Art Matters 2014 Festival

8 - 21 March 2014

  • Vernissage: 19 March 2014, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Opening hours: Tue. - Sun., 12 PM - 5 PM
  • Megan Moore
  • Michelle Reddick
  • Laurence Hervieux-Gosselin
  • Stephen Brace
  • Stephanie Wu

Digiscapes: Landscape, Nature, and Visual Technology

Landscape has always figured as a mediator between the natural world and human technology. While on the one hand, the extension of technology seems to preclude any direct contact with nature, on the other, it is primarily through technology that we, urban, plugged-in, denizens of the twenty-first century, gain access to the so-called natural world. Perhaps it is now time to ask ourselves a disquieting question: does nature as such even exist outside our digitized imaginations? And if landscape is the exclusive site of nature, is nature anything more than a reflection of ourselves, our anxieties, and desires?

The works presented in this exhibition all draw attention to the way in which nature is constructed through technologies of vision at the intersection of human imagination and the physical world. In doing so, the artworks call on the viewer to consider the various roles nature plays in our imaginations, its uses and its dangers, as well as the ways in which the natural world and our relationship to it can be reconceptualised. Landscape, in these works, is invoked as a medium, an in-between zone in which it is possible to consider, question, and re-imagine the murky interface that weaves together the human and non-human. It is a technological intermediary, through which we can gaze at ourselves through the medium of the world; and, as these works suggest, it is precisely in its potential to redirect our gazes reflexively onto themselves that landscape can incite new, critical ways of engaging with our shared world.

Free

8 - 21 March 2014

  • Vernissage: 19 March 2014, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Opening hours: Tue. - Sun., 12 PM - 5 PM