Brenda Goldstein

Brenda Goldstein was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1973 and currently resides in Toronto. She received her AOCAD in 2001, and her BFA in 2003, from the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Goldstein uses film, video and performance to create immersive environments that transport the viewer into another state of consciousness. As a plastic, contingent document of reality, video is a signal that can carry the elusive qualities of emotion, memory and the subjective nature of perception. She treats film as a more indexical medium with its own aesthetic qualities, unique in its materiality and corporeality. Her work, however, is not romantic: it has a political edge, expressed through elision and conceptual frameworks.

Her short films and videos have screened at Canadian and International festivals: the Images Festival (Toronto); World Wide Short Film Festival (Toronto); Herland Film Festival (Calgary); the Planet in Focus Festival (Toronto); and the PDX Film Festival (Portland, US). In 2006, her work was included in Atchung! Baby, a program of performance video curated by artists Johanna Householder and Nina Czegledy. The program traveled to Bratislava; Slovakia, Budapest; Hungary, and Cluj; Romania. Her installations have been exhibited at the Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest (Kassel), Germany; York Quay Gallery (Toronto); Mercer Union: A Center for Contemporary Art (Toronto); FADO Performance Art Center (Toronto); The Toronto Free Gallery (Toronto); and the Agnes Etherington Art Center (Kingston, ON).

Her writing and an artist’s project have appeared in Fuse Magazine and POV magazine. She is also a member of Toronto’s Pleasure Dome film and video exhibition group where she is a programmer. She was the Executive Producer of You Are Here, the first feature film by fellow artist Daniel Cockburn. Fall 2010 writer/curator R.M. Vaughn included her work in a screening/discussion called ML/SL (mid-life/shelf-life) at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto.

Artist Code: 697



2007, 13:23 minutes, colour, English


2007, 05:09 minutes, B&W, English


2004, 01:00 minutes, Colour

First Kiss

2004, 01:00 minutes, Colour, English

I have given you the best years of my life

2004, 12:00 minutes, Colour, English

Economies of Scale

2003, 04:00 minutes, colour, English


2003, 03:45 minutes, Colour, english

We're growing our own now

2003, 04:10 minutes, Colour, English

How To...

2003, 04:25 minutes, Colour, English

Exhibit A: The Urban Beautification Brigade

2003, 03:18 minutes, colour, English


2003, 10:00 minutes, colour, English

Erosion version 2

2003, 06:45 minutes, colour, English

Spaces (installation)

2003, 05:56 minutes, colour


2003, 05:56 minutes, colour

Attack of the Evil man Arm

2002, 04:14 minutes, colour

Submerged: Water Surface (installation)

2002, 08:32 minutes, Colour, English


2002, 08:32 minutes, Colour, English

Critical Writing

Trap and Snare: Omer Fast's 'Nostalgia'
by Brenda Goldstein. Fuse, 2010, v. 33, no. 1.
Mid-Life/Shelf-Life: Omer Fast's 'Nostalgia'
by Lisa Steele. Mid-Life/Shelf-Life, 2010. Toronto: Vtape, 2010.
Dream Homes: Far-out ideas for rebooting the 'burbs: Toronto Free...
by Murray Whyte. The Toronto Star, Apr. 23, 2006.
Minutes of Video Glory
by John Terauds. The Toronto Star, Nov. 18, 2004.
Immanent death
by Brenda Goldstein. Mix, Summer 2004, v. 30, no. 1.