Digital Artifacts

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Main Space/Parkade/U-Hall

Runs from February 3, 2017 to March 4, 2017

Opening reception Friday February 3, at 8:00 PM

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By Peter Redecopp

An artifact in the digital realm; an unintended glitch or distortion that by digital processes, echoes indefinitely, rapidly branching in scale and scope, leaving the impression of artificiality. Digital Artifacts explores these artifacts through the ritual repetition of patterns in a digital landscape, tackling the themes of memory, relics, religion and warfare. Digital Artifacts is a group exhibition featuring work by Greg Marshall, Peter Redecopp, Anna Semenoff and Trevor Van den Eijnden. 

Digital Artifacts is part of the PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival and presented in partnership with EMMEDIACarvel Creative and TRUCK Contemporary Art. 

Peter Redecopp and Trevor Van den Eijnden will also be taking part on the festival artist panel, The Sacred and the Profane. For more information, click here.

                                                                                                       
 
Warware // Greg Marshall
 
This video art installation is based on the single-channel video entitled, Drone (2016). Similar to the one camera angle from Drone, the animation presents coded and extruded data visualization from a portion of a large number of news stories, gathered via Google Alerts on lethal US military drone attacks dating back to 2013. A continual video roll of extruded grids slowly drifts in slightly varying forward directions. There are no cuts in the video—it is one long perpendicular take, using an overhead meandering camera move across this constructed landscape.
 
Pentaphonic Sound System // Peter Redecopp
 
Pentaphonic Sound System could be a haunted house prop, or a set piece from a b-movie. The 5-channel soundscape that is projected from the sculpture is reminiscent of a horror film; a combination of synthesized, sampled and modulated sounds move from speaker to speaker in various patterns, creating an undulating, spatialized aural composition. The soundscape is continually changing, composed in real-time through an algorithm written by the artist, and brings to mind sinister rituals and black magic. With this project, the computer algorithm is envisioned as a form of cyber-incantation. To be wary of false idols is a common maxim in the Western Tradition, and the pentagram has come to embody this adage in popular culture. Inserted within an art exhibition, it raises questions about if and how we would conceive of idolatry in the context of contemporary media art.
 
Memory of Mother // Anna Semenoff
 
Memory of Mother is composed of one long video sequence, fractioned and looped in no particular order, demonstrating a lack of a linear narrative. Capturing the essence of the whole by remembering the chosen fragments of the past: Memory of Mother functions like a memory in real time, with each fraction fulfilling an equal role to create a larger, more coherent representation of the figure.
 
The Relics of the Anthropocene Temple // Trevor Van den Eijnden
 
A collection of proposed Anthropocene relics for reverence in a deep, hypothetical future function as warnings, prophecies, and a form of solastalgia for something ill-defined that has not yet fully come to pass. The work is an extension of my interest in pattern as a visual indicator of the ways in which we pattern the world. Rather than presenting a pattern that definitely ends or breaks down, they present an indeterminate expanse that fades into the unseeable blackness of the interior space. The materials explored within the Relics include a diverse array of hyper objects that physically or psychologically demarcate the Anthropocene, such as plastics, styrofoam, uranium glass, simulacrum of nature, and memorials to extinction. Inside the relics thre is an aesthetic existential bleakness from the see-through black mirrors facing inward that cannot physically invite, nor act as a reflection to carry the viewer into the scene.

Greg Marshall

Greg is an interdisciplinary media artist from Calgary. His work has been shown recently in two media art festivals in the US in 2016, as well as in Calgary at the Gallery of Alberta Media Art until January 29th. His single channel video Drone was part of a two week group exhibition entitled Kernel Panic at the Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery in Victoria, as part of the Antimatter Media Art showcase in October 2016. He is nearly finished a short partly-animated documentary that reflects on personal accounts from veterans and civilians, as well as written letters from World War II. His work often examines the effects and relation of war and technology, as his first documentary focused on the personal stories derived from Canada’s involvement in the cold war. He has taught video production and design courses at SAIT, and is a freelance animator, art director, and visual effects artist. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 1994 with a Fine Arts diploma and a major in Painting.

Peter Redecopp

Peter Redecopp is an artist and experimental musician whose practice incorporates sculpture, sound, electronics and digital media. His work has been exhibited in Calgary + Montreal, and his audio performances have taken him to venues across Canada. He holds a BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design, and an MFA in Open Media from Concordia University.

Anna Semenoff

Anna Semenoff is a Calgary based artist currently attending her third year at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her practice is comprised of primarily video and sculptural based works.

Trevor Van den Eijnden

Trevor Van den Eijnden was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, of Dutch and mixed Nova Scotian background, but has lived in Vancouver since 2007. He studied English literature (BA, Dalhousie University, 2005) and photography (BFA, NSCAD University, 2005), and recently completed a graduate degree in visual arts (MAA, ECUAD, 2015). He currently teaches design with a focus on inclusion, empathy, and ethical approaches to marketing and communications. His art practice focuses on the current geological epoch, the Anthropocene, and of coming to terms with the historical, contemporary, and future underpinnings of that term.