Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Midi Onodera Media artist

Midi Onodera on questioning the moving image and the intimacy of cinema

A film by Alexis Wood | Photo: Candy Pauker

"...a thoughtful, daring filmmaker at a time when there was very little diversity in Canadian art."

Midi Onodera gained critical acclaim very early in her career with two remarkable films: Ten Cents a Dance (Parallax) (1985) and The Displaced View (1989) which launched her reputation as a thoughtful, daring filmmaker at a time when there was very little diversity in Canadian art. In recent years she refers to herself as a ‘moving image’ artist, combining her deep understanding of filmmaking with 21st century technologies and modes of distribution to make tiny movies, or ‘Vidoodles.’

“My tiny movies have a very different relationship with the viewer than larger screen movies. Unlike conventional cinema that draws on techniques and a visual/auditory vocabulary of over 100 years, tiny cinema’s history is only 5 years old, marked by Apple’s introduction of their fifth generation iPod." - Midi Onodera, in an interview published in Imaginations: A Journal of Cross-cultural image Studies, 2010

- Tanya Mars, performance artist and GGArts winner (2008) (nominator)

Selected works

Midi Onodera, The Displaced View, 1988, 16mm film, 52 minutes

Midi Onodera, The Displaced View, 1988, 16mm film, 52 minutes Play Video on Artist Website

Midi Onodera, Skin Deep, 1995, Super16/35mm, 85 minutes

Midi Onodera, Skin Deep, 1995, Super16/35mm, 85 minutes Play Video on Artist Website

Midi Onodera, Nobody Knows, 2002, video, 3:15 minutes

Midi Onodera, Nobody Knows, 2002, video, 3:15 minutes Play Video on Artist Website

Midi Onodera, I have no memory of my direction, 2005, video, 77 minutes

Midi Onodera, I have no memory of my direction, 2005, video, 77 minutes Play Video on Artist Website

Midi Onodera, Tabletop Viewables, 2011, video installation

Midi Onodera, Tabletop Viewables, 2011, video installation

Midi Onodera, strategic growth 2 (annual report series), 2015, video, 1:24 minutes

Midi Onodera, strategic growth 2 (annual report series), 2015, video, 1:24 minutes Play Video on Artist Website

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