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and all watched over by machines of loving grace

Donna Szoke and Ricarda McDonald

April 28 to May 22, 2012

Opening Saturday, April 28, 7 pm to 10 pm


and all watched over by machines of loving grace is an interactive video installation using a computer, software, large monitors and a sensor. Two large monitors display human eyes. As the viewer walks past the monitor, the eyes follow their motion. The screens "watch" the viewer, and track their motions. In an adjacent area, a video loop plays of an extreme close-up of an eye that blinks in slow motion. This aspect of the installation emphasizes the human element of surveillance—a blink—that implies an inherent failure if compared to machine surveillance. The title comes from a 1967 Richard Brautigan poem, and suggests a loving, caring gaze that watches over humanity, as opposed to the current state of surveillance that is concerned with property crime and consumerism.

Donna Szoke is a Canadian media artist whose practice includes video, animation, writing, installation, and collaboration. Her work has shown in Canada, US, France, Germany, Hungary, Croatia and Turkey. Her work exhibits in public art, interactive video installation, outdoor site-specific video installation, film festivals, theatre and dance. She has received numerous research awards and grants for her work, including SSHRC, BCAC, OAC and Canada Council for the Arts. She holds a BA, BFA and MFA and is currently a Visiting Artist / Assistant Professor at Brock University in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

Ricarda McDonald is a Canadian artist whose practice includes computer-manipulated photography, video, sound, light and computer-mediated installations and collaboration. In 2011, Ricarda built a theremin and became one of the founding members of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO). VETO performed at Xenakis: Vancouver New Music Festival 2011 and at the Interactive Futures '11: Animal Influence Conference held at ECUAD. She holds a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a BMATH from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada.

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St. Catharines, Ontario

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CRAM International is an artist collective operating Canada's smallest alternative multi-purpose art facility. Organized on a benevolent dictatorial management model, CRAM Gallery is funded by collective members, sponsors, patrons, partners, and the director. Since 2006, CRAM has encouraged and promoted local investment in original art and advocated for local contemporary artists.

Since 2007 CRAM International has been in a unique and growing relationship of cultural exchange with the artists of Taller Cultural "Luis Diaz Oduardo" in Santiago de Cuba that has artists from both counties participating in exhibitions, mural events, print projects, and artist residencies. CRAM International is the sole Canadian representative of the artists in the Cuban Artist Exchange and maintains a selection of original Cuban prints and paintings.

CRAM Press works with artists to publish Original Print Editions and Original Limited Edition Artist Bookworks. Initiated in 2009, CRAM Press is Niagara's only professional print workshop. CRAM Press and Taller Cultural are developing an annual international print symposium to be launched in January 2013.

The Disco Gallery is Niagara's underground art boutique and micro gallery with a focus on emerging artists, unorthodox mediums, and inspired events since December 2009. We are located in the CRAMplex at 24 James Street and are partners in crime with Cram International. Please feel free to circulate this information widely.

For further info, interviews, or photos, please reply via email or call Marinko at (905) 937-3021.