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Sylvania North View Gallery
August 30 to October 21, 2017: Artist In Residence
Closing Reception and Gallery Talk: Thursday, October 19, 2-5 PM
Old Powerhouse is an experimental artwork that centers upon two architectural forms: the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, and an electrical powerhouse located on the University of British Columbia campus. In the artwork, they are both encountered as monumental projections of history, and used to question the invisible forces that shape the production of the tale of western civilization. Rather than traditional narrative form, the work proposes an alternative historical model; an abstract dialogue describing massive energies, condense and diffuse.
Composed of a large pyramidical form, an animation which uses the chaotic logic of the Internet, and steam, the work brings a dynamic questioning to the processes within the gallery. Are they enacting the slow deterioration of a ruin, or the messy first stirrings of life? It is an embodiment of our own strange historical moment; old gods of energy and light groaning, perched between giving life and destroying it.
With collaborative assistance from Andrzej Bochnacki, Eric Angus, and Daniel Phillips. Special thanks to Josephine Hass, Henry John, Chris Mills, Shannen Muhl, Jag Sharma, James Torcov, and the employees and engineers of the UBC Powerhouse.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM
Directions: Follow signs to bookstore and visitor parking. Gallery is located in the Communications and Technology (CT) building, adjacent to the bookstore, on the NE corner of campus.