Sean Cartwright & Kristina Boka
Tamo Vamo, 2017
Flex Studio 109
This piece recounts the true story of a young woman who left her childhood home in Sarajevo in 1992. Past experiences that are relevant in today’s world are explored: the plight of refugees that are desperate to migrate to a safe haven, their adaptation to a new way of life in a unfamiliar place, and their eventual choice between staying in Canada or moving back to their former war-torn home to begin again. Her story is told though an abstract visual projection in combination with audio recordings, in a mix of languages. The video is a non-linear, erratic, dream-like narrative that will further echo the confusion and tension of her experience.
The Space In Between All The Physical Objects, 2015
Flex Studio 106
This work is about the causes of migration, when people must flee their homes due to war and hunger, and about the experience of being in a transitional, displaced state. People are seen floating in the air in the middle of nowhere. Their movements are in slow motion. The film is shown in three frames. Viewers see a symmetry of floating people on the two bracketing frames. In the middle frame, a woman is seen lying on the floor on top of a pile of photos and newspapers featuring images of people fleeing war and hunger. The audio track features sounds of waves hitting the beach (with an implied connection to the drowned bodies in the newspaper images). Subtitles (English and Persian) narrate an ancient text by the Iranian philosopher Suhrevardi about a bird in search of Eden.
Invisible Tattoos, 2016
Flex Studio 108
Invisible Tattoos begins with a powerful image: 150 sets of eyes, belonging to Canadians, First Nations, and newcomers, stare back at you as you enter the room. A large text projection overlaps, depicting a combination of personal stories and historical facts relating to Canada. Your silhouette interacts as you move throughout the installation, symbolizing how the people we see every day carry with them specific stories and histories.
Rendering of Layered Cities Installation, 2017
Flex Studio 107
What happens when different views of urban development are brought to Canada? This installation investigates city transformation in Canada and countries that Canadians have originated from by layering images of both settings to suggest new forms of urban experiences. Based on diverse cultural design practices that citizens bring to their city, the projections stand in a maze-like structure where they change with the audience’s movement through the space. Exploring the themes of phenomenology and sense of place, the user will self-create a unique visual experience producing an immersive involvement with the content.
Jessica Runge & Arthur Cormack, with choreography by Peter Chin
Studio 103 (Intergalactic Arts Collective)
Resident Dance Artist Jessica Runge and her partner Arthur Cormack will be on-site to present Collide-O-Scope, a family-friendly interactive new-media and dance presentation. The Collide-O-Scope is a virtual puzzle that invites viewers to consider, interact with, and connect with each other through the topography of the virtual space it creates. Themed craft activities available for children with supervision by care-givers.