A dense forest of fibre optic cables dangle from a canopy of wooden hexagons suspended ten feet above. Viewers/participants are invited to wade through the sculpture and immerse themselves in aqua-green light emitted from the strands as they move.
Also on display by Michel Gignac:
Neighbourly is an interactive electronic installation that catches viewers in the crossfire of confrontation. It is a repeating dialogue of action, a silent scene that teeters between slapstick and the sinister. Through kinetic electronics and projections, the installation explores notions of mistrust, privacy and ownership.
Alia Shahab and Michel Gignac first collaborated in 2010 when they met at the Alberta College of Art and Design. They share an interest in creating art that encourages participation, and they often use electronics and new media to deepen the potential for an immersive and interactive experience. In 2015 they re-united to create their first large-scale collaborative artwork called Ghost Carwash at Wreck City Collective’s “Demo Tape” in Calgary. They value collaboration with other artists, and formed a snow-carving team with Eric Heitmann, creating sculptures in Whitehorse, Thunder Bay and Yellowknife.
Alia Shahab is a visual artist working in new media, sculpture, and installation arts. She uses interaction, play, repetition, exaggeration, and absurdity as ways to explore re-connection with other humans, the natural world and her own identity. Since graduating from the Alberta University of Arts, Alia has created media installations for festivals and exhibitions in Canada and abroad. More recently, she has started to explore performance through mask and puppetry. Alia’s creative practice encourages community participation and collaboration, and she invests much of her creative energy developing youth and community art projects.
Michel Gignac works with everything from scavenged toilet paper rolls to coded interactive electronics. His work explores our relationship to the natural world, the human condition and his own identity through interaction and surrealist absurdity. These interests have taken the form of gallery installations, snow carvings, public art, and set design for theatre and film. Since graduating from the Alberta University of Arts, he has exhibited nationally and internationally. When he is not making his own art in his pallet studio, he can often be found developing art workshops for youth and adults.
Thursday, March 2 - Saturday, May 27
Trailing by Alia Shahab and Michel Gignac
Thursday, March 2 2023
Saturday, May 27 2023
Until May 27
Monday - Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm