Saturday, August 30, 2014

Homer's Odyssey - a Simpsons Art Show

Next week I will be unveiling a brand new video piece in Homer's Odyssey: a Simpsons art show. The show is curated by Lindsay Cahill, and will take place at Videofag from September 4th - 7th.

Opening reception Thursday, September 4th at 7pm.







































HOMER’S ODYSSEY: a Simpsons art show

twenty-three artists explore Matt Groening’s animated phenomenon The Simpsons through video, sound, sculpture, poetry and more from September 4th to the 7th at Videofag art gallery in Kensington Market.

come help us create an epic homage – or Homerage – to Matt Groening’s edgy, witty, and ground-breaking series!

OPENING RECEPTION – Thursday, September 4th at 7pm.

featuring…

KATIE ALEXANDER
GARY BARWIN
DYLAN BERRYMAN
MORGAN CRIGER
ADRIENNE CROSSMAN
JOREN CULL
CHARZIIE DA SILVA
TRISTAN DOUGLAS
CALLUM EKINS
CLINT ENNS & STEPHEN BROOMER
MORRIS FOX
MARINKO JAREB
CASSIE LEIGH
NICK LONDON
KATE RITCHIE
ERIN REI
TAMARA TANURDZIC
LAUREN THOMSON
CAROLYN TRIPP
TOBIAS WILLIAMS
SHELLIE ZHANG
and LIL ZIMPSON

the show will also be hosting a closing Simpsons-remix poetry reading on Saturday, September 6th at 7pm!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Glitch Art Talk at InterAccess Mecha Kucha - The Drake Hotel, January 2014

This past January I was invited by InterAccess on behalf of Videofag to give a 3 minute talk on Glitch Art for their Mecha Kucha event in celebration of their 30th anniversary.

"On Thursday, January 16, 2014, a culmination of concepts, tools and devices, and other terms of reference that have shaped and transformed new media art practices over the last three decades, will be manifested in a jam packed evening of 3-minute talks by 30 practitioners.

Mutating the popular Pecha Kucha presentation format somewhat, InterAccess's MECHA KUCHA aims to mix things up by intermingling decades, media, forms, disciplines, pasts and futures. We invite 30 practitioners from diverse areas to present and perform their terms of choice."

You can watch my talk in the video below. If you follow the link to Youtube, you can also find video documentation of the other 29 speakers from that evening.



The aim of the event is to performatively construct a common toolbox for insight into the specific practices constituted through new media art practice locally and beyond over the years. By taking a non-linear, non-chronological approach, the MECHA KUCHA hopes to enliven and enrich new media modalities and energies generated by the community to take into the future.

Austra - Doepfer Video

This summer I made a music video for Austra's track Doepfer off of their Habitat EP. This project was a bit of a milestone for me as Austra is one of my favourite bands and it is the first music video I have shot and edited all on my own, and co-directed with Maya Postepski. The video premiered on Thump and you can watch it below.



Made up of footage taken in Toronto and Berlin, the video for Austra’s Doepfer acts as a disruptive visual meditation on the third released track from their Habitat EP. Accompanying the percussive-heavy dark synth soundtrack, the visual landscape of the video is made up of eerie footage of dark hallways, a dead mouse, silhouetted figures and mysterious textured surfaces, including a pixelated close up of billowing tin foil. As the music intensifies so do the visuals, with an increased frequency of anamorphic glitched disruption. Shot, edited and co-directed (with drummer Maya Postepski) by Adrienne Crossman, the video for Doepfer is a glance into the distorted intricacies of the band’s increasingly experimental musical nature.

The video has been featured on Stereogum, Exclaim, Domino,  Indie 88, Silent Shout


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

heartbreak showing as part of Eastern Edge's Wade In video series in St John's

heartbreak to screen as part of Carnival Video Night at Eastern Edge Gallery
Wednesday, August 13, 2014    9-11pm


























Surface Tension is the first in Eastern Edge’s Wade In video series. Wave after wave the ocean reveals itself through both flow and time. Describing video we often turn to terms which reflect the forms and motions that occur within water; depth, purity, distortion, modulation, tearing, streaming, and snow. In this series 6 curators in 5 different locations select from a shared artist pool bridging physical geographies with the flow of the digital image.

<3 <br> (heartbreak) has been curated by Zach Pearl to participate in the first of several international screenings as part of the Wade In video series.

