Spectral Illuminations III

Spectral Illuminations III
A Projection Mapping Exhibition

Presented with Beakerhead and Calgary Public Library

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 8-11PM
Memorial Park Library – 1221 2 St. SW
FREE Admission

Featured Artists: Alec Brilling, Audrey Burch, Yu Dong, Jacqueline Huskisson, Eden Slabe, Ursula Sokol, Teresa Tam, Aran Wilkinson-Blanc & Rebecca Reid, and Julian Zwack

Stroll around the beautiful, historic and – for one night only – magically lit up Memorial Park Library for some mesmerizing projection art. Inspired by the building’s past, artists explore its historical figments through light. Get your glow on!

Ten local media artists were chosen to illuminate the beautiful and historic Memorial Park Library with the art of projection mapping (site-specific projections that alter the appearance of the surface on which they are projected). These projections will light up and animate surfaces throughout the building, interpreting the amazing history of the first library in Calgary and Alberta. The selected artists developed their projection mapping project over the summer, having open access to EMMEDIA’s resources including mentorship, equipment, facilities, and a series of projection mapping workshops.

If you are interested in learning more about projection mapping, we are offering a free workshop on Saturday, September 22 @ 1-4PM at Memorial Park Library. For more info, go to: http://emmedia.ca/2018/07/crash-course-on-creating-ilusions/

Special thanks to Quickdraw Animation Society and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary for supplying additional projectors for this exhibition.
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Voices in Structure
Alec Brilling

The structure of a library as an environment, either of physical or virtual composition, is able to form connection. The structure as a system, ordering and cataloguing, is able to create a point of access. Voices in Structure acts as a physical abstraction of the collection and exchange of information, the conversation and collaboration between both individuals and the individual and the structure.
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Alec Brilling is a multi-disciplinary artist who’s work explores perception, environment, as well as the active presence of the individual and is currently studying Media Art at the Alberta College of Art + Design.
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Library Hive
Aran Wilkinson-Blanc & Rebecca Reid

Too easily do people fall into the trap of seeing a separation between “man made” and “nature”, failing to see the complex natural systems we are already and have forever been a part of. We construct our own systems for ourselves, forging communities and networks of collaboration- in this case a library system of public spaces used to gather, share and connect in the present and with the past. We are able to gift our experiences and knowledge directly to each other across lifetimes and around the world. Yet these systems require engagement to be maintained- without energy the systems collapse and we lose the ability to maintain the infrastructure of the “hive” effectively. The social bees know the importance of working together. This cooperation that takes place between many organized  parts to keep something running smoothly mirrors the systems in place within a library structure to keep it running effectively.
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Aran Wilkinson-Blanc: I am a New Media Artist and Filmmaker, and within my artistic practice I am continually exploring the systems and constructs that we have formed and live within. I am interested in the subtle and not-so subtle changes technology has made in our daily lives and the shape and impact of those changes, especially in the areas of communication and forms of expression. The high level of technological mediation inherent in my artistic endeavours has also lead me to seek out collaborations with other artists, and work on projects that incorporate different ideas and perspectives. I attempt to build on the creative opportunities technology affords me, without allowing the tech to dictate the form or substance of my work.
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Rebecca Reid: Creativity to me is endlessly linked with existence.The impulse to create and understand through exploration is endlessly satisfying. My practice as an artist focuses on set design, installation and exploration of environments but overlaps into painting, drawing, poetry, welding, sculpture, illustration and fibre. Creativity and expression of vision channel their way through the realm of inspired ideas and materialize into 2D and 3D forms in organic and intentional ways. The themes I explore act as marking points in my internal and external world exploration, and combine with what feels most relevant, honest and intuitive. I am inspired by exploring what it means to be human, mythology, peace, the sublime, the unknown, nature and magic.
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Split Time Memento
Audrey Burch

Archival photographs of Calgarian monuments are animated in a realised ‘time machine’  that transports the viewer into Calgary’s vacated past. Memories retold by Bryan King paint a story of his earliest recollections of Calgary in the 1940’s. To hear his story is to become transported into history. Get close to the ground as you hear his story unfold.
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Audrey Burch is a media artist and musician who resides in Calgary. A recent graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design, her artwork often utilizes interactivity to enable the audience to connect deeper with the work’s concept. Burch is involved at the Untitled Art Society on the Board of Directors.
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Bibliomorph
Eden Slabe
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Bibliomorph is a video projection installation comprised of digital animation surrounding themes of identity and the history of the Memorial Park Library. As rotoscoped figures from different eras arrive, they are colourfully transformed by the turning pages of a book and the information it holds. Being exposed to this kind of informative media opens eyes to a world of possibilities. The Memorial Park Library has been offering this opportunity to be confronted by media for years and through this, has contributed to forming the identities of its guests and the Calgary community as a whole.
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Eden Slabe is a Calgary born artist focussed on video, animation, and how we perceive ourselves and others. Her work often speaks about how we form and perform identity through exposure to media. She has a passion for video because of the unique capabilities it has to create things unseen in the natural, or bodily, world. She views video as a way to create illusions and experiences that can be shared between her and the audience.
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Syncopate
Jacqueline Huskisson

