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Garden in the Machine Exhibition – Surrey Art Gallery

Artists in Conversation and  Opening Reception

Location:
Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue

Date & Time:
September 21, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Artists: Faisal Anwar, Helma Sawatzky, Leila Sujir, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Paisley Smith, Robert Youds

Curator: Jordan Strom

Examine the complex relationship between computer technology and nature through digital art.

Reblog from City of Surrey :

The digital world changes as much as the natural world.

To mark the past 20 years of digital art programming, the Gallery is presenting new and recent work from leading artists in this field. Through large-scale images and environments, the artists invite visitors to question the limits of technology and nature.

In Data MulchHelma Sawatzky digitally stitches together dozens of photographs of a brimming compost bin at Granville Island Public Market. This market is one of Vancouver’s most celebrated sites of sustainable food and design. In addition to highlighting food waste, the artist shows how excess, accumulation, waste, and decay also mark our contemporary digital condition. As with organic waste, if we pay attention to our digital garbage, we can reclaim it to grow and harness new life and images for the future.

Faisal Anwar’s massive video CharBagh uses social media to generate a Persian-style Islamic garden known as char bagh (four gardens). This interactive artwork grows out of Anwar’s workshops with Surrey residents who took photos related to sustainable food production, climate change, and nature. Using algorithms, the artist morphs these photos into ornate geometric designs. This project exemplifies how social media can be a tool for positive social change. A variation of this artwork will play on UrbanScreen this fall.

Robert Youds explores the garden in a different manner in For Everyone a Fountain. Using computer software, he translates photographs of the iconic Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia into coloured light sequences spanning the four seasons. These images appear in a tower of gleaming metal building and office materials. Youds creates a compelling space that collapses the boundaries between architecture and nature, work and leisure, image and object, utopia and dystopia.

In Unceded Territories, VR artist Paisley Smith teams up with painter and sculptor Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Their virtual reality game invites participants to move through different natural landscapes inspired by Yuxweluptun’s bold paintings of colonization in British Columbia. As people play the game, their presence leads to sinister consequences such as forest fires and oil spills. The VR component of this installation is available for public viewing Thursdays between 3pm and 7pm.

On a similar note, Leila Sujir’s Forest Breath highlights nature as a space of spiritual connection and renewal that needs protection. She uses stereoscopic 3D video to show a section of dense woodland on Canada’s West Coast that is under threat of deforestation. The ethereal imagery encourages viewers to reflect on old-growth forests in relationship to cultural history, personal health, and mortality.

Hexagram grants winners 2019

Elastic Spaces is happy to announce that among the recipients of this year’s Hexagram Research-Creation Grant is Anastasia Ferguson and duo-collective, Sonya Ivanov & Dimo Stoeva.

AWARDED PROJECTS

Anastasia Ferguson – Conjuring Optics is an audio/visual installation and artist book looking at the cinematic apparatus of modernity and its relationship to the illusions produced by the stage magic of 19th century Europe, as well as the sociological impact of illusions on perception.

Sonya Ivanov & Dimo Stoeva – Le projet Light-scape formation consiste dans une installation cinétique, qui utilise l’illusion comme technique, pour la construction des environnements paysagère par l’entre mise de la lumière et la matière. Le projet explore le rapport humain vers le paysage naturel en évoquant les notions du sublime dans l’art.

DETAILS ON THE HEXAGRAM GRANTS

With the help of student grants, Hexagram wishes to provide concrete support to the research of its student members. Added to this is access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment, integration into the governance of its network, and training.

This year again, about fifty projects were analyzed by a jury of members-researchers and an external expert. We thank the many candidates who submitted a project and we also thank the members of the 2019 jury: Jean-François Renaud, Lynn Hughes et Katharina Meissner, responsable développement stratégique du festival MUTEK.

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Closing Night: Outer Worlds – Images Festival, Toronto

This program presents five original IMAX commissions, giving artists a unique opportunity to experiment with the large screen format. In keeping with the cinematic genre typical of IMAX films—the larger-than-life landscape that forms an outer world beyond the limits of the human sensorium—each of the films explores expanded cinema through different ecologies of the non-human: the forest, lichen, snails, water, and sky. The works propose different worlds of experience and distinct grammars of immersion through a meeting with the camera.

The invited artists in this program, Oliver Husain, Lisa Jackson, Kelly Richardson, Michael Snow, and Leila Sujir, imagine common worlds by reflecting upon the exigencies of intercultural and interspecies communication. This task has taken on great urgency in the 21st century as we grapple with how to adapt to the ecological realities brought about by anthropogenic climate change.

