Exhibition Title: ARCTICNOISE
Artist: Geronimo Inutiq
Curators: Guest curated by Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen, produced in conjunction with International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA); Glenn Alteen and Tarah Hogue (grunt gallery); and Ethnographic Terminalia
The exhibition is located at in Vancouver BC at grunt gallery and runs from August 5 to August 22, 2015 with an opening reception on Monday, August 17 (7–10pm).
ARCTICNOISE is a media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) that draws on archival film footage and sound materials sourced from the Isuma Archive at the National Gallery of Canada, as well as sound and film materials from the artist’s personal collection, on-site research obtained from a trip to Igloolik, and other ethnographical material. Conceived as an Indigenous response to Glenn Gould’s celebrated composition “The Idea of the North”, Inutiq will appropriate Gould’s piece as a musical score, paired with new voices and imagery to produce a layered and multi-vocal work. The project folds into Inutiq’s larger practice of his alter-ego, madeskimo that draws on the use of instruments, digital and analogue synthesizers, as well as the remixing and processing of samples from a large variety of sources— including traditional Inuit, Aboriginal, modern electronic and urban music— in order to create an experimental platform.
At its crux, ARCTICNOISE intends to initiate conversations between various communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and to provoke thoughtful exchange about the roles of Inuit orality and materiality in a post-colonial space within the context of new media artwork. New media, with its appropriative and collage-like nature, is employed as a specific strategy to foster a multi-vocal and multi-generational approach to these sensitive issues. The intention is to reframe archival sources alongside contemporary technologies and materials, so that insightful and affective connections will emerge. As a multimedia work, ARCTICNOISE aims to re-purpose past Inuit visual and sound media in an attempt to conflate temporalities of past and present with the aims of repurposing and mobilizing understandings of Inuit art aesthetics.
A curatorial essay will be available at the exhibition, written by Yasmin NurmingPor and Britt Gallpen. This essay will also be included in a forthcoming publication for ARCTICNOISE.