La Machine: “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse, With Stolen Wings” (Ottawa, Canada)

Making its debut in North America, La Machine will captivate the public with its travelling urban theatre in the streets of downtown Ottawa.

Wandering around in public spaces, the protagonists will invade the heart of the capital in a show entitled “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse, With Stolen Wings”. They will live among us for 24 hours a day over the course of four days as they pursue their quest and fulfill their destiny.

BioART: Collaborating with Life at Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Curator: Jennifer Willet

April 28 to May 31, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, April 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Bioart is art that uses biological media in the production of art. Stemming from a long tradition of land art, taxidermy and indigenous arts practices, Bioart is a growing field in Canada and abroad. This group exhibition explores contemporary collaborations between human artists and other species in the lab, the wilderness and cities towards the production of biological artworks.

Presented by Artengine, INCUBATOR Lab, the City of Ottawa and the NAC’s Ontario Scene

“The Year’s Midnight” installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Ottawa, Canada)

Installed in the lobby of the Canada Council for the Arts headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

“The Year’s Midnight” (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from bitforms gallery on Vimeo.

“The Year’s Midnight” is an interactive installation that shows the viewers’ image on screen, unprocessed, except for plumes of white or black smoke that emanate from their eye sockets until the whole display is filled with a dense smog. Live and recorded eyeballs extracted from the video accumulate on the bottom of the display, similar to traditional representations of St. Lucy. The project’s name is the beginning of John Donne’s “A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day”, a mournful poem which inspires this work.