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Between Science and Art

Our friend Carolyn Jervis wrote about Of Brains and Magnets and When Dreams Lighten the Reality in this week’s Vue Weekly:

As a viewer, these three vignettes pose an interesting challenge for viewers, since they must sort through different relationships with a technology widely understood as a tool for scientific discovery and objective data collection. This is interesting to consider within an art gallery space, in which a viewer’s interaction with objects and information is interpretation, rooted in subjectivity. How is one to interpret data which at once reads as factual and as somewhat absurd and inconclusive exercises? The accompanying monograph text by formerly-Calgary-based artist Scott Rogers, whose loosely related words provide no insight or interpretive ways into Of Brains and Magnets, further reinforces the unresolved tension between understandings of scientific inquiry and art interpretation.

Read the full article here.

Artist talk with Jinzhe Cui

Jinzhe Cui will be in the gallery this Thursday evening to talk about her show When Dreams Lighten the Reality. Her talk starts at 7:00 pm—don’t miss it!

Jinzhe Cui artist talk: Thursday 5 May, 7:00 PMA

Jinzhe Cui artist talk: Thursday 5 May, 7:00 PMA

When Dreams Lighten the Reality in Jinzhe Cui's portfolio

Jinzhe Cui has put up some photographs of her new installation here at the gallery on her website. If you haven’t been able to see the work in person, they’re just a hint of what the work is like.

It’s finally time: our new shows by Jinzhe Cui (pictured) and Noxious Sector open tonight with the usual reception, plus a special performance from Noxious Sector. Not to be missed!

We’ll see you at the gallery at 7:00!

It’s finally time: our new shows by Jinzhe Cui (pictured) and Noxious Sector open tonight with the usual reception, plus a special performance from Noxious Sector. Not to be missed!

We’ll see you at the gallery at 7:00!

Noxious Sector and Jinzhe Cui

We’ve just updated our website with information on Noxious Sector and Jinzhe Cui’s shows, opening next week. There’s just enough up there to whet your appetite–next week, leading up to the opening Friday night (featuring a Noxious Sector performance), we’ll have more: images from the installation, Noxious Sector’s unusual monograph essay by Scott Rogers, and a little more description of the work itself to get you excited.

April at Latitude 53: Noxious Sector and Jinzhe Cui

We’re very excited to unveil our next batch of gallery exhibits today, coming up next month. Here’s a little bit about the two shows, running 15 April–14 May.

Of Brains And Magnets – Noxious Sector

At Latitude 53 from April 15, Noxious Sector will showcase a cross-section of their work, including past projects and new experiments. Of Brains and Magnets is focussed on the point where research, speculation, and paranormal folklore meet when discussing the brain and the technological world, subjects increasingly tread by concerned newspaper columns about inconclusive research about the effects of mobile phones on the brain. Starting with performance documentation of their initial experiments with magnets and their own heads, the show includes scientific equipment turned to unscientific interpretations, competition and music, and suggestions of altered consciousness.

Noxious Sector is an ongoing project by Jackson 2bears, Ted Hiebert and Doug Jarvis inspired by Pataphysics, the pseudo-scientific discipline invented by the early modern French playwright Alfred Jarry. Through performances, curatorial initiatives and artistic collaborations, Noxious Sector, “a formalized forum for informal inquiry”, explore the boundary of possible and impossible in works of invented and imaginary scientific research. From 2008, they’ve run the competitive World Telekinesis Competition annually as well as presenting artwork in more traditional settings.

You can follow Noxious Sector’s past exploits on their website

When Dreams Lighten the Reality – Jinzhe Cui

In Latitude 53’s ProjEx Room this April, Edmonton artist Jinzhe Cui will create a space to exchange dreams with gallery-goers. Her drawing-based installation project, When Dreams Lighten the Reality invites visitors to participate in her own dreams from her point of view.

For the last three years, Cui has recorded her dreams and has fallen in love with producing art from them. She describes her dream landscape as an “enormous and attractive world” where her imagination flies freely. In her work, Cui carries her dreams over the line between public and private, finding the grounding of their individual moments in the spaces of public life, and returning the images to that world.

Cui has planned an elaborate installation where you’ll be able to participate in the dreamscape of her drawings. We’ll tell you a little more as the date approaches—look out for an update of our main website.

We’ve got some more information coming up soon about the rest of our spring programming. Aside from the Call for Submissions for our Marshall McLuhan show this summer, we’ve got several exciting exhibits lined up, and we’ll be delivering our newsletter with the details to all of our members in a few weeks time. Of course we’ll have more here on the blog too!