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Ken Rinaldo, Prontay Seed, Giclee Print, 100cm x 70cm, 2013 (reprinted 2018)


Curated by Giovanni Aloi and Matthew Brower
Curatorial Assistant Seb Roberts

Combined Opening November 1, 2018
Aird Gallery 6-8pm Remarks at 6:30pm
Contact Gallery 6-9pm

Digital Animalities: Mapping
John B. Aird Gallery, October 30-November 23, 2018.
Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Overstall, Jonathon Keats, Gwen MacGregor, Neozoon, Ken Rinaldo, Lou Sheppard, and Donna Szoke

Digital Animalities: Rendering
CONTACT Gallery, November 1-December 15, 2018.
Sara Angelucci, Ingrid Bachmann, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Wally Dion, and Aki Inomata

Digital Animalities is a two-venue exhibition of artworks exploring human animal interactions in an age of risk. Digital technologies have been reshaping human understandings of animals and transforming the possibilities for human-animal relations. Artists have been at the forefront of exploring these challenges, using the languages and forms of artistic practice to stage, explore, and intervene in these emerging situations. These works present a range of approaches to the themes. They offer models for understanding new possibilities provided by new technologies, critiques of implicit tendencies in the workings and organizations of these technologies, and classifications and frameworks for orienting ourselves to these new possibilities.

Loosely organized under two major tendencies presented in the works, the two venues present complementary experiences of the evolving space of animality in contemporary digital culture. At the John B. Aird Gallery, the theme of Mapping brings together works that suggest how new cartographies organize and orient us. At the CONTACT Gallery, the theme of Rendering brings together works that reveal digital technology’s ability to scan and re-assemble aspects of reality.

Digital Animalities is part of a SSHRC funded research project entitled “Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Nonhuman Life in the Age of Risk” led by Jody Berland of York University.

Aki Inomata, Think Evolution #1: Kiku-ishi (Ammonite), video, 1’57”, 2016-17 (still)

Gwen MacGregor is a Toronto artist working in installation, video, photography and drawing. She is represented by MKG127 in Toronto. MacGregor is also a PhD candidate in Cultural Geography at the University of Toronto with a SSHRC doctoral CGS scholarship.

Julie Andreyev is a Vancouver based artist-activist, researcher and educator. Her art practice called AnimalLover investigates more-than-human creativity. Projects rely on interspecies participation and collaboration to explore seeing, listening, and feeling for ecological and empathic potential. She has a PhD from Simon Fraser University, and is Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Aki Inomata creates work in collaboration with living creatures. Her major artworks include Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?, in which she created city-like shells for hermit crabs, and I Wear the Dog’s Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair, in which the artist and her dog wear capes made out of each other’s respective hair.

Simon Lysander Overstall is an artist and composer working in digital arts and new media, in particular sound and music. He has produced sound designs and compositions for dance, theatre, and installations. He develops works with generative, interactive, or performative elements.

Ken Rinaldo is internationally recognized for interactive art installations that develop hybrid ecologies with human, plant, and animal. These serve as model and experiment for thinking about complex social, biological and machine symbionts that are arising.

Wally Dion is a visual artist living and working in Binghamton, New York. He is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation (Salteaux). Throughout much of his career, Dion’s work has contributed to a broad conversation in the art world about identity and power, and can be interpreted as part of a much larger pan-American struggle by indigenous peoples to be recognized: culturally, economically, and politically, by settler societies.

Sara Angelucci is a Toronto-based artist working in photography, video and audio. Her work explores vernacular photographs and films, analyzing the original context in which images are made. Drawing attention to conventions of image making, her work foregrounds the cultural role vernacular images play in framing particular stories, creating histories, and memorialization.

Neozoon, founded in 2009, is an anonymous collective of female artists based in Berlin and Paris. Human-animal relations are at the center of their artistic work. Recycling found footage is also a recurring element in their work, where the group often employs amateur videos from YouTube. Their cinematic work deals with contradictions in our daily contact with animals in language, practise and with the representational medialization of these interfaces.

Donna Szoke is a Canadian artist whose practice includes video, animation, media art, installation, drawing, writing and collaboration. Her work is informed by critical studies with repeating themes of immanence, embodied perception, and the fluidity of lived experience.

Maria Fernanda Cardoso is an international artist, born in Colombia, currently living in Sydney, Australia. She is well known for her unconventional use of materials and the use of animals as inspiration. Cardoso exhibits widely in major museums and galleries in the US, Latin America, Australia and Europe.

Ingrid Bachmann lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. Ingrid Bachmann has presented her multidisciplinary work nationally and internationally in exhibitions and festivals in Belgium, the U.S., Estonia, Singapore, Peru, Brazil, the UK, and Cuba.

Jonathon Keats is an experimental philosopher, artist and writer. He is a Research Fellow at the Nevada Art Museum's Center for Art + Environment, and was recently the Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow at the University of North Carolina - Asheville. His art is represented by Modernism Gallery in San Francisco.

Lou Sheppard is a interdisciplinary artist working in video, audio and installation practices. Sheppard's recent work has been focused on the practice of translation, particularly translations between meaning systems that do not align in conventional ways.


John B. Aird Gallery/Galerie John B. Aird
900 Bay Street, MacDonald Block, Toronto, ON, M7A 1C2
Hours 10 - 6/10 heures - 6
The Aird Gallery is Partially Accessible.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
The CONTACT Gallery is Partially Accessible.

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