Digital Carnival 2018: Featured Artists Unveiled
We are delighted to welcome as our 2018 Featured Artists, interdisciplinary artist Terrance Houle and video artist Lisa Birke. Their collaborative project, Different Ways, will invoke and reimagine the first encounter between European settlers and Indigenous Peoples through live performances, a special exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery, and a participatory animation workshop for Indigenous youth.
Lisa and Terrance’s journey began at Flotilla 2017 at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island — a site which called to mind the marked absence of First Nations and female delegates from the discussions around Confederation. Bringing the project to the opposite coast, this iteration of Different Ways will incorporate footage collected from Terrance’s family’s traditional territory outside of Calgary on the Bow, Ghost and Sheep Rivers, their first performance at Confederation Landing, as well as stories and imagery contributed by Indigenous youth in Saskatoon and Metro Vancouver.
At once playful and profound, Different Ways opens the space for questioning and conversation around the complex relationship between Indigenous communities and subsequent settlers on this land.
The 7th annual Digital Carnival: AIR is co-produced by Curator Wynne Palmer and Cinevolution Media Arts Society as part of the annual Richmond World Festival from August 31, 2018 to September 1, 2018.
Part of Digital Carnival 2018, the Featured Artist Program is made possible by the support of our funders and partners: the British Columbia Arts Council, the City of Richmond, the Richmond World Festival, and the Richmond Art Gallery.
About the Artists
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised on the Great Plains of North America, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing and native ceremonies. Houle makes use of performance, photography, video & film, music and painting in his work. Likewise, Houle’s practice includes various tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage. His work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK and Europe.
Lisa Birke is an award winning Canadian experimental short film maker who situates between the traditions of painting, digital video and performance art. She has had solo exhibitions across Canada and her short films have been screened at film/video festivals and media centres internationally. Lisa examines notions of ‘self’ through the lens of gender, bringing the cultural tropes of woman into focus and into question. Filmed unaccompanied in the Canadian landscape, absurd yet insightful performative acts become entangled in nuanced and complex narratives in single and multichannel video works that make reference to art history, mythology and popular culture. Revealing what lies beneath the surface of femininity, her work toys with a conclusion that is problematic, comi-tragic, and most essentially, human.