Friday, December 4, 2015

Th Wrong / 100percentreal Feature in Studio Beat

"Toronto-based exhibition 100percentreal brings this question of online/offline awareness to the forefront of the gallery experience. 100percentreal will be showing at Xpace Cultural Centre until December 12th, but you can also view the exhibition in digital form from the comfort of your own laptop. In an essay on 100percentreal, curator Adrienne Crossman cites media theorist Nathan Jurgensen’s idea that we are now living in “an augmented reality”: that is, the divide between the virtual (the internet) and the real (everything outside your computer) has disappeared. The Wrong does an excellent job of proving this theory right, although anyone who grew up with the internet has probably already accepted it as fact. To regular users of media like Instagram and Facebook, it’s obvious that the internet is not a separate place outside of life away-from-keyboard, but rather that the internet is simply another space within our lives, another register on the school/work/home continuum. What, then, as 100percentreal seeks to examine, does this aspect of modern life mean for art? “Does art have less value when lost in an infinite Tumblr scroll?” Crossman wonders. Within this exhibition, Cat Bluemke’s Luxury International (pictured in part in this article’s featured image) does a particularly good job of trying to answer that question. But what happens to said art when, many years later, Tumblr eventually goes the way of Myspace?" -Jill Blackmore Evans

Read the full feature over at Studio Beat:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

100percentreal Feature on Canadian Art

Canadian Art homepge

Benjamin Hunter wrote a thoughtful article in Canadian Art about The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, featuring documentation and a write up about 100percentreal, which is currently up at Xpace until December 12th and online at until January 31st, 2016.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Wrong on CBC Arts

Stefan Saalfeld, promo image for The Wrong (again)

Today is the launch of The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale online.

As part of the festival I've curated a two part exhibition that has both an online component at and an IRL gallery component that will run from Nov. 6 - Dec 12, 2015 at Xpace Cultural Centre, in Toronto.

There will be a number of IRL embassies taking place in Canada as part of the festival, and the CBC recently wrote an article about it:

100percentreal - The Wrong URL Pavillion and IRL Embassy

Cat Bluemke, Jazmine V. K. Carr, Colin Rosati, Niki Sehmbi,
Curated by Adrienne Crossman

Part of The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale

November 1st, 2015 - Janaury 31st, 2016 - URL at

November 6th - December 12th, 2015 IRL at Xpace Cultural Centre, 2-303 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto 

100percentreal features the work of four emerging internet-aware artists based in Toronto, Canada. The exhibition is made up of two components; the IRL Embassy at Xpace Cultural Centre running from November 6 – December 12, 2015, and the digital exhibition hosted online as part of The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale. Curated by Adrienne Crossman, 100percentreal includes the work of Cat Bluemke, Jazmine V. K. Carr, Niki Sehmbi and Colin Rosati. Working within the realms of both digital and physical space, these artists are renegotiating the relationship between the digital and the physical, the synthetic and the ‘real’.

Site developed by: Rebecca Welbourn

**Special programming to accompany this exhibition will include a Cinema 4D Workshop with artist Colin Rosati on Saturday, November 21st from 1-4pm, and a Curator’s tour with Adrienne Crossman Saturday, November 28th at 2pm, both located at Xpace.

This exhibition acknowledges the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the City of Toronto.

There Should be Gardens at InterAccess

Earlier this Fall I was included in the exhibition There Should be Gardens, curated by Amber Christensen. The show took place at InterAccess and ran from September 2nd - 26th, and included a new video work of mine entitled Plant Series 1.

There Should Be Gardens brings together five Canadian emerging and early career new media artists whose work addresses the interconnectedness of technologies, ecologies, botanies, gender and the cosmos. The exhibition explores the materiality and affectivity of matter, blurring the focus of feminism and queer feminism between the human and non-human. Featuring Alana Bartol (Calgary), Adrienne Crossman (Toronto), Anna Eyler (Ottawa/Montreal), Kara Stone (Montreal), and Alize Zorlutuna (Toronto).

Amber was interviewed over at Abstract Ecologies about the exhibition:

Anna Eyler, Fugue in 3 Steps

Alana Bartol – Forms of Awareness

Left: Alize Zorlutuna, becoming oblique of the world | Right: Adrienne Crossman, Plant Series 1

Adrienne Crossman - Plant Series 1

photos: Yuula Benivolski

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Series #2

New Video Work now online:

Series#2 from adrienne crossman on Vimeo.

A continuation of Series #1

"Adrienne Crossman's Series #1 produces complex visual effects through the application of the deconstructive video editing technique known as datamoshing. By deleting the key frames that comprise digital videos, in this case gleaned from YouTube, Crossman reveals the components that allow them to function while producing stunningly colourful results. These digital yet painterly abstractions connote the visual possibilities latent within digital media.

Through the re-presentation of well-known masterpieces, Crossman highlights the anti-canonical nature of the glitch genre and the challenges that face new media art in the context of the conventional art institution. The use of the glitch as applied to these traditional works disrupts notions of the art historical canon, breaking apart its authoritative and exclusive underpinnings. Contrasting these two media forms, painting and glitch video raises questions surrounding the presentation, preservation, and production of digital art works, problematizing typical exhibition practices."

- Shauna Jean Doherty in her writing about SYS.TE/M FAIL.U+RE: Revelations of the Interface, an MFA Thesis Exhibit, March, 2014

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Plant Series 1

Single Channel video (6 min) created for the exhibition There Should Be Gardens, curated by Amber Christensen at InterAccess - Sept 2-26, 2015

Abstract Ecologies Interview with Amber Christensen - Sept, 2015


Exhibition Documentation by: Yuula Benivolski