Pleasure Dome is an artist-run presentation organization and publisher dedicated to fostering a culture of artists’ experimental media, including video, film, and other forms of moving image.
Pleasure Dome is mandated to:
Our screenings are hosted year-round and in a variety of venues, both in person and online. We almost exclusively program short-length works, and prioritize the presentation of works by Black, Indigenous, and POC artists, artists with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ artists, women artists, non-binary and trans artists, self-taught artists, immigrant and refugee artists, first-generation artists, and other artists from marginalized backgrounds. These artists’ perspectives deepen our community’s understanding of what “the experimental” means historically and today.
Executive Director & Operations and Development Manager
Contact for the Staff: PleasureDomeManager@gmail.com
Pleasure Dome, at Pix Film Studios
1411 Dufferin St, Unit C
Toronto, ON, Canada
The 2023/2024 Board of Directors:
Nicole Cartier Barrera
Julie Hall, Secretary
Erika Yuen, Treasurer
Sylvia Nowak, Co-Chair
Sadaf Khajeh, Co-Chair
Contact for the Board: email@example.com
The 2023/2024 Programming Committee:
The PD Board of Directors and:
Committee Chairs: Abisola Oni & Jennifer Laiwint
Pleasure Dome is on land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning. We wish to acknowledge the Ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway, the Anishnabe and, in particular, the Mississauga’s of the New Credit whose territory we reside in. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. As settlers, this recognition of the contributions of Indigenous peoples must be connected to our collective commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and to bring justice for murdered and missing Indigenous people across our country.
Pleasure Dome partners with media art organizations and artist-run centers in Toronto, regionally, nationally, and abroad to initiate co-presentations, collaborations, and sponsorships that bring forward culturally diverse and experimental media projects. We are continually looking for ways to enhance the audience experience and welcome new ideas or suggestions for future programming and member interactions.
Pleasure Dome is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Arts Council, and by our members, sponsors, and community partners.
“We were just bored that’s how I think it started, bored with watching the same new avant pictures hitting the screen by fathers we never wanted, mothers we’d spent our lives saying no to. We thought fringe cinema wasn’t the church but serious fun, strange new emulsions for strange new lives, and wanted to lend a stage to all those queer, trans, post-pop underthings that had been waiting all along for a place to shine.
We loved super-8 and when our friends were dying we gave them cameras and then the punks came and made zinekinos and there were performances by people who were fucking with emulsion not because they could but because they had to, because it was the only way to face the next day…the miles of tape and emulsion keep running past eyes still open for something akin to our capacity for wonder. Welcome to the Pleasure Dome.”
— Mike Hoolboom, co-founder of Pleasure Dome