In 2008 guest curator Micah Donovan travelled to Nova Scotia, and at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, saw photographs of Bell’s experimental kites. In contemplating the connections between inventing new shapes for kiting, and allowing the imagination to dream up new concepts of communication, a curatorial question emerged; “When we play, what does the world reveal to us that is otherwise invisible?”
Drift is the exhibition that has resulted from this thought process about experimentation. Humans, though unable to fully comprehend the world they inhabit, certainly find their way. This idea of not-knowing is central in the art-making process, as it is so often in the accidental discovery that the most inventive art emerges.
In the creative process, the ability to engage with the unknown—results of experiments, discovery of new materials, accidents, or drifting away from original intent—is a powerful tool that translates in resulting work. The projects in this exhibition offer a glimpse of differing strategies that move within the unknown. This exhibition includes the aforementioned photographs of Alexander Graham Bell from the collection of the Government of Canada, as well as video works by Callum Cooper, Klara Hobza, and Kristan Horton, and sculpture by Marc Ganzglass, and Christof Migone.
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