The Cold Waters Symposium

The Media Arts Network of Ontario / Réseau des arts médiatiques de l’Ontario (MANO/RAMO) and Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L) are pleased to invite artists and cultural workers to North Bay, Ontario from June 12-15, 2019 to our biennial gathering, Cold Waters: Symposium & Media Arts Festival.

Registration is now open and available online through Eventbrite

Full program online April 2019.

The Cold Waters Symposium for cultural workers and organizers in the Media Arts and Artist-Run sectors will include discussions, conversations, lectures, workshops, and professional development opportunities. In an era of change and uncertainty, it is increasingly important to come together and work towards new solidarities beyond regional and disciplinary silos.

Providing professional development to artists from Northern Ontario is a central component to the Cold Waters Symposium. Over the course of three days, Cold Waters will offer opportunities to Northern artists to present, skill share, attend workshops, and undergo studio visits with curators and cultural workers through the Remote Studio Talks. This opportunity is limited to 30 artists from across Northern Ontario working with technology, film, video, audio art, and other expanded practices. The call for submissions for Remote Studio Talks closes April 1st, 2019 and further information can be found at:

Throughout the symposium and associated events, Cold Waters will present a number of screenings, performances, and sound art events. Northern Ontario artists working in single-channel film and video are invited to submit short works for exhibition as part of the festival’s evening programme. Sound and performance oriented artists are invited to submit proposals for outdoor performances under 20 minutes that may use 1 to 8 channels. The call for submissions for Screenings and Sound Art Events will close April 1st, 2019 and further information can be found at:

Cold Waters has been made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Nipissing University, and White Water Gallery.