Three works coming up in Dawson City’s (s)hiver


Dawson City is a thriving creative community. Writers, artists and performers abound here so it makes sense this hardy and eccentric community is equal to the task in creating a mid-winter contemporary art festival. (s)hiver is now in it’s second year and addresses the long dark of winter nights here through outdoor installations and various performances and exhibitions throughout the city. It’s already garnered international attention.

I’ll be participating with three distinct projects: a 2d work installed out in the middle of the frozen Yukon River, a roving performance and projection (wearable technology) throughout Dawson and a permanent series of text-based augmented reality installations.

If you happen to be in Canada’s far north-west that night, stop by and say hi. (I know that sounds ridiculous)

Another goofball art review video, part 1

Footage and commentary from the August 26th edition of Toronto’s Art Spin gallery bicycle tour. This is part one of two, as 20 minutes straight is probably too much to watch all at once, so the next installment will come out next week. I’ll keep careful track of how the vistor trends for staggering the release of the video – especially interesting as the next Art Spin is later this month.

In this video we visit the Edward Day Gallery, n/a space, a C1 art project and AWOL Galleries’ Square Foot Exhibit.

Over 200 people showed up for this one, as compared to the one last year where there was about 30 participants. I’m a little more critical of this, naturally since it is becoming a lot more popular – they need to split it into two or more groups who meet at the end. Being part of a large group was almost unmanageable at times and you’ll see that reflected in the video. As well, most of the time at each stop is spent on parking your bike, not hearing anything the artists or gallery staff are saying and then herding back out … slowly.

However, on the bright side, it is always terrifically interesting stops and art we are seeing, and meeting fellow participants is a lot of fun. I am constantly discovering new spaces and venues with this tour as well as some back-alley bike routes that have awesome street art tucked in them. Plus, it’s free so all in all it is a wonderful event and there are worse problems for organizers to deal with than becoming popular.