Profile: Midi Onodera Artist Last Update:April 28, 2018

Midi Onodera is an award-winning filmmaker and media artist who has been making films and videos for more than 35 years. In 2018, Midi received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts. Her work is laced with markers of her experiences as a feminist, lesbian, Japanese-Canadian woman. She has produced over 25 independent shorts, ranging from 16mm film to digital video to toy camera formats.

Since 2006 she has made over 500 Vidoodles (defined as bite-sized 30 second to 2 minute video doodles). From 2006-2007 she published a vidoodle a day for 365 days. Since then, she has released a video project every year, addressing themes of language, media, politics and everyday life. Her online videos can be viewed at: or

Selected Work

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Midi Onodera, Strategic Growth 2 from the online series, Annual Report, 2015, video, 1:24 min. Midi Onodera, Blame Warhol from the online series, 12x12x12, 2011, video, 1:15 min. Midi Onodera, Tabletop Viewables, letter P, 2011, video installation, loops, various length. Midi Onodera, marooned, from the online series, Baker's Dozen, 2010, video, 1:03 min.
Midi Onodera, I have no memory of my direction, 2005, video, 77 min. Midi Onodera, nobody knows, 2002, video, 3:15 min. Midi Onodera, The Basement Girl, 2000, 16mm & video, 11:40 min. Midi Onodera, Skin Deep, 1995, 35mm film, 85 min.
Midi Onodera, The Displaced View, 1988, 16mm film, 52 min. Midi Onodera, 10 Cents a Dance (Parallax), 1985, 16mm film, 30 min.

Midi Onodera Artist Profile, directed by Alexis Wood
for the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, 2018

Midi Onodera gained critical acclaim very early in her career with two remarkable films: Ten Cents a Dance (Parallax) (1985) and The Displaced View (1989) which launched her reputation as a thoughtful, daring filmmaker at a time when there was very little diversity in Canadian art. In recent years she refers to herself as a ‘moving image’ artist, combining her deep understanding of filmmaking with 21st century technologies and modes of distribution to make tiny movies, or ‘Vidoodles.’ “

My tiny movies have a very different relationship with the viewer than larger screen movies. Unlike conventional cinema that draws on techniques and a visual/auditory vocabulary of over 100 years, tiny cinema’s history is only 5 years old, marked by Apple’s introduction of their fifth generation iPod.” – Midi Onodera, in an interview published in Imaginations: A Journal of Cross-cultural image Studies, 2010
– Tanya Mars, performance artist and GGArts winner (2008)