Spectral Illuminations IV

Spectral Illuminations IV
A Projection Mapping Exhibition

Presented with Calgary Public Library as part of Beakerhead

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 8-11PM
Memorial Park Library – 1221 2 St. SW
FREE Admission

Featured Artists: Leslie Bell, Claire Coutts, Cuatro Cabezas (Danira Miralda, Edward Beltran, Laura Anzola and Matthew Waddell), Emmanuel Ho, Mike Hooves, Jacqueline Huskisson, Tyler Klein Longmire, Greg Marshall, Preserve the Haunt (Alicia Hubka & Alix McGurran), and Holly Totten

Ten local media artists and collectives 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 equipment, facilities, and a series of projection mapping workshops.

To learn more about projection mapping, take our introductory workshop on September 21: http://emmedia.ca/2019/09/mapping-visual-illusions/

Special thanks to Quickdraw Animation SocietyTRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, and Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) for supplying additional projectors for this exhibition.

About Beakerhead Creative Society:

Beakerhead Creative Society is an educational and experiential charity that brings together the arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to build, engage, compete, and exhibit interactive works of art, engineered creativity and entertainment. Year-round programming and community-connecting culminates in a five-day citywide spectacle consisting over 60 events centred around delightfully bizarre engineered installations and artworks. For more information visit beakerhead.com.

About Calgary Public Library:

Founded in 1912, the Calgary Public Library has grown to become the second largest library system in Canada, and the sixth largest municipal library system in North America. It’s home to over 700,000 members, who enjoy free access to books, eResources, services, and programs available at 21 community libraries that welcome more than 6.8 million visitors each year. Memorial Park Library is one such community library and was Calgary’s first public library location. For more information visit calgarylibrary.ca

Leslie Bell

Through live performance and video-projection, local artist Leslie Bell will be conjuring a mesmerizing purple landscape onto the façade of the Memorial Park Library. This one-night event will be documented and included in an ongoing film project Save Us UltraViolet about a coven of sorcerers/sorceresses that want to summon the spirit “UltraViolet” into the world to save it from all its problems.

According to the Pantone Company, Ultra Violet is a color that inspires creativity, genius and technological innovation. By immersing the library in otherworldly Ultra Violet, Leslie Bell and her coven will bless the building with positive energy and creative inspiration for all its patrons.

For more information on this project, or to see Leslie Bell’s other work, please visit her website at lesliebell.ca or follow her Instagram @lesliebellart.

15 Stairs
Claire Coutts

Libraries provide a resource, a refuge, and often are at odds with the capitalist systems they are built under. At the same time, libraries can act as an institutional gate-keeper when accessibility to materials and space are restricted. Historically, alone in the prairies, struggling to be recognized by the population as a resource and institution, this busy site is emblematic of the Calgary core, and a rare place to slow down and rest. 15 Stairs explores the design purity baked into the architecture of the Memorial Park Library and surrounding gardens. Visually, a pastiche of ever-present symbols encourage the library visitor to ascend the fifteen stairs inward and ascend into higher learning and self education.

Cuatro Cabezas

Rotospace is an experiment in 360 degree sculpture projection and kinetic motion by Cuatro Cabezas. This newly formed collective, consisting of sculpture artists Danira Miralda and Edward Beltran, and projection artists Laura Anzola and Mathew Waddell,  is exploring how digital technology and sculpture enter into a dialog by augmenting one another, while maintaining the unique attributes intrinsic to each form.

Quatro Cabezas (‘four heads’ in Spanish) is a newly-created artistic group consisting of sculptors, Danira Miralda and Edward Perez Beltran (Incipio Modo) and media artists Laura Anzola and Matthew Waddell (AZMA Digital). Danira and Edward have been working collaboratively since 2010 on projects that range from abstract and figurative studio work to public art commissions, both in the built and natural environment. They both have a wide skill set in modelling, carving and designing. Matthew and Laura have been involved with digital arts for the last eleven years, and have been working collaboratively since 2014, creating award-winning audiovisual design for theatre, as well as developing interactive installations, architectural projection mapping, animations, graphic design, and surround-sound audio works. Our work is shaped by our home countries of Mexico, Colombia and Canada and likewise the relationships we have with Spanish and English.

