Spring Events + Exhibitions at VIVO

Spring Events + Exhibitions at VIVO

Wetland Project
Brady Marks and Mark Timmings

7pm Friday April 20, 2018
Exhibition runs until May 18
Exhibition hours: Tuesday to Friday 11-5pm

To mark Earth Day 2016, Brady Marks travelled to Saturna Island to help fellow artist Mark Timmings capture the sounds of the wetland beside his home. With recording engineer Eric Lamontagne, equipment to make a five-channel, surround-sound recording was set up on a fallen tree at the centre of the marsh. It recorded continuously for twenty-four hours, collecting approximately one terabyte of data. Working with computer programmer Gabrielle Odowichuk, the artists then developed an algorithm that metamorphosed sound frequencies from the wetland recording into pure colour fields based on the spectrum of light. The recording and algorithm are the foundation for the soundscape visualization installation being presented at VIVO.

Spectators enter the Wetland installation to witness the unpredictable flow of sounds and colours in a strict correspondence the technology makes possible. The spontaneity and vitality of the wetland creatures are revealed as the twenty-four-hour sound loop follows a full cycle of the circadian rhythm. Three critical pathways are explored: soundscape and its importance to environmental awareness; visualization and its connection to traditions of landscape and colour field painting; and algorithms and their impact on authorship.

The Wetland Project commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the World Soundscape Project (WSP) by Canadian writer and composer R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University. WSP members initiated the discipline of Acoustic Ecology by studying, through active listening, the relationship between humans and their environment.

The artists will lead a soundwalk through Still Creek, followed by a lunch and brief talk about their work on May 6. Details and required registration found here: https://wetland-soundwalk-lunch.eventbrite.ca


Artist-In-Residence: Tom Richardson
February – May 2018

Tom Richardson (b. 1990, Hastings UK) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Vancouver, BC. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University where he received the 2015 President’s Media Award for best installation.

Richardson’s cinematically infused works seek to reframe historical events for a contemporary context through drawing lines of research both from historical accounts and narrative fictions. Centred around animation, Richardson’s practice expands to include sculpture, installation and 2D works. Richardson is a founding member of Duplex, a DIY art space that hosts a gallery and studios on Fraser Street in Vancouver.

Recent exhibitions include Rehearsal for a Synthetic Theatre, Field Contemporary, Vancouver (2017), Peer Pressure, Plaza Projects, Richmond (2017),Game/Video Art, Milan Triennale, Italy (2016), The Bureau of True Vision, Spare Room, Vancouver (2016), I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone, Flux Gallery, Aceartinc., Winnipeg (2015), and Break the Legs of What I Want to Happen, Access Gallery, Vancouver (2014). Richardson has also exhibited and performed throughout Europe and North America under the moniker “Tommy Chain”. Tragically, Tommy Chain was lost during a rare Canadian sandstorm en-route to exhibit in Winnipeg in August of 2015 and hasn’t been seen since.