Vancouver Premiere!

We invite you to the July 27 and 28 premiere screenings of the documentary Beware of Images at Vancity theater. We hope you can join us!

From cave paintings to virtual reality, Beware of Images embarks on a fascinating journey through the history of mediated representation.

Director Sergio Toporek will be present for a Q&A session following each screening.

Seven years in the making, this animated documentary explores the intricate relationships between the technology, regulation and social impact of media.

Through this film, the audience is encouraged to examine their relationship with past, present and future media technologies.

Sergio Toporek is an artist, designer and independent filmmaker. His work explores the relationship between art, science, and technology. He has designed over 80 cd covers, working with all major labels, and with musicians as varied as Luis Miguel, Celine Dion and Cafe Tacuba.

A native of Mexico City, Sergio Toporek started his creative career working under the guidance of Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant).

In 1996, Sergio moved to Vancouver and applied his skills as a graphic designer in the advertising industry. In 2006, Sergio joined the faculty of the Vancouver Film School as a Typography, Visual Communications and 2D Graphics instructor.

Sergio Toporek has a keen awareness of the power of visual representations and has put his heart and soul into researching, writing and animating this ambitious media literacy film.

Through Mr. Torporek’s career as a media educator, graphic designer, and advertising professional, he has garnered unique insights about the impact of visual communication and media, which he has been able to bring to this film.

Screening Dates: July 27 and 28
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (With an intermission)
Location: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
Tickets $16 available at: bewareofimages.eventbrite.com

For an interview with Sergio Toporek please contact:
Vilamon Aranyaphong
Proponent Media
Public Engagement-Media Coordinator

Happy Birthday Mr. Braille!

4 Jan 1809 – 6 Jan 1852

After an accident with a stitching awl that left him blind at the age of three, Braille went on to become a history, geometry and algebra teacher at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth, as well as an accomplished cellist and organist.

At age 15 he devised a written language for the blind, and by his late 30s had published several books on mathematics and music using the system.

He died at the age of 43 in 1852. Through the overwhelming insistence of blind pupils, Braille’s system was adopted by the Royal Institute in 1854. It spread from France to the entire world. For over a century, this revolutionary method of communication has transformed the lives of millions.

Happy Birthday Mr. Babbage!

26 December 1791 – 18 October 1871

Mathematician, philosopher and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer.

First described in 1837 as the successor to his Difference Engine, the Analytical Engine was Babbage’s most ambitious undertaking. It was to be programmed using punched cards. The cards would control a mechanical calculator, which could use as input the results of preceding computations. It would have been the first mechanical device to be, in principle, Turing-complete.

At the height of the Industrial Revolution, when machines where mass-producing valuable goods, few understood why Babbage would want to spend enormous resources on a machine that mass-produced intangible numbers. Babbage’s funding ran dry and his machine was never completed.

A set of commands that his collaborator, mathematician Ada Lovelace, published for it to generate Bernoulli numbers, is considered the first computer program.

Way ahead of their time, a century would have to pass for their dream to come true.

The Society of the Spectacle.

In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation… The spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images. —Guy Debord

Download the hi-res image!

A Brief History of Black Friday.

Parade floats were first introduced in the Middle Ages when churches used pageant wagons as movable scenery for passion plays, and they remained popular in Europe for centuries.

Many Jewish immigrants arrived to the United States after the events of the 1848 German Revolution. After being marginalized in Europe, the Jewish people went on to flourish in a new land of opportunities. Among the immigrants were Benjamin Bloomingdale and Elkan Bamberger, whose sons would go on to found two of the most successful department stores. Brothers Isidor and Nathan Straus immigrated later and would end up acquiring Bamberger’s and Macy’s. Continue reading

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