Xpace Spring Programming Opening Reception

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Spring Programming Opening Reception

Join Xpace for the opening reception of our Spring exhibitions.

There will be snacks and drinks and the artists will be in attendance.

MAIN SPACE
March 18th - April 30th, 2016
Vulgar Era
Alessia Dowhaniuk , Trudy Erin Elmore, Alanna Gilchrist, Dahae Song, Erin Whittier
Curated by: Tobias Williams

Over the last 30 years digital and internet technologies have irrevocably changed our society. The way that we create, communicate and conduct business is now almost always mediated through digital devices. This digital revolution has disrupted many aspects of contemporary life on a scale not seen since the industrial revolution.

Post-secondary students today make up the first generation to have come of age in a time period where digital and internet technologies were the norm rather than a novelty. They have a distinct view on technology, which is yet to be articulated in the art world.

Vulgar Era, a group exhibition featuring the work of Alessia Dowhaniuk , Trudy Erin Elmore, Alanna Gilchrist, Dahae Song, and Erin Whittier, proposes unique perspectives on how digital technology directly shapes how we interact with the world we live in. The work presents diverse perspectives on technology, identity, nature and emotion from artists who matured in a digitally saturated world.

Presented in partnership with the Images Festival.

This exhibition acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

*Join us for a curator's tour Thursday, April 14th at 7pm. 


WINDOW SPACE
March 18th - May 6th, 2016
Ultra Fine II
Nadia Kuzmicz
Curated by: Tobias Williams

ULTRA
: going beyond what is usual or ordinary; excessive; exceptional; extreme
: surpassing customary norms
: located past, on the far side of
: carrying to the fullest degree possible
: over, mega, real
: very

A pseudo utopia, Ultra Fine II is for self indulgence. Ego grants Entry; its all about Ego. A simultaneous high and low, you’re in Limbo. There exists no consequence until its time to leave. Exit is followed by reproach. This is the worst part but you need it to feel ultra.

Ultra Fine II is open 24 hours a day.

Presented in partnership with the Images Festival.

This exhibition acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

*Join us for a curator's tour Thursday, April 14th at 7pm. 


PROJECT SPACE
March 18th - April 30th, 2016
Cloth Dripping
Mary Grisey

“…cloth dripping…” (Sappho, fragment 119).

Sappho was an ancient poet whose words were meant to be sung. Cloth Dripping weaves together sculptural and sonic elements inspired by fragments of Sappho’s poetry to create a continuous fabric of a multi-sensorial environment. Ruinous forms of terra cotta structures will be situated among the weavings with traces of fingerprints, gestures and lost scripts. In this exhibition, the audience is welcomed into a liminal space where traces of the past echo the fragments of her poems and the ruinous materiality of Grisey’s sculptural work.


EXTERNAL SPACE
February 16th - May 9th, 2016
We've met before
Maya Ben David
Curated by: Tobias Williams

http://www.xpace.info/exhibition-event/weve-met-before/

We’ve met before explores human desires that become possible through fictitious worlds in animation. It focuses on a fetish called “Vore” which is the desire to be consumed or to consume another person or fictional character whole. The fetish is not about cannibalism but about absorbing and engulfing a desired person or fantasy creature and becoming one with them.

Presented in partnership with the Images Festival.

This exhibition acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Our External Space is located in the OCAD University Learning Zone located on level one of 113 McCaul Street.


About the Images Festival: Established in 1987, the Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Images has presented thousands of vanguard media-based projects in its 28-year history and is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: Alongside film and video screenings (ON SCREEN), the festival presents groundbreaking live performances (LIVE IMAGES), media art installations (OFF SCREEN) in local galleries and new media projects by Canadian and international artists. Images provides audiences with an annual array of contemporary moving image culture
http://www.imagesfestival.com/

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