+media art in public urban space+

curated by Michael Alstad and Michelle Kasprzak

February 1 - 28th, 2006:

29th minute: Shaan Syed - 'Girl Smoking'
59th minute: Ed Pien - 'Rain Boy'

Year Zero One is pleased to present TRANSMEDIA :29:59, a year long exhibition on the pedestrian level video billboard at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. Launched August 1st 2005, TRANSMEDIA :29:59 features one minute video works 24/7 every half hour on the 29th and 59th minutes.

Featured for the month of February is Shaan Syed's 'Girl Smoking' and Ed Pien's 'Rain Boy'.

Shaan Syed's Girl Smoking is a hand-drawn classic animation showing a woman engaged in the repetitive act of smoking a cigarette.

Ed Pien’s Rain Boy animation reveals a post-apocalyptic scene where precipitation mixed with teardrops and sweat, falls incessantly on and around the head of a young boy. Undaunted, the boy surveys his surrounding with a sense of determination and courage. Rain Boy is created using Maya animation software. This work is realized with the assistance from the Banff Centre for the Arts.


Ed Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Biennale de Montreal; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the UK; Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey, Mexico; and The Goethe Institute, Berlin. Pien has also been awarded a Canada Council for the Arts six-month residency in London, the UK starting next March. Currently he is participating in a two-month residency in Shanghai.

Shaan Syed recently relocated from Toronto to London UK where he is completing his Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. He has shown his work across Canada, Europe and in the US. In 2004 Shaan was regionally shortlisted for Canada's leading contemporary art prize, The Sobey Art Award. In summer 2006, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg) will host a solo exhibition of Shaan's paintings, curated by Steven Maticjio. Shaan Syed is represented by Birch Libralato (Toronto) and Galerie Brigitte Weiss (Zurich).

Year Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council,Yonge-Dundas Square and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia :29:59.


January 2006: Donna Szoke, Chris Meerdo
December 2005: Gwen MacGregor, David Crawford
November 2005: Cheryl Sourkes, BlueScreen
October 2005: Honeybyte, Risa Horowitz
September 2005: Pascual Sisto, Luke Lamborn
August 2005: Manu Luksch, Jillian Mcdonald


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