art in public urban space
Curated by Michael
Alstad and Michelle
November 1 - 31th, 2005:
29th minute: Cheryl Sourkes
from the Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas'
59th minute: BlueScreen
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 November is Cheryl
Sourkes's 'Live from the Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas'
and BlueScreen's 'streamScapes'.
Cheryl Sourkes's Live
from the Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas is a series
of videos made by animating stills captured from a remote
webcam. Live from the Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas shows
various Elvis impersonators marrying a variety of heterosexual
Although webcams are often considered Big Brother’s
surveillance tool, they actually provide ordinary people
with potent mechanisms for self-representation. Unlike
the performances normal cameras elicit, people act naturally
in front of webcams. Sourkes has tracked literally hundreds
of cameras on the Internet during the past five or six
years. She sees the real world online as a hybrid place
that partakes of both spheres but is really something
other. That something inevitably excludes a remainder
which resists translation.
is made up of hybridised images from 13 webcams scattered
all over the world. Every minute the streams from all
of these cameras are captured on a server and then incorporated
to the on-line landscape. Every hour an accelerated
video of the last hour will be showed on Dundas Square
BlueScreen give's birth to a landscape that lives from
the inside, an inhabited landscape, which has a particular
life form and is nourished from the flow that inhabits
it. This landscape is timeless or at least not subjected
to a specific timeframe, and shares some of its time
with the viewer, the time that it lives. Like the environment
that surrounds us, it will evolve indefinitely around
permanent elements that allow us to appropriate it,
make it our own.
was born in Montreal just after the Second World War
ended. Technically speaking she is neither a war baby
nor a boomer. This relation to category recurs in many
aspects of her life and work. Cheryl Sourkes has lived
in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. She can carry on
at length about the ethos of the art scenes in each
of these cities. Sometime during the mid-nineties Sourkes
turned to the Internet for source material. For the
last five or six years she has worked exclusively with
Internet cameras. Her work is driven by questions of
Cheryl Sourkes has exhibited widely throughout Canada,
as well as internationally in the United States, France,
Italy, Great Britain, Germany and Belgium. Her recent
work can be found at www.cherylsourkes.com.
She is represented by Peak Gallery. Since coming to
Toronto in 1993, Sourkes has also curated extensively.
Currently she programs the gallery, akau inc. on Queen
Street West. Documentation from exhibitions at this
space is available for viewing at www.akau.ca
Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council,Yonge-Dundas
Square and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia
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