Living Light
Curated by: Camille Turner
Co-presented by: Pixel Gallery and Year Zero One
for the Subtle Technologies Festival
Venue: Pixel Gallery
156 Augusta Avenue (at Wales Avenue)
Dates: May 29 - June 15
Opening Reception: May 31

Living Light is an exhibition of sensuously engaging electroluminescent and bioluminescent installations. Biological and technological beings of light are used as live sculptural elements and the gallery is transformed into a meditative space. A world of responsive light entities, both mechanical and organic invite contemplation. Nature is mediated, simplified and output through Pixy, a monochromatic volumetric video display. Each pixel of the captured image corresponds to an electroluminescent square. Pixy reduces images to their atomic elements allowing us to perceive their inner life. Cascade and Circling from Diane Willow’s Living Light is an exhibition of sensuously engaging electroluminescent and bioluminescent installations. Biological and technological beings of light are used as live sculptural elements and the gallery is transformed into a meditative space.

Curator Biography
Camille Turner is a Toronto based media/performance artist and curator whose intercultural engagements create meaningful exchanges. A founding member of the digital media collective, Year Zero One and curator of exhibitions for the Subtle Technologies Festival, Camille has presented her work nationally and internationally at numerous conferences, exhibitions and festivals.

Year Zero One is a media arts collective committed to the production, development and distribution of electronic media art through net based projects and site-specific public art exhibitions.

Pixel Gallery was founded to give Canadian artists experimenting with digital art a platform for presenting their work both to the public and to other artists.

Subtle Technologies is an annual festival in where artists and scientists come together to discuss, demonstrate and exhibit their work.


Light Sensitive by Diane Willow

Cascade and Circling, from Diane Willow’s Light Sensitive series, is an exhibition of sensuous, bioluminescent installations. Biological beings of light are activated as live sculptural elements. Mediated by responsive touch and subtle sensing technology the glow of this living light transforms the gallery into a meditative space.


Bio
Diane Willow is a multi-modal artist. Working at the intersection of art, science and technology, she experiments with hybrid media to explore the dynamics of nature, technology and community. Her public installations, interactive environments and evocative objects involve media as eclectic as bioluminescent organisms, embedded computers, found sound and time-lapsed video. She invites people to engage in multi-sensory explorations as participants and choreographers rather than as viewers. She is interested in exploring the subtle ways that we express empathy with one another, with other life forms and in relation to responsive objects, immersive environments and interactive media.

Pixy by Experientiae Electricae
Pixy challenges the definition of video by transforming each pixel into an object and video into a volume, The resulting low resolution image becomes an immersive experience. Pixy came out of the need to overcome limitations in already existing video displays. It displays a low resolution image one can manipulate and physically distort. Each pixel of the image is an autonomous physical element made from electroluminescent sheets that can be moved, placed on a volume and can become an object.


Bio
Experientiae Electricae is an open collaboration between artists designers and engineers, who unite to develop an independent research lab along 2 axes: co-creation, and powerful minimalist technology design, ie: experimenting with electricity.