Gallery TPW and the Images Festival are thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C., an installation by New York artist Zoe Beloff. In the accompanying exhibition essay, author Karen Beckman writes:
"Zoe Beloff's The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C. offers us the chance to simultaneously experience the cinemas of past, present and future. This four-channel stereoscopic surround-sound DVD installation throws its viewers into a state of temporal disorientation, and challenges us to grapple with what cinema has been, is, and might eventually become. The project has its origins in a series of ten séances held between 1910 and 1914, each one carefully documented with scientific reports and photographs by Baron von Schrenck-Notzing in an era when photography was still regarded as a magical medium of truth, capable of making visible the invisible and immaterial dimensions of human experience. Playing on the double meaning of "medium," both a vehicle for producing images and a figure capable of moving between this and other worlds, Beloff's work insists that visual technology is never neutral, and explores how the machines we invent to represent ourselves both reflect and actively shape who we are and how we see."
Zoe Beloff is presented in association with the 18th annual Images Festival, April 7-16, 2005. For more information, visit: www.imagesfestival.com
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