INTRODUCING OUR GIRAF16 AWARDS JURY
Laura Anzola is a New Media artist based in Mohkinstsis / Calgary. For the last 10 years she has been using animation, interactive installation and projection mapping to explore the different ways art and technology come together, and how this merger influences our daily lives and bodies. She aspires to create unique audience experiences that reflect on contemporary issues that impact herself and the world around her. Her recent work, Blue Borders, a performative audiovisual essay, investigates ideas of home, belonging and the migration process using dome projection and live storytelling.
Laura grew up in Bogotá, Colombia where she studied Visual Arts at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She then moved to Germany to complete her masters in New Media Art and Design at the Bauhaus University. In 2017 she moved to Canada where she currently resides. Her work has been presented in galleries and public spaces in Colombia, Germany and Canada. She is also a founding member of Axis Z Media Arts (AZMA), an artist collective dedicated to producing and promoting New Media and digital art in Calgary.
Myfanwy Ashmore is a visual artist and the Managing Director at The Toronto Animated Image Society. She has taught animation, new media, visual arts as a sessional instructor at various post secondary institutions. She is passionate about supporting artists.
Her work has been exhibited extensively including Game Show at Surrey Art Gallery (Surrey) Arcadia University Gallery, (Part of "The Big Nothing" Philadelphia), DeadTech Gallery (Chicago), Poster Project Seoul, Terraforms: Game Mods at Babycastles (NYC), Avatar: The New You, Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney) Zero Gamer (London Games Festival Fringe)Http Gallery/Furtherfield (London) and Play boys with GameBoys Smart Project Space (Amsterdam).
She holds an MFA from York University (1998) and has taught at York University, Ryerson University and led workshops at Paved Art Media Art Centre (Saskatoon), ISEA 2014 Workshops (Abu Dhabi and Dubai). She has been the recipient of numerous grants from The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2003 she was nominated and short-listed for the prestigious K.M. Hunter Award through the Ontario Arts Council and in 2014 she was one of 8 finalists for the coveted Glenfiddich Artist Residency Prize.
As Lead Animator at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Court Brinsmead collaborates on and supports a wide range of animation and digital media projects.
Court has a background in several diverse but related disciplines. He holds a BFA majoring in drawing, studied 3D computer animation at Sheridan College, and received an MA in Communications and Culture from the University of Calgary. As a projection designer, he has brought several productions to life in the Calgary theatre community, including Jake and the Kid and The Highest Step. Court has interned as a photo archivist at the Smithsonian and optimized user experience as web designer at The Calgary Public Library. He has animated on two major animation projects, WALL and Skin for Skin, for the National Film Board, and worked on film sets in a number of roles for Alberta-shot productions like The Revenant, Fargo, and Togo.
In an art practice, Court’s interests lie at the intersection of the digital and analogue, in essentialist whittling, and confronting the absurd. He is most at home in Photoshop, After Effects and, of course, the Mountain Parks