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CHOWANIEC PROJECTS: STARDUST


Sept 13 - Oct 14

Opening: Wednesday, September 13, 6-8 PM

Skill Share Event: Thursday, September 14, 6-7:30 PM

Join us this September for a collaborative installation experience by Chowaniec Projects

STARDUST is Chowaniec Projects' first interactive installation. 

Our Canadian cultural identities are inextricably intertwined with our relationship to the landscape. As Canadians, we are constantly faced with two conflicting issues: we live in a natural resource-rich country; and, at the same time, we are stewards for a vast land. How can we protect the environment, navigate conflicting pressures and learn how to make good choices? We first need to care, and in order to care we need to be empowered to do so - we need to be stakeholders.  We become stakeholders by being connected to something greater than ourselves, and can preserve Canada for future generations.  We can be an economy of ideas not of natural resources. Our relationship to landscape, both internal, as shared cultural memories and external, by physically inhabiting, is at the core of this. And creating sanctuary, through art and nature, is the vehicle. Enter STARDUST Installation.

The installation is an interactive and educational experience in an alternative gallery space; a sanctuary in which you can be alone with your thoughts, separate from the distractions of the wired world. It is OK to be alone with our devices but not with our thoughts. The piece seeks to visualize the concept that we are part of something greater than ourselves; and therefore we are implicated, more aware, accountable and can create change on an individual and global level.

An immersive projection environment housed in a large 16’ geodesic dome invites the participant to enter, alone, and sit or lay down in a canoe, installed at the center of the dome floor. Having control in the space empowers; the participant will decide when to enter and when to leave and are invited to place their personal device(s) in a signal blocking pouch. Projection mapping onto reflective surfaces lining the inside the dome juxtapose the reflected image of the participant against a star-filled night sky overhead.

In the words of Astrophysicist, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, “we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth." "We are not just figuratively, but literally stardust.”  When we see our own image in the stars, we understand that this is the foundation for our greater connection.

Environment Minister McKenna recently stated that she would like to create policies and “teach every kid to canoe.” (April 27, 2017 // Mayor's Breakfast, Ottawa). The canoe becomes a signifier for our shared cultural identities and the democratization of access critical to connecting people to nature. The power is in visualization. We become empowered when we can visualize ourselves as a part of something greater and this installation a catalyst and a tool. The installation is inside as reminder that landscapes are both internal and external. How you go out and care for both yourself and our shared landscape will be unique. This is not a one-time experience but a practice, and the installation is a site for practice.

Location: Project SPACE & Wall Space Framing, Train Yards
                505 Industrial Ave, Unit 6
                Ottawa, ON
                 K1G 0Z1

Details and updates about the show can be found on our Facebook event, RSVP to the show at responses@wallspacegallery.ca 

Photo: Alex and Chris Chowaniec 

Photo: Alex and Chris Chowaniec 

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