Moving Ether Way
11 December, 2020 – 30 January, 2021
Curated by Holly Chang and Karina Iskandarsjah
In the face of deep uncertainty, we are moving either way.
Moving Ether Way presents newly commissioned digitally immersive performance art works by Camille Rojas, Dallas Fellini, Hiba Ali, and sarah koekkoek. In this exhibition, artists experiment with the convergence of performance art and virtual reality technologies. They intersect movement and dance with digital elements to explore phases of liminality and fluctuation within social, economic, and natural environments. Each work embraces the body’s role in mediating complexity and ambiguity; they examine the contemporary precarities in our relationships with labour, resources, and historical truths.
View the online exhibition by visiting Trinity Square Video’s V/Art Projects. (https://v-art.app/)
sarah koekkoek is an independent dance artist, choreographer and trauma informed educator based in Toronto/Tkarón:to. Her research examines movement as a language that can help cultivate greater understanding and compassion with our relationship to self, others and the earth. Often, her choreography is generated by nurturing the reciprocal relationships of human-human and human-nonhuman through embodied offerings such as dance, text, soft contact and breath. Sarah’s practice explores our punctured relationship and existence within the abused and exploited natural world, developing an environment of (physical) emotions surrounding climate change and the anthropocene. sarah acknowledges that at the core of this practice is the recognition that she is an uninvited guest on the territory lands of the Wendat, The Haudenosaunee and The Mississaugas of The Credit First Nations. This informs how she moves through the creation process as well as daily life. It is imperative that we do all we can to be respectful to indigenous communities, uphold treaties and remain open to learning and evolving together.
Dallas Fellini is a writer, curator, and artist living and working in Tkaronto/Toronto. Their practice is invested in interdisciplinarity and the dissolution of boundaries between different art forms and arts communities. Dallas has exhibited with or curated exhibitions for Xpace Cultural Centre, Hearth, and Trinity Square Video. They have published written work with Canadian Art, The Journal of Curatorial Studies, Peripheral Review, The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies, and Acta Victoriana. Dallas is a cofounder of Silverfish, an arts publication devoted to interdisciplinary collaboration, skill-sharing, and cultivating ongoing dialogues between emerging artists and writers.
Camille Rojas (b. 1993 Toronto; lives and works in Toronto) is a multidisciplinary artist working with film, photography and dance. Her work uses movement as the primary vehicle to dissect ideas and emotions, most of which address experiences of gender, race and class within life and institutions. Using her own presence in her work – sometimes through a persona – offers the opportunity to delve deeper within various concepts whether it is by herself or as part of an ensemble. She received her BFA in Photography Studies at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts (2017) and has recently exhibited her work at Gallery 44, Gallery TPW, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Erin Stump Projects and Ryerson image Centre.
Hiba Ali is a digital artist, educator, scholar, DJ, experimental music producer and curator based across Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Toronto, ON. Their performances and videos concern surveillance, womxn/womyn of colour, and labour. She studies the geographies of Afro-descent and Indo-Arab communities across the Indian Ocean through music, cloth and ritual. They conduct reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technology. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. They are an Assistant Professor of Art, New Media Artist/Feminist Art Discourse, College of Design, Art & Technology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. She has presented their work in Chicago, Stockholm, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Windsor, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland. They have written for C Magazine, THE SEEN Magazine, Newcity Chicago, Art Dubai, The State, VAM Magazine, ZORA: Medium, RTV Magazine, and Topical Cream Magazine.
Holly Chang is a Toronto based Photographer and Artist who has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries at Ryerson University. Holly is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University/ York University.
Karina Iskandarsjah is a visual artist, curator and arts administrator whose work focuses on cultural hybridity and the experience and histories of geographically displaced individuals. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University.
Image Credit: Camille Rojas