Emmanuel Ho

Varietals was constructed by creating a series of animations that dynamically interact in increasingly odd and unexpected ways. This process was free-form, more analogous to improvisation than proper design.

Conceptually, Varietals is about the anxiety of choice. Specifically when choosing from a vast backlog of media that one ‘should’ read or watch. This process should be considered a luxury, however I find it more akin to a persistent chore. I was wondering if I could reroute this experience into something more pleasurable, where the process of simply browsing itself was treated as its own amusing experience.

Mike Hooves

Fall may be approaching, but with this projection you can experience the perfect summer day. Animated loops playfully roam poolside and in the water.

Mike Hooves is a prairie queer and multi-disciplinary artist working in illustration, animation, and film in Calgary, Alberta. Having received their BDes from the Alberta College of Art in Design in 2016, Mike has become a fixture in artist-run and non-profit communities through their work with Calgary Queer Arts Society, The Quickdraw Animation Society, Buds Collective, and Herland. Mike’s film practice has seen their work exhibited nationally and internationally, including Vancouver, Montreal, as well as in London and Warsaw. Using colour, shape, and mark making, Mike playfully explores the inner workings of queer life.

Jacqueline Huskisson

A visual depiction of emotion, thought, anxieties and desires. An expulsion of the self.

Jacqueline Huskisson holds a B.F.A in Print Media from the Alberta University for the Arts and an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Belfast School of Art. She recently has had solo exhibitions at Main Space Gallery (Alberta Printmakers, Calgary) and Poolside Gallery (VideoPool, Winnipeg). She has also been doing various projects, installations, residencies and performances around Canada, Northern Ireland and Finland. She is the recipient of various local and national grants and was the inaugural receipt of the Scott Leroux Media Arts Exploration Fund. She is currently on VideoPool’s Media Art Distribution list. Current projects include the residency with KIAC (Dawson City, Yukon) and has an upcoming residency with Piltonkueche (Leipzig, Germany).

Greetings! From My Over-stimulated Visual Cortex
Tyler Klein Longmire

The brain’s visual cortex is responsible for processing all visual information we see with our eyes, sorting colour, shape, depth, position, and speed into usable signals, and reconstructs this data into images in our imagination. My little depth camera does the same thing, sending RGB, depth, and infrared data to my computer to process. Join me as I simulate the inside of my brain, using the camera’s colour and depth data to generate live interactive animations. My computer will watch you, and dream new ways of seeing you in the world. The camera in the installation will track participants, and a series of interactive live videos will be generated in the space based on their presence and actions. Join my computer and me for a fun evening in my over-stimulated visual cortex.

Tyler Klein Longmire is an animator and theatre-maker based in Calgary, AB. He works as the Production Director at the Quickdraw Animation Society, a non-profit co-op for independent animators, and is a founding member of the Humble Wonder performance collective. His practice attempts to explore the spaces where animated film, performance, technology, and his communities can intersect. Animation and theatre serve as the twin poles of his work, with some wild fluctuations in between them depending on what’s keeping him up at night. His works have been presented by Quickdraw, CSIF, Beakerhead, Sled Island, One Yellow Rabbit, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Making Treaty 7, the International Festival of Animated Objects, Telus SPARK Science Centre, Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, Sage Theatre, the Belfry Theatre, and Major Matt Mason, among others. Check out his work at www.tklongmire.com !

Greg Marshall

A play upon the process of opposites; light versus darkness, additive versus subtractive, home and away, and progressions of time are brought together in this experimental art video piece. Minimal elements slip into representations of landscape against a backdrop of Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, the most visited necropolis in the world, with scenes from Calgary mixed into the simple act of carving wood on a vice.

Greg Marshall is a video artist from Calgary who has shown recent work nationally and internationally at festivals and exhibits in Scotland, Wales, the US, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Czech Republic, and the Ukraine as well as in Canada. His recent film bearing was also selected for the biennial New Technology Art Award Exhibition (NTAA) Edition 2019 in Ghent, Belgium for the month of November, as well at Cutlog Artists Moving Image Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. Often through a meditative process his work tends to examine the effects of technology and dislocation in its various forms including war.

