Discussion with Barry Doupé and Jessica MacCormack as part of the exhibition Whose Toes.
Barry Doupé (b. Victoria, BC) is a filmmaker living in Vancouver. He holds a Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Emily Carr University. His films have been screened throughout Canada and Internationally including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, New York, Lyon Contemporary Art Museum, Pleasure Dome, Toronto and the Tate Modern, London.
Working with animation, video, painting, drawing, installation and intervention, Jessica MacCormack's interdisciplinary practice examines the complex position of culture within neoliberal capitalism and critiques modes of social control, while exploring the potential for art to function as a site of resistance. She is specifically interested in how modes of violence are perpetuated collectively through popular narratives, concepts of justice and denial of accountability.
Frequently engaging with communities and collectives, her practice eschews individual authorship in favour of collaboration. This has included an ongoing commitment to working with women and youth who are in conflict with the law, through the creation of art projects in prisons as well as at numerous centres that support marginalized people.
In 2008, she completed an MFA through the Public Art and New Artistic Strategies program at the Bauhaus University (Weimar, Germany). Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in festivals, screenings, artist run centres and museums. She is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University.