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For Immediate Release: Hamilton Artists Inc. Announces Spring Programming – Erin Gee, Vocales Digitales & Group exhibition, There and Here

For Immediate Release:

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present its Spring Exhibition Programming:

Erin Gee
Vocales Digitales

Nedda Baba, Diana Hosseini and Nikkie To
There and Here
Curated by Abedar Kamgari

March 26 – May 14, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, Mar 26, 2:00-4:00 pm
Hamilton Artists Inc. 155 James Street North, Hamilton

portfolioErin Gee, Swarming Emotional Pianos (Installation view), 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cannon Gallery

Erin Gee: Vocales Digitales

March 26 – May 14, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, Mar 26, 2:00-4:00 pm

Hamilton, March 22, 2016: Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to announce its spring programming featuring a solo exhibition by Erin Gee entitled Vocales Digitales as well as the group exhibition There and Here featuring the work of Nedda Baba, Diana Hosseini and Nikkie To, curated by Abedar Kamgari.

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present Vocales Digitales, a solo exhibition by new media artist and composer Erin Gee, featuring installations exploring the potentials of human voices in electronic bodies as well as electronic voices in human bodies. Based on a robust research practice, Gee draws from neuroaesthetics, a field that investigates the potentials of neurological and physiological data, as both the basis of, and inspiration for, her technologically complex installations. Turning the inside out, Gee culls data from physiological sources such as the human larynx as well as intangible sources such as human emotions, and transforms them into highly realized aesthetic and musical compositions. Using languages of notation, code, and data, Gee explores the flesh and experience of human bodies. She seeks out poetic languages of machine visualization returning the quantitative once more into a space of aesthetics through the experience of music.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual publication featuring essays by Maiko Tanaka and Eric Lewis. The catalogue launch will be accompanied by an artist talk and will take place April 23, at 2:00 pm

Auxiliary Programming:
Artist Talk and Catalogue Launch: April 23, 2:00 pm
Biosensor/Arduino Workshop: April 24 (full day) $25 registration required (description below)
Original Performance with Daniel Anez and the Hamilton Children’s Choir (Date TBC)

Biosensor/ Arduino Workshop
April 24 (full day)
$25 (includes arduino and all equipment/ components

This workshop is presented in partnership with Centre[3] for print and media arts. Pre-registration required. Please email programming@theinc.ca

Have you ever wanted to learn more about how biosensors can be used in your Arduino projects?  Would you like a refresher on basic circuitry in general?  Using basic electronic principles, Erin Gee will guide workshop participants in how to use the Pulse sensor (for data related to blood flow and heartbeat), DIY respiration sensors, and how to globally make sense of biosensors and emotional data.  Participants will bring home their very own Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensor with knobs that affect offset and amplitude of the signal.  The GSR sensor is a tried-and-true sensor that is often used to gauge overall emotional arousal.  Open to all experience levels, this workshop will also demonstrate the basics of reading the sensor in the Arduino/Teensy environment to control surprising sounds using the Mozzi library.

For more information and updates, please visit http://www.theinc.ca/exhibitions/vocales-digitales-erin-gee/

Erin Gee is a Canadian artist whose work primarily explores digital culture through the metaphors of human voices in electronic bodies. Working in video, performance, robotics and audio art, Gee has exhibited most recently at University of Toronto Art Center (2015), Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2015), Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal (2015), Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters, Montreal (2014), and Nuit Blanche Calgary (2014).

Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts with this project as well as its exhibition partners, Centre[3] for print and media arts and the Hamilton Children’s Choir.

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hosseiniDiana Hosseini, Magic Carpet (Installation view), 2013-16

James Gallery

There and Here
Nedda Baba, Diana Hosseini and Nikkie To
Curated by Abedar Kamgari

March 26 – May 14
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 26, 2:00-4:00 pm

There and Here investigates how emerging Canadian artists in diaspora are exploring, constructing, and challenging identity through their art practices. The women in this exhibition occupy precarious spaces between multiple cultures and use their unique positions to address heteronormative gender roles and representational politics specifically as they apply to women of colour. At a time when the global refugee crisis is a common topic of conversation, There and Here looks to these young artists to better understand the experiences of migrants in a country that prides itself on its multiculturalism. Baba contemplates the nostalgia and longing that incites immigrants’ desire to preserve cultural traditions outside of their homeland. Hosseini’s kinetic works comment on the flattening of culture that occurs through appropriation and generalization, forcing viewers to confront their biases and preconceptions. To’s paintings deal with the overwhelming feelings of alienation and loneliness that many immigrants face as they try to navigate often contradicting personal and sociocultural expectations. There and Here presents three diverse voices on identity and immigration, hoping to start a dialogue on diasporic experiences of young first and second generation Canadian women of colour in Hamilton’s growing art scene.

Auxiliary Programming:
Panel discussion with curator Abedar Kamgari, writer Barbora Racevičiūtė and artist Nedda Baba, audience Q&A to follow: Friday, April 9, 6:30-7:30 pm
Catalogue launch featuring essays by Abedar Kamgari and Barbora Racevičiūtė: Saturday, April 23, 2:00-4:00 pm
Free Curatorial Walkthrough: Saturday, May 7, 2:00 pm

Nedda Baba born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1993, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art at York University. She has participated in several group exhibitions in Toronto, where she currently resides. Nedda has been recognized for her work during her undergraduate studies through various awards and scholarships; in 2014 she was nominated for The State Hermitage Museum Young Artists Program and was a finalist for the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize scholarship. Inspired by the tensions between subject and authority, her work is reflective of personal narratives and how they subvert the perceived objectivities of dominant discourses in education, religion, war, and the media. Her practice vacillates between staged studio pieces, found materials, and interactive installations.

Diana Hosseini was born in Montreal, Canada in 1986. She works predominantly with found or imagined objects and kinetic media to create sculptures and installations. Inspired by the sounds and actions of the objects she selects, as well as events ranging from privately personal to culturally or socially significant. Diana completed an MFA in sculpture at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2013 and a BA in Medical Anthropology and Fine Art at the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, including Toronto, where she is currently based.

Nikkie To is a Chinese-born Canadian painter and multidisciplinary artist. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from McMaster University in 2014, participated in Red Gate Residency, Beijing in 2015, has run a successful Indiegogo Artist-in-Residence Crowdfunding Campaign, and has received the Capacity Building Initiative: Travel Grant from Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in Hamilton, Toronto, and Beijing, as well as having been published in Incite Magazine, ON; Fierce Magazine (Digital Publication), ON; and The Artist Catalog, NY.

Abedar Kamgari is an emerging artist and the curator of There and Here. She has lived in three countries, five cities, and seventeen different houses. Her studio practice focuses on an exploration of personal identity by means of an investigation of immigrant experience. The perception and representation of women of colour within Canadian society are ongoing areas of research fuelling her practice. Abedar currently resides in Hamilton while pursuing a BFA in Studio Art at McMaster University with an interest in critical writing. Her work has been exhibited in Hamilton, Toronto, and in the United States, and is owned in private collections in both countries.

For more information and updates, please visit http://www.theinc.ca/exhibitions/there-and-here/

For more information please contact:

Caitlin Sutherland, Programming Director, Hamilton Artists Inc.
programming@theinc.ca
Tel: 905 529 3355

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