ORCHESTRA OF THE UNCANNY VALLEY | DINKA PIGNON
A sculptural video installation by Dinka Pignon
Sound design and composition: Emma Hendrix
With the participation of Sharon Bradley (acting) and Heather McDermid (violin & saw)
OPENING (SWARM): THUR Sep 11, 8pm-12am
This work will be presented on three separate occasions only:
THUR Sep 11, 8pm-12am, opening reception
FRI Sep 19, 8pm-12am, w/ a conversation between the artist and Sebnem Ozpeta* (8.30-9.15pm)
FRI Sep 26, 8pm-12am, closing reception w/ a live performance featuring the artist and sound designer Emma Hendrix
Does an emotional response to the replicant (or humanoid robot) shift from endearment to revulsion as our likenesses become indistinguishable? The Orchestra of the Uncanny Valley explores this question while enacting a rhetorical hypothesis across the fields of 3D animation, robotics, human aesthetics and modern epic theatre.
An assembly of mannequins recites lines from canonical art manifestos (their outfits consisting of projected abstractions, well-known artworks and words) as a violin orchestra plays in and out of tune. Unpredictable calls and responses are generated.
Perceptual conflict and cognitive dissonance direct experiential engagements with the work. Investigating issues of habitual thinking and categorical perception of art, Pignon’s installation reflects on “art as social phenomenon” while provoking reconsiderations of the recognizable and familiar.
DINKA PIGNON is an interdisciplinary media artist working with spatial video installation, ‘video sculpture’ and performance. Her experimental practice is characterized by a strong affinity for the phenomenal, liminal, conceptual and minimal.
The work is situated in the field of ‘mixed reality’, operating on the borderline between the real and the virtual. In her installations, large-scale video projections reshape the architecture of the space and create illusionary effects over objects. Built in this manner, some of her installations are made to serve as virtual environments for performance to take place, often inviting audience participation.
Over the last 30 years, Dinka has produced a large body of work that has been shown world wide. Parallel to her own practice, she has coordinated and curated interdisciplinary art events, festivals, experimental workshops and international art exchange programs. Devoted to artist-run culture, she has spent most of her working life in artist-run centers: 15 years at the Fylkingen for New Music & Intermedia Art in Stockholm and 10 years at VIVO Media Arts Center in Vancouver.
EMMA HENDRIX is a sound artist, designer, composer and cultural worker. His art and design focus on creating environments through sound by manipulating the sonic qualities of a given medium in order to investigate its sonic subtext and meaning. He has performed internationally as 1/2 of the duo Coin Gutter, and received international awards for his work.
Recent collaborations include: Margaret Dragu’s video Portals; Theatre Replacement’s Kate Bowie; the group performance Funhouse/Tradeshow at Fylkingen (Stockholm, Sweden); and Morko, presented by Vancouver New Music. His music is available on various labels and can be heard at: coingutter.ca | soundcloud.com/emmahendrix | emmahendrix.com
* SEBNEM OZPETA curated Pignon’s 2012 retrospective You Are Invited: A Retrospective Exhibition and Farewell Party of Dinka Pignon MAY 25, 2012