Through the Wall is an adhoc group of artists that has come together to create this project in response to COVID-19. They have been gathering letters from all sorts of folks since the beginning of the pandemic.
We have used the material to create documentaries the CBC’s Doc Project, the Third Shift festival, and a youth specific project co-produced with Theatre Direct Canada, one of the country’s leading theatres for young audiences.
Through the Wall ARTISTS:
Aidan McMahon (PRODUCER): Aidan McMahon is an audio and visual artist currently based in Yellowknife, NT. For the past three years, he has focused on radio documentaries, experimental audio dramas, and community arts projects and has worked as an audio producer with FIXT POINT Arts & Media. Aidan’s pieces have been aired on CKDU, CJLO, CBC and Constellations podcasts. Up until COVID, Aidan facilitated film and audio workshops for teenagers as part of a territory-wide program across the Northwest Territories that used arts to open dialogue about addiction and wellness.
David Clark (PRODUCER): is a media artist, filmmaker, and visual artist who produces work for the internet, gallery installations, narrative films, and public art commissions. Recent work includes the websites: The End: Death in Seven Colours, 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein, and A is for Apple. For the last four years he has produced 56 episodes of a spoken word experimental radio show/podcast called Nothing to See Here. His work has been screened at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, the Sundance Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, the 2012 Winter Olympics, and the Museum of Moving Images in New York. He teaches Expanded Media at NSCAD University in Halifax. www.chemicalpictures.net
Luca Caruso-Moro (PRODUCER): Luca Caruso-Moro is a multimedia journalist reporting on government, Indigenous affairs and the environment. He is based in Montreal, reporting extensively for First Nations in the area and in the far north. His work is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and love.
Eliza Niemi (MUSIC): Eliza Niemi is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer-songwriter and prolific collaborator with a background in classical cello and piano. She studied Music and Musicology at Dalhousie University in Halifax where she jointly formed acclaimed internationally touring band Mauno. After opening for Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) and Chad VanGaalen in Europe, Niemi landed in Toronto and launched her independent label Vain Mina Records with her debut solo release Vinegar in 2019. This year has seen the release of Niemi’s sophomore EP Glass alongside three other releases on Vain Mina (including critically acclaimed debut album from MAYBEL). She is currently working on a full length album to be released in 2021.
Ashley Daw (GRAPHIC DESIGN): Ashley Daw is a visual artist, musician, dj and educator living in Yellowknife, NT. Currently, she is a facilitator with The Dope Experience for which she travels around the NWT to facilitate health, wellness and art workshops for youth. She has designed posters and ads for local musicians including Miraj and Temple Volant. Over the years, she has dj-ed events including Pride, Queerlesque and Folk on the Rocks. Most recently, she created graphics and videos for Public Health NT that were shared both virtually and locally in small communities.