Curator: Wynne Palmer
According to the most current statistics, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who are currently forcibly displaced, at a rate of approximately 20 people per minute. This is a daunting number, when among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18 yrs. old! With such a high number of displaced people, how will this affect both current and future concepts of identity, place and belonging?
Through explorations of personal and cultural identity, connection to the land and our ideas about community and home, this year’s Digital Carnival shines a spotlight on LAND, and what that means to us both personally and collectively.
Digital Carnival will highlight the works of 23 local and national artists presenting 15 projects using current media technology, including: performance art and theatre, audio/sound art, video projection, mixed media installations, projection mapping, generative work, shadow puppet theatre, a hands-on workshop and community-based work.
~ Wynne Palmer
Wynne Palmer is a Vancouver-based integrated media artist, independent curator, arts administrator and educator. Past professional experience informing her practice includes: government, corporate, non-profit and freelance graphic design and photography; the West Coast film and music industries; fine art, media and event curatorial and production; board experience and arts administration.
She draws inspiration from occupying intersections of seemingly contradictory ideas. Her personal art practice focuses on the threshold, where the natural and technological worlds converge, bringing into question issues of identity, concepts of location and the philosophy of language within the collective consciousness. She is a serial collaborator, interested in the dynamics of improvisation and participatory art practice, collective collaboration, social engagement and public art. She has an interest in non-traditional educational models, art practices and exhibition spaces.
Wynne is currently a co-founder and member of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO), a VIVO Media Arts Centre instructor and a NOW Society board member and secretary. She is an exhibitor with the digital eco-art group LocoMotoArt, and is an artist in residency with the Vancouver Park Board through the Fieldhouse Artists in Residency Program.
She has exhibited and performed internationally, and her work is in a number of public and private collections including Canada, Germany, UK and USA.