Spring 2013 : Fiona Annis

  • Residence: 6 May - 19 June 2013
  • Project presentation: 20 - 23 June 2013
  • Vernissage: 20 June 2013, 18:00
  • Fiona Annis

"Outlines of Astronomy" reflects an impulse to riffle through the material accumulation of time. By working with a selection of obsolete processes the project further considers how antiquated technologies act as an echo of matter carrying the residue of time’s wreckage. Existing as a trace of the past, dated apparatuses are tangible manifestations of an intangible era and are thus often associated with the phenomena of specters: ghostly manifestations that give presence to the past. Outlines of Astronomy further explores this concept by means of a meditation on the persisting after-image of dead stars. This trajectory was instigated by the proposition that the stars are dead but their light lives on.

"Outlines of Astronomy" is composed of an audio installation coupled with textual, archival, and light components. Through the use of low frequency sine waves and sound samples derived from on-line archives dedicated to the sonic interpretation of dying stars, the sound component draws attention to the underlying concept of the persistence of the past. The use of reel-to-reel tape machines further emphasizes the activity of the analogue audio device as an event of both history and time. In keeping with the theme of temporary apparitions and immanent departures, it is foreseen that over the course of the residency-exhibition the magnetic audiotape will slowly begin to erode after days of continuous play.

Fiona Annis is a Montréal-based visual artist and researcher whose interdisciplinary practice emphasizes the use of scores and time-based media. In 2008 she completed a master's degree at the Glasgow School of Art and she is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD at Concordia University. Annis has exhibited in national and international contexts including: The AC Institute (New York City), The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montréal) Goldsmith's University (London), LowSalt Gallery (Glasgow), and The Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton). Her work has been published in BlackFlash Magazine, Front: Contemporary Art & Ideas, Les Fleurs du Mal, and Imagining Science, winner of the New York Book Show Award. She is currently exploring the alchemic potential of antiquated photographic processes, a trajectory that was recently put into motion in the context of an artist residency at The Center for Alternative Photography in New York City.

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  • Residence: 6 May - 19 June 2013
  • Project presentation: 20 - 23 June 2013
  • Vernissage: 20 June 2013, 18:00