Wednesday, October 15, 2014

official launch and pre-selection for the 2014 imagineNATIVE Festival

online art project Superhighway across the Sky has been pre-selection for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto this year.

The project will also be a part of a special event programmed by the imagineNATIVE Festival, the NEW MEDIA MULTI-PLATFORM SHOWCASE.

Friday, October 24 8:00 PM
Art Exhibits AT 401 Richmond St West, Toronto.

Urban Space Gallery, Main floor outside Warc Gallery.

Works by the Blackout Collective, Lily Ginnish-Lavalley, Sean Muir, Jude Norris, Cheyenne Scott, Theresa Stevenson, Skins 4.0 Collective.

Superhighway Across the Sky ARTISTS TALK: 8:00PM

It will be a part of imagineNATIVE’s annual Art Crawl of exhibitions and co-presentations, taking place Friday, October 24, 5:00 – 8:30pm within the 401 Richmond building, includes gallery partners A Space Gallery, Trinity Square Video, Gallery 44, WARC Gallery and the UrbanSpace Gallery. The Art Crawl is a free event featuring contemporary Indigenous new media art, commissions, retrospectives and talks by leading curators and artists.

This will be the official launch of the project which is presented by Blackout Collective artists Jenny Fraser (Yugambeh) as curator, Michelle Blakeney (Yaegl /Wiradjuri), Jason Davidson (Gurindji/Mara/Nalakarn) and Christine Peacock (Erub).  Feature writers are Peter Morin, Mary Graham, Ross Watson and Djon Mundine.

A communication from Indigenous Australia to Indigenous Canada, Superhighway across the Sky puts Indigenous Australian media artists back into the picture (literally) through work in a culturally safe environment, towards stronger cultural maintenance and representation. This creative, barrier-free portal to a collection of video, written and interactive projects (created and commissioned through online residencies) offers intriguing and eclectic alternative media creative perspectives. Where media arts are both an outcome and a facilitator of major cultural and social shifts, not merely an additional creative tool, this interactive project builds a creative playing field and unique exhibition presence that circumvents Australia’s traditional, institutional and exclusionary new media arts exhibitions with Indigenous strength, tenacity and freedom.