The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery continues its off-site exhibition:
MARK BOULOS: ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR
1 October – 11 December 2011
Curated by Barbara Fischer
Presented at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of the Faculty of Information's Coach House Institute, University of Toronto
39A Queens Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5S 2C3
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
IMAGE CREDIT: Mark Boulos, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, 2008. Two-channel HD Video; 14.20 min. Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia.
Marshall McLuhan had foreseen that, in the electronic age, information would cause us to be ever more intensely involved in each other's lives—no matter how near or far we are in a physical or geographical sense. Events taking place on one side of the globe would affect in accelerating speeds those living on the other, producing a kind of instantaneity that might be experienced as numbing, exhilarating, or even impose a state of constant terror. Increasingly, artists have become interested in examining this mediated landscape of human events and the particularity and nature of the involvement in each other's affairs. The question of responsibility and possibility of participation, as well as collective response and action, all loom large in recent works and exhibitions around the world.
At the McLuhan Coach House, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery is proud to present Amsterdam-based Mark Boulos's large-scale video projection, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, which highlights the distance between global capital speculation and its local effects. The work consists of two videos projected simultaneously on opposing walls, which confront the viewing audience with conflicting yet inextricably emeshed forces. One screen presents frenzied stock traders at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange—the largest commodities exchange in the world—speculating on the futures of oil; the other shows documentary footage of guerrilla fighters from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) preparing for battle against oil companies that extract and export oil from their land.
Mark Boulos (b. 1975, Boston, USA) lives and works in Amsterdam. Trained as a documentary filmmaker, his work often takes the form of video installations. He has recently been exhibited at the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), and in a solo exhibition at AR/GE Kunst Galerie Museum (Bolzano). In 2008, Boulos participated in the Biennale of Sydney, Art Basel, and had his first solo show at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). His work has been shown at the 2nd Biennale of Thessaloniki; the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow); Bloomberg Space; Hayward Gallery; Barbican Gallery; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
Boulos has received awards from the Netherlands Film Fonds; the Fonds BKVB; Film London; the British Documentary Film Foundation; and the Arts Council England. He received his BA in Philosophy from Swarthmore College and Deep Springs College, USA, his MA from the National Film and Television School, UK, and held a Fulbright Scholarship at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
On loan from the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery (UBC, Vancouver), the project is part of a series of fall and winter exhibitions and interrelated public programs presented by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in conjunction with McLuhan100.
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
The exhibitions and programs of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery are generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Hal Jackman Foundation. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.