He is a Dean’s List graduate from the Alberta University for the Arts (formerly ACAD) from 1994 in Fine Arts with a major in Painting. His work often draws upon his technical background as a visual effects supervisor and animator.

Haunted Vault
Preserve the Haunt

This installation, adapted from a larger digital archive initiative that works to preserve haunted heritage sites within Canada, highlights the possibility for the preservation of spaces digitally using two widely employed mediums (image and audio), while conversely, accentuating the pitfalls of relying solely on these digital technologies.

The interior acoustic recordings offer those viewing the installation a haunting iteration of the depth of a room found absent with the static image. As all of the images and audio are captured from haunted buildings and landscapes, viewers can obtain both a fragment ‘sense of place’ and use the soundscape to navigate the flat image they encounter. This project works to elicit an uncanny disassemblage of this given ‘sense of place,’ as visitors are unable to witness a nearness of other walls, doors, and figures that may be present within the space and equally present in the vault with them.

We have captured Alberta sites which not only have celebrated history of unexplained events and haunted history, but whose locations survive as contemporary attractions, museums, and archives.

Alix McGurran is an emerging artist with a background in Medical Diagnostic Imaging.Using sound and overlayed image, her archival work aims to shift from the formal capacity of technology to produce impressions and representations to using 3D imaging to reproduce immersive experiences of landscapes, artifacts, and historic interiors. Her work is currently with the nonprofit archival project Preserve the Haunt (2019) leading the use of immersive360 multimedia to accurately map historic sites.

Alicia Hubka is pursuing postgraduate studies which center upon Spectral Theory and its intersections within contemporary North American landscapes. Currently, she is focusing on the connections between haunted spaces and sites of unease or abandonment in popular Canadian ghost stories. Her past work has been with the Canadian preservation project, Preserve the Haunt (2013-2019), using images, acoustic audio and reflected sound waves to capture depth and space.

The People Who Were Never Always There
Holly Totten

The eight Albertans celebrated in The People Who Were Never Always There may not be household names: contributions magnified, solidified to monument, eddying time about their greatness. But they are individuals who have changed us by altering the flow of history, in large ways or small. Fighting for fairer laws, encouraging volunteerism, or–significantly–preserving a dying way of life, by living and remembering.

In this video installation, eight men and women breathe again in their living landscapes, for us to see and remember, defying the erasure of time.

ONISTAH-SOKAKSIN (Calf Shirt): Courageous fighter, tamer of rattlesnakes, Chief of the Namopisi Blood Tribe, influencer, and magistrate. Conciliator during the Riel Rebellion.

VICTORIA BELCOURT CALLIHOO: Metis woman, a historian born before Canada became a country who preserved the stories of her childhood, her ancestors, and her way of life. She danced the Red River Jig “the way it was meant to be danced” on her hundredth birthday.

DON FOREST: Mountaineer of legendary stamina, skill, and endurance, first to climb all the peaks in the Canadian Rockies and B.C’s Caribou Range over 11,000 ft. Canoeist, spelunker, skier, and oldest person to climb Canada’s highest peak, Mt. Logan.

MARY DOVER: Recruiting officer for the Canadian Women’s Army Corps in World War II, and one of the first female officers in Canada’s military. Alderman, historic preservationist, recipient of the Order of Canada and Order of the British Empire, and namesake for the Calgary community of Dover.

CHIEF DAVID CROWCHILD: Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Race competitor, Chief of the Tsuu T’sina nation, farmer and cattleman. Cultural preservationist, a founding member of the Indian Association of Alberta, promoter of cross-cultural understanding, and namesake for Crowchild Trail.

MARY-BELLE AND ELSIE CATHERINE BARCLAY: Founders of the Canadian Youth Hostel Association with a horse, two cars, and a tent. Mary is a recipient of the Order of Canada.

WILLIAM ROPER HULL: Wealthy rancher and businessman who drove 12,000 horses over the Crowsnest Pass to Calgary from Kamloops, B.C. Promoter of Calgary’s opera and theatre. Generous benefactor, leaving significant funds to an orphanage (now Hull Services and Hull School), the Red Cross, and several hospitals.

ROBERTA MACADAMS: Lieutenant in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in World War I, the first woman elected to any legislature in the British Empire, and the first woman to introduce legislation to any legislature in the British Empire.

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