ILLUMINIGHTS: Winter Series – Fluid Light
ILLUMINIGHTS: A Winter Series of Outdoor Art Illuminations
Presented by Critical Mass
Curated by Artengine
ILLUMINIGHTS is a winter series of Outdoor Art Illuminations that will be displayed in 3 locations in downtown Port Hope for 3 nights, during the Candlelight Festival.
Friday, Nov 25th
Friday, Dec 2nd
Friday, Dec 16th
Times: 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
Port Hope Public Library
(Mary J Benson branch)
31 Queen St
The Little Station
1 Elias St
(on Lent Lane)
Port Hope Knights of Columbus Hall 15 Elias St
(parking lot behind Memorial Park)
PLUS! 2 Bonus Illuminights events
Sat, Dec 10 – Free Workshop
Sat, Dec 31 – NYE Celebration
For more information, please contact:
Debbie Beattie (she/her)
Critical Mass Art
Artengine Curators: Remco Volmer & Ryan Stec
Twitter & IG: @artengine
A winter series of Outdoor Art Illuminations will be displayed in 3 locations in downtown Port Hope for 3 nights, during the Candlelight Festival. Critical Mass collaborated with Ottawa-based new media specialists and artist-run centre, Artengine, to curate this pilot projection art series.
The works presented – Fluid Light – aim to offer a reflection on the fluid relationship between ourselves, change, and the technology we live with. The hope is that these artworks will help illuminate the winter nights of Port Hope, offering a playful and unique perspective on who we are when we live with so much technology.
Dates: Friday, Nov 25th, Friday, Dec 2nd, and Friday, Dec 16th
Times: 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
Featured artists include:
Baron Lanteigne, Laura Taler, and Mercedes Ventura
Illumination Site Locations include: Port Hope Public Library (Mary J Benson branch), The Little Station and Port Hope Knights of Columbus Hall.
This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
Curated by Artengine
Our technology saturated world is always in motion. It seems like none of us can stay still. We pull at technology and it pulls at us. But we are always in motion, always changing. Some changes are faster than others, like changes in our profile pic or our clothes; some are slower, like learning to ride a bike or getting old, but we are, nonetheless, always transforming…always becoming something else. The works presented here on the streets of Port Hope offer a playful reflection on the fluid relationship between ourselves, change and the technology we live with.
Johann Baron Lanteigne is interested in how our gestures, and even our sense of self, stretch into the screen. We seem to be always tangling and untangling ourselves from its luminescent embrace, and these videos play around with the boundaries between where we end and the technology begins. He moves us back and forth over this fascinating border between us and our screens.
Mercedes Ventura is also thinking about this relationship to the screen, but she raises questions of identity and representation. Her work explores the opportunities that arise for us to recreate ourselves on the screens around us. Each time we make and remake ourselves for the screen, how do we keep track of what is true and what is an act? Does this matter?
Laura Taler shows us a different understanding of fluidity and the self. Like Ventura, Taler also presents her body on the screen but she seeks to calm the frenetic pace of change. Taler shares a meditative image, inviting you to be present in your body. While at first glance it feels like an analogue opposite to the colorful and energetic works of Ventura and Baron Lanteigne, Taler uses technology to play with time, fragmenting moments and her body. She seems to be asking, or perhaps offering, a way to bend time and slow us down into the here and now.
We hope these artworks help illuminate the winter nights of Port Hope, offering a playful and unique perspective on who we are when we live with so much technology.
Artengine was founded in 1996 and is an artist-administered organization dedicated to supporting, presenting and promoting technology-centric creative expression, as well as incubating and disseminating knowledge that thoughtfully considers the intersections of technology and art. The organisation supports a growing network of active artists and practitioners through releases that include an artistic incubator program, frequent symposia and knowledge exchange events, and direct support for artistic production, often through its technology lab and studio. Together, Artengine’s activities are designed to be mutually reinforcing—the production of new forms of artistic expression bolster the development of critical approaches and core knowledge in the field of emerging technology-enabled artistic creation.
Watch these interviews with the artists to learn more about their art practices and the work they are presenting in Port Hope. Scroll for more event and artist info.
Digital Drawing & Animation Workshop!
Facilitated by artist Kelly Kirkham
Saturday, December 10th
12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall
(1 Elias St)
Reserve your spot by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All ages are invited to an artist-led drawing and animation workshop using the Tagtool app and an iPad. The app allows you to paint with light, create animated graffiti or tell improvised stories.
Critical Mass will include community designed drawings and animations from the workshop in a digital community mural that will be illuminated on the CN Railway Trestles on New Year’s Eve!
Thanks to our friends at SONG for lending us their iPads for this digital workshop!
NYE ILLUMINATION EVENT!
Saturday, December 31st
6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
CN Rail Trestles (Mill St. South Parking Lot)
Early Countdown at 8:00 p.m!
Bundle up and join us in the parking lot and Riverside Park across from the Ruth Clarke Ctr, for an early NYE celebration. We have a special ILLUMINIGHTS spectacle planned on the CN Rail Trestles! LiveVideoArt VJ animations by Scott Guy, music by DJ Del, a fire flow arts performance by Trellis Arts, and hot drinks and snacks available from BesTea Boba and Happenstance Bakery and Roastery!
