The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond the land Beyond
Renowned Sobey Art Award nominated Yukon artist Charles Stankievech presents the premiere of his new work, a film and sound installation recorded during his residency at the Canadian Forces Station Alert (Ellesmere Island, Nunavut), the northernmost settlement on Earth. The installation is part of a series of fieldworks looking at remote outpost architecture, military infrastructure and the embedded landscape.
Stankievech documented the station and surrounding landscape using computer controlled time‐lapse filming to combat the eternal darkness of the polar winter. The eerie images hover somewhere between an abandoned Cold War station and an outer space outpost.
April 26 to June 2, 2013
Exhibition tour: Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
Presented by SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa Art Gallery, the City of Ottawa,
and the NAC's Northern Scene.
CITY HALL Art Gallery
110, avenue Laurier Avenue West/Ouest | Ottawa
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
About Charles Stankievech
Charles Stankievech creates “fieldworks.” His diverse body of work has been shown at such places as the Palais de Toyko (Paris), International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2010, Germany), dOCUMENTA13 (Kassel), Xth Biennale of Architecture (Venice), NGBK + HKW (Berlin), ISSUE Project Room (New York), the Musee d’art contemporain Montreal, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and MASSMoCA. He has curated such unorthodox exhibitions as Magnetic Norths, A Wake For St. Kippenberger’s MetroNet, and the series OVER THE WIRE with Lawrence Weiner, Gary Hill, Ian Baxter&, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Shary Boyle and others. His writings range from academic journals, such as Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and 306090 (Princeton Architectural Press), to experimental texts for art publications. He is co-founder of the art and theory press K. Verlag. Stankievech holds an MFA in Open Media with a thesis on sound and architecture and a previous critical theory thesis on Slavoj Žižek and Franz Kafka. He currently is artist-in-residence with the Canadian Department of National Defense with a sortie to CFS ALERT—northernmost settlement in the world and active Signals Intelligence station. A founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Stankievech splits his spacetime between the Yukon and Berlin.