Surface Tension Line Up
PETER WILKINS Clarkes Beach, KRISTEN THORNHILL Glitch, GRAHAM KENNEDY On Examining Overlapping Truths 1920, BENJY KEAN Orbits 1 Through 4, JOSH STUDHAM Wrecking Miley and ADRIENNE CROSSMAN Heartbreak

More info at: http://wadeinvideo.wordpress.com/about/

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Error Message - Moscow Biennale for Young Art

Series #1 was exhibited as part of Error Message, part of the Moscow Biennale for Young Art, this summer

Error Message*
Organizers: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) 
Co-organizer: Tsvetnoy Central Market
Venue: Tsvetnoy Central Market. 15, Tsvetnoy Bulvar.
Dates: June 25 – August 6, 2014

Анна Титовец. Food crash - Intektra Ti























 


Curators: Dasha Birukova, Elvira Zhagun (Russia)
Artists: Adrienne Crossman (Canada), Rosa Menkman (Netherlands), Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov (Russia), Elena Romenkova (Russia), Katherine Sultan Erminy (Venezuela), Protey Temen (Russia), Anna Titovets (Russia), Daniel Voicu (Romania), Elvira Zhagun (Russia)

Error Message project presents a new direction in contemporary art that still hasn’t received much critique in the studies of old and new media. Glitch art is a new occurrence that reflects the authentic beauty of digital and analogue machines.

Errors, bugs, system malfunctions are the ghosts that are so hard to explain or analyze and so often spoken of by Isaac Asimov. Artists working with software, simple or high-end analogue and digital technologies see great potential in glitches.

That potential is not for art only, but a means of criticism of society with its constant strive to improvement of technology, as well as criticism of the power-wielding business machines that create new and, at times, mutually exclusive applications and harshly limit the usage of various programs and devices. By bringing aesthetics into errors, the artists prove that machines are able to express themselves, and resist the imposed strict limitations, algorithms and programs. The artists criticize the pressurized systems in technology and in society.

The project was supported by Tsvetnoy Central Market.



http://youngart.ru/project?en&bid=25&mid=279&id=75

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Roundtable Residency 2014

This summer I've been working as a curator/facilitator for the Roundtable Residency at the Dragon Academy. The residency is nearing its end and I would love if you could join us for our Opening and Closing Receptions.






































ROUNDTABLE is a 5 week long summer residency program hosted by the Dragon Academy, an alternative school in the downtown core. The program hosts several artists, pairing them with emerging curators in order to provide space in which to work on distinct projects and foster creativity through mentoring and collaboration within a greater peer-based community.

The duration of the residency: July 14th – August 11th, 2014

Location: The Dragon Academy, 35 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, M5R 1B2

The Academy will be open to the public August 11th-17th from 1-8pm, providing the public with a week long opportunity to see the many works.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 7pm – 1am
Featuring: Art, Performances and Drinks
Performances to take place from 6pm-1am

Closing Reception: Saturday, August 16th 7pm- 1am
Featuring: Art, Live Bands, Drinks
PWYC Donations welcome

Curators:
Morris Fox, Brandon A. Dalmer, Adrienne Crossman, Julia Dickens, Mohammad Rezaei, Laurie Macinroy, Brian Schirk

Artists:
Neil LaPierre, Humboldt Magnussen, Ash Moniz, Brandon A. Dalmer, Erin Rei,Jesi the Elder,
Abbe Findley, Mohammad Rezaei, Julia Kansas, Lisa Folkerson,Lauren Pelc-McArthur, Natalie Logan,
Anni Spadafora, Morris Fox, Laura Hudspith,Tyler Vipond, Tobias Williams, Brianna Lowe, Iris Fraser,
Anna May Henry, Rebecca Noone,Zoe Alexis-Abrams, Bridget Moser, Andrew Zukerman, Sara Maston, Gabriel Parniak,Nick Silvani, Nicholas Zirk, Zeesy Powers, Randy Gagne, Dana Buzzee,Alvin Luong,
Ivana Dizdar, Jack Bride, Holly Timpener, Andi Clifford, Sebastian Koever, Melina Sevilla, Sam Abel,
Ursula Handleigh, Lukus Toane, Heather Weston, Juliane Foronda, Shannon Garden-Smith, Shannon Linde, Emily Smit-Dicks, Jennifer Laiwint, Heather Rappard





Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485292138380084

more info on our website: http://roundtableresidency.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRoundtableResidency
twitter @RoundtableRes
instagram #roundtableresidency2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

1997 - Byron Chan

Earlier this summer I wrote an exhibition essay (that can be found here) for Byron Chan's video piece 1997

The video is up from July 9- August 15 at Xpace's External Space in the Learning Zone on the OCAD U campus and hosted online at xpace.info



1997 is a single channel looped video that raises questions about ongoing political issues in Hong Kong. After the first Opium War ended in 1842, the British Empire claimed Hong Kong. China eventually resumed control of the land in the year 1997. Most citizens believed that if China resumed control of their land, media and government operations would begin to lose transparency. 1997 depicts the multi-cultural erasure experienced by the people throughout that time period. As the years go by, and as China continues to govern the region, the cultural diversity that has come to exemplify Hong Kong has been slowly degrading.