Artist Talk: Terrance Houle and Lisa Birke

  • Talk
  • September 1, 2018

    Above: Terrance Houle and Lisa Birke Performing "Different Ways" at Confederation Landing Park, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, September 2017. Photo: Flotilla.

    The Richmond Art Gallery hosts a special two day installation of Different Ways: Terrance Houle and Lisa Birke as part of Cinevolution Media Arts Society’s 7th annual Digital Carnival during the Richmond World Festival.

    Houle and Birke are the Featured Artists of the 2018 Digital Carnival, and will be in the Gallery to discuss their project, Different Ways.

    Free drop-in, everyone welcome to attend.

    About the Project:
    Different Ways is a collaborative project between Terrance Houle, an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) and Lisa Birke, settler, video artist, and Assistant Professor of Digital and Extended Media at the University of Saskatchewan. This project takes to heart the call to action for all Canadians to begin a conversation—to listen and to learn—in a bid for reconciliation.

    Through ceremony, music, live performance, animation and innovative projection, the slippery and unsteady understanding of our shared history and stories will be explored at events and festivals across the country, demonstrating how dialogue and reclamation can steady the course in Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations.  Live performance will be combined with projection in a montage of video clips, underwater footage, 360 degree video and live-capture animation created in community outreach workshops remixed into an expansive experience. The artistic and poetic vision is one that will allow the viewer to imagine a better future; a future of coming together despite, and more importantly because of our “different ways”.

    About the Artists:
    Terrance Houle

    Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised on the Great Plains of North America, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing and native ceremonies. Houle makes use of performance, photography, video & film, music and painting in his work. Likewise, Houle’s practice includes various tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage. His work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK and Europe.

    Lisa Birke
    Lisa Birke is an award winning Canadian experimental short filmmaker who situates between the traditions of painting, digital video and performance art. She has had solo exhibitions across Canada and her short films screened at film/video festivals and media centres internationally. Lisa examines notions of ‘self’ through the lens of gender, bringing the cultural tropes of woman into focus and into question. Filmed unaccompanied in the Canadian landscape, absurd yet insightful performative acts become entangled in nuanced and complex narratives in single and multichannel video works that make reference to art history, mythology and popular culture. Revealing what lies beneath the surface of femininity, her work toys with a conclusion that is problematic, comic-tragic, and most essentially, human.

    Digital Carnival is an annual festival showcasing the works of national and international artists working at the forefront of media art. Digital Carnival is co-produced by curator Wynne Palmer and Cinevolution Media Arts Society as part of Richmond World Festival.

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    Above: Terrance Houle and Lisa Birke Performing "Different Ways" at Confederation Landing Park, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, September 2017. Photo: Flotilla.


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