On View: Andrea Campbell, Surveillant Assemblage (2007, 2008, 2009), Motion sensored lightboxes. Courtesy of the artist.

Andrea Campbell created the lightboxes to display her collected receipts in chronological order, tracking herself through purchasing. Overlaying this information are images of her fingerprints, traces of the physical body the data beneath represents. The motion sensors connected to the lightboxes reinforce awareness of the body and tracked movement. The lightboxes reveal the amount of information that can be gathered through this collected data and its ability to speak to the identity of its body double. Not only are movements revealed, but so too is personal information, making profiling possible and raising concerns about privacy. (Text by Meredith Stewart.)

You can see Andrea Campbell’s work as part of Tracking Systems, on view now in the liminal spaces of the Carleton University Art Gallery” the first and second floor foyers and the first floor vitrine.

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Opening tonight in the gallery (“in” is maybe not the right word…) is a very special exhibition curated by Sarah Eastman, Zoe MacNeil, and Meredith Stewart, in conjunction with the Art History Graduate Student Society conference, Access/Restriction.

Tracking Systems brings together three contemporary artists whose work investigates information tracking systems. Andrea Campbell’s Surveillant Assemblage (2007, 2008, 2009) (2011), and Thomas Kneubühler’s Guard #2 (Kirk) (2006) focus attention on the relationship between information and the body in a world where surveillance systems constantly track our movements. Guillermo Trejo uses printmaking as a tool to create his own tracking system by tracing relationships between words and phrases on encyclopedia pages in Universal (2013-14). By exploring the material operations of information tracking systems within our society, the works in this exhibition reveal the vast networks of visible and invisible actors engaged in data accumulation projects.

Congratulations to the curators on their excellent, thought-provoking exhibition!

Come to the gallery tonight at 7 p.m. to check out the show and hear the Keynote Address for Access/Restriction, an artist talk by Thomas Kneubühler. The conference takes place on Saturday, 8 March, and you can check out the speaker schedule here.

Image: Thomas Kneubühler, Guard #2 (Kirk), 2006. Photo print on aluminum panel.

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Bonus Collection Friday! post for the History students at the 20th Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium this weekend!

Bill Reid, Brochure advertising a limited edition of 195 signed and numbered prints of Haida Wolf, 1979.

6Bill Reid, Haida Wolf, collection, medium,

Collection Friday!
Arthur Jacob Orechia, Portrait of a Young Woman, 1890.
Tintype on iron.
Canon EOS 30D
Focal Length

Collection Friday!

Arthur Jacob Orechia, Portrait of a Young Woman, 1890.

Tintype on iron.

6collection, photography, Arthur Jacob Orechia, International Women's Day,

Ottawa Art Scene: March 6 - 12

Another weekend, another round-up of arts events in Ottawa.

There is a LOT happening tonight, but luckily, everything is happening within a couple blocks of each other, so you can swing by all of them!

Start the night out at the Ottawa School of Art, where you can see the new exhibition  Aganetha Dyck | Honeybee Alterations. The works focus on the world of the honeybees and specifically the interspecies communication that exists between humans and bees.

Then walk over to the Ottawa Art Gallery for a Curator’s Tour of their new exhibition Bringing it Home: Abstraction and the Painters Eleven. David Kaarsemaker will be talking about the influence of the New York art world on Toronto’s Painters Eleven during the Cold War. Martinis are promised!

Finish the night at SAW Gallery to celebrate the opening of another of their exhibition series showcasing emerging local talent. New Ottawa Artists Spotlight 3 features Irene Beck, Anne Johnson, Phil Osbourne, and Russell Scott. SAW Gallery has commissioned new large-scale works from these artists, which is really exciting. Expect the usual Club SAW shenanigans: music, drinks, performances, all that good stuff.

If you didn’t get enough art on Thursday, La Petite Mort’s new show, Andrew Moncrief: De/generate, opens on Friday evening. Moncrief’s large-scale paintings are quite arresting, and as he puts it “I seek to skew perception, to scrutinize, and to expose a vulnerability in my subjects that is awkward and beautiful." I’m looking forward to seeing the works in person!

