Opening Reception: dig as deep as the darkness

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Friday, July 19, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Curator: Dylan McHugh

Join us for the opening reception of Rita McKeough: dig as deep as the darkness.

Dig as deep as the darkness is a media installation that proposes an abstractive idea of an excavation site revealing subterranean layers below an imagined city. Sound, video and interactive objects are used to articulate the complexities of relationships of land to land development and the consequences to animal and plant species. The installation offers an immersive and complex experience of the vulnerability of the environment and gives voice to the forces of resistance in the natural world.

The artist will be in attendance.

Free admission.  Everyone welcome to attend.

The event coincides with Midsummer Members Rooftop Mixer, two parties in one!

Rita McKeough is an installation and performance artist based in Calgary. Her work incorporates audio, electronics and mechanical performing objects. Since the late 70s, McKeough has been committed to creating chaotic and immersive installations that reconfigure contradictions and tensions in our everyday lives. She uses interactive technologies to represent complex interspecies relationships and to create links between her installations and sound and music practices. McKeough consistently works from a feminist perspective, and her recent work focuses on the environmental impacts of land development and the industrial extraction of natural resources. This recent work demonstrates her desire to use sound to create a rhythmic voice of agency and empathy to articulate forces of resistance in the natural world.

Dylan McHugh is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and periodic curator. He received his formal education in visual art at ECUAD and NSCAD University and is one of the founding members of the artist collective DRIL.