Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle - "Different Ways." Richmond Art Gallery. Photo: Lisa Birke
Very proud to present the third edition of my element - themed curatorial quartet
WATER (2016), LAND (2017), AIR (2018), FIRE (2019)
for Digital Carnival with Cinevolution Media Arts Society.
Working closely once again with the Cinevolution Media Arts Society Team over this past year, along with Richmond Art Gallery and the Richmond World Festival organizers has been an amazing learning experience! With curation and production being an intregal part of my personal art practice, these exhibitions have been a joy to produce. From highlighting the universality of storytelling to pushing boundaries in public art; promoting cutting edge technology; showcasing westcoast to international media artists have allowed me to learn from so many! I continue to be amazed and grateful!
Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle - "Different Ways." Richmond Art Gallery. Photo: Sheng Ho
Artist Terrance Houle's ethereal notes from a theremin drift through the gallery as he invites his Kanai/Ojibwe ancestors to join a performance art piece called "Different Ways", while Lisa Birke simultaneously wades through a fountain with floating canoe pieces and text, referencing the power of words in light of reclamation and reconciliation. The peak of their exhausting endurance performance, paddling a canoe in circles in the Minoru Plaza pubic fountain, whimsically, yet powerfully references and reimagines first encounters and exploring contemporary relations between settlers and the Indigenous community.
Terrance Houle theremin performance. Richmond Art Gallery. Photo:Wynne Palmer
Lisa Birke performance Minoru Plaza Fountain. Photo: Sheng Ho
Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle "Different Ways." Minoru Plaza Fountain. Photo: Sheng Ho
Over 5,000+ people attended this exhibition, with three sites, with an overall attendance to the Richmond World Festival topping 50,000+ people to this free, family-friendly cultural event!
18 artists | 1 catalogue | 2 workshops | 2 evenings |
Mirjana Prpa & Philippe Pasquier & Kivanç Tatar "Respire." Minoru Field. Photo: Sheng Ho
Exhibition details, bios & statements:
Featured artist exhibition article:
Digital Carnival 2018: AIR
Featured Artist: Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle
present "Different Ways"
2018 Exhibition Artists:
Angleica Poversky, asmaa al-issa & Patrick Blenkarn, Hiba Ali, George Ho, Isabelle Hayeur, Mark Nazemi & Maryam Mobini (Intentions Lab), Mirjana Prpa & Philippe Pasquier & Kivanç Tatar, Sean Wirz & Hannah Rocchi, Tony Bowden and Josephine Massarella (posthumous)
Cecelia Point, First Nations traditional welcome
We acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.
Cinevolution Media Arts Society Team
Yun-Jou Chang, Project Coordinator/Co-Producer
Lynn Groppi, Artistic Director/Co-Producer
Wynne Palmer, Curator/Co-Producer
Minah Lee, Curatorial Assistant
Asia Jong, Media/Marketing
Andrew Lee, Volunteer Coordinator
Richmond World Festival Team
Bryan Tasaka, Manager Major Events & Film, City of Richmond, BC
Camyar Chaichian, Coordinator, Richmond Arts Centre
John Donnelly, President, John Donnelly & Associates
James Cowan, Vice President of Operations, JD&A
Sarah Shandl, Production Manager, JD&A
Eduardo and Marian, Technical Assistance
Richmond Art Gallery Team
Shaun Dacey, Executive Director
Nan Capogna, Curator
PJ Booker, Curatorial Assistant
Paula Hickey, Exhibition & Gallery Coordinator
Kathy Tycholis, Education & Public Programmes Coordinator
Matthew Brown, Preparatory
Documentation + Press
Video Team: Alfonso Chin (Lead), Max Bentsianov
Still Photography: Sheng Ho (Lead), Yoko Takei Do
Milton Lim, Equipment support
Thomas Groppi, Karen Palmer and Robert N. Brown, Volunteers
Special Thanks to our Funders & Sponsors
Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Richmond, Richmond World Festival,
Richmond Art Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Hammer & Tong.