Tegan Moore, Ryota Sato
Immersion Grade is a two-person exhibition at VIVO Media Arts Centre. It is a joint presentation with Artists Tegan Moore (London, Canada) and Ryota Sato (Okayama, Japan).
Immersion Grade refers to a type of protective coating that seals the surface from external conditions and weathering from the elements. This suggests the enabling of interaction with foreign objects without the loss of structural integrity and/or identity of its material construction. Through expanded thinking on cinematic environments, Immersion Grade addresses the materiality of a moving image, the climatic qualities of cinematic space, and the spatial contingency of the viewing experience.
A collaborative installation involves crossover between Sato and Moore's works. The installation looks to explore architectural air beams/streams that affect surface movement in the artworks that incorporate light refraction through the use of water vessels. 'Air movers', fans specifically designed for streams of air for maximum circulation also work to agitate how people move through the space.
Moore's ongoing research involves the history of air conditioning and how it was popularized at the site of cinema, marketed as a climatic refuge which enticed people to escape to the theatre during the heat of summer. In reference to this early adoption of the concept of 'climate control', the installation places air circulating devices around the room to unexpectedly effect movements by way of the subjective thermal sensitivities of those who encounter it.
Immersion Grade plays with the position and proximity of the viewer, the atmospheric conditions of cinema viewing space, and the composition of the screen itself as a mode for liveness of both image and encounter. It brings up questions of collaboration and authorship, through the atmospheric play that affects and disrupts distinct artworks.
Tegan Moore (b. Toronto, Canada, 1985) is based in London, Canada. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University (2008) and an MFA from Western University (2014). She recently exhibited at Museum London, Spare Room, Zalucky Contemporary, and CSA Space, and participated in residencies at Tokyo Arts and Space, Mustarinda, and Flaggfabikken (now Aldea). Her practice is informed by how objects and systems work invisibly in the built environment, especially concerning material properties, interior climates, sensory stimuli, energy, and fragility.
Ryota Sato (b. Okayama, Japan, 1980) is an artist currently based in Japan. He graduated from Parsons School of Design MFA Fine Arts program in 2016. His practice spans digital media, video installation, painting, photography, and sculpture. His work explores the relationship between human bodies, landscapes, information media, slippage of nature-culture and the circulation of imagery particularly in relation to image capturing devices.