And don’t forget about the Dennis Tourbin poetry reading at CUAG on Monday evening and DOUBLE MAJOR on Tuesday!

Have a fun weekend!

Upcoming Event at CUAG: Poetry Reading for Dennis Tourbin: mclennan / Jenkins / Dennis

Monday, 10 March at 7 p.m.

Next Monday, there will be an evening event held in honour of Dennis Tourbin the poet. Hosted by Michael Dennis, the evening features rob mclennan (Ottawa), Catherine Jenkins (Toronto), and Michael Dennis (Ottawa) reading from Tourbin’s work, and from their own work.

CUAG and above/ground press are co-publishing The Stream and Other Poems, a chapbook featuring “The Stream,” his last poem, as well as other of his unpublished works, which will be launched that evening as well. The first 50 guests will receive a free copy!

In addition, Gallery 101 is launching their “Twice Lightning” International Radio Series SoundCloud project. While he was artistic director of Gallery 101 in the mid-1980s, Dennis Tourbin worked with George Young to produce 101’s International Radio series Twice Lightning, a compendium of recordings by sixteen writers/performers collected between 1984-86. Now, “Twice Lightning” is a play list available on SoundCloud.

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Upcoming Event at CUAG: DOUBLE MAJOR// March Edition: Slow Goods and Metaethical Aesthetics

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 7 p.m.

This month (second last of the season!!) will feature N-product co-founder Dominic Coballe on the “Slow Goods” movement and Carleton Philosophy professor Dr. Gordon Davis on “metaethical aesthetics”.

Join Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) for the seventh installment of our lecture series DOUBLE MAJOR, where we’ll hear from two passionate experts, each speaking for 20 minutes about their subject, after which there will be a Q&A addressing both topics. One speaker is from the Ottawa-Gatineau community, and one is from the Carleton community. DOUBLE MAJOR is a fun and friendly way to stimulate discussion of seemingly disparate topics, and to make new connections between people and ideas. Props encouraged!

Slow Goods (Dominic Coballe) and Metaethical Aesthetics (Gordon Davis)

DOUBLE MAJOR is held at CUAG. Lectures start at 7pm.

DOUBLE MAJOR is brought to you by Carleton University Art Gallery and the Carleton University Alumni Association.


Dominic Coballe: After a brief dalliance with physical therapy studies, Dominic is now in a committed 14 year relationship with design, the maker movement and entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of the Ottawa-based design company N-product and a practitioner of the Slow Goods movement, where objects take time to craft and are made of quality materials. He was born in Vietnam, lived in India and is now firmly rooted in Ottawa, Canada with his partner and their two boys.

Gordon Davis studied philosophy at McGill, University of Toronto and the University of Oxford, where he finished his doctorate in 2005. His work addresses the history of ethical theory in both Western and Eastern traditions, as well as various issues in contemporary ethics and political philosophy, and tackles meta-ethical questions such as the viability of moral relativism and related analyses of moral discourse. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Carleton University.

For the winter program, please visit: http://cuag.carleton.ca/
Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale. See the “visiting” page of CUAG’s website for details.

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On View at CUAG: Dennis Tourbin, La Crise d’Octobre: Chronology, 1990.

"In 1990, Tourbin began to focus his attention on the October Crisis, beginning at the National Library and Archives with a comprehensive search of Canadian newspaper coverage of the event. From this research, Tourbin culled and combined fragments of text and images to establish a visual chronology of the events.

With the distance of two decades, Tourbin systematically explored the visual language that emerged from the media’s portrayal of these events.” - Marcie Bronson, curator of Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry.

Here are some interesting links ff you’re interested in learning more about the October Crisis, especially how it was portrayed in the media during the time, and it’s legacy in Canada.

CBC News Archives

NFB film “Action: The October Crisis of 1970” (1973, Robin Spry, dir.)

"The October Crisis, 40 Years Later" (Globe and Mail article by Moira Dann)

Image: Screen shot of the FLQ Manifesto read on-air in Montreal on Radio-Canada.

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Collection Friday!
John Scott, Untitled, 1997.
Latex/acrylic on paper.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length

Collection Friday!

John Scott, Untitled, 1997.

Latex/acrylic on paper.

6collection friday, collection, medium, john scott,