hot dreams - new exhibition at Ed Video

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July 5 @ 10:00 am - August 2 @ 5:00 pm

hot dreams

Adryn Gibbs, Eli Nolet

Curated by Adrien Crossman

July 5th – August 2nd, 2024

Ed Video Media Arts Centre, 404 York Rd, Guelph, ON N1E 3H4

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 5 pm

Opening Reception:

Friday, July 5th, 2024, from 7 pm – 9 pm


hot dreams brings together the work of Ardyn Gibbs and Eli Nolet, two emerging trans and non binary artists exploring queer affect through new media and materiality. Queer desire, safety, memory, joy, and visibility exist as throughlines in these works that reach for physical spaces of queer belonging/gathering that have for some only existed as a fantasy or imagining. Employing both physical and digital material references to objects such as chains, metal piercings, and the reflective sheen reminiscent of that cast by leather or latex, the works in hot dreams refer to the queer body – or rather the absence of queer bodies.

About the Artists:

Eli Nolet (they/them) is a queer trans settler-Indigenous artist and arts worker from the occupied territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas (otherwise known as hamilton, ontario). Eli’s practice explores identity and selfhood through new media activations of static image and text work. Across their practice, Eli is interested in investigating the many layered histories of queer culture and desire, and questioning the binaries of visible/invisible, normative/transgressive.

Ardyn Gibbs (they/them) is a queer and trans, settler-Indigenous (Mohawk) artist and arts worker located on the territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation otherwise known as Hamilton, ON. Using digital new media technologies Ardyn’s work explores themes of queer futurism, digital dreaming, and visibility/legibility of queer bodies in public spaces. Ardyn is passionate about collective dreaming, placekeeping, and fostering meaningful connections.

Adrien Crossman (they/them) is a queer and non-binary white settler artist, educator, and curator currently residing on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe in so called Hamilton, Ontario. They hold an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Windsor (2018), and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University (2012). Crossman is interested in the affective qualities of queerness, investigating how queerness can be felt through specific aesthetics and sensibilities. Adrien co-founded and co-runs the online arts publication off centre and is an Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts at McMaster University.


On the side of the 404 York Rd building, there is an accessible ramp that leads to the building’s back door. Head straight through the hall to reach Ed Video’s side door. Parking is available along the side of the building. The parking spot closest to the ramp is reserved for those with accessibility needs. Note that parking spots near other buildings in the area are not publicly available spots.


Founded in 1976, Ed Video Media Arts Centre is a charitable artist-run centre, whose mission is to foster the creation, exhibition, and appreciation of media arts.Ed Video is situated on the traditional lands of the Attawandaron, Anishinaabek, and Haudenosaunee Peoples and the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. The Ed Video Media Arts Centre acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Guelph, and the Trillium Foundation.

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