Communication networks below and above the ground
Both events are open to the public and free of charge!
The project In Oscillation intends on visually materializing the intelligent symbiotic systems between trees and fungi referred to as the mycorrhizal network. Through many hikes around the Okanagan Valley, a dozen mushrooms were picked, then molded and cast in transparent resin with an LED light encased inside each one. Through a process of trial and error, the lights are being hooked up to a battery-powered electric circuit to turn them on, and to allow them to act as a simple synthesizer that will produce sounds when activated by touch. This prototype represents a small section of what will eventually be a larger installation; it also serves as a model of the whole circuit and how it would look in an exhibition space. The electronic circuit will be completed in September at the artist-run centre Avatar in Quebec City, with the goal to show it publicly in 2019.
The open studio will take place at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, located on the upstairs level of the studio building, and will run for four days only from August 28 – August 31, from 9 am – 1 pm daily.
Her artist talk will be held in the Studio Gallery at the Caetani Centre on August 29th, from 7 to 9 pm.
The events are free of charge, and the public is welcome!
Amélie Brindamour is the second artist in a series of three visiting artists for the 2018 Fresh! AIR artist-in-residence series this summer. She is a Montreal-based settler artist and art educator, exploring issues related to the natural and urban environment through place-specific projects including installations, participatory performances, eat-art and photography.
Read more about her residency here!
See more of Amélie’s past work on her website here.
The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
L’artiste remercie le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
The artist would also like to acknowledge the support of LOJIQ (Les Offices jeunesses internationaux du Québec) for helping to cover travel costs.
The Fresh! AiR program is a partnership between the Caetani Cultural Centre and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. The theme combines art and the environment, exploring issues of conservation, nature, culture, social issues, etc. The artist receives a studio workspace located at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, receiving support and guidance about North Okanagan flora and fauna, and while in our area they stay at the Caetani Cultural Centre. Read more about the Fresh!AiR artist residency program here!