October 3 – November 7, 2015
Curated by Britt Gallpen and Yasmin Nurming-Por
Presented by Trinity Square Video and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Opening Reception: Saturday October 3, 6:51PM – Midnight as part of Nuit Blanche
Festival Reception: Friday October 16, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Artist + Curator Talk: Friday October 16, 7:00pm as part of the Art Crawl
In his first immersive new media installation, artist Geronimo Inutiq (popularly known as dj madeskimo) deconstructs representations of the North through remixed imagery culled from the Igloolik Isuma Archive and original audio created by the artist.
Inutiq, and co-curators Britt Gallpen and Yasmin Nurming-Por, take the 1967 CBC Radio programme, The Idea of North as their starting point. An experimental “contrapuntal radio documentary” by celebrated Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, the programmg runs just shy of an hour and carefully interweaves the voices of various characters, including: an anthropologist; sociologist; prospector; government employee; nurse and surveyor, to form a complex narrative centered on the idea of the North vs. the reality of lived experience. Gould’s Idea of the North is one example in a long line of “Arctic Imaginings” that privilege an abstracted representation of the North at the expense of allowing circumpolar peoples a platform to tell their own story.
The ongoing perpetuation and power of these representations provided the impetus for Inutiq, Gallpen, and Nurming-Por’s collective research into the relationships amongst Gould’s representations and more contemporaneous representations of the North, as well as the role of technology in disseminating these identity-based constructions. The resulting project seeks to provoke dialogues about the changing role of representation beyond fixed identity categories. As an immersive installation, ARCTICNOISE aims to address both abstracted historical and contemporaneous ideas of the North through conflating modes, mediums and methods of representation, deconstructing Arctic Imaginings through self-directed representations.
Supported by The Indigenous Visual Culture program OCADU and Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage
For more information, visit www.arcticnoiseproject.com