Digital Carnival 2018: AIR
Co-produced and presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Society and guest curator Wynne Palmer, Digital Carnival 2018: AIR is the third installment in a 4-part series seeking to unpack the complex relationship between art, nature and technology. Showcasing creative works addressing global issues, this series revolves around questions of environment, development, and identity as it relates to a sense of place.
Continuing conversations which began the series, with WATER and LAND, where many of the works were focused on notions of space and place, AIR offers the opportunity to transcend the realm of physical concerns and begin asking questions about cultural ontologies. A metaphor for spirituality, intellect and transformation, the theme of AIR opens important dialogues concerning various cultural understandings of our relationship with the natural world and how it can inform our approach to broader social issues as well as daily decision-making.
The festival centerpiece is Different Ways. A collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Terrance Houle and award-winning video artist Lisa Birke, this dynamic work will invoke and reimagine the first encounter between European settlers and Indigenous Peoples through live performances, a special exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery, and a participatory animation workshop for Indigenous youth.
At once playful and profound, Different Waysopens space for questioning and conversation around the complex relationship between Indigenous communities and subsequent settlers on the land and waters we know as Canada.
By invoking and connecting with the spirits of the past, Lisa and Terrance seek to make visible the ties that bind us through history and weave together visions of a different future that has room for all of our different ways.
In addition to the featured artist programme, Digital Carnival includes the work of more than a dozen emerging national and international artists at the forefront of media art. Their works range from media sculpture and installation to virtual reality (VR). These artists create immersive experiences through their work challenging notions of reality, and making invisible worlds visible.
From August 31 to September 1, experience one of the most unique multimedia extravaganzas in the Lower Mainland as part of the 2018 Richmond World Festival. Guaranteedto be fun and engaging, this is a free, family-friendly event and welcome to all, whether you are an art lover, technophile, or a curious soul.
An event like this requires success from many quarters. Cinevolution wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the BC Arts Council, Richmond World Festival, RichmondArt Gallery and VIVO Media Arts Centre, without which this year’s Digital Carnival would not be possible. We also wish to thank all of the participating artists and festival attendees who choose to share this experience with us year after year.
We also wish to thank all of the participating artists and festival attendees who choose to share this experience with us year after year.