Arts Commons Presents
BUILT, OMIP.PIP, and MEMBRANA MORTIS
Maziar Ghaderi, Emmanuel Ho, and Kyle Whitehead.
Location: On the Arts Commons three video monitors:
+15 pedway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
Near Ca’Puccini Café and the stained glass window
Dates: December 1 to February 12, 2017
Artist Reception: Happenings 11 on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on Monday, February 12 from 6pm - 9pm
Arts Commons Broadcast Lab (formerly Gallery of Alberta Media Arts) brings three new short films to Arts Commons BUILT, Omip.Pip, and Membrana Mortis by media artists Maziar Ghaderi, Emmanuel Ho, and Kyle Whitehead.
Three visually powerful short films come to the Broadcast Lab monitors in Arts Commons.
BUILT is a collection of filmic impression throughout the United Arab Emirates. Structures pierce the sky – some saluting the past, others leaning forward toward an imagined future.The city now, itself is a force of nature gently sprinkled with orange dust carried from the inland empires of dunes, rock and wind.The city invites itself abruptly to the viewer’s gaze via veins of pavement. This lies at the tension of the region that writes and rewrites its history. This is the poetic silence of the desert and the prose of technological advancement.
Omip.Pip is an exploration of visual music to a track created by local musician Valiska. This piece lacks structure, instead moving smoothly and responsively with the music it draws its inspiration from.
Membrana Mortis is a meta-film, a chaotic assemblage of re-photographed and chemically manipulated image fragments culled from a damaged roll of film that was nearly un-projectable. The films title suggests a two-fold intention - here process and existence pre-suppose one another, at once an elegy to a dead film and observance of new genesis.
Maziar Ghaderi is a Toronto-based multimedia designer and educator whose work situated at the intersection of technology, the experiential and cultural intangibles. Maziar's work has been curated in Toronto, Vancouver, Kitchener, Halifax, Los Angeles, Boston, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the merit of his artistic practise has been recognized by the MIT Media Lab (2016), International Symposium on Electronic Art (2014), The Creator's Project (2014 & 2015), The Globe & Mail (2x, 2015), CBC Radio (2016), Toronto Life, The Georgia Straight (2011) and SIGGRAPH (2013). He has also presented at Augmented Cinema Film Festival, Toronto Wearables Meetup, Subtle Technologies, Gladstone Hotel, Shopify, SummerWorks Festival, Luminato Festival, HarbourFront Centre's HATCH festival, The Fridge Dubai, Nuit Blanche (2015, 2016).
Emmanuel Ho is a Calgary based animator and experimental filmmaker. His current interests are Sierra Entertainment video games and making mead.
Kyle Whitehead is an artist working primarily with small-format celluloid to create experimental films and expanded cinema projects. His films, performance work and installations have been shown nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions at Antimatter Festival (Victoria, BC), M:ST (Calgary, AB), the 8 Fest (Toronto, ON), Smiths Row Gallery (Bury St. Edmunds, UK), Struts Gallery (Sackville, NB) and in solo exhibitions at TRUCK (Calgary, AB), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton, NB), Eastern Edge (St. Johns, NL) and Latitude 53 (Edmonton, AB). Kyle is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design and currently resides in Calgary where he spends most of his time in the dark.