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We acknowledge that this exhibition takes place on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.
Prepare to discover new worlds and encounter the unexpected through a series of avant-garde installations in the heart of Richmond!
Transforming shipping containers into pop-up galleries, Digital Carnival offers a unique perspective on the complex relationship between art, nature and technology, while contemplating what it means to live in a port city.
With FIRE as the central theme, this year’s exhibition reflects upon the growing intensity of BC forest fires in recent years, the broader environmental concerns it signals, as well as personal and collective strategies for building resilience.
Featuring a combination of interactive installations, immersive video projections, virtual reality experiences, and more, Digital Carnival is a multimedia extravaganza suitable for all ages!
This programme is presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Society and guest curated by Wynne Palmer.
// THE DYSTOPIAN MUSEUM – Nicole Dextras
The Dystopian Museum is a multimedia exhibition with performance elements which examines the environmental impact of wildfires today through the lens of “eco-science-fiction.” Incorporating framed prints, found objects, costume elements and digital media, the project draws upon the Greek myth of Persephone to imagine a future where a young girl is the sole survivor of a destructive wildfire. Using the limited resources available to her, Persephone fashions furniture, clothing, and dolls out of natural and scavenged materials as she waits for spring…
August 30 to September 13
Richmond Cultural Centre Atrium & Performance Hall
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC
// ABOUT THE ARTIST
Nicole Dextras is an award-winning environmental artist working in a multitude of media. Her art practice is based in social interventions and environmental installation, rooting nature to our everyday urban experience. She is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art in Vancouver, BC Canada, where she was a sessional teacher from 2003 to 2013. Dextras has exhibited her work in Canada, the USA and in Asia, and has been featured in publications including Junkies Magazine, Cronica Ambiental, The Royal Academy of Arts Magazine and Art and Ecology Now. She received Future Fabrication for Surface Design Magazine’s Craftivism Award in 2017. Her work has also been featured in the television documentaries Exhibitionists, Carte de Visite, and Chacun Sa Route.
Mask-making Workshop with Nicole Dextras and Emily Smith
Use natural materials to create a mask inspired by the artwork of Nicole Dextras, to be featured at the Richmond World Festival!
In this workshop, artists Nicole Dextras and Emily Smith invite you to make your own Persephone-inspired mask from natural and repurposed materials, and capture your creation in the form of an animated GIF. Final digital projects will be shared during Dextras’ exhibition at Digital Carnival on August 30th and 31st at the Richmond Arts Centre as part of the Richmond World Festival.
No previous experience is necessary. Registration fee includes instruction and materials.
Limited to 12 participants. For ages 15+ only.
NOTE: Participants are welcome to bring their own plant material and/or mesh fabric such as tulle or lace to make their project (dried plants are okay). Some knives/cutters provided, but participants are advised to bring their own.
Presented in partnership with:
// SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION
Saturday, August 17, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
$5.00 Registration Fee – Limited to 12 participants.
// SCHEDULE & LOCATION
August 30 4:00pm – 10:00pm
August 31 11:00am – 10:00pm
Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC
An event like this requires support from many quarters. We are thankful to all of the participating artists, supporters and volunteers who give their time and energy to this program so tirelessly.
We also wish to acknowledge the generous support of the BC Arts Council, City of Richmond, IMAPON, Insta-Space Storage, Richmond World Festival, Richmond Art Gallery, and VIVO Media Arts Centre, without which this year’s Digital Carnival would not be possible.