Canadian Cultural Centre Announces Through the Vanishing Point Lewis Kaye and David Rokeby Exhibition

. September 27, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Canadian Cultural Centre presents Through the Vanishing Point Lewis Kaye and David Rokeby, open 30 September–16 November 2011.

To reflect on the enduring significance of Marshall McLuhan and the relevance of his theories, Canadian artists Lewis Kaye and David Rokeby were commissioned to create site-specific works at the “Coach House” for the Photography Festival in Toronto CONTACT 2010: Pervasive Influence. As the framework of the installation they drew from Marshall McLuhan’s book Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting (coauthored by Harley Parker), 1968, which explores the way electronic media fragments the homogenous experience of space.

Presenting two separate but complementary works in the exhibition