The Outer Worlds world premiere is on April 18, 2019 at Cinesphere, in Toronto, Canada part of the closing night of the Images Festival. Images festival runs from April 11-18, 2019

Click here for more details about the Images closing night screening and party:
https://www.imagesfestival.com/program/closing-night-outer-worlds

RE-EXCAVATIONS | Exhibition at CDEx

 

CDEx Centre de Diffusion et d’Expérimentation des étudiants de la maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiquesUniversity of Quebec at Montreal
405 Ste-Catherine / St-Denis
J-Jasmin Pavilion, Room J-R930
Montreal, QC

Exhibition: August 4-12, 2018
Vernissage: August 3, 2018 at 4:00pm

Artists:
Shoji Kato
Paul Landon
Marjatta Oja
Pépite & Josèphe – Expédition
Kévin Pinvidic

Re-excavation reflects on archaeological methods of unearthing and digging up. With this exhibition project it is the urban landscape that is re-dug up. The present and past city is reconsidered, what has been found repurposed for its future. Urban space is uncovered, expanded and upturned, interpreted as an abstract diagram, as material residue, as rumours of past usages and activities, as oral accounts and lived experience.

In 2017 Marjatta Oja, Shoji Kato and Paul Landon developed new works for the exhibition Excavations at the Saariaho Järvenpää gallery in Helsinki. These works were drawn from reflections on Helsinki’s Viiskulma neighbourhood where the gallery is located, an area characterised by a five-corner intersection. This year’s exhibition project Re-excavations is built on new, site-specific, works by Kato, Landon and Oja as well as on new works by Expédition (Pépite & Josèphe) and Kévin Pinvidic. All of these works respond to material and structural characteristics of downtown Montréal.

Shoji Kato is a Helsinki-based artist who works in drawing, painting, photography and installation. His intricate works reflect on geologies as both material conditions and forms of collective memory. Kato has exhibited extensively in Europe and Asia and he recently completed a Doctorate in Fine Arts at The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

Paul Landon lives and works in Montreal. His installation and media-based visual art practice looks at modern architecture and urban planning as sites inscribed with the potential of psychological trauma and social unease. Landon is a professor in the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of UQÀM and he recently completed a Doctorate in Fine Arts at The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

Marjatta Oja is a Helsinki based artist working in video, painting and installation. Her ‘situation sculptures’ render dialogues and conversations into archirectural moving image projections. Oja recently completed a Doctor of Fine Arts at The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts where she teaches video.

Expédition is an artist duo based in Montréal. Their practice rooted in painting and printmaking is based on walking in the city, collecting residue and remnants and repurposing these. Pépite Biron-Chalifour is completing a BFA in Photography at Concordia University. Josèphe Landreville is a student in the Maitrise des arts visuels et médiatiques programme at UQÀM.

Kévin Pinvidic is a Montreal based visual artist. His work takes the form of three-dimensional drawing; it draws on his wandering in the city and on the archiving of found discarded elements. Pinvidic is a student in the Maitrise des arts visuels et médiatiques programme at UQÀM.

 

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THEREBEFORE AND HEREAFTER | John Latour – Solo Exhibition


Exhibition:
July 21 – August 18, 2018

Opening event: Saturday July 21st, from 3pm to 6pm
Artist in attendance

Location
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
65 George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5A 4L8

More Information
http://www.pfoac.com/Toronto/JL_2018_EN.html

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present Therebefore and Hereafter, a solo exhibition of work by Montreal artist John Latour.

An ongoing theme in Latour’s work is the idea of “the past”, and how our experience of it is mediated through objects, images and texts. More recently, the artist has looked to the history of spirit communications as a metaphor for dialoguing with the past.

The focal point of Therebefore and Hereafter is the artist’s Psychic cabinet (2010) an interactive installation based on the tradition of spirit cabinets – enclosed spaces created from furniture and curtains that were used by mediums of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to focus their psychic powers before or during séances. The presentation of Psychic cabinet in downtown Toronto draws attention to the city’s long and sometimes complicated history with spirit communications. Toronto was the locus of at least three Spiritualist organizations at the turn of the 20th century (the Canadian Spiritualist Association, the Spiritualist National Union of Canada and the Toronto Spiritualist Association); although as Stan McMullin notes in his Anatomy of a Seance, mediums in Toronto (and elsewhere) at that time could be – and were prosecuted through the Canadian Criminal Code under the Witchcraft section of the Vagrancy Act.[1]

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ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION AWARDS $295,000 IN CURATORIAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

We are happy to announce that Haema Sivanesan, curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is among the  6 fellowship recipients of the Curatorial Research Fellowship awarded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which is awarding a total of $295,000 to six curatorial research fellows to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary art. Recipients will receive grants of up to $50,000 to support travel, archival research, interviews, and other activities.

