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Resophonic City – Mark Templeton & Nicola Ratti, with Leanne Olson
In the ProjEx Room May 14–June 8, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday May 24 at 8:00 pm
An audiovisual collaboration by Edmonton’s Mark Templeton and Italy’s Nicola Ratti, with images by Leanne Olson, will be the first artwork to fill the new, dramatically larger ProjEx Room in Latitude 53’s new downtown gallery space. Their exploration of urban spaces in Edmonton and Milan through sound and photography is the perfect fit to open the new Latitude 53—an incredible new gallery in the heart of downtown Edmonton.
View posts about Resophonic City on the Latitude 53 Blog.
Megan Dickie: Flips Folly
In the Main Space May 24–July 13, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday May 24 at 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Friday May 24 at 7:00 pm
Victoria-based artist Megan Dickie’s installation makes the lofty world of intellectual breakthrough into a slapstick comedy. A series of sculptures, representative of the complex worlds of architecture and mathematics, are presented as props that invite comic interaction from the viewer through touch and movement. While the creative process behind the sculptures embodies thought and intellectualism, viewers are free to touch and interact with them, breaking down the divide between physical and mental states, ignoring reason in favour of amusement.
Presented with the support of Emery Jamieson, LLP.
Read the essay about Flips Folly by Christine Walde.
View posts about Megan Dickie on the Latitude 53 Blog.
i see you pan
Video work from the University of Alberta department of intermedia, curated by Brad Necyk
In the Community Gallery, May 21–30
This generation of university student’s immersion in visual, technological and social medias is so pervasive it is becoming increasingly impossible for them to separate it from their artistic practice. With the technology often within their pockets and computers preloaded with editing software, experimentation and exploration has never been so easy and so fluid. While video art and film have a long history, these students have seized the medium and are beginning to push it into new expressive and critical realms, often leaving it raw and exposed. This exhibition marks a sample of the larger, growing body of video work being produced around the university.
With Kyle Appelt, Deanna Bains, Matthew Clarke, Alyson Davies, Sam Van Egteren, Shannon Fidler, Haylee Fortin, Mika Haykowsky, Nil Lasquety, Cayley Lux, Brad Necyk, Anna Parker, Michelle Paterok, Renee Perrott, Tiffany Robertson, Jonathan Sherrer, Emilie St. Hilaire and Maria Whiteman.
Public performances by Marilyn Arsem and Paul Couillard
Join us for these two performances by visiting artists: Boston-based Marilyn Arsem (19 May 2–8 pm), and Toronto's Paul Couillard (June 5).
Marilyn Arsem, 19 May, 2–8 pm
Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, ranging from solo performances to large-scale interactive works incorporating installation and performance. She has presented her work at festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, galleries, museums and universities in 27 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. She is a full-time faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she teaches performance art, and is a graduate advisor. She is also a member of Mobius, Inc., an interdisciplinary collaborative of artists who operate a gallery in Cambridge, MA, which she founded in 1977.
In the past fifteen years, Arsem has focused on creating works in response to specific sites, engaging with the immediate landscape and materiality of the location, its history, use or politics. Sites have included a former Cold War missile base in the United States, a 15th century Turkish bath in Macedonia, an aluminum factory in Argentina, and the site of the Spanish landing in the Philippines.
Image: "earth and oranges", durational performance by Marilyn Arsem at the Fem_12 International Festival of Performance, Girona, Spain in December 2012. Photo by Ana Rita Rodrigues.
Paul Couillard, 5 June
Paul Couillard has been working as an artist, curator, and cultural theorist since 1985, focusing on performance art with forays into installation and various new media. He has created more than 200 solo and collaborative performance works in 22 countries, often working with his partner Ed Johnson. His work seeks to build community and address trauma through explorations of our bodies as vessels of sensation, experience, knowledge and spirit. He has a particular interest in considering the shared borders of our separate existences, searching for a language that can convey complex layers of personal history and cultural specificity while questioning the notion of shared or universal experience. His solo practice is often focused on duration and the effects of time.
Couillard was the Performance Art Curator for Fado from its inception in 1993 until 2007, and is also a founding co-curator of Toronto's 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. He is the editor of Fado’s Canadian Performance Art Legends, a series of books on senior Canadian performance artists, including La Dragu: the Living Art of Margaret Dragu (2002) and Ironic to Iconic: the Performance Works of Tanya Mars (2008). Alain-Martin Richard: Performances, manœuvres et autres hypothèses de disparition / Performances, Manoeuvres and Other Hypotheses for Disappearing (a bilingual book co-edited with French editor Alexandra Liva), will be published this summer by Fado Performance Inc, Les Causes perdues in© and Sagamie. Couillard has been a lecturer at McMaster University and the University of Toronto Scarborough, and is currently a doctoral student in the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. His research is focused on a theoretical recuperation of the notion of presence as an ongoing process of emergence or becoming.
Sponsored by the KULE Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta.