Big Industrial Zoetrope

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Friday, June 1, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018

Opening Date
Fri, Jun 1, 2018 - 8pm

I am The Brain,
I am The Beauty,
I am The Brawn,
I am The Fool.
We are the Big Industrial Zoetrope!

VIVO Media Arts Centre presents Big Industrial Zoetrope, a solo exhibition by Winter 2017 Artist-In-Residence, Tom Richardson, with exhibition text by Rebecca Brewer.

Starring Mark Oliver as The Brain and Tommy Chain as The Choir.

The exhibition consists of a kinetic sculpture, a multi-channel animation and sound installation that employs experimental motion capture and game engine animation techniques. Presenting archetypal characters within the setting of a Victorian London street, a disused coal mine, and a theatrical stage.

The Brain represents the conductor of a dysfunctional choir that directs The Fool, a jester that sings and gurns outside a pub. The Brawn, a striking coal miner who eagerly questions: whose side are you on? And The Beauty, a mythical, balding Rock God.

Together forms an ensemble that adopts the thematic elements of zoetrope animation under the ruling of The Brain, an authoritarian dumb machine represented by a functional zoetrope constructed from salvaged materials. Based on the hierarchical relationship between the dumb machine and the ensemble, Richardson eludes to class tensions within distinct moments of Britain’s industrial past.

Text by Rebecca Brewer: “Enemies Within”

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TOM RICHARDSON (b. 1990, Hastings, UK) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Vancouver. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University where he received the 2015 President’s Media Award for best installation. Centred on animation, Richardson’s practice expands to include sound, 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).

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