The change of any changeable quaNTITY
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An exhibition of video installations that explores themes of climate change and environmental crisis

October 15-17

300 Geary AVE

curated by Layne Hinton & Rui Pimenta (Art Spin)

ABOUT

Installed in a large industrial warehouse space, The change of any changeable quantity is an immersive and experimental exhibition of video art by artists Christina Battle, nichola feldman-kiss, Lyla Rye and Heidi Strauss that examines elements of change and instability we increasingly experience as we move ever closer to climate catastrophe. Somewhat unintentionally, these videos each speak to one of the four natural elements, which Ancient Greeks believed were the basis of all matter and were unchanging in nature. In an era of extreme environmental change, the exhibition title draws from the definition of the mathematical symbol (∆) found in the title of Christina Battle’s work that represents the changeable quality of any equation. In the case of the works in this exhibition the viewer is invited to consider the vast possibility of change itself, both in terms of the harm we have inflicted on our natural world and the imperative of recovery we ignore at our peril.

 

Christina Battle’s fiery video considers the gap between our current crisis and the policies that are needed to create necessary and meaningful change. Lyla Rye’s video of clearcut earthen landscapes is a cross-generational collaboration that uses cellphone footage shot by tree planters and transformed by the artist, through manual stabilization, in an attempt to achieve a technical and metaphoric sense of balance. nichola feldman-kiss takes viewers through a digitally constructed underwater landscape, including icebergs that overwhelm through their indecipherable scale. Heidi Strauss’s video explores invisible presence and absence through airy spaces where the line between outside and inside, solitude and togetherness are inverted.

ARTISTS: adelheid/Heidi Strauss, Christina Battle, Lyla Rye,

nichola feldman-kiss (co-presented with the koffler centre of the arts)

 

DateS & TimeS:

Friday October 15th:  6pm - 9pm

Saturday October 16th:  6pm - Midnight

Sunday October 17th:  6pm - 10pm (proof of vaccination required during artist talk event from 6-7pm)

THE SPACE:

300 Geary Ave.

An industrial warehouse space located on the north side of Geary just west of Dufferin St. The exhibition is on the ground floor which is wheelchair accessible, however it does have an uneven threshold and unfortunately the washroom is not wheelchair accessible. The space is unheated and we recommend dressing for the outdoors.

EVENTS:

The exhibition is free and open to the public during the hours above. We have two special events below that are ticketed or RSVP required.

COVID Contingencies:

To ensure a safe experience for our visitors and artists both mask wearing and physical distancing will be in effect as this is an indoor exhibition. The number of visitors will be limited and will be admitted as capacity allows. Proof of vaccination paired with a piece of photo ID will be required for events below that have a larger audience capacity.

EVENTS

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ELEMENTAL DISSONANCE

ARTIST TALK

We are excited to transform this cavernous 12,000 square foot space into a deep listening setting in which the act of listening becomes a fully embodied experience. This program will feature live performances by local sound artists at the cutting edge of sonic experimentation.

 

This program is inspired by the reverberations and unique acoustical properties of this industrial warehouse space, along with themes drawn from the video exhibition, including the mediation of nature through human interference, feelings of uneasiness and instability brought on by climate change.

ARTISTS: Driftnote, Prince Nifty, FELIPE SENA

Date & Time:

Friday October 15th, 10pm - Midnight

TICKETs:

Tickets are $20 and go on sale on Friday October 8th through the link below. Capacity is limited so be sure to get your ticket before they sell out!

COVID contingencies: To ensure a safe experience for our visitors and artists, tickets and proof of vaccination (or medical exemption) paired with a valid photo ID will be required at the door for entry for all guests over the age of 12, masks and physical distancing will be in effect as this is an indoor event.

THE SPACE: 300 Geary Ave. is an industrial warehouse space located on the north side of Geary just west of Dufferin St. The exhibition is on the ground floor which is wheelchair accessible, however it does have an uneven threshold and unfortunately the washroom is not wheelchair accessible. The space is unheated and we recommend dressing for the outdoors.

Join artists Lyla Rye, Heidi Strauss & nichola feldman-kiss joined by Mona Filip of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, alongside Art Spin curators Layne Hinton & Rui Pimenta to hear more about the process of creation of their works, all of which were produced in the last year through a time of crisis and isolation.

ARTISTS: Heidi Strauss, Lyla Rye, nichola feldman-kiss with mona filip

Date & Time:

Sunday October 17th 5:30pm

COVID contingencies:

To ensure a safe experience for our visitors and artists, RSVP and proof of vaccination (or medical exemption) paired with a valid photo ID will be required at the door for entry for all guests over the age of 12, masks and physical distancing will be in effect as this is an indoor event.

TICKETs: This event is free with a limited capacity, RSVP is required through the link below.

THE SPACE: 300 Geary Ave. is an industrial warehouse space located on the north side of Geary just west of Dufferin St. The exhibition is on the ground floor which is wheelchair accessible, however it does have an uneven threshold and unfortunately the washroom is not wheelchair accessible. The space is unheated and we recommend dressing for the outdoors.

 

The image above is a video still by nichola feldman-kiss from the artwork: 'planet species animal human water Agent. in motion on the move in flight of the Earth of the Land of the Ocean her ecology. here and there sea and ice wind and current seed and settlement. (Study for Siren lll)'

ARTISTS

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Christina Battle’s (Edmonton, Canada) research and artistic work consider the parameters of disaster; looking to it as action, as more than mere event and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. Through this research she imagines how disaster could be utilized as a tactic for social change and as a tool for reimagining how dominant systems might radically shift. She has exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries, most recently at: Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Capture Photography Festival (Vancouver); Forum Expanded at the Berlinale (Berlin), Blackwood Gallery (Mississagua), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), and Nuit Blanche Toronto.

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Co-Presented with Koffler Centre of the Arts

nichola feldman-kiss is a Toronto based artist exploring relational interpretations of body and embodiment, identity and autobiography, witness and traumatic memory. Their hybrid media installations –pristine as laboratory craft, ask us to reconsider hard questions about being conscious social bodies among the tattered boundaries of globalization. The National Research Council of Canada, the Ottawa Hospital Eye Institute, the Department of National Defense, and the United Nations, among others, have hosted the artists’ research. feldman-kiss holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

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Lyla Rye is a Toronto based artist who works in installation, sculpture, video and photography to explore our experience of architectural space. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally including in New York, San Francisco, Adelaide, Auckland, Paris, and Berlin. She has shown at The Power Plant, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and in the Karachi Biennale, Pakistan.  Her solo exhibition, Mirage, was recently presented at Prefix ICA in Toronto. Her work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, The Tom Thomson Art Gallery and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

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Heidi Strauss creates dance-based experiences to examine human behavior from different perspectives, using relationships as a basis to consider our current social and environmental moment. She is interested in challenging how we see/experience performance by shifting the physical perspective of the audience, creating immersive, installation, ambulatory, site-sensitive and digital works for theatre and non-theatre environments.  A multi-Dora Award winning choreographer and the Artistic Director of adelheid, Heidi supports programs for other artists including adelheid’s re:research, (for emerging dance artists) and Cohort (for performance makers integrating digital technologies into their practice).  Heidi is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award for Dance.

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PARTNERS

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