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Outer Worlds Screening | Images Festival

Leila Sujir’s IMAX project – Aerial, had its world premiere at the Cinesphere at Ontario Place in Toronto on April 18, 2019, during the closing night of the Images Festival, which also included IMAX projects by Oliver Husain, Michael Snow, Lisa Jackson and Kelly Richardson. These projects were curated by Janine Marchessault and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Grant Program. The screening was followed by a panel discussion with the artists present.

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Mitacs Globalink Research Award

 

We are happy to announce that Anastasia Ferguson, research assistant at the Elastic Spaces lab, has been awarded the MITACS Globalink Research Award for her research abroad in France in collaboration with Université Paris 8. Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 19 years. Working with 60 universities, 4,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, building partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

Group Exhibition – Passages Convergentes


PASSAGES CONVERGENTES 
Dates: September 7-October 7, 2018
Vernissage: September 6 at 5:30pm 
Location: Salle de Diffusion de Parc-Extension
Complexe William-Hingston
421, rue Saint-Roch, Montreal, QC 

Artists
Beatriz Herrera
Federico Carbajal 
Santiago Tavera

Curated by
Mariza Rosales Argonza

For the upcoming group exhibition, Passages Convergentes, three transdisciplinary artists offer immersive experiences through a variety of mediums such as sculpture, drawing, robotics and digital installation.
These artists conceive art as a place of passage and exchange. They present convergent views in order to build bridges and convey the complexity of the contemporary world and the multiple aesthetics that coexist between real and virtual places.

Forest Breath – 2018

Photo:  Leila Sujir’s still from Forest Breath!, 3D stereographic video installation, 2018.

Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria exhibition

May 19, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Forest Breath (10 minutes, Stereoscopic 3D video installation, 2018) 

Forest Breath is a vertical slice of 8k stereoscopic 3D video of the forest. Shot in June 2016, the video records particular moments in the forests around Port Renfrew, primarily in the south Walbran, near Emerald Pool, as well as in the Red Creek Fir area in the traditional territories of the Pacheedaht people.

The resolution of the video allows viewers to stand in a forest of moving pixels. The video space has volume, a blur of colors, as it moves from one space of the forest to another. The space of the video, like the space of the forest, becomes a site of contemplation and research.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in the city of Victoria contains spaces of forests. With the support of the gallery, I have placed the forest here, in the wall of one of the galleries. It is an archive of the time and space in June 2016 when I did a preliminary shoot for the project, Forest Breath.

Closeby to Victoria, along the coast, is Port Renfrew, surrounded by old growth forests; the town, I am being told and have observed, is reinventing itself, no longer depending on what was formerly a resource based economy.

These forests drew me as a space of research and a space of healing.

These west coast forests are also where my mother took me as a young twenty four year old, after a serious operation for cancer. I didn’t die, to my surprise. The forest was where I found wonder and learned how to be alive again.

My aunt Manorama Savur’s last major research project* which she talked extensively to me about was on the destruction of the bamboo forests of India and the resulting desertification as a result of the deforestation, two words which were and still are mysterious to me.

When I started the Forest Breath project, in June 2016, a  year  had almost passed since my mother had passed away, on my birthday, June 19; as a way of anticipating that strange collision, the  anniversary of her death and my birthday, I started this project in the forest.

*Manorama Savur, And the Bamboo Forests in the Indian Forests: What did the Pulp and Paper Industry do? Manohar Publishers, 2003.

Artist: Leila Sujir

Technical Director: Jorge Zavagno

Cinematographer: Chris Kroitor

Camera Assistant: Andréann Cossette-Viau

Production Assistant: Jackson Sujir

Assistant Editor: Daniela Ortiz Sanchez Renero

Sound Recording: Leila Sujir & Jorge Zavagno

Sound Editor: Philippe Battikha

Supernatural at the AGGV

SUPERNATURAL

Art, Technology and the Forest

May 19, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Twentieth century photography has made an important contribution to constructing the idea of the forest as natural heritage, promoting the beauty of national parks and forest landscapes. However, contemporary artists, drawing on this legacy, and working with new photo-based technologies, are bringing a critical lens to this history of representation.

Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest features contemporary photo and video-based work by artists working in British Columbia who are using technology to consider the idea of the forest as a social and cultural artefact. The exhibition explores how photographic technologies have mediated and shaped our relationship to forests and forest ecologies; and how computer generated imaging and 3D technologies are suggesting the need for a new approach to our relationship with the trees.

Featuring artists Mike Mclean, Trudi Lynn Smith, Ayumi Goto, Dan Siney, Leila Sujir,  Ian Wallace, Sandra Semchuk, Carol Sawyer and Kelly Richardson.

*Please note that we will be previewing Kelly Richardson’s The Erudition starting from April 20 in the Founders Gallery.

https://aggv.ca/exhibits/supernatural-art-technology-and-the-forest/

 

 

Photo:  Leila Sujir’s still from Forest Breath!, 3D stereographic video installation, 2018.

Upcoming in March! See Leila Sujir at FotoFest:

http://home.fotofest.org/2018biennial/default.aspx#.Wj0hGisTGaN

FotoFest International is pleased to announce the names of the 48 featured artists in the central exhibition for its upcoming FOTOFEST 2018 BIENNIAL

The FotoFest 2018 Biennial, March 10 – April 22, 2018, is dedicated to INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art. FotoFest 2018 speaks to a number of contemporary issues in India including gender and sexuality, land rights conflict, the environment, human settlement and migration, and caste and class divisions. The participating artists are from India and the global Indian diaspora.

Organized by Lead Curator Sunil Gupta and FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans, FotoFest 2018 will be one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary photography by artists of Indian origin to be presented in the United States. The artists were handpicked by Mr. Gupta and Mr. Evans while journeying through multiple cities in India and across the world.

Stereo Linear Balance by Santiago Tavera at BIAN Montréal

Santiago Tavera – Stereo Linear Balance – BIAN Montréal

May 1- June 4
Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay
6052, boul. Monk, Montreal, Quebec H4E 3H6

Stereo Linear Balance is an immersive video installation that presents a stereoscopic illusion, a process through which an image is reproduced in relief. Video and digital elements are projected on plexiglas screens. The clever way it is presented creates different perceptions of an image, forming an illusion, a mirage captured by the brain. The creation awakens the imagination and stimulates the visitor’s senses. This exhibition will be part of the International Digital Arts Biennal 2016 of Montreal.

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Welcome to our team Andréann Cossette!

Andréann Cossette, an Intermedia student, received a Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award (CUSRA) award to work with Leila Sujir on aspects of the newly awarded three year SSHRC project. April 20, 2016.

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