Several Circles, 2010
2 channel video installation
Konig Galerie Berlin, installation view
Photo: Roman Marz
Luminocity returns as a Biennale event! In the fall of 2014, this week-long public art project dazzled viewers with legendary weekend dance parties and video projections in public spaces throughout the downtown core of Kamloops. An off-site KAG initiative, Luminocity is a forum for independent media arts regionally, nationally and internationally. It embraces new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field and encourages diverse audience engagement outside the
Gallery’s regular programming. Inspired by popular public art events such as Nuit
Blanche, the KAG’s inaugural presentation transformed Kamloops’ urban environment with projections on the facades of buildings and in storefront windows, site specific installations at Riverside Park, projects at Arnica Artist Run Centre and performances in the Rotary Bandshell and the Old Courthouse.
This year Luminocity lights up similar sites and introduces new ones with a selection of diverse multi-media work by artists from across the country and from here at home.
Works include Mark Soo’s Several Circles, a devolving two-channel video installation set to a soundtrack of Detroit techno music and featuring an 1880s steam-powered paddleboat and a 1980s Ford traveling down the river. Soo's work emphasizes the 100-year relationship between multiple forms of mechanical power via the rise and transformation of American industrialism. Luminocity also features Episode 2 of Anton
Vidokle and Pelin Tan’s 2084: A Science Fiction Show set in a futuristic bunker that traces the advent of an artist-run state and its subsequent fall due to the relentless pursuit of transforming life into art.
Matt Macintosh and Keesic Douglas’ social science fiction work Terra Nullius offers an allegory made from the signs, symbols and practices of camping to consider the role camping plays as a platform for imagining a simpler time and the myth of an untouched Canadian landscape. Monica McGarry takes over the Kamloops Museum & Archives window to create a media collage drawn from the museum’s archives that examines Kamloops history through its local agriculture, while Matt Smith offers an augmented reality of Kamloops through an interactive and participatory phone app.
For the duration of Luminocity, Dion and Ryland Fortie transform the Rotary Bandshell into Auxiliary Glow, a reserve of lights and visuals, bizarre shadows, strange characters, analog video effects and visuals. The Bandshell is once again home to two weekends of live musical performances featuring local and touring bands and DJs. Film screenings and workshops are also hosted throughout the week while the park is aglow with multiple video projections.
Be sure to pick up a Luminocity Guide at the Gallery (available Fall 2016) to learn more about all the sites, artists and events.
Generously sponsored by Nicola Eye Care
Curated by Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
Curator's Tour: Thursday, November 3, 7:00 pm
Kim Clarke Photography
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