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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:

Cinevolution website


Featured artist exhibition article:

Georgia Straight


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

Gallery Attendants


Documentation + Press

Video Team: Alfonso Chin (Lead), Max Bentsianov

Still Photography: Sheng Ho (Lead), Yoko Takei Do


Other Support

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.