Kika Thorne

A film and video artist from 1991 to 2001, co-founder of SHE/tv, Pleasure Dome board member from 1991 to 1995, Kika Thorne won Best Canadian Filmmaker at Images 97. In 2007 she received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Victoria, Canada. She has exhibited extensively including projects at Murray Guy, New York; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Art in General, New York; CCCB, Barcelona; Power Plant, Toronto; Forum Expanded, Berlinale, Berlin. From 2007 — 2010 she was the curator and programmer at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver where she also directed the Signal and Noise Media Arts Festival. She is currently completing a PhD in studio art at York University, merging sculpture and video.

Artist Code: 295


The Up and the down

2001, 05:30 minutes, colour/B&W, English


1999, 11:00 minutes, colour, English

Mattress City

1997, 08:00 minutes, colour/B&W, German/English

Kathy Acker In School

1997, 06:39 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Year Book

1997, 03:11 minutes, B&W

October 25th +26th, 1996

1997, 08:00 minutes, B&W

Sheet Sculpture

1996, 09:00 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Foreword: VS Program
by Jon Davies. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: (Vs. Program)
by Scott SØrli. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
VS: 640 480 - original programme
by Jon Davies et al. VS, Dec. 2004.
Video's Body, Analog and Digital
by Laura U. Marks. Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media, 2002. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
Guerrilla Video: Electrons Outside the Vacuum
by M.E. Luka et al. Guerrilla Video, Aug. 14 Summer, 2002.
Life is a Time Based Medium
by Kika Thorne. Video Ground Zero, 2002.
Fringe Experientiality
by James Missen. Public, 2002, v. 25.
by Anya Wassengerg. Artsbeat, Aug. 2001, v. 14, no. 2.
Splitting Images
by Gemma Files. EYE WEEKLY, Apr. 13, 2000, v. 9, no. 7.
Kika Thorne: Bodies and Desire
by Mike Hoolboom. LUX: A Decade of Artists' Film & Video, 2000. Toronto: YYZ books and PleasureDome, 2000.
Images of Intermedia: 13th Annual Images Festival of Independeent...
by Laura U. Marks. Afterimage, July 2000, v. 28, no. 1.
Gritty art show can fill your mind as you drain your body
by Blake Gopnik. The Globe and Mail, July 16, 1998.
Fringe romps in visual paradise: rebels don't make money, but they...
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Jan. 2, 1998.
In Lieu: Various Locations, Toronto, July 27 - August 22
by Ingrid Chu. Parachute, July 2, 1998.
Art Goes to the John
by Alan A. Vernon. EYE WEEKLY, July 2, 1998.
All that glitters is Litter: Hard on the trashy trail of art gold
by Kim Fullerton. Xtra!, Apr. 9, 1998, no. 351.
Best of '97: Local Movie Moguls
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Dec. 25, 1997, v. 17, no. 17.
Sex-radical filmaker lets it all hang out: Local Movie Moguls
by Cameron Bailey. Now, July 17, 1997, v. 16, no. 46.
Filmaker defined by the erotic
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, July 18, 1997.
Pleasure Dome: Spring/Summer '97
by Unknown. Pleasure Dome, Spring 1997.
The Festival That Rocks: Toronto's Images Festival of Independent...
by Barbara Mainguy. The Independent, July 1997.
T.O. movie scene boasts inspiring individual effort: Toronto's...
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Dec. 25, 1997, v. 17, no. 17.
A Woman is a Moving Site
by Barbara Godard. Mix, Winter 1995.
All in the Family: An Examination of Community Access Cable in Canada
by Dot Tuer. Fuse, Spring 1994, v. 17, no. 3.
Bodies and Desire: The Film's of Kika Thorne
by Mike Hoolboom. Cantrills Filmnotes, 1993, no. 71/72.
Images: An Immdeiate Response
by Kika Thorne. LIFT, June 25, 1991.