4-6 PM – TOPOLOGICAL MEDIA LAB
Swintak is a Canadian artist working in variety of media including site-responsive sculpture, installation, performance and video. Approaching the world as her studio, her large-scale commission-based practice has included moving almost an entire house by hand without the aid of machinery, creating the most banal rollercoaster ever made in the head office of an energy drink corporation, building a full-size ship through collective improvisation, running an election party campaign for the Irish underworld, transforming a city-issued dumpster into a fully-operational luxury boutique hotel, attempting to give a shed consciousness and producing a series of impossible project proposals.
She has exhibited at galleries, festivals and museums across Canada and internationally, including Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto), Kuandu Museum of Modern Art (Taipei), Hessel Museum (New York), European Cultural Congress (Poland), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), HMK Mariakapel (Holland), Model Niland (Ireland), Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown), YYZ Gallery (Toronto), and Rockefeller Centre (New York). Swintak has also presented numerous independent interventions in places like Amsterdam, Vancouver, Teslin, Death Valley and Los Angeles. She has been awarded the Canada Council International Residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France), a Nominated Fellowship and the Alumni New Works Award at the Headlands Centre for the Arts (San Francisco, California), and a Chalmers Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. In 2014 she was researcher in residence at Tapei National University of Art (Taipei, Tawian) and Château de la Napoule (Mandelieu, France). She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Don Blanche, an experimental off-the-grid artist residency in rural Ontario. Currently, Swintak is an MFA candidate in the Intermedia program at Concordia University.
Recent Project Links:
Château de la Napoule (Fellow/Residence): http://lnafblog.org/?p=924
Don Blanche Artist Residency (Co-Founder/Artistic Director): https://donblanchedonblanche.wordpress.com/
Public Metal TRIBE Residency of Europe Eastern Balkans (with Peter Flemming): http://transitoryart.org/christine-swintak/
Headlands Centre for the Arts (Fellow and Alumni New Works Awardee):http://www.headlands.org/artist/christine-swintak/