Mapping People

Mapping People is a new-media interactive projection where viewers trigger a triangulated map through their presence in space, generating a real time drawing that continually evolves.
This installation is a participant driven projection that aims to engage imagined and real space through movement, and explores the potential for exchanges and new experiences.
The concept behind this project stems from the ‘Leave No Trace’ principle that is encouraged in outdoor recreation. For more than a decade, Julie Cos grove led canoeing expeditions in some of the most remote wilderness areas of Northern Ontario where she experienced the impact of navigating the landscape in both a
physical and symbolic context. While the concept of ‘leave no trace’ promotes appreciation and respect for the planet by minimizing impacts, it is also not entirely possible.
This project documents an experiential trace where the audience and their collective experience will draw a path and record a journey. An individual mark is made, but many paths cross over, accumulating over time and eventually dissolving. With one person in the path, an individual map is drawn, but when more than one person is in range, the drawing modifies itself to include whoever is present. This incites a digital interaction even if no word or physical contact is exchanged between viewers or participants. Without the audience, the projection remains dormant with only the points of the last visitors, waiting for the space to be activated once again.
The projection and drawing expands and diminishes with the crowds and the varying gestures of excitement or stillness.
 It responds to the chemistry between imagination and technology by revealing a visually mesmerizing drawing that maps our collective trace, but also seeks to engage the imprint of one another in a real sense, even if it is fleeting.
Mapping People is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

The Light Within The Tunnel

Regardless of individual life, there are material and immaterial elements to being human that we all share as a common experience: sense, movement, sound, emotion and thought. Talia Shaaked and Madeline Rae invite you to experience The Light Within the Tunnel, installed in the Artspace alleyway.

Experience and traverse through this alternate passageway of the exchange: comprised of two curtain-walls made of string and projected video. After watching and inspecting the video, the audience is invited to pass through and interact with the wall of string. Experience the fluid physicality of the curtain barriers, and bathe in the glow of the projected video.

The Light Within the Tunnel will be between Art Space Building and Red River Books alleyway.

The Light Within the Tunnel is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

Nuit Noire: Illuminate Our Voices

This year Black Space Winnipeg features the second instalment of our Afrocentric artist showcase, Nuit Noire: Illuminate Our Voices.

Nuit Noire was founded on the need to diversify a major festival for Winnipeg’s art community. Now entering its second year, Nuit Noire is highlighting community voices through visual and performance art.

Last year, the partnership between Black Space Winnipeg and Artist’s Exchange (studio of Gibril Bangura) showcased amazing talent from Winnipeg’s newcomer, African community and local artists of colour (Mahlet Cuff, Xavier Mitshipayi, Uri Portillo and Dubem Ukaigwe). This year we are pleased to partner with aceartinc.


Taking up space and making adequate space for artists across all disciplines from Winnipeg’s Black community.


Nuit Noire is an Emerging Voice Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

Red, Green and Blue

Red, Green and Blue is a sculptural installation, by Vancouver-based, South Korean artist, Khan Lee that explores the artifice and wonder of manicured natural environments through a host of delicately constructed transparent cones.   Illuminated by lights in primary colour: Red, Green, and Blue, these plastic cones and their colourful looming shadows magically bend, sway and interrupt each other with the wind. As the sunsets over the Public Gardens, these delicate cone shapes transform from hand-folded plastic forms into seductive and mesmerizing blades of synthetic grass in a magical landscape.



Khan Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He studied architecture at Hong-Ik University, before immigrating to Canada to study fine art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Through sculptural and media practices, his work attempts to exhibit results of experimentation with form and process in order to express inherent relationships between material and immaterial content. He is a founding member of the Vancouver-based artist collective Intermission and is presently a member of the Instant Coffee artist collective. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Lee lives and works in Vancouver, BC.



In my art practice, I look for moments when a subject loses its common material perception and begins to suggest other possibilities. By isolating a specific property from its function, a material can then form the foundation of a conceptual process. A simple twist of inherent values within a material primes the viewer to perceive a whole host of unforeseen interpretations or perspectives. This statement may sound vague, but it encapsulates the foundation of my work as a visual artist.


Red, Green and Blue was first installed at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2016.

Red, Green and Blue is made possible by funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council. 

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floating, reflects the emotional experience occurring in response to feelings of cultural and social displacement. Seventy-two hand-sewn handbags made of mulberry paper are placed in rows on a wall. Projected upon them is a video of an origami paper boat, isolated and floating in a body of water. The handbag, is an everyday object, easily overlooked. It serves as a general metaphor of the identity which people carry. In contrast, the origami paper boat, a culturally familiar object, represents the Heejung Shin’s identity interacting with a new environment. As the paper boat floats, it is gradually absorbing the water, conforming to its surroundings. As a result, the boat is dissolving.

floating is an Illuminate The Night, Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 


Homes, is a collaborative interactive video installation the public can immerse themselves into two landscapes; Kristin Snowbird’s birthplace of Pine Creek and Theo Pelmus’ home of Romania. The landscapes created will be made up of two projections that are recreated through the artists’ memory and words.

There will be a rocking horse that incorporates wireless technology, which the public can control the projection’s images and sound. The projection will consist of the landscapes from each home, Ojibwe and Romanian, words in Ojibwe, Salteaux and Romanian language and photos.

Attendees can be an active participant on how he/she/ they want to hear our reconstruction of homes. A home is not only a place where one is born in but also a place in which in adulthood one can feel home after moving away from home.

Through the Homes project, artists PelmuSnow will invite audiences into their homes, our place of birth, to our families and connect emotionally and metaphorically with people they don’t know.

Homes is an Illuminate the Night, Open Calls Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

Overshadow 1

Inspired by the space-age design and utopian aspirations of the 1970’s, Overshadow, by Toronto artist Lyla Rye, re-imagines an iconic geodesic dome as a planet in a strange eclipse. The illusion created obscures this vision of the future with images of contemporary life shot by the artist’s teenage daughter. By simultaneously generating and exposing how the eclipse illusion is created, the video reflects on generations of human experience.
Overshadow 1 was originally commissioned by In/Future, an art project in the abandoned educational theme park of Ontario Place. It was projected on the domed ceiling of a silo to reclining viewers, transforming the space into an observatory. My daughter’s footage provided a sense of the constant flow of the present moment in contrast to the slow rotation of a 1971 image of a geodesic dome.
The video is comprised of two 15 minute “eclipses” with different footage from my daughter’s cellphone in the centre sphere. The audio score for Overshadow 1 was composed by Nik Beeson, which sampled from the optimistic musical theme for Ontario Place from 1971. Samples from this theme song were gradually buried by contemporary music fragments from the teen’s playlists.
Overshadow 1 is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 


When we look back on our lives, images and objects spark memories and personal identity.

This notion of tying a memory to an object was the inspiration behind PEG. The project is an interactive art piece that allows those who discover it to both, alter its appearance, as well as keep a small portion of the installation as a souvenir.
The installation consists of a large, sculptural map of Winnipeg, which becomes the initial interaction the viewer has with the “object.” When looking at a map, people automatically link their own personal identity within it; where they live, where they work, where they are currently standing in relationship to the map. This specific map of Winnipeg is created through cuts and etches in the roads and rivers allowing light from behind to shine through.
It draws attention, even from afar, through the glow it emits in the recognizable shape of the Assiniboine and Red River. The rivers are the city’s cultural and social foundation, it therefore will glow the brightest throughout the evening. Lining the streets and roads of the map will be several hundred small holes housing removable Pegs.
Those that visit the piece will find a location within Winnipeg that resonates with them, and remove a Peg from that spot. Upon removal, a string, fastened to the back of the map at one end, will be pulled through the map by the Peg, allowing for the other end to dangle. The small hole, which held the Peg, will allow more light from behind to shine through.
In exchange for their Peg, visitors will find squares of paper and pens to write a memory, sparked by the map, and tie it to the dangling string. The piece will evolve over the evening, with visitors leaving their mark and becoming part of the art. As more of the public removes Pegs; the more the map will become illuminated in the night.
Through their impact on the piece, visitors keep a small momentum to remind them of both this event, and their identity within Winnipeg. Each Peg is designed to fit on a key chain. It is anticipated that this simple object will create future connections and conversation among strangers who have a shared memory through an object found at Nuit Blanche.
This wooden piece will be adorned with the coordinates of Winnipeg: 49° 53’ N 97° 8’ W. In the bottom, right corner of the map will be an info-graphic of how to interact with the piece:
  • 1) Take a Peg
  • 2) Make a Trade
  • 3) Leave Your Mark
  • 4) Keep Your Memory
Part of the success of the installation will be the different interpretations of this info-graphic, and thus, the different interactions individuals will have with it. By the end of the evening, the more light shining through the map, and the more markings depicting the presence of its visitors; the more successful PEG will be.
PEG is an Emerging Voices Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 


Insomnia is a movement based performance piece that explores the relationship between sleep and restlessness.

It is inspired by the secrets hidden in darkness, the only time when we are in a state of unknowing. When we sleep we are unaware of ourselves and our surroundings. Even those who suffer from insomnia often experience a warped perspective of consciousness which is clouded by exhaustion and frustration.

The performance will capture the unconscious moments of body twitches, tosses and turns, and restless fits that many people experience in the late hours of the night.

Insomnia is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council.