Thinking Making. Experimental Practices in Small-file Media

28 August 2022 @ 10am PST/7pm CET

with Clint Enns,  Leanne Dunic, Jami Reimer, Monique Motut-Firth and pr0phecy sun 

The panel is a polyphonic discussion of the most inventive practices in small-file media. It is an opportunity to pick the brain of a range of talented makers who are employing diverse techniques while striving to work with the limitations of the medium.


Thank you to all of the attendees, artists, volunteers, partners, organizers, SFU Production Team and everyone else involved in making the first ever in-person Small File Media Festival a rousing success!

Here are the awards from the 2022 Small File Media Festival:

Small File Media Festival Programmers’ Awards:

Jami Reimer, Frog of Chorus
Best Molecule (less than 1 MB)

Amber Morrison Fox and Matthew Fox, DOOMER 1-3:
Best Trouble (22 MB series)

BiglerWeibel, Twelve Past One
Best Smallfile Humor

Saghi Ehteshamzadeh, Journal
Best Screenlife

Clint Enns, Downer Canada—Environmental Dub
Best Small File Ectoplasm

Tewhigan Bluesky, Klumsy Kevin Kisses Konkrete
Best Punk

Kofi Oduro (Illestpreacha), A World Where Information Can Gather
Best Secular Religion

Andrew Roach, Teenagers from Outerspace—Silent Edition
Most Ingenious Compression

Yuyan Song, JellyFun
Best Nonorganic Tragic Romance

Leo McArdle, Sex and Violence
Dawn of Cinema Award 

Hana Kokšalová, MyPhone Funeral
Best Digital Mourning

TRIPOT (Marius Packbier & Aïlien Reyns), scaling algorithm 02
Most Hypnotic Pixel

Ayana Madi, Built Reality
Best Small File Nomadism, Small File Golden Mini Bear

Partner awards:

Margarita Osipian of The Hmm, Amsterdam, chose these works for screenings and artist talks:

Monique Motut-Firth, Data Dreaming
“We really loved this work because of the narrative it created through the use of patterns and beautiful animations. We were also very impressed that the file was such a small size but was still a good length and the quality of the video was high and not very pixelated.”
Rachel Stuckey, Solid State PSA
“With this work, we loved the idea of creating a PSA in a small file media format. We also liked that the work was taking a humorous approach to talking about technological obsolescence and technological waste.”
BiglerWeibel, Adhäsion 
“We loved this work because of the way it used sound and a humorous and absurd image to convey all of our feelings about adhesion and stickiness.”

Jesse Russell Brooks, director of the Film and Video Poetry Society, Los Angeles, will program the following films in this year’s festival:

Criss Wang, Yellow

Dag Davidge, Electric Storm

VIVO Distribution Award, Vancouver

Mandana Mansouri, the Video Out Distribution manager, writes: “VO is a non-profit distribution & outreach service and connects with local and international festivals, institutions, libraries, galleries, curators, programmers, and researchers.  Operating since 1980, Video Out is a non-exclusive distributor so artists are free to continue to distribute their work independently and with other distributors nationally or internationally.  You are also free to end the contract at any time.  We provide artist fees garnered from festival screenings, exhibitions, and licenses to libraries and universities, once a year as a lump sum to artists/producers in distribution. The distribution agreement outlines a 67% (artist) and 33% (distribution) ratio for fees garnered.  While we have a list of festivals that we submit to, and curators/programmers we have good relationships with, please feel free to let us know of any places you would like to have your work submitted to, at any time.”

Mozhdeh Bashirian, Get Out Before It’s Too Late

BiglerWeibel, Adhäsion

Yerin Choi, Four Seasons

Dag Davidge, Electrical Storm

Saghi Ehteshamzadeh, Journal

Sophia English, It is going to be a hot summer

Josh Hite, A Vista

Avesta Mahmoudvaand, Hellmouth

Monique Motut-Firth and pr0phecy sun, TV Party

Yuyan Song, JellyFun

Gabriel Soucheyre, Anne’s Portrait

Jordyn Stewart, Landscape Study IV

Rachel Stuckey, Moon Clock: 4 Phases 2 Optimize U

Eric Tkaczyk, Press

Criss Wang, Yellow

Join us from August 9-14 at the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Watuth nations, for five days of screenings, workshops and musical performances celebrating earth-cooling, PUNK/CHIC small-file eco media.

We’re going to immerse in tiny movies on the huge screen! We are overjoyed to host the first ever, high-energy Small File Music Showcase with high N-R-G electronic acts Devours, HiNi and the JPEG 2000 Karaoke Explosion on August 12. On August 14 at the festive closing ceremony, we’ll hold the world’s first NSFT* Auction! All proceeds will go to the artist, and the owner will receive an ultra-tiny certificate of authentication. With lo-fi augmented reality, friendly wi-fi robots, and the incomparably charming Small File Team in attendance, this year’s festivities model fun and planet-friendly appropriate technologies.

Friends around the world can partake in small-file fun as in previous years!

You can preview NSFT art August 9-14, join the auction August 14, and enjoy the full festival online, August 16-21.

Why small files? Because streaming media is overheating the planet. Networks, data centers, and devices contribute a whopping 4% of greenhouse gas emissions. About a third of that is the infrastructural share that supports streaming media. The whole category is busting out of control as people worldwide, intoxicated by corporate media’s siren songs, stream all kinds of media in high definition, video chat, video conference, and play high-resolution online games, not to mention invest in crypto and get hooked on artificial intelligence apps. 

Up to now, we have been low-key, we have been playing it nice. But the world is broken. This time we are demanding—stop fossil fuels dependence bringing war and destruction worldwide!** We are demanding—unleash creative r/evolution! We are demanding—destroy the large-file clichés of thinking that prevent us from imaging a world otherwise!

Ultra Dance Party

Join us August 12 and experience the powerful aura of inaugural Small File Med! This high N-R-G showcase will be graced by JPEG 2000, HiNi and none other than Vancouver legend, Devours! The entire night will be graced by live sound, lights and visuals and the vibe will be held throughout with stunning interludes of ultimate 90s dance hits.

Devours is the sound of a gay DiY punk channeling his love for slipknot, Britney spears and vintage Nintendo themes into fiery, confessional bedroom electro pop anthems. Expect hits from his latest infectious release, Escape from Planet Devours, a ’90s action-blockbuster themed double album about liberating oneself from heteronormativity, depression, loneliness, and mainstream culture.

HiNi is a music producer, singer and rapper who’s known for turning chaotic and explosive sounds into music and ideas onstage. Her latest album King’s Way was released just this year and the intensity of her live stage and forward-thinking beats are not to be missed.

JPEG 2000 is an irreverently sincere synthpop duo wearing its heart on its sleeve.  Formed by Seth Eggler (Timing X) and Joey Chaos (Joey Chaos and The Ghosts) they are inspired by a shared love of new wave, synthpop, 90s techno and shoegaze and bring their all-new Karaoke Xperience to the Small File stage.

Be advised performances of the event will be documented through film and photography.