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Coping Mechanism (MAPP Showcase)

Media & Performance Production (MAPP) is a program co-coordinated by the Department of Film & Media and the DAN School of Drama & Music at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Media and Performance Production Major Project (MAPP 400 / Fall 2022 & Winter 2023) is a practice-based capstone course that lets students explore and produce various digital media projects by intersecting audiovisual productions and live arts through interactive, augmented and immersive media. MAPP students complete a capstone project in the course MAPP 400, which is shared with the other members of the community through a public installation & performance.


How do we navigate drastic changes in our environment? Coping Mechanism surveys various ways MAPP 400 students have been facing and dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, relocating and adjusting to different cultures, social/political oppression, media misinformation, etc. Amid these crises, some listen carefully to their deepest feelings and respond to mental health issues, while others find themselves bursting into unexpected artistic talent. Some try to reconnect with their close ones and find peace in their comfort zones, while others confront problems and open dialogues. These struggles and challenges are materialized in 12 different digital media installations and performances, including video projection, AR and VR. Where the idea of our familiar world is dismantled, and the physical reality is blurred, Coping Mechanism provides a space to relate to each other and explore possibilities together.

Statement by Jung-Ah Kim

SHOWCASE TITLE: Coping Mechanism

LOCATION: (Black Box) Studio Theatre 104, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

DATES: March 25th

SHOWCASE HOURS: 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm


ARTISTS: Emina Arase, Richelle Cai, Zachary Everitt, Kaelin Grassie, Seymour Irons, Claire Matthews, Siobhan Mcmahon, Daniela Mendoza, Erin Piggott, Weijia Ran, Madeleine Smith, Qing Sun, Haofan Wang, Chutong Yu, Freda Zhou




SHOWCASE SPONSERS: DAN School of Drama & Music and Department of Film & Media, Queen's University


Refraction, 2023, Interactive Performance and Installation

Claire Matthews, Daniela Mendoza, Erin Piggott, Madeleine Smith

Refraction is a commentary on the mundanity of conversations, life, and being. Although they all exist in the same way, they are altered by the intricacies of a person’s perception of themself.

Connecting Across Borders, 2023, Digital Performance

Freda Zhou

This digital performance concerns Freda and her friends' lives in foreign countries, including Canada, Australia and the UK. The work represents diaspora and friendship across borders, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Silent Growl, 2023, Digital Performance

Richelle Cai

The project is about the strict Zero-COVID policy in China and represents how the policy has affected the individual's lives, including the artist and her family's. The digital performance uses motion graphics, video and dance to represent this theme poetically.

Caged: A Metaphor, 2023, Media Installation & Performance

Kaelin Grassie

Caged: A Metaphor touches on the pandemic's impact on performing artists. Kaelin uses projection mapping installation and performance to show how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her life as a dancer and artist.

Planet Wake Up, 2023, Augmented Reality (AR) & Media Installation

Seymour Irons

Planet Wake Up showcases Seymour's artistic development fostered during the pandemic and aims to promote and inform on ways of connecting deeper with our inner selves through creative practice.

Untitled, 2023, Projection Mapping Performance

Zachary Everitt

This projection mapping digital performance by Zachary explores the artist's mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The work reveals a glimpse into his everyday shame and struggles affected by social isolation.

Two Worlds: Japan and Canada, 2023, Media Installation & Performance

Emina Arase

The project shows Emina's lives in Japan and Canada. As a Japanese international student living in Canada, she represents how her two worlds intersect and are internalised in her everydayness by using the projection on her body.

The Ghost Act, 2023, Digital Performance

Siobhan Mcmahon

The Ghost Act poetically represents Siobhan's life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic experience is associated with her childhood memories around isolation, so she reconnected her memories and artistically expressed her feelings through dance.

Four Seasons, 2023, Digital Performance & Virtual Reality (VR) Video

Chutong Yu

This project is created based on the artist's real-life experience during quarantine. The work shows the transition of people's moods during self-quarantine: feel fresh and relaxed at first, gradually start to feel bored, then become irritable, and finally, feel hopeless.

Hot Pot, 2023, Virtual Reality (VR) Documentary

Qing Sun

This autobiographical VR documentary shows Qing's life with her companion Hot Pot. As a Chinese international student, she shares her life in Canada and the deep affection and connection with her dog Hot Pot.

( ) project, 2023, Augmented Reality (AR) Installation

Weijia Ran

The AR installation project reveals the issues around the mass media and misinformation about the covid-19 pandemic. Weijia explores how people interact with the mass media and questions how we can read the truth behind it and generate empathy for the disaster.

The Mask, 2023, Virtual Reality (VR) Film

Haofan Wang

The Mask is a VR fiction film directed by Haofan Wang. The story represents how the pandemic could affect personal love lives and generate violence. Haofan also explores how immersive media can generate new storytelling conventions and spectacles.

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