For more information please visit Artforum: https://www.artforum.com/news/andy-warhol-foundation-awards-295-000-in-curatorial-research-fellowships-76007

FOREST BREATH – A PORTRAIT IN PROGRESS with Leila Sujir

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Date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018 | 2–4PM

Location: PORT RENFREW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 6633 DEERING ROAD

Join artist Leila Sujir for a video screening of Forest Breath: A Portrait In Progress, a 3D stereoscopic video installation filmed with an IMAX rig with two Sony F65 8k cameras in the south Walbran. Experience this innovative work in development, meet the artist, and contribute insights towards a broader understanding of these unique forests.

Reblog: Four of FotoFest’s Dazzling Displays Focus on Indian Portraiture

Photo: Leila Sujir combines video of lost-looking but regal peacocks with floating animations in her stereoscopic 3D video projection, “Peacocks Dream.”

Four of FotoFest’s dazzling displays focus on Indian portraiture

 India, so vast and complex in its history and cultural influence, makes a head-spinning subject for the FotoFest 2018 Biennial.

Technically, as director Steven Evans explained, “It’s not really about India. It’s about these artists of Indian origin and what their concerns are.”

Through that lens, he and curator Sunil Gupta also are showing that India is not a monolithic place. “It’s got 140 official languages, with 600 languages spoken; multiple religions and ethnicities; concerns of philosophy, language, indigenous people, environment and a new queer sensibility emerging,” Evans said.

Viewers may be dazzled, or dazed, by the busy mix of images that unfold across four venues.

A few categories emerge through what appears to be a scattershot organization: Documentary work and portraiture (especially self-portraiture that employs elaborate impersonations to explore identity) are especially strong.

Most of the 47 featured artists live and work in India. That context matters.

Gupta contrasts India’s contemporary photography scene with that of China, which has 60 schools, a thriving publishing industry and numerous art fairs. In India, art photography is still the activity of the English-speaking elite, he said.

FotoFest’s abundance of documentary photography from numerous regions reflects artists’ familiarity with India’s documentary filmmaking tradition, he said. “It’s not because they know Walker Evans.”

But they do know technology. Like others around the world, India’s contemporary artists have embraced new technology because it’s accessible, cheap to produce and gives them “a certain kind of global credibility,” Gupta said.

About a third of this biennial features new media installations — the most ever — although it doesn’t feel that way because the rooms devoted to projected work are sprinkled across the venues.

Four installations — three by female artists — have stayed with me for their evocative storytelling. There’s one more week to see those at the three locations near Fotofest headquarters; Asia Society Texas Center’s smaller portion is up through late July.

‘Peacocks Dream’

During the opening reception in March, Leila Sujir’s “Peacocks Dream” turned an alcove of the Silver Street Studios building into a spectacle. I fell into its spell on a quieter day, when the nearly 16-minute stereoscopic 3-D (SD3) video, or anaglyph, was projected onto just one wall and I could don 3-D glasses, sit on a bench and hear the audio component.

Regal peacocks amble through a garden of mazes at what appears to be an ancient estate in England, looking out of place with their exotic, brilliant plumage, as viewers hear the measured reading of letters between family members who are worlds apart. Sujir layers funny animated peacocks, floating paisley designs and a fanciful border onto the photography, touches of levity that balance the melancholy tone.

She lives in Montreal. The letters are from her family’s archive, written from her paternal grandfather in Mangalore, India, to her father, who died young, in his mid-30s, in a plane crash in Canada. For years, she feared that her father’s story would become her own because his journeys placed him in precarious positions, too far away from home. Her narrative is abstract enough that “Peacocks Dream” expresses a universal sense of disorientation and loss.

SD3 dates from the mid-1800s but has evolved. Anaglyphs combine superimposed imagery and colored filters. Sujir has experimented with projection mapping, which places SD3 video space into the built environment — to create installations — for more than a decade. She appreciates the “haptic sense of space” it creates to help convey themes of migration that have intrigued her for 30 years. “SD3 video spaces are elastic and dream-like places, ephemeral, yet capable of extending a sensation of volume, physicality, and presence to the viewer,” she writes.

Watching “Peacocks Dream” made me wish I could see Sujir’s entire “Elastic City Spacey” series.

 

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