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Infoism

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Information; cycling and processing through brain, body, and object. Given brain, body, and object, open to manipulation, bruised and battering. At the other side of this cycling is information anew, different from what it set out to begin as. Tirelessly working to get our brains back amidst the agency of these new objects. Physical and non physical, object and information. Information become object. Between ourselves and the other objects of interactions, a new transformed object. Bruised and battered and manipulated anew. 

September 18th-September 28th
Opening Reception: September 21st 6-10PM 


Circulationism, a process of the contemporary, information and image translation is an act of ‘in the meantime’. Old materials may be translated but our interactions, and thus our translations, adhere to the contemporary moment in which they are translated. This constant reprocessing of information is made more complex when we consider that the translations are not always at the hand of the ‘user’. 

This concept is multiplicitous in its forms and context. This show will also consider two different forms of translation, though images and audio. Images will reflect on various sources and explore the authorship through works stemming from original photographs versus works using collected images of books. Kathryn’s original photos reflect material transformations as landscape photography, made painting, is pulsed through multiple iterations. Slowly fragmenting as the paintings become abstract and then, abstracted quite literally, become pieces of glass on the ground. 

Kate’s work concerning books and boundaries of authorship, utilizes the scanner as a third party information processor and creator. Producing layered scans while trying to learn the habits of the machine while working to accept the artists limits against the scanner’s autonomy. As we consider the processing and display of information we must also consider boundaries and ownership, how many times must it circulate and be reprocessed to become original.

This show seeks to consider the processes of information. It is not about the dissemination of it, but rather the experience of information processing-how we utilize it or visualize it.

Kate Giles is an Ottawa Raised, Vancouver practicing artist with a practice focused on provisional processes, sculpture, and curating. Recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art & Design, she completed a Bachelors in Visual Arts with a minor in Curatorial Practices. As an artist, her practice is predominantly engaged in experimental installation and fiber sculpture, as well as curating. This orientates her practice towards a mix of personally and art historically informed work. Her work is often concerned with bodies as well as the affects of nostalgia, mental illness, and trauma. Using provisional processes, she engages material to be evocative story-tellers, combining the conceptual with the limbic.

Kathryn Wadel is an emerging artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2017, she completed her BFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a Visual Art major and Social Practice & Community Engagement minor. Kathryn is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist, exploring the relationships between culture, art, science and social-engagement within her practice. In Kathryn’s current studio practice, she explores cognitive processes that develop, strengthen and degrade memories and perception of reality.Within this body of work, she likens the material transformations from her projection sculpture and paintings to the cognitive processes of the mind that form, recall and recreate memories. As themes transfer from one medium to another, Kathryn questions what is lost, gained and abstracted by the mind

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