Dawn Matheson is a multimedia journalist and artist specializing in heartfelt, experiential storytelling delivered through print, radio, video and community art projects.
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Dawn Matheson is a multimedia artist and writer living in Guelph, Ontario. She is an alumni of the University of Toronto School of English Drama, and University of Guelph’s theatre stage management.
Currently, she is writing for several publications (features writer for Guelph Life Magazine (Metroland), blogging, programming for the Guelph Film Festival and producing radio documentary for CBC.
Recently, she managed a video lab at the University of Guelph which researches the ways in which arts-based practices can create opportunities for communities marginalized by misconceptions of difference and disability (projectrevision.ca).
In 2011, she was the video-artist in residence for University of Guelph’s Improvisation Community and Social Practice office creating videos on saxophonist Jane Bunnett’s improv workshops with special needs community groups. (www.improvcommunity.ca)
As a writer, she currently is the features writer for Guelph Life Magazine, and has written for numerous national publications including Up!, West Jet’s inflight, The Globe and Mail, Dogs In Canada, Ignite Travel, Guelph Mercury, KW Record, Ottawa Citizen, Outpost and Canadian Living magazines. She also edited Guelph’s history book: Perspectives on a Century of Change.
She has worked for CBC Radio and Television, and produced video profiles for the Stratford Festival. Dawn was the director of Guelph’s Festival of Moving Media for a number of years http://festivalofmovingmedia.ca/, made social history videos for Guelph International Resource Centre’s Social History Project, and contributed to group shows with Ed Video Media Arts, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and Nuit Blanche (Toronto and Guelph).
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Dawn’s artistic practice seeks to interrupt civic and social spaces with unexpected moments of beauty, curiosity and joy. Her relational performances and interventions hope to offer moments of exuberance and liberation from everyday suffering and to dismantle the barriers between individuals. Dawn creates site-specific sound, video and performance pieces that have been installed in galleries and public spaces across the country. She solicited private recordings of people singing in the shower for broadcast in a public fountain in Guelph’s St. George’s Square. She staged a silent community sit entitled “Stare” for Nuit Blanche. She videotaped isolated old-timers navigating a bank machine, then overlaid a soundtrack of their memories of kinship survival. She created a Confession Alley for local residents to give voice to experience otherwise unshared. She collaborated with adult literacy learners from Action Read Guelph in an adaptation and performance of Shakespearean monologues, then broadcast the recordings from trees for a Shakespeare festival at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. http://www.uoguelph.ca/shakespeare/multimedia/audio/a_tongues_in_trees.cfm . She assembled a guerilla team to build snowmen on the front lawns of household residents, with the hopes of providing a little joy just outside their windows.
Recently, Dawn worked with Musagete’s Foundation’s 1mile2. You can find her blog posts here. http://www.1mile2.com/category/d-matheson. Matheson collaborated with a Guelph resident living with disability to conceive, develop and produce a short documentary video to be screened at a community literacy lie-down cinema and ‘slumber party.’ She hopes that these documentaries will offer fresh and intimate perspectives on shared pursuits of happiness by underrepresented members of the Guelph community.
On Monday mornings, you can find her at The Writing Room, an open writing studio at Guelph’s The Bookshelf.