Free, all ages, accessible outdoor parking lot event.
• Digital Mural by Kelly Kirkham (and community)
• Fire Flow Arts Performance from Trellis Arts
• Live Video Art by VJ Scott Guy
• Music by DJ Del
About the Illuminated Works
Carry Tiger to the Mountain 2017
HD video/Super 8
continuous loop 4 min 44 sec
By Laura Taler
Carry Tiger to the Mountain and the series of videos in Experiments with Carry Tiger, follow a woman performing a series of Tai Chi movements on a solitary beach overlooking the ocean. Shot on B&W Super 8 film, the work expresses a grounded, serene state while simultaneously addressing how the body is often fragmented into parts. Although the practice of Tai Chi is slow and meditative, the form is actually a martial art that prepares one for confrontation. This desire to fight, however, is really a desire to produce change. Change requires patience, repetition, time and, ultimately, a negotiation with loss. Playing on a series of continuous loops, Carry Tiger to the Mountain questions the separation between beginning and ending while proposing that slowness and repetition – often considered negatively in western notions of progress – can become, instead, harbingers of change and openings for transformation.
Series of animated works
By Baron Lanteigne
Manipulations is a series of animated works about gestures, their expressiveness and imperfections. The series also serves as a playground for technical explorations with the 3D medium. These explorations allow me to drive various simulations and procedural systems using motion capture data.
In the series, the use of visual textures and hands as a symbol help Baron Lanteigne refer to the sense of touch without stimulating it. This is inspired by our relationship with technology forming a thicker filter in how we communicate.
Throughout the series, he prototypes ideas and systems that can be combined intuitively in each iteration. Those fast results can later be integrated in other works. In this sense, the series acts as both a sketchbook and finite artworks which can be collected on the Ethereum blockchain.
The Sundew Mall, Expansion Pack 2021
Digital collage, video series
By Mercedes Ventura
The Sundew Mall: Expansion Pack is an extension of one of Ventura’s previous works titled The Sundew Mall (2021). The Sundew Mall is a labyrinth of web pages, a type of choose your own adventure, where the visitor can jump from page to page as a loose interpretation of a shopping mall, where each page acts as its own space within the mall. The hope is that one would get lost in the web of pages, which alludes to the nature of the internet itself, which captures us and keeps us there, a similar concept to how malls are designed, with the promise of constant entertainment and endless consumption. The Sundew mall follows a loose narrative of a teenage girl in this mall. As an extension of this project, The Expansion Pack is set within the same mall/universe, but this time centers on the antagonist of the story, The Great Beholder, a character loosely based on role-playing game lore. This character’s identity fractures, thus reproducing itself into another opposing force. One who longs for something more than the confines of the mall. By using early web interface and video game graphics along with vaporwave aesthetics, Ventura is drawing further parallels between the internet and the shopping mall industry. At around the turn of the century both were considered beacons of hope for a prosperous and exciting future. While the American mall descended into decay and ruin (in part because of the internet), the internet continues to be an all-encompassing force within our daily lives, but not without its dark and diminishing spaces.
Romanian-born Canadian artist Laura Taler began her career as a contemporary dance choreographer before turning her attention to filmmaking and visual art. Throughout her career Taler has explored the links between movement, voice, memory, and history by using cinematic and choreographic devices to articulate how the body is able to carry the past without being oppressed by it. Her work has been praised for its unique combination of emotional resonance, wit, and striking visuals. She has been a resident at the Banff Center for the Arts, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), Carleton Immersive Media Studio (Ottawa) and a fellow at the Instititute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Awards include a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, the Best Experimental Documentary award from Hot Docs!, Best of the Festival from New York’s Dance on Camera Festival, and the Dennis Tourbin Prize for New Performance. Her work has been featured in theatres, galleries, festivals, special screenings, and broadcast internationally.
Photo Credit: Laura Taler photo by Charlotte Frank
Baron Lanteigne lives and works in Quebec City, Canada. The essence of his work emerges from infiltrations and collaborations with many web native communities. His work is part of online events and collections such as The Wrong Biennale, real-fake.org, Electrofringe, SPAMM, Glitch Artist Collective, FeltZine, MoCDA and many more. This online practice is exhibited worldwide at amongst others Ludwig Museum in Budapest (HU), Canadian Cultural Center in Paris (FR), Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art (IL), Mapping Festival (CH), Mirage Festival (FR), MUTEK (CA, JP), Dutch Design Week (NL), Sónar+D (ES), CPH:DOX (DK) and the Gwangju Media Platform (KR).
Mercedes Ventura (she/they) is an emerging interdisciplinary artist based in Odawa/Ottawa, Ontario. Mercedes’ work functions as autobiographical fiction investigating new spaces of the digital era, appropriating signifiers of self—gender, culture, religion, family, nation, and so on—as building blocks to envision works in various media: web, sculpture, and photographic self-portraiture to name a few. In the spring of 2017, Mercedes received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. She has exhibited works in Odawa/Ottawa-Gatineau region and Tkaronto/Toronto in various galleries and artist-run centers. In the summer of 2020, Mercedes produced a web-based public artwork for the city of Ottawa and the Digital Arts Resource Centre.