TAIS Artist in Residence Program focuses on research & production in animation, and is designed to offer opportunities for artists to expand and develop their practices and create independent work. Residency Artists also present their work to the public through artist talks and workshops.

Daniel Barrow

TAIS’ 2018 Canadian Artist in Residence: ARTIST TALK (Dec 6th 2018)

TAIS artist in residence Daniel Barrow will conclude his 2018 residency with a presentation of his most recent live animations, alongside a retrospective of his past performances and videos. Daniel uses obsolete technologies to present pictorial narratives by merging the methods and cultural histories of cinema, comics, animation, and magic lantern shows. He is best known for creating and adapting comic book narratives to “manual” forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors.

This presentation work, co-presented with Vtape, expands upon Daniel’s dualistic, universal themes: good vs. evil, shame vs. pride, experience vs. innocence, and awareness of the present moment vs. an increasingly dark, and rapidly advancing future.


FREE ENTRY (Seating Capacity limited to 60, first come first served) 4th floor, The Commons


Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow works in video, film, print-making and drawing, but is best known for his use of antiquated technologies, his “registered projection” installations, and his narrative overhead projection performances. Barrow describes his performance method as a process of, “creating and adapting comic narratives to manual forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors”. Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA festival, and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Barrow is the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award as well as the recipient of the 2013 Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Prize.




photo credit: Valerie Sagin



Plans for the Residency

TAIS looks forward to welcoming the artist to the studio for 3 months, starting in September 2018. While at TAIS, Daniel will present a Masterclass, and will give an talk on his project in development and his artistic practice to date. Stay tuned for announcements regarding dates for all public programming related to Daniel’s residency.

TAIS Canadian Artist Residency is three-months long. The goal for the Canadian Artist in Residence is to emerge with a finished work. The selected Canadian artist is awarded $9,000, comprised of $3,000 in-kind towards 3-months of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios, and $6,000 in cash funding for their project.


Project statement by Daniel Barrow:

“Over the last fifteen years, I have used obsolete technologies to present animated narratives by merging the methods and cultural histories of cartoons, comic books, shadow puppetry and magic lantern shows. I am best known for creating and adapting comic book narratives to “manual” forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on an overhead projector. I am currently creating a live, hour-long, experimental, animated narrative which illustrates the story of a teen who is obsessed with a nun whom he regards as a “flawless beauty”. The story, titled “The Reading Wand”, will be told in a series of narrative vignettes that combine: live animations from a vintage Amiga computer, manual animation from an overhead projector, a live monologue, and a 16 mm short film biography of Saint Dominic Savio. It is the 16 mm cut-out animation that I will create at TAIS.

The story takes place at a Catholic boarding school called Saint Dominic Savio. The 16 mm film I will create will be included in the story as an instructional film played in all the classrooms of the school, explaining what it means to be a virtuous teen. In this 3 minute “cut-out” animation, the patron Saint of teenagers, Saint Dominic, is presented to the teen students as a moral example. All of the details of Saint Dominic’s biography are true, but the school, its students, and faculty are all fictitious. My 16 mm cut-out animation will dramatize portions of Saint Dominic’s biography, which was written by his mentor Saint John Basco in 1857.  

Like most Catholic saints, Saint Dominic died young of a painful, disfiguring disease. My personal rendering of the story, however, will focus on glaringly queer aspects of his biography – specifically as they manifested in the beautiful teen saint’s obsession with pedantic religious purity: he preferred the friendship of girls because they were less vulgar than boys; he always helped his mother with housekeeping, whether he was asked or not; he refused to swim with the other boys in a pond because, ‘it would be easy to offend God.’  In the animation, Saint Dominic will act as an object of the school’s devotion/desire, as well as the saintly narrator of certain chapters of other chapters of the feature-length piece. The film I make at TAIS will function autonomously as an animated biography, but will also compliment the fictitious tale I have written about a boy obsessed with a glamorous nun.
The biography of Saint Dominic is inspiring to me on many levels. My rendering of the life story will be, in a way, a kind of personal fairy tale which expands upon dualistic themes from previous work: immaculate/defiled, beauty/ugliness, shame/pride, visible/invisible and the various ways depictions of feminine and masculine sexualities intersect with expressions of triumphant power. This project will also afford me the opportunity to expand my narrative language into new psychological and technical territories, and push the limits of my cinematic vocabulary.”



To read about past residency recipients, click HERE>>

TAIS residency programming is presented with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts

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