A manipulation of the sensation of time, this is an animated transformative experience of the here and now.
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Jacqueline Huskisson is an interdisciplinary artist from Calgary, Alberta. She received her B.F.A from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an M.F.A from the Belfast School of Art. Recent projects include her solo exhibition Absurd Walls at Alberta Printmakers, attending the Arteles Comic Blast Residency in Hameenkryo, Finland and she was the inaugural recipient of the Scott Leroux For Media Arts Exploration Residency from Video Pool in Winnipeg. Currently, Jacqueline pursues a studio practice in Calgary.
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Flux
Julian Zwack

Flux peers into the passage of time of Central Memorial Park using new and old video capture techniques to represent the ongoing history of the century old structure and place. The dual video pieces depict the surrounding cityscape and park in a constant state of change akin to the historic sandstone library, eternally in the process of eroding as a nomadic subject.
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Julian Zwack is a media artist based in Calgary, Alberta. Zwack’s work explores the city and its relationship to the natural landscape it is built upon, to break down the fantasy of the rational human: a being ascended from the animal order in the Anthropocene. His artwork examines concepts of animalism, alterity, post-humanism and nomadic theory. He is currently working in the mediums of media art installation, video art, glass casting and computer aided design fabrication.
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UN … ING
Teresa Tam

UN … ING uses random prefixes and suffixes to append to looping videos to form, reform and/or deform possible interpretations being created. Created arbitrarily and with mundaneness, non-descript images, moments and surfaces are rendered into something else from the reframing by abstract letters. Just as what affix/affects us has become a part of us – regardless of whether we accept or know about it, we change our language to better reflect our understanding of our reality.
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Teresa Tam is an artist based in Calgary and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2014. Her practice utilizes digital technology and physical labour as mediums to explore alternative viewer engagement to familiar spaces. Her art practice began, and continues to be, exhibited in non-traditional art spaces and contexts, where she re-imagines or temporarily disrupts the rhythms of everyday places and routines. She likes to work collaboratively – with artists formally or informally, and with audience participation as a way to develop ideas and processes. Recently, she has been into creating tea drinks as a method of exploring the way socio-economic and political entanglements impact how an individual identify themselves.
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Below the Soles of our Past
Ursula Sokól

In the basement of the Memorial Park Library, a passage to the world under our soles will be temporarily opened. Below the Soles of our Past is an interactive installation that questions what was once below our feet. What grew and lived on the land before anyone was there to build a library, or even to own the land? Can we be certain of what was once there on the land without having to be present? Imagining the “what ifs” of the past invites for the creation of a myth. This underworld will echo with the presence of the land’s past through filmed aspects of the Library’s garden and Alberta’s wilderness. As mortals journey into this world of the long gone and forgotten, they are invited to leave an outline of their sole that they wish to leave to rest and cast it off into the underworld. Collectively, this will create the garden of this underworld and the “what if’s” of the land that once existed in the world above.
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Through projections and sound based installations, Ursula Sokól creates interactive dream like worlds and experiences. They lullaby viewers into playful thoughts on reality. These daydreams brought into question consist of black holes, loneliness, space and time, community, birthdays, and healing. She is currently attending her fourth year as a Media Arts student at the Alberta College of Art + Design.
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Behind the Time
Yu Dong

Behind the Time is a projection mapping piece that explores the concept of memory. An animation plays out on the surface of a historical building in Calgary, and rebuilds the construction of the building to recreate a new perception of this traditional site. The animation is based on the shape of the building and the symbols that reference the time change throughout its history. Behind the Time provides a new impression and perspective of the historical building.
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Yu Dong is an artist that focuses on how to use different materials to create the unexpected moment that differentiate from the common experiences. Mainly engaged with the sound and visual aspects, he arranges them to provide a confused physicality to the objects. Yu’s works are mainly inspired by the entanglement of features from the objects, that represent the invisible connections between objects inherently. The different look of the object will change the experience of the audience to establish a new outlook from the concept.


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