Exhibition Title: Remote Viewing
Artist: Noxious Sector Arts Collective (Jackson 2Bears, Ted Hiebert & Doug Jarvis)
Venue: grunt gallery, 350 E. 2nd Avenue #116, Vancouver, BC
Exhibition Dates: 8 Jan – 13 Feb 2016
Remote Viewing is a performance and responsive installation presenting human and camera interactions as a site for contemplation.
We live in an era of technological vision–and technological bodies–an age where what you see is almost always strategically manipulated, massaged, commercialized, and politicized. Almost never what you get.
What we propose is a dislocation of bodies and of vision and an experiment in visual intervention. Focusing on the technology of drones as agents of remote vision and interaction, we propose a meditation—part visual, part conceptual—on the status of vision, bodies, and technology in the 21st century. Drones are as much floating heads as they are predatory machines, and to emphasize this conflation is to begin to interrogate the logic of surveillance for its relationship to an embodied ethics of virtual behavior.
NOXIOUS SECTOR is a formalized forum for informal inquiry. Dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the paranormal and the absurd, Noxious Sector projects attempt to redefine the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions that challenge consensual norms while also provoking stimulating forums for dialogue and discourse.
JACKSON 2BEARS is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist. 2bears has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, most recently at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria), ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival (Toronto), VIVO (Vancouver) and at the Visual Eyez Festival (Edmonton). He has exhibited internationally in media arts festivals and group exhibitions, most recently at Digital Art Weeks (Zurich, Switzerland). He has released several recordings and live performances on CD and DVD in both solo and collaborative contexts. 2bears is a graduate of the University of Victoria.
DOUG JARVIS is an experimental media artist, curator and the Program Coordinator at Open Space Artist-Run Centre (Victoria). Jarvis is a founding member of the avatar performance group Second Front and president of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (PAARC). His individual projects have been exhibited in virtual and real-world environments in Canada and abroad, most recently at the Goodman Arts Centre (Singapore), the Eastern Bloc (Montreal), and the Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond).
TED HIEBERT is a Canadian visual artist, curator and theorist. His individual and collaborative work has been shown across Canada in public galleries and artist-run centres and in group exhibitions internationally. His curatorial projects have involved artists from around the world in responsive, relational, and invitational contexts. Hiebert is the author of In Praise of Nonsense: Aesthetics, Uncertainty and Postmodern Identity (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012) as well as other published writings that have appeared in journals such as The Psychoanalytic Review, Technoetic Arts, and Performance Research. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal CTheory, and an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Washington Bothell.