TAIS is pleased to present 3-week long Microresidencies in 2018-19 designed to support the initiation or continuation of new works of animation by exemplary emerging independent animation and media artists



Emily Pelstring
Daniel Sterlin-Altman


Emily Pelstring

May 1 – 22, 2018
Studio talk: May 17, 7pm

During this residency, Emily Pelstring will continue production of a short experimental narrative animation called Witch’s Work. This project will build on narrative trajectories the artist has been pursuing in their animation and multimedia practices, weaving together a series of surrealist, hand-drawn scenes culled from ancient mythology, the artist’s imagination, and a poem by Toronto-based poet Sara Peters.

The artist’s goal with this project is to deepen their engagement with storytelling practices as well as interrogation of hetero-patriarchal culture. In her creative practice and life, the artist is interested in using critical play as a feminist strategy of resistance. Witch’s Work will deliver surrealist and absurdist violence with a light touch and humorous undertones.


Emily will give a studio talk about their project at TAIS on May 17th, at 7pm, presenting the project as a work-in-progress. The artist will also discuss her influences, which range from early computer animation and early formalist video art to 1960s psychedelic animations and contemporary feminist media practices.




Emily Pelstring is an artist and filmmaker based in Canada. Her interests as a creative practitioner are around the cultural context for technologies of visual representation. She experiments with special effects and optical distortions to call attention to the gesture of technological mediation. Her films and installations have been shown internationally in galleries and festivals, including Transmediale Berlin, Seoul International New Media Festival, Antimatter Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, FoFA Gallery, PDA Projects, Khyber Centre for the Arts, Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, Galerie La Centrale, among others. Since 2010, she has directed music videos for numerous clients. She has two ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations that interrogate hetero-patriarchal culture through affirmative engagement with collectivity and camp aesthetics: Inflatable Deities (with Jessica Mensch) and The Powers (with Jessica Mensch and Katherine Kline). Emily is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University.


Daniel Sterlin-Altman

June 4 – 24, 2018
Studio talk: October 25, 7pm

Daniel Sterlin-Altman will complete a TAIS Microresidency in June 2018 to create a new stop motion short film do you even carrot all?, a stop motion-animated short exploring sex, love, family, and regret complicit with queer identity. Daniel will present a studio talk about his project at TAIS on October 25th, at 7pm.

The film focuses on a protagonist, Carrot: a many-faced root vegetable. Through a series of voicemail playbacks, the pretty and ugly past of Carrot is revealed; partners, friends, flirtatious encounters, and partners’ mothers each have something to say to Carrot but just can’t get a hold of the slowly receding root.

Through humour and satire, do you even carrot all? scrutinizes the cause and effect of queer men navigating their own identities in their social spaces. Carrot is charming, compassionate and pleasure-seeking, and has roped in devoted lovers and betrayed them all the same.

Daniel will present the new work and process, along with a selection of past animated works.


Daniel Sterlin-Altman is a stop-motion animation filmmaker from Toronto. A graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Daniel creates absurd animated short films exploring family, queer identity, and tragedy through humour. His films and commissioned works have screened in festivals internationally, including Krok International Animation Festival, Anima Brussels, Inside Out LGBT Film Fest, and Outfest LA, and have been awarded audience and jury prizes. Daniel currently lives in Toronto.



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


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