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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.

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!

World Telekinesis Competition 2011

Noxious Sector is now taking entries for the 2011 World Telekinesis Competition, June 18–25 in Seattle. Here’s what they sent us:

Noxious Sector Arts Collective invites submissions for the 2011 WORLD TELEKINESIS COMPETITION, to be held in Seattle (WA) from June 18 to June 25, 2011. Participation is not geographically dependent — teams may participate from their home locations, in North America and Internationally.


The WORLD TELEKINESIS COMPETITION is a forum for speculative action — an organized tournament in which teams from around the world engage in psychic competition to remotely influence the behavior of a candle. Matches are played by lighting a candle at the centre of the official game board, at an agreed-upon time, signaling the beginning of the game. A match lasts for one hour, or until the game candle is extinguished, whichever comes first. In the event of a tie at the end of one hour, the match goes into sudden death. The object of the game is to have the wax from the candle drip onto the opposing team’s side of the game board. This objective is to be accomplished by remote telekinetic influence. The winning team will be awarded the World Telekinesis Competition trophy, which they will get to keep until next year’s competition.

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Noxious Sector are in town this week setting up their very mysterious show at Latitude 53. If you’re not quite sure what to think just yet, you’d better make sure to catch their performance at the opening reception this Friday, from 7:00.

Revelations of the Oracle

Calgarian artist Scott Rogers, currently based in Glasgow, wrote our monograph essay for Noxious Sector’s Of Brains and Magnets—but it’s a little bit unusual:

When the archaeologists fully uncovered the artefacts one of the party was driven by a compulsion. Holding the thing in her hands it shaped itself into a halo, at least as she saw it. It was also a crown, a laurel, a helmet, a band for tying back the hair. She brought it up above her head and before the others could stop her she had placed it around her temples, or so she felt.

Immediately she spoke to the others, possessed by epochs of words. In a kind of glossolalia, her speech moved seamlessly from nonsense to Mandarin to Maori to dead and unborn argots (a fact she knew only to herself). At times her utterances were quite animal, and may have been attempts to vocalize as a Raven or a Porpoise. On other occasions she hummed, sang and chanted.

Her colleagues were gravely concerned, but as scientists they endeavoured to document the event. The episode was successfully recorded, and has been in the decoding process since. Some of the deciphered fragments (the ones reproduced below) are attributed to individuals, while the vast majority remain shrouded in mystery.

You can read the full story on our website, or pick up a handsome printed copy at the gallery when the show opens this Friday.

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!