The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.
The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.
The hand that whirls the water in the pool
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
How of my clay is made the hangman’s lime. …
Remedios’ Terrarium is a responsive environment, a group show, and a conversation made public. it’s a set of diverse responses to the fable of autopoiesis, imagining living systems as palimpsests of organic plants, woven textile, filament, air, projected video, sound, sensor data, and occasionally, people. It’s a group show in which individual creators and collectives affiliated with the Topological Media Lab (TML) have responded to a call about the themes of a terrarium and delicate life, of the Gallery as a vessel made porous mixing outside and inside, of matter in constant alchemical transformation. Our goal is not to make objects or even particular pieces of media, but events. Certainly in the course of making an event, we produce objects and media and, most importantly, some latent behavior, but all as elements conditioning an event. Its continuously evolving responsive environment changes weather and behavior according to the hour and the day, and according to what’s happening inside or outside its porous boundaries. We arrange our objects in a physical space to leverage the unbounded corporeal intuition that visitors bring with them, so the remedios’ terrarium is an architectural experiment as well as an event.
The Remedios’ Terrarium is also a set of conversations, articulated in things and events. It’s a philosophical investigation carried out in the form of material experiments made of experimental modes of matter. We create things, media instruments, and kinetic plants, “spoken” from diverse perspectives. We can be noisy, divergent, and even contentious, but making and exhibiting remedios’ terrarium — the 100 day long event — requires us to create a common boundary object together. As you walk about the Gallery, you’ll encounter individual and collective echoes of questions and speculations reaching ten years back: how can we make compelling events without convention? What makes some events dead and others live? What is a gesture when we do not assume bodies a priori? how do conventions and bodies come into being or dissolve in the continuously flowing world?
The main Gallery acts as an alchemical vessel mixing multiple species of matter responding to activity inside and outside the space: calligraphic video and sound, plastic cells, structured light, and in certain moments, performers. Other chambers contain sculptural reflections on the terrarium. We compose the exhibition as two and a half week long event breathing according to clocks as well as contingent states.
Remedios' Terrarium features works by affiliates of the Topological Media Lab from Special Individualized Programs, Humanities PhD Program, MFA Studio Arts program, Design Computation Arts, Computer Science, Contemporary Dance, Electroacoustics, Theatre, and the University of Manitoba / Department of Architecture, and Pneuma.
|Artistic Direction :||Sha Xin Wei|
|Black Box Sound :||Timothy Sutton|
|Camera Tracking :||Jean-Sébastien Rousseau|
|Cells Concept & Design:||Pneuma: Patrick Harrop & Peter Hasdell|
| Cells Design & Production
- Winnipeg :
| Gregory Rubin, Candace Fempel,
Evan Marnoch, Dirk Blouw
| Cells Design & Production
- Montreal :
|JC Nesci, Jean-Sébastien Rousseau|
|Documentation (Photo) :|| Morgan Sutherland,
David Jhave Johnston,
|Documentation (Video) :||Desh Fernando, Ludwig Manahan|
|Dynamic Lighting :||Harry Smoak|
|Glass Cones :||Lenka Novak|
|Graphics Programming :||Michael Fortin|
|Networking :||Harry Smoak, Jean-Sébastien Rousseau,
|Plant Systems :||Flower Lunn|
|Promotion :||Lynn Beavis, Josée-Anne Drolet, JC Nesci|
|Print Design :||JC Nesci, Valérie Lamontagne,
|Project & Event Coordination :||Josée-Anne Drolet|
|Real-Time Calligraphic Video :||Jean-Sébastien Rousseau|
|Roundtable Event Production:||Josée-Anne Drolet|
|Roundtable Documentation :||Harry Smoak, Tim Sutton, David Jhave Johnston|
|Sebald Puppet Theatre
Concept & Design :
|Mark Sussman, Ayesha Hameed|
|Sensate Tapestry :||Marguerite Bromley, XS Labs|
|Sensate Tapestry Electronics :||Elliot Sinyor|
|Sensate Tapestry Sound:||Doug van Nort, Elliot Sinyor|
|Sound Field :||Timothy Sutton|
|State Composition :||Sha Xin Wei|
|State Engine :|| Emmanuel Thivierge,
Morgan Sutherland (Yon Visell)
|Suitcase :||Elena Frantova|
|Technical Design & Consultation :||Harry Smoak|
|Touch2 Calligraphic Video :||Jae Ok Lee, Jean-Sébastien Rousseau|
|Touch2 Choreography :||Soo-Yeon Cho|
|Touch2 Dancers :||Soo-Yeon Cho, Kiani del Valle|
|Touch2 Set Construction :|| Josée-Anne Drolet, Jae Ok Lee,
Marine Antony, Jerome Delapierre
|Touch2 Set & Costume Design :||Josée-Anne Drolet, Jae Ok Lee|
|Touch2 Sound :||Timothy Sutton|
|Touch Video :||Desh Fernando, Touch Creators|
|Vernissage Sub-Event Design :||David Jhave Johnston|
|Vitrine Display & Design :|| Flower Lunn, Elena Frantova, Nadia Frantova, Jean-Sébastien Rousseau,
|Vitrine Design Technical Assistance :||Ludwig Manahan|
|Web Design & Promotion :||Elena Frantova, David Jhave Johnston|