Photo credit : Courtesy of Kim Tomczak and Lisa Steele. (from left to right) Kim Tomczak and Lisa Steele at Vtape (Toronto). 1990.

Artexte + Vidéographe present : Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak

in conversation with Mojeanne Behzadi and Karine Boulanger. Online

November 25, 2020 – 7 PM

Following our recent collaborative exhibition Magnetic Sequences, Artexte and Vidéographe invite you to join us on November 25, 2020 for a conference with artist duo and pioneers of the Canadian video art milieu, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. This discussion is an opportunity to rediscover the impacts of these pivotal figures of the Canadian artist-run centres’ milieu on the circulation and access to technologies and resources for artists creating video art. 



Artists biography :

Co-founder of the Toronto-based video distribution centre Vtape, Steele + Tomczak have worked exclusively in collaboration since 1983 and are also recognized for their work in performance, in photography, and in photo-text. In 2009, they were awarded an Honourary Doctorate by the University of British Colombia (Okanagan); in 2005, a Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Visual & Media Arts; in 1994, they both received a Toronto Arts Award and the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art.


About Magnetic Sequences :

Magnetic Sequences is an exhibition exploring the self-organization of video communities, particularly artist-run centres, in Canada during the 1970s. This second collaboration between Artexte and Vidéographe combs through both collections to trace the history of this period in video art produced through artist-run centers. The exhibition underlines how a number of groups were grounded in ideals of exchange and sharing of technical and artistic knowledge as well as videos through various tools and strategies that have left their mark in their respective collections and in that of Artexte.


Magnetic Sequences included a program of works from Vidéographe’s collection, among others, featuring videos produced by artists working in the 1970s as well as a program presenting contemporary artists working with analogue techniques. The show also featured documents from Artexte’s collection including distribution catalogues, video directories, manuals and ephemera produced by artist-run centres and galleries across the country.


Listen/watch to the conference HERE