Add comment October 29th, 2011
I am exhibiting a reworking of my Master’s thesis animation from the University of Calgary Art Department (MFA 2008) at the University of Croydon, East Croydon UK, for three weeks this November. The Parfitt Gallery’s Skyline Projects series is hosting an outdoor projection of two animated sequences based on my tiling (multi-) projections at the Graduate exhibit at the Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary (August - September 2008).
The 28 minute 28 sec. animated loop is based on the Global map tiled using the Peirce Quincuncial Projection, from 10242 icoahedral-gridded points (Discrete Geodesic Grid) exploring the points of singularity / plurality as these are originated (centred) at equally distributed points across the WSG84 World Map (1984 borderlines are an artefact in these maps). Graphically, these maps are coloured using the ETOPO 5 (older) elevation/depth dataset, the linear details made from the Great Circle Maps software (old Visual Basic program). They have been remastered from larger copies made while at a residency at the Banff New Media Institute, where the effective resolution was resized from 1024 x 768 px, to 1512 x 1134 px. Thanks to them, and to the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax for assisting me to output the new compilations.
Of special note to the screening of this animation in the public space on campus at the University of Croydon, I must acknowledge and extend my gratitude to the University of Calgary in several capacities, including the generous provision of Open Scholarship funds (Queen Elizabeth II grant) for supporting the development and initial presentation of this work during my studies there. As such I must also acknowledge my gratitude to our Common Head of State, and am pleased to present my work in Croydon, a place familiar to me for many years through the 1980s as I lived in London.
As a return to a theme which I have been active since about 1984, while I studied at the old Byam Shaw School in London, the realization of Register of the Returning Earth for this British screening fulfills for me a kind of vision which I imagined then, not then having the facility nor means to work past the static image.
The exhibit will run from Monday-Friday weekly, 5 PM - 12 AM from November 15th til December 2nd, 2011. I will be present for an Artist’s talk at the University of Croydon (TBA).
Add comment October 29th, 2011
Check out my project site, www.paracartography.com which has 22 new cartographic animations, Returning Full Circles, which are now open to viewing as of February 12, 2007. These run on Quicktime (average size 1.5mB) and do load faster with broadband connections, but they can also be scrolled manually backwards and forwards as well as looping automatically. Much thanks to Stephen Evans and Scott Marshall for helping me with these!
I’m also opening a two-person show, “Projections” with fellow MFA student Luba Diduch at the Little Gallery, University of Calgary Art Department, on display from February 12th to 16th, with an opening reception on Wednesday February 14th from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Pictures will be uploaded soon.
8 comments February 12th, 2007
I’ve been invited to present an Art History paper at the English Conference at Stony Brook University, Manhattan, February 16th-17th 2007. It is titled: Canadian Artist-Run-Centres and Emergent Cultural Policy. Here’s an abstract:
Contemporary artist-run organizations in Canada have developed as cooperatives, parallel galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, production centres and dissemination agencies, tracing a course between the (often utopian) objectives of their inception and the more prosaic demands of their ongoing administration. In this paper I examine three prominent Canadian ARCs: The Western Front (Vancouver), A Space (Toronto), and The New Gallery (Calgary), as examples of long-established, quasi-autonomous artist organizations with roots in the early 1970s, each of which characterize different tendencies in the schematic of the community-based network, or as ever-emergent institutions in competition for public funding. Their longevity is underwritten by mixed fortunes in organizational stability, differing degrees of approximation to the canonical ‘centre’ of Canadian conceptual/ post-conceptual art history, and by their positions against the backdrops of Multiculturalism, Feminism, Post-Colonialism, Anti-Racism and Queer Politics. The problematic of Artist-Run Centres’ existence as both community-based organization and apparatus for national cultural exchange, and as beholden to the paradigms of the very cultural institutions to which they were originally conceived as ‘the alternative,’ are evident in differing ways throughout this paper. Forced relocations, disputed views of community and burned-out personnel characterize this history. Within this milieu of organizational failure, the continuing re-emergence of ARCs in many ways negotiates the conditions of inoperative community as proposed by Jean-Luc Nancy. ARCs, as Clive Robertson suggests, are best described as an apparatus, the breaking and reassembling of which is often necessary to fulfill the conditions of their primary purpose.
6 comments January 22nd, 2007
Here is a sample of some of the new ideas I’m exploring with animation.
1 comment January 7th, 2007
Welcome to my new site. I’ve added some new artwork that can be found here.
6 comments October 22nd, 2006