Small Walker Press, April.

Chapters:
2021 “Donna Szoke interview with Vanessa Bateman.” Digital Animalities. (Toronto: PUBLIC, 2021).
2020 “July 15.” In Mothers’ Days. (Pittsburgh: An Artist Residency in Motherhood, 2020).
2013 “and all watched over by machines of loving grace.” European Media Art Festival, 2013. 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).

PUBLISHED PAPERS

2019 “Invisible Animals” International Society of Electronic Arts (ISEA 2019). Gwangju, South Korea, June 22-28, IN ISBN: 979-11-87275-06-0 (July 26)
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), ISSN 2452-8611.
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)

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.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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.

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
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.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020. New Mexico State University Museum, USA, February 28th – May 28th
2020 Industrial Niagara. Rodman Hall Art Centre, ON, March 7 – 22
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.

VIDEOGRAPHY
https://vimeo.com/donnaszoke

Midst Video installation, 2019
2015 Ontario Arts Council, Media Art, Production Grant ($10,000)

Isolations 4K Video Projection, 2018
Oakes Hotel, Niagara Falls, Niagara Investment in Culture Commission ($1400)

Stuff vs. Ideas Single channel, HD, 2015.
2015 Premiere: MIWSFPA Gallery, St. Catharines ON, October 19 to November 28

Invisible Histories. OSX Phone app, 2014, Android, 2015.
2015 Premiere: MIWSFPA Gallery, St. Catharines ON, October 19 to November 28
2015 Google Play store release, January
2014 iTunes store release, November

Parlamonium. Interactive video projection, 2014.
2015 Premiere: MIWSFPA Gallery, St. Catharines ON, October 19 to November 28

Invisible Histories. 3D animation, HDV, 2012.
2013 Toronto Underground Film Festival (TUFF), Sept 6-16
2013 In the Soil, St. Catharines, April 26-28
2012 Whispers and Rages, a Can-Am Exhibition, 164 Allen Street, Buffalo NY, Oct 5

Alfred waits. Site-specific animation, HDV, 2012.
2013 Toronto Underground Film Festival (TUFF), Sept 6-16
2012 HERE commission, Niagara Cultural Capital Fund, locative media project, 2012-2015, $2000
2012 Whispers and Rages, a Can-Am Exhibition, 164 Allen St, Buffalo NY, Oct 5 (First Friday Event)

and all watched over by machines of loving grace. Interactive video installation, 2012.
2013 Centre 3, Hamilton, ON, Sept 6 – October 19
2013 European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, April 24 – May 26
2013 Art Souterrain / Nuit Blanche Montreal, Victoria Station, Montreal, March 2-17
2012 CRAM Gallery, St. Catharines ON, April 27 – May 22
2012 Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, MB, Jan 28 – March 25, (Version 2: HD)
2004 SWARM Art Festival, Video In Studios, Vancouver, Sept 9, (Version 1: SD)

Light of Day. Single channel, HDV, 2012.
2011 (Canada Council, Media Arts Project Commission, Fall, $1400; Music Rights: Oliver Schroer “The Light of Day” RT: 3m 58s Camino [2006] Big Dog Music.)
2013 Quest Health Centre, CC Media Arts Commission for Niagara Artist Centre, March 19 launch

Canoe. Single channel, RT 2m, HDV 2011.
2011 (City of Vancouver Public Art Program, “Platforms125” Video Commission, $8000)
2012 Gimli Film Festival, Manitoba, July 25-29
2012 CoreVision Screens, Robson and Granville, Vancouver, public art installation, Aug – Sept
2012 Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, April 12-22
2011 Special Screening for Alumni Event, Sept 17
2011 CBC Georgia Street Video Billboard, Vancouver, public art installation, July 11 – Oct 2

Off-site. Single channel, RT 2m, HDV 2011.
2010 (Site-specific outdoor installation, Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, Fall, $500)
2011 St. Paul and James Street corner, St. Catharines ON, March 28 – April 2

