Alisi Telengut

Alisi Telengut is a visual artist, animator, and filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. She creates animation frame by frame under the camera, with painting as the medium, to generate movement and explore hand-made and painterly visuals for her films. Her recent works received multiple international awards. In addition to being screened at Sundance, Slamdance, TIFF, AFI, and various worldwide exhibitions as animation, these films have also contributed to ethnographic and ethnocultural research archives.

Project statement by Alisi Telengut:

Alisi was the 2019 Canadian Artist in Residence at TAIS. During the summer of 2019, Alisi created a new animated film titled “The Fourfold” during her residency at TAIS. Alisi also presented an artist talk, and presentation of her past and current work.

“The project that I will pursue during the Canadian residency at TAIS is a short animated film titled ‘The Fourfold’. Inspired by the animations of the South African artist William Kentridge, the project will be animated by hand with the under-camera technique and workflow. Based on the shamanic and animistic beliefs and rituals in Siberia and Mongolia, the film is about the fourfold structure of sky and earth, gods and mortals. By re-considering the idea of animism and its beliefs and practices, the film attempts to offer an opportunity to include indigenous knowledge and experience in order to have a truly universal outlook and (re-)write more inclusive histories.”

2016-2017 Artists in Residence

Above: Zeesy Powers, This Could Be You, still image, 2017

January 30 – April 30, 2017


Zeesy Powers was TAIS 2017 Canadian Artist in Residence

Zeesy Powers presented an artist talk about her project “This Could Be You” on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. Details HERE. She also presented this interactive VR experience at the 11th TAIS Animation Showcase, and at the 2017 Ottawa International Animation Festival. Produced in collaboration with Dames Making Games and Gamma Space, this interactive VR experience puts participants in the body of a 90-year-old female in the middle of techno-dystopic environment. 

Zeesy Powers is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Toronto. Powers works with moving images and text in her artistic practice, exploring how technology impacts our lived experience and mediates our relationship to the cultural and natural systems that support and shape society.

Powers has performed and exhibited at venues including PS 122 (New York), CCA Kitkyushu (Japan), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Her animations and video works have screened internationally. Powers’ animated projections for dancer Emily Law premiered in November 2016 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. In 2016, Powers was the Artist in Residence at Studio XX in Montréal where she developed a code-based video installation using the Python programming language. In 2015, she was an Artist in Residence at the Toronto Public Library where she produced “Children’s Story”, a complex multimedia projection performance with the children from diverse nearby communities. In 2014, her first collection of short stories was published by WAAP, entitled Eight Stories. Powers is an alumni of the Banff Centre’s New Media Institute Program (2010), Japan’s CCA Kitakyushu Research Program (2009) and OCAD University (2007). For more info visit



Above: Pallavi Agarwala, Flight: Home Sweet Home, still, 2017

March 3 – 31, 2017


Pallavi Agarwala was TAIS 2017 International Artist in Residence

Pallavi Agarwala presented an artist talk about her project “Flight” entitled “THE FRAME & I + Home Sweet Home” on Saturday, March 18th, 2017. Details HERE. She also presented two stop motion workshops called “Animated Self-Portraits” at TAISDetails HEREProduced in collaboration with SAVAC, and in partnership with The Theatre Centre, Pallavi’s month-long residency culminated in a presentation of her work as a projected installation in TAIS Studios on March 30th. 

Pallavi Agarwala is an illustrator and animator from New Delhi, India. After working as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator in India, she completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art (London, UK) on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in 2016. Agarwala’s work draws upon the poetic language of animated documentaries as means to reconstruct narratives. With a focus on the lives of people in modern cities, she is interested in addressing and representing the underrepresented in her work. Using experimental techniques in drawing, film, and collage ‘cut-ups’ to visually construct metaphors regarding disruption and change, Agarwala believes in approaching subjects with humour and plurality. Considering this as vital to her process and to her efforts to represent the notion of the ‘other’ she is also interested in thinking about the future of cites and how this theme of difference is experienced within urban environments. More info available at


2015-2016 Artists in Residence


Above: Michael Enzbrunner, Death Van, promotional poster, 2016

November 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016


Michael Enzbrunner was TAIS 2016 Canadian Artist in Residence

Michael Enzbrunner presented an artist talk on Saturday, August 20th, 2016. Details HERE. He also presented a new work in VR at the 10th TAIS Animation Showcase, and at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, entitled Death Van & the Zeitshow Folks. Produced in collaboration with Helge Henning, this VR experience puts participants in the middle of a dreamlike surrealist musical diorama where the viewer is shrunk down to thumbnail size. Created as part of 2nd year of The Petman Foundation 2015-16 Artist in Residency program.

Michael is a Toronto-based illustrator, painter and animator with years of experience in commercial productions and freelance work. In his work he’s aiming for an artistic approach to 3D animation. For more info visit



Anna Vasof, Travel to the Window, video still, 2015

Above: Anna Vasof, Travel to the Window, video still, 2015

November 1-30, 2015


Anna Vasof was TAIS 2015 International Artist in Residence 

Anna Vasof held an artist talk on Thursday, November 27th, 2015 and presented her latest work, produced while in residence at TAIS Studio, entitled “Travel to the Window.” The work is a video installation created using “Non Stop Stop Motion” – an animation technique in which a camera films continuously but the motion of the objects and/or space creates the illusion of movement, due to the “stop motion” properties. Vasof spoke about this new technique and also presented other projects created while in studio at TAIS. Created as part of 2nd year of The Petman Foundation 2015-16 Artist in Residency program.

Anna Vasof is from Vienna, Austria, and is an architect and media artist. Born in 1985, she studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art (2014) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, some of them win­ning distinctions. She is currently working on designing and building innovative mechanisms for pro­ducing critical and narrative videos, actions and installations. More info available at


2014-2015 Artist in Residence


Above: Brett Long as photographed through the 3D set of his residency project In Dubitably

September 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015


Brett Long was TAIS inaugural Artist in Residence, part of the 1st year of the program funded by The Petman Foundation, from September 2014 until March 2015.

Brett Long held an artist talk on Saturday, July 4th, 2015. While in studio, Brett created a stop-motion animated adventure in Panoramic 3D using the DK2 Oculus Rift. He developed and experimented with techniques for making stop-motion animation for virtual reality headsets.  From concept, to set building, and through many technical obstacles he managed to produce a short experimental “mood piece” set in space.  Entitled “In Dubitably,” the resulting film is an immersive 360 degree observational animation of outer space/inner space/ virtual space…that allows the audience to intimately witnesses other life forms and planets in a first-of-its-kind experience.

Brett Long is a graduate from the Media Arts program at Sheridan College with over eight years of professional and independent experience. He is a filmmaker and artist inspired by stop-motion and anime who has directed and edited films, television shows, music videos and created projections for large events. More info is available at




TAIS Artist Residency program 2014-2015, 2015-2016 was made possible by the generous support of The Petman Foundation