“At the start of every disaster movie there’s a scientist being ignored”

Closing Reception and Workshop
Saturday, July 29, 5:00–8:00 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Proof of Performances, artists Christina Battle and Kelly Jazvac will facilitate a reading discussion and workshop that will consider the contributions art can make to science.

Together we will read a short text written by Ursula K. Le Guin as an introduction to the 1976 edition of The Left Hand of Darkness. In the text, Le Guin considers what art does in relation to the world around it. Collectively we will consider how aesthetic methodologies relate to perceptions of scientific research, dissemination, and activism, putting our thinking into action toward a possible campaign demonstrating why science needs art. Both playful and engaged, the workshop aims to support participants in devising and executing a collective propositional action as a preliminary step in initiating stronger conversations and collaborations across disciplines.

No advance reading is required to participate in the workshop. However, if you would like to access the Ursula K. Le Guin text in advance, please email daniella@gallerytpw.ca to request a PDF copy.

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Kelly Jazvac is an artist who works with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, writers, and artists to research plastic pollution. Jazvac’s recent exhibitions include Sharp and Numb at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon; Song of the Open Road at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Atmospheres of Form, Parisian Laundry, Montreal; and A Stratigraphic Fiction at The Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA. Her work has been written about in e-flux Journal, Hyperallergic, C Magazine, The Huffington Post, Magenta Magazine, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, artforum.com, The New Yorker, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has upcoming exhibitions at Fierman Gallery, New York, and Or Gallery, Vancouver.

Originally from Edmonton (AB), Christina Battle is currently based in London (ON). Her works are often inspired by the role of official and unofficial archives and our notions of evidence. She explores themes of history and counter-memory, political mythology, and environmental catastrophe. She is especially interested in how our engagement with media shapes our understanding and interpretation of information. Her current research focuses on thinking critically about the tools of technology, especially social media, as part of contemporary language and considering the role that they play in how we receive visual information and expect it to be. www.cbattle.com