ARTISTS’ TALKS AND PAPERS

2020 “The Dark Redacted” Graphic Medicine in Troubled Times Conference, Toronto, July 16-18 *Covid19 cancellation
2020 “Teaching About/With Comics” Invited speaker, CFPC Dept, Brock University, March 26 *Covid19 cancellation
2020 “Invisible Animals” Animals Across Disciplines, Time & Space. McMaster U. March 19 *Covid19 cancellation
2020 “On Invisibility” Walker Cultural Leader, Keynote, MWSFPA, Brock University, Jan 21
2019 “Invisible Animals” International Society of Electronic Arts (ISEA 2019). Gwangju, South Korea, June 22-28
2019 “Invisible Animals” Brock Talks: Donna Szoke, Keynote speaker. St. Catharines Public Library, January 15
2018 “The Elephant in the Room” Symposium. Keynote speaker: Humanities Research Excellence Award 2017/18 Lecture: “Invisible Animals” April 17.
2016 The Concept of Vancouver Conference, “Cascadia.” Visual Arts in and of Vancouver Panel (Chair Susan Ingram). St. Catharines, October 13.
2015 Universities Art Association Conference, “and all watched over by machines of loving grace” Surveillance Panel (Moderator Dr. Susan Cahill). Halifax, 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 Invisible Artists’ talk, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, MB, Jan 28.
2010 Aniconism to Bliss. Public talk for screening curated by Dr. Laura U. Marks, 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

PANELS, WORKSHOPS AND CLINICS 

2019 Guest speaker, Experiential Education Institute, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Brock U., August 19
2017 Universities Art Association Conference, Chair: Non-human Animals in Media Art, Panel A, October 12-15, 2017
2017 Universities Art Association Conference, Chair: Non-human Animals in Media Art, Panel B, October 12-15, 2017
2014 Invited session leader: “Creature (Dis)Comforts” Nonhuman Animals in Art Workshop, CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training), Banff Centre, May 7-11
2012 Living Museum: In the Mist. U of Buffalo Canadian-American Studies, collaborative design charette # 2, Oct 6.
2012 Living Museum: In the Mist. U of Buffalo Canadian-American Studies, collaborative design charette, April 28-29.
2012 Living Museum: In the Mist. U of Buffalo Canadian-American Studies, artists’ talk, April 28.

ARTISTS’ RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS, COMMISSIONS & MENTORSHIPS 

2019 An Artists Residency in Motherhood, curated by Lenka Clayton, June 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
2018 Ripple Effect, Print commission for Grimsby Public Art Gallery
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 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.

RESEARCH AWARDS & GRANTS

2021 Dean’s Strategic Discretionary Fund, Brock ($1000) Research Equipment, January
2020 Dean’s Strategic Discretionary Fund, Brock ($1000) Research Equipment, September
2020 HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($3000) 36 unringing phones media installation project, April 9
2020 Matching and Discretionary Research Fund, Office of Research Services, ($1181) The Dark Redacted book, Feb
2020 Dean’s Strategic Discretionary Fund, Brock ($1000) Research Equipment, January
2020 Walker Cultural Leader, Studies in the Arts & Culture, Brock, ($4000) The Dark Redacted book, January
2019 HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($3000) Dark Matter Hippo drawing project, November
2019 Research Initiative Grant, ($2000) Shift, June
2019 Dean’s Travel Grant, Brock University ($750) ISEA Gwangju SK, June
2019 HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($3000) The Dark Redacted book, March
2018 Brock Explore Grant, ORS, Brock University ($10,000) Shift, December
2018 HRI Research Grant, Brock University ($3000) Plot, November
2018 Shot / Counter Shot, Grimsby Public Art Gallery “Ripple Effect” Project ($625) Drawing commission, July
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), Midst
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)

TEACHING INNOVATION GRANTS
2020 Experiential Education Grant, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Digital Video, (Pandemic Video) $3000, July 17
2020 Experiential Education Grant, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Honours Studio, (Diversity) $3000 July 17
2019 Experiential Education Grant, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Advanced Video Art, (Slow Media) $2140, Dec 3
2019 Experiential Education Grant, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Honours Studio, (Diversity) $2400, August 14
2018 Experiential Education Grant, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Advanced Video Art, (Slow Media) $1800