Nancy Lee 李南屏 is a Taiwanese-Canadian interdisciplinary media artist, curator, filmmaker, DJ and cultural producer. Her work stimulates and enlivens space, making a provocative statement about how inescapably interconnected we are with our surroundings. This notion of staging is a constant in Nancy’s work and underpins her projects, from her early work as a more traditional filmmaker, through her conception and planning of live events, and into the realms of XR, new media performance and installation, where her art practices continue to coalesce and evolve. Kiran Bhumber ਕਿਰਨਦੀਪ ਕੌਰ ਭੰਬਰ is an Indo-Canadian interdisciplinary media artist, composer, performer and educator. Her interdisciplinary practice considers the mediation of memory through emerging technologies and how the body reinscribes memory into the present. Her work results in constructing new interactive installation and performance systems that examine movement, touch and cultural memory. Since 2014, Lee and Bhumber have been working collaboratively to create technologically-mediated experiences that activate social interaction and reflect our individual and collective relationships with emerging technologies.
For Digital Carnival Z, Lee and Bhumber have created UNION, an exhibition and experience which will be presented in partnership with the Richmond Art Gallery, beginning April 24th through June 5th. Set in the year 3000, UNION imagines a world in which the nation state has collapsed, and viral air pollution limits habitable space and physical contact. Following a year-long worldwide blackout resulting from airpocalypse induced cyber warfare in 2024, all digitized information has been lost, and most print materials have been used for fuel. Humans seek refuge indoors, physically isolated but connected via the new cyberworld. Cultural memory, stored in genetics, is a construct of the spiritual and ancestral past. Passed down from generation to generation, it remains dormant until accessed through sacred ritual of spiritual union, such as weddings, and physical intimacy. Touch has become forbidden and access to cultural memories have been lost.
UNION is about two beings discovering their ancestral memories through the longing for touch, and rituals practiced in their post-apocalyptic wedding ceremony. Attendees will become immersed in this new world via a series of experiences including a short film, 3D printed sculptures, propaganda messages, two futuristic bridal dresses, 16-channel interactive sound and visual projection map installation reflecting the multiple worlds where UNION is set, and a web XR virtual environment that can be experienced online.
Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
Date: April 24 – June 5, 2021