Homes

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. 

PEG

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

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.

Stratigraphic

Stratigraphy: The analysis of the order and position of layers of archaeological remains.

Brad Bamford’s paintings of layered and torn advertisements are presented on billboards and digital signs at several locations in the Exchange District. The paintings are both archaeological sites, full of fragments of information; as well as time capsules, capturing the interests, events and graphic design of the moment and culture they represent.

By presenting these images in the venue of advertising media it makes the purpose of the advertising space ambiguous and hopefully causes the viewer to pause, to look at something familiar and yet unfamiliar, and to consider their environment in a new way. The Exchange District, with its history, ghost signs and ongoing urban renewal/development, is the ideal location for this work exploring ideas related to archaeology, design and the evolving nature of our consumer culture. This project questions and re-imagines the place of advertising in public spaces and the urban environment.

The project will be displayed on:

  • Digital marquee at the Centennial Concert Hall (555 Main Street)
  • Digital sign at the Entegra Credit Union Disraeli Branch (121 Disraeli Freeway)
  • Outfront Media billboards at the corner of Main Street and the Disraeli Freeway.