A night of magic and innovative audio-visual storytelling, Your Kontinent Digital Carnival is back again at the Richmond World Festival on September 3rd featuring the most promising media artists from the Lower Mainland and Canada.
As the climax of our 2016 Your Kontinent Pop-up Media Fest series, the 5th annual Digital Carnival will address a collective “digital narration” with strong conceptualization and artistic innovation.
WATER is the theme of this year’s program, highlighting social, political, scientific, cultural and philosophical issues we are facing in our community – the City of Richmond, nicknamed as Lulu Island surrounded by rivers — and beyond. Water is the main component of both the earth and the human body; water is the source of life and human civilization; water connects people all over the world, and water is one of the most valuable natural resource on this planet. Metaphorically, water plays an important role in ancient Asian philosophies and rituals, symbolizing change, migration, and interconnectedness of the universe.
We envision this year’s Digital Carnival as not only a celebration of cutting edge digital technology and promising media artists, but also an evening of innovative audio-visual storytelling, expanding the viewer’s perspective and enriching the collective discourse concerning the world in which we all live.
Alanna Ho is a performance artist from Coquitlam, BC., who combines movement, memory research, sound and video. She founded the Rainbow Forecast Project, collaborating with children and their stories to create large art installations.
Ho’s multimedia interactive art piece brine will share sound-making techniques with the public. The relationship between water and the human body is frequently an intimate one; liquids touch or enter the body, creating internal sounds. Using various tools, the audience is invited to explore conscious sound-making outside of the body.
Anchi Lin is an interdisciplinary artist whose indigenous Taiwanese heritage has invariably been the catalyst for her exploration into identity, cultural norms and gender; this culminates in a personal sensitivity towards marginalized people.
In Aquarium, a multimedia live performance, Anchi attempts to question the collectively accepted meaning and temporal manifestation of an aquarium by using her own body to create repetitive water gurgling. Metaphorically, she would like to invite the audience to rethink, on a larger scale, the accepted meaning of current societal structure; subconsciously we restrain ourselves in a fixed mentality that allows conformity, expectation and fixed meaning.
In the 1980s, George Ho began to develop an interest in multimedia art in Hong Kong. He later moved to Canada in the 1990s and acquired a M.F.A. at the University of Victoria. Currently stationed in Vancouver, George is continuing to create sound and video art for exhibitions in Asia and North America.
George’s multimedia installation The Family Tree deals with exile, integration, root, and identity. The concept was inspired by an old tradition: If a Chinese died overseas, his remains would be shipped back to his homeland through local rivers and across the ocean; only then could his soul rest in peace. After living in Richmond, British Columbia for nearly three decades, and being exposed to the Fraser River and the west coast magnificent landscape, George has gained a sense of “resurrection”: “I can feel the law of nature and have realized that death is analogous to a river streaming down from the mountain to the sea – it’s just a repeat of the natural cycle.”
Born in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur lives and works in Rawdon, QC, Canada. As an image-making artist, she is known for her large digital montages, videos and site-specific installations. Her work is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and to social conditions. She is particularly interested in the feelings of alienation, uprooting and dislocation. Her artworks have been shown in the context of numerous exhibitions and festivals.
Isabelle’s video Castaway was filmed in the murky waters of Witte’s Marine Salvage at Staten Island (New York). The largest boat cemetery on the Eastern Seaboard, this uncanny, desolate place is the final resting place of numerous wrecks of all varieties and several eras: ferries, barges, fishing boats, even old steam tugs. Their hulks slowly rot away in the mud of Arthur Kill, a refinery-lined inlet still busy with tankers. Located near New Jersey’s Chemical Coast and the former Fresh Kills landfill, these now toxic shores, originally home to salt marshes, forests and freshwater wetlands, have seen their share of ecological disasters. This behind-the-scenes look at industrial development, revealing its hidden side: its dark underbelly, may offer a glimpse of an unsustainable capitalist economy’s eventual shipwreck.
Minah is a world citizen who was born and raised in South Korea. She is currently one of the unlanded on this land today and also a proud member of the eco-army called ESL poetrees planted in the soil.
Ziggy is a Vancouver born game designer with a passion for the obscure and inscrutable. He is active in the Vancouver alt – games scene and co – curates Heart Projector Arcade, a periodical gallery of digital games.
How do we engage with water in today’s world? Does water transform us or do we transform water? Lighthouse of Serendipities is an interactive audio-visual game allowing a player to arrange individual structure by playing with a set of images. Interaction with the game unleashes fragments of memory embedded within them, as recorded voices, and triggers an emotional tug of war between a sense of isolation and connection, a desire to hold on, and yet, let go.
Born in China and currently living in Vancouver, multimedia artist Nico Jing creates work with various medium including: installation, illustration, design and motion graphics. Deeply influenced by traditional East Asian culture, her work relates to Taoist philosophy and discusses connection to both social and natural environments.
Nico’s art piece Ashes is an interactive installation depicting the world of constant change. It is a visualization of how a surrounding environment can effect emotion and connection with others. Translucent circular planes reflect different emotional states; the planes are arranged so as to create an illusion for the audiences as if they are walking under the water. Ashes attempts to reveal the beauty and essence of being a human and being part of nature through the expansion of the viewers’ sensitivity and perception.
Zandi Dandizette graduated from ECUAD with a BMA in Animation 2014. They are known for the collective artist-run-centre, The James Black Gallery in Vancouver, BC. They explore identity with immersive interactions. (bluep.ink/)
Ripple_Empathy_Agitate_Calm_Tremor.gif (REACT.gif) is a motion-activated installation. The piece refers to the connection between humans, and how, when we try to express ourselves, it is not only up to sender to focus and connect, but also the receiver of the expression. A pool of water reflects the surface level of expression, utilizing the projection of the face, but also the distortion that the audience creates.