North-South-East-West Catalogue Launch

North-South-East-West Catalogue presented with talk at Research in Art 2014

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The North-South-East-West Catalogue was presented with a talk at the Research in Art Salon 53 in Ottawa Canada on October 8, 2014

With the launch of the North-South-East-West project in 2003, medicine-wheel.co, Thompson received invitations to exhibit his work in North America, Asia and Europe. The new North-South-East-West Catalogue records the history of project and is available from Blurb Books of San Francisco.  The catalogue was launched with a 45 minute talk at Research in Art in 2014 which included a travelogue of shows in Canada, USA, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Russia and France. The talk also included a guided tour of the North-South-East-West interactive video, with an emphasis on the relevance of medicine wheel teachings to contemporary life styles by inter-relating the following 5 concepts:
– the 4 cardinal directions (East, South, West, North),
– the 4 stages of life (birth, youth, adulthood, old age),
– the 4 challenges of life (survival, vision, path, wisdom),
– the 4 positions of the sun (sun rise, noon, sunset, night) and
– the 4 seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter).

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Graham Thompson’s Biography

Ottawa media artist Graham Thompson discovered midlife that he was a Cree Metis with Red River family connections to British explorer Samuel Hearn and Metis rebel leader Louis Riel. This genealogical research lead to the study of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge. His work in Algonquin talking circles and sweat lodges triggered, with a generous grant from ED Video, the creation of the North-South-East-West Project, an interactive Web-based Medicine Wheel. Thompson has won awards for his media work from the European Film Festival MEFEST, the International Digital Art Awards of Melbourne Australia, Cool Site of the Day of New York and the Common Wealth Vision Awards of England.

Metis Director Wins European Film Award

CanadExport features European Prize: Media Artist Wins Serbian Film Award, 2004.

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International Trade Canada’s Journal CanadExport notes European Prize: Métis New Media Artist Wins Serbian Film Award, November 2004.

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Canadian Metis Director Wins European Film Award

MEFEST, the 12th International Festival of Touristic, Ecological and Sport Films held from September 23-26, 2004 in Zlatibor Serbia has awarded Graham Thompson “The Special Award of the Festival” for his ecological video “The First Sunrise.”

The video, inspired by the meaning of the east as taught by the Anishinaabe Peoples of North America, seeks to express the beauty, power and mystery of the east. As it is from the east that we witness the sunrise, the start of a new day and symbolically the birth of man and our universe.

The First Sunrise is apart of the “North-South-East-West” new media series. The series involves the use of Web sites, CD-ROMs, DVDs, digital video, streaming media and webcasts.

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Thompson’s work has been exhibited at the ED Video Media Arts Centre of Ontario, the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener| Area, the Toronto International Media Arts Biennial, the 2004 International Digital Art Awards touring exhibition of Melbourne Australia, the World Social Forum of Mumbai India, Canada’s Brampton Indie Arts Festival, SAW Video Media Arts Centre of Canada and Serbia’s international film and video festival MEFEST. Later in October his work will travel to Vancouver’s New Forms Festival, Toronto’s Trinity Square Video, Toronto’s ImagineNative Festival and Chicago’s experimental media festival Pilot TV.