Twentysix Piles

This exhibition of photographs opens on April 25 at the fifty fifty arts collective in Victoria, BC. The exhibition runs until May 17.

Piles are not pretentious -- they are just there being beautiful and doing their thing. Why piles? The structure is usually determined either by the object alone or the object plus the piler's imagination or lack of it. Naive piles usually are the greatest. It's the molecular structure and physical characteristics that give pile materials their nuances of stackability.  ~Iain Baxter&

The aim here is to rattle the adamantine chain that has bound materiality to inert substance and that has placed the organic across a chasm from the inorganic. The aim is to articulate the elusive idea of a materiality that is itself heterogeneous, itself a differential of intensities, itself a life. In this strange, vital materialism, there is no point of pure stillness, no indivisible atom that is not itself aquiver with virtual force.  ~Jane Bennett

Twentysix Piles reflects a curiosity about the persistence of human digging into the earth, and also about this world as constituted by processes rather than substances. Matter is never inert stuff. Self-organizing, self-shaping vital materials exert their intensities whether we interact with them or not, and offer a glimpse of the non-human world that we are a part of.

March & April 2018

My colleague Bill Burns and I recently co-curated an eclectic listening program at the Yukon School of Visual Arts Library called Loud in the Library. It ran every Wednesday evening for four weeks and included recordings of sound art, experimental music, and field recordings. Recalling the spirit of listening to entire long-playing vinyl records with friends in my youth, the series brought people together to listen in a social context.

The series included recordings by Delia Derbyshire, Glenn Gould (The Idea of North), Steve Reich, Francisco Lopez, Bernard Parmegiani, Simeon ten Holt, Pauline Oliveros, Andrea Polli, and Captain Maurice Seddon.

March 5th, 2018

I've started preliminary work on a new project using found footage - a 16mm educational film from 1984 titled Hurricanes and Tornadoes. It presents a cheerfully confident and optimistic view of how technology will help humans to manage weather in the future.

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