Deconstructing What We Know

Emanuel Licha, How do we know what we know?, film still, HDV, 17 min, 2011, courtesy of the artist.

Emanuel Licha’s Real and Imagined Narratives By Bart Gazzola   How do we know what we know? Emanuel Licha breaks a number of “rules” in his single channel video work How do we know what we know? Some of these transgressions are formal, in that the video seems to ramble, with no clear structure. We […]

Picturing the West

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Sheila Spence’s portraits of cowboys & cowgirls. An interview by Wayne Baerwaldt Wayne Baerwaldt: You’re well known for your photographic examination of inner city working families in Winnipeg but I feel you’ve re-established your vision as an artist over the last two years or so. Do you consider your 21st-century large-scale portraits of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan […]

The Dice that are Thrown and the Dice that Fall Back

Homo Pilosus (forensic panorama), 2011, ink on photographic inkjet print, 97.8 X 25.4 cm, courtesy of the artist.

A Conversation with Dustin Wilson, Futurologist. David LaRiviere speaks with Dustin Wilson: artist, scientist, futurologist. Dustin Wilson’s Futurology is an ambitious hybrid investigation that draws on the future by way of wormholes and throwing dice. Now, some confusion may arise in the course of what follows   pertaining to the question of where Wilson is an artist […]

Foregrounding Background

Chris Watson recording in the field. Photo: Donald Strydom, courtesy of Touch Music.

By Christopher Olson Four listening instances in reverse chronological order: I. 2011. I’m at the kitchen table in Nara, Japan for my weekly headphone session with Framework:Afield, a radio show and podcast “consecrated to field recording and it’s use in composition.” It’s been a vital weekly ritual for a few years now. Instead of the […]

Sounding Spaces, Listening Bodies

Annie Martin, Untitled, 2011. Installation views, from the exhibition "Horizon", courtesy of PAVED Arts.

By Ellen Moffat How listeners experience reverberation depends on whether the environment is primarily a social, navigational, aesthetic or musical space. Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter[i] Sound moves through the body as a physical vibration and a tangible felt experience that brings us back to our corporeality and reminds of our connectivity to our world. […]

Politics In Sound; Politics Of Sound

Christof Migone, Hit Parade (Winnipeg), 2011, performance, courtesy of the artist.

By Tom Kohut Christof Migone, Hit Parade (Winnipeg), 2011, performance, courtesy of the artist. That sound art should have a politics is something which is not immediately obvious. Nor is it a claim that is often made by its practitioners. Of course, it would be too sweeping and implausible a claim to assert that all […]

Improvising Sound Art

David Rokeby. Very Nervous System (1982-2004)

By Jesse Stewart Over the past half-century, there has been a strong connection between musical improvisation and the visual arts in Canada. Numerous creative practitioners in this country including Michael Snow, Nobua Kubota, John Heward, and John Oswald (to name only a few), have had successful parallel careers as both visual artists and improvising musicians. […]

A Critical Perspective on Circuit-Bending


By Jeff Morton “Bothallchoractorschumminaroundgansumuminarumdrumstrumptruminahumptadumpwaultopoofoolooderamaunsturnup!”  – James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake That might sound to you like a cappella noise music, or you might find a few recognizable words and get some sense of what it can mean. The similarity to noise music, and more specifically to the sounds we might associate with circuit-bending, is only superficial, but […]

Sam Tata’s life and photographs

By Andrea Kunard Throughout his life, Sam Tata (1911-2005) created unique and powerful bodies of work that contain some of the most iconic images in Canadian photography. His enormously successful career also reveals a diverse and changing history of photography, from the period of the mid-twentieth century on. Tata assumed many photographic roles. He worked […]

Message Pictures: Adventures in Reading Images, Part Three

The following is the third in a series of three texts that focus on the pleasures and frustrations, the rewards and dangers, of reading images and imagining readings. Part One | Part Two By Michael Davidge A triptych of images from the Toronto-based conceptual artist Erica DeFreitas’s series A Teleplasmic Study with Doilies (2010-11) portrays […]

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