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Pari Nadimi Gallery (2ND GALLERY ON OUR TRIP)

Posted on | November 21, 2005 | No Comments

David Rokeby
Time and Place

October 19 to December 31, 2005
Opening reception Wednesday, October 19, 5-8 pm

Pari Nadimi Gallery
254 Niagara Street
Toronto, ON M6J 2L8 Canada

gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5 pm

Tel: 416.591.6464
Fax: 416.591.9251

Pari Nadimi Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist David Rokeby .

Time is one of artist David Rokeby s primary materials. Time as the landscape traversed by memory. Time that is the difference between a slap and a caress. Time liberated from determinate sequence. Time folded upon itself, events layering into shapes and forms.

For Machine for Taking Time (2001-4), David Rokeby set up a system that recorded a daily panorama of 1000 images of Gairloch Gardens for 3 years. The installation continuously draws from its million images to construct a seamlessly flowing pan across a garden unanchored in time. Seasons melt into each other, Sunday painters and weddings appear and fade, a year flickers by like a shift in light. Machine for Taking Time was the first in an ongoing series of works that attempt to record the activities and the passage of time in particular places.

For his first show at Pari Nadimi Gallery, Rokeby will continue this exploration, using the unlimited patience of the computer and surveillance camera to capture and record the ephemera of passing time, drawing out patterns, forms and traces invisible to our human eyes rooted in human time.

David Rokeby has been creating interactive sound and video installations with computers since 1982. His early work Very Nervous System (1982-1991) is acknowledged as a pioneering work of interactive art, translating physical gestures into real-time interactive sound environments. Very Nervous System was presented at the Venice Biennale in 1986, and was awarded the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts in 1988 and Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art in 1991.

Several of his works have addressed issues of digital surveillance. Watched and Measured (2000) was awarded the first BAFTA award for interactive art from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2000. Other works engage in a critical examination of the differences between human and artificial intelligence. The Giver of Names (1991-) and n-cha(n)t (2001) are artificial subjective entities, provoked by objects or spoken words in their immediate environment to formulate sentences and speak them aloud.

David Rokeby’s installations have been exhibited extensively in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has been an invited speaker at events around the world, and has published two papers that are required reading in the new media arts faculties of many universities. In 2002, Rokeby was awarded a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Canada’s highest honour in visual art, the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art (for n-cha(n)t) and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale of Architecture with Seen (2002). In 2004 he represented Canada at the Sao Paulo Bienal in Brazil.

David Rokeby and Pari Nadimi Gallery gratefully acknowledge the Art Gallery of Hamilton for their assistance in providing media equipment for this exhibition.


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