FEBRUARY 24 TO APRIL 17, 2010
A project by Charles Stankievech
Featuring artworks and documents by: AKUFEN, BLACK CAT SYSTEMS, LANCE BLOMGREN, CENTER FOR LAND USE INTERPRETATION, THOMAS EDISON, R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, WILLIAM FURLONG, GLENN GOULD, LAURENT GRASSO, TIM HECKER, ZACHARIAS KUNUK + NORMAN COHN, ALVIN LUCIER, GERARDUS MERCATOR, PETER METTLER, EMILY MIRANDA, N.E.THING CO., DAVID NEUFELD, R. MURRAY SCHAFER, KEVIN SCHMIDT, MICHAEL SNOW, CHARLES STANKIEVECH, TR’ONDËK HWËCH’IN FIRST NATION, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, LAWRENCE WEINER, JOYCE WIELAND, OSWALD WIENER + HELMUT SCHOENER, DOUGLAS WILKINSON / NFB
Peter Mettler, Picture of Light, 1994. Film
From afar, the shifting phenomenon of magnetic north provides guidance not unlike Polaris, but as one draws close to the shadowy realm of the Arctic, navigation and communication begins to go awry, forcing the nomad to experiment within a no man’s land. Within Magnetic Norths, a constellation of documents, photographs, sculptures, radio broadcasts, film screenings and installations draws together the overlapping territories of utilitarian artifacts and conceptual artwork. A survey of work starts with techno/military enterprises such as Thomas Edison, Buckminster Fuller, Canada’s National Film Board, and the United States Air Force; revisits 60/70’s conceptual art from Glenn Gould, N.E. Thing Co., Lawrence Weiner, Michael Snow, and others; and includes a selection of contemporary artists combining both axes. Far from an empty terra incognita, the Arctic, and this exhibition, function both as a historical repository as well as a fantasy projection space generating electro-magnetic distortions, pay dirt, pissing contests, sci-fi warfare, psychedelic skies, conspiracy theories, critical confection, shamanistic loss and shattered cartographies.