Media Arts Skill-Building Workshops

Instructor Bios

Riaz Mehmood’s artistic oeuvre encompasses a range of practices including performance, video, photography and new media. His research explorations straddle several streams, and his practice often visits themes of identity, history, technology, and the acquisition of knowledge. Riaz develops installations and experiences, which explore the expressive use of computation. Through interactive installations and virtual environments, he applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines and in the process make visible our ways of interacting with each other. In his most recent works he has extensively used Arduinos and Raspberry Pi’s boards to change everyday mundane objects into more curious and autonomous beings. For the 2018 series of media arts workshops at Vox Popular, Riaz instructed a very successful and well-attended Arduino workshop. Riaz holds an MFA from the University of Windsor (2012), completed the Integrated Media program at the Ontario College of Art and Design (2005), and BSc Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan (1993). He has participated in several International and National artist residencies and workshops, and has earned a number of grants, scholarships, and awards over the years. Riaz is also an educator and has conducted various workshops on digital story telling, 3D projection mapping and Internet of Things (IoT). Riaz has also been involved with a number of artist-run centres and served on the boards of SAVAC and articule. His works have been shown internationally, including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Pakistan. Riaz worked for 3 years as the technical coordinator of Vox Popular (Bay Street Film Festival).

Dennis Dubinsky has been acting in film, television and theatre for over 25 years. He first worked in television production behind the camera, before focusing on acting in front of it. Living in Vancouver gave him the opportunity to act in commercials, tv series and feature films. He returned to Thunder Bay where he pursued a teaching career for 9 years, before returning to his
first passion:  film & television. In Thunder Bay, he now acts in local theatre productions for Cambrian Players, 10×10, and Rob Macleod’s Capital Players. He has acted as the lead on several college student films and supporting roles on feature films shot in Thunder Bay. Dennis has also taken many crew positions on short fiction films. He is a past co-ordinator of the Vox Popular Media Arts Festival (Bay Street Film Festival) and past chair of Flash Frame Film and Video Network. Dennis instructed the successful 2018 Acting for the Camera workshops held through Vox Popular.

Andrew Doran is a self-taught multimedia artist working in many facets of the digital realm. In 1994 he began to learn Photoshop to expand his artistic endeavors and quickly found a niche in the web development market for graphic design and coding services. Since then he has continued to develop and push the boundaries of technology at every level. Finding a great opportunity to continue his artistic development in Projection Mapping, Andrew dove in headfirst and began buying projectors and upgrading computer hardware to deliver the highest quality visuals he could. Catching attention with his mind-bending visuals, he was quickly sought after to create video content for Classic Roots to be played on large screens when he performed across Canada. Definitely Superior Art Gallery also took notice of the visuals Andrew was
performing and have included him and his company Illuminate in many community events and fundraisers as a key player for many years. Lately Andrew has been exploring the world of 3d and creating interactive immersive content often lending his hand in event promotion and design for local electronic events. Over the last 3 years Andrew and his company Illuminate have been huge part of the Love and Kindness Festival (a music and arts festival in Thunder Bay) designing stage pieces and large-scale art projections as well as running integrated stage lighting and laser systems in an off-grid outdoor location.

Advance your media arts skills by taking one of our 3 fall workshops offered by Vox Popular. Workshops take place at Trinity Hall (310 Park Avenue).

Arduino Computers: Nov 9th, 16th, 23rd @ 1pm – 5pm
Projection Mapping: Nov 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th @ 6pm – 9pm
Acting for the CameraNov 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th @ 6pm – 9pm

Space is limited so contact us today to reserve your place!

Workshops are $100 eachIf you need financial assistance you may contact us to apply for a grant to cover the expenses. 

Food will be provided.

These workshops are proudly supported by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

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Projection MappingActing For CameraArduino Small Computers