Matt Rogalsky at Upgrade! Vancouver on October 18, 2006
Join us October 18, 2006 at 8pm for a talk by Matt Rogalsky. Rogalsky will discuss his installation Ellipsis
(2001), on view at the Western Front, in which software "listens" to a
single talk radio input. In the exhibition space we hear only the gaps
between the words-the "silences"-as they occur in realtime, but
amplified to a louder than normal listening level. A time counter
projected on the wall shows the hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths
of seconds of accumulated "silence", inexorably advancing with each
fragment. This piece is one of several exploring aspects of "silence"
in the media and in musical performance. It has previously been shown
at Diapason (New York City, USA), Sleeper (Edinburgh, Scotland), the
Slade Gallery (London, England), SoundPlay Festival 2004(Toronto), as
part of the Digital Poetics and Politics symposium at Queen's
University in 2004 (Kingston, Canada) and in the exhibition Disquiet
curated by Christof Migone in 2005 for Modern Fuel Gallery (Kingston,
Matt Rogalsky's work as a media artist often focuses on exploration of
abject, invisible/inaudible, or ignored streams of information. Since
1985 his performances and installations have been seen and heard across
North America and Europe. Most recently he presented the installation
When he was in high school in Texas, Eric Ryan Mims used a similar
arrangement to detect underground nuclear tests in Nevada, in a solo
show at the Agnes Etherington Art Center in Kingston Ontario, and a new
multi-channel sound work Memory Like Water, in a solo show on Hornby
Island BC, presented by the GroundWater Foundation. A double CD
documenting the past ten years of live performances, also entitled
Memory Like Water, was released in July 2006 on XI Records.
The Upgrade! is an informal monthly gathering on
art, technology and culture. The series is a forum for the presentation
of new artwork and is meant to foster dialogue and create opportunities
for connection and collaboration within the community. At each meeting
one or two artists present work and participate in a discussion. The
event is free and everyone is welcome.
The Upgrade is held at the Western Front at 303 East 8th Avenue in Vancouver.