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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. The upcoming showcase will take place on March 25 at the Black Box Studio Theatre at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Poster by Sojung Bahng


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

SUPERVISOR: Sojung Bahng



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

Connecting Across Borders, 2023, Digital Performance

Freda Zhou

The Silent Growl, 2023, Digital Performance

Richelle Cai

Caged: A Metaphor, 2023, Media Installation & Performance

Kaelin Grassie

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

Seymour Irons

Untitled, 2023, Projection Mapping Performance

Zachary Everitt

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

Emina Arase

The Ghost Act, 2023, Digital Performance

Siobhan Mcmahon

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

Chutong Yu

Hot Pot, 2023, Virtual Reality (VR) Documentary

Qing Sun

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

Weijia Ran

The Mask, 2023, Virtual Reality (VR) Film

Haofan Wang


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