Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 / 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Thompson House Ballroom
3650 McTavish, Campus McGill, 2nd floor
(btwn Pine Avenue and Dr. Penfield)
Metro Peel or Bus 24 West

Please join us for this special cocktail reception!
RSVP required before May 17th | com (at) studioxx.org

Following the creation of Matricules: one of the world’s largest online archives of women’s digital artworks in 2008, Studio XX will premiere the completion of the archive’s Phase II: The XX Files Radio Project on Tuesday, May 18th at McGill University’s Thompson House.

Created over the past year with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy, CKUT 90.3 FM, F.A.C.E., Koumbit and Urbanink, The XX Files Radio Project was spearheaded by Project Director Stéphanie Lagueux, media artists Darsha Hewitt, S.T. and Valérie d. Walker. The project consists of the digitizing and online publishing of The XX Files radio show: a weekly broadcast exploring the digital world from the perspective of women living and working in it.

Originally conceived by Deborah VanSlet and Kathy Kennedy, The XX Files first aired in 1996. Past hosts Anita Cotic, Bérengère Marin-Dubuard and current host and longtime producer Valérie d. Walker have kept the show as current as ever and on the air every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM on CKUT 90.3 FM. Thanks to The XX Files Radio Project, this unique content spanning over 14 years will now be available worldwide for streaming and downloading via the Studio XX Website.

Featuring keynote addresses by NB-based radio producer and artist Linda Rae Dornan and Montreal cultural historian Jean-Pierre Sévigny, The XX Files Radio Project launch will treat audiences to a simulated broadcast, commissioned thematic podcasts by media artists Guylaine Bertrand, Valérie d. Walker and Britt Wray and the highly-awaited unveiling of Studio XX’s new Website. Videos of recent workshops enabling youth groups to create electronic art will also be screened.

Rounding out this exciting evening, National Film Board Producer Kat Baulu and Studio XX Director General Paulina Abarca-Cantin will present the finalist teams and projects of First Person Digital and the Digital Ludology project. Artworks from these two initiatives are slated to premiere in November 2010 at Studio XX’s HTMlles: Festival of Media Art and Networked Practices.

First Person Digital is a training and production initiative for women exploring new approaches to storytelling in multimedia produced by the National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with Studio XX and with support from Heritage Canada’s Cultural Development Fund.

Digital Ludology is a game art creation initiative produced by Studio XX with support from The Canada Council for the Arts.