The digifest and Harbourfront Centre Mods and Rockers show I curated is still on until July 9th. I hope you all get a chance to see it. I have posted some documentation from the show below. The exhibition is in a long and well-trafficked hallway, right across from the ice cream stand. These images show a lot of reflection which is much worse here in the documentation than it is in real life. The work is vibrant and eye-catching, even in the middle of the day. Scroll down for stills/details and all the artists' statements. While I was documenting, everyone passing by stopped to look, and kids especially seem to really dig it. Two little tykes were dancing and laughing to Tom and John's piece while I was there, and I've had reports that kids have also been spotted dancing along to Chandra and Andy's videos. One little girl, being hurried by her dad, dug in her heels at Myfanwy and Lorna's windows exclaiming "but these one's have a story!" And, of course the Sideways Circus windows are covered in fingerprints, which is sure sign of popularity.
Chandra Bulucon and Andrew J. Paterson
RODS AND MOCKERS, 2006
Mods and rockers
Rods and mockers
Odds and sods
And leather weather
Zoot suit, fruit loops
Chrome and chains in our brains
Look to the future
The future is ancient
The future is static
There is no future
So do it all now
Do everything now
Speed speed speed
That's all I need
Riding and leaping
Driving and crashing
Fights on the beach
Sex out of reach
Rave up and roll back
And speak with a stutter!
The artists wish to thank Lynn, Scoot, and Bella at EXILE, Rebecca Diederichs, Scott McLeod, Trinity Square Video, Sally McKay, and Kevin Couch
HΩ is a video landscape exploring a return to a place of early memories - a familial circuit - where the beginning and the end collide and the current is immeasurable but still flowing.
Report to All, 2006
With Google-assisted omnipotence, triumphant narcissism and a rockin' rhythm, planet earth is scanned for divine modifications.
Sideways Circus photos by Rob Cruickshank
Rob Cruickshank and Veronica Verkley
Sideways Circus, 2006
STEP RIGHT UP! YOU WONT BELIEVE YOUR EYES!
COME ONE COME ALL! SEE THE MOST AMAZING SHOW ON EARTH!
IT'S THE SIDEWAYS CIRCUS!!
MARVEL AT THE ALL-POWERFUL STRONGMAN!
INCREDIBLE TRAINED SEALS!
BEAUTIFUL DARING TRAPIEZE ARTISTS!
JUNGLE CATS LEAPING THROUGH FIRE!
HILARIOUS JUGGLING CLOWNS! AWESOME BALANCING ACTS!
"Toys forced to do things they were never designed to do- stripped bare of
their cuteness, right down to their modular parts, and MODDED to power the
world's most ROCKIN' Sideways Circus ever- where up is right and left is
Tom Moody and John Parker
Rather than have some kind of face-off, or rumble, we are merging sensibilities. The collective inner Mod is the high tech influence in the form of some sophisticated audio software and a newish laptop used to edit and burn the video, and the inner Rocker is the low tech source material: 8-Bit-style tunes on an old Mac (some originally composed in the '80s) and animated GIFs by Tom based on MSPaint versions of Web images of John's work.
We're trying for some sort of parity between the audio and visual material. Pixels and square waves are both medium and subject.
see them go...
I really loved this show. Amazing resonances between the pairings themselves, but I also liked the way each pair amplified the rest of the pieces.
And I really liked the ambiguous nature of the installation space. Designated gallery space, for sure, but also a public hallway, so passersby could be caught unawares by the images. How many places can you eat an ice cream cone while you're looking at art? I like the questions that raises about the relationship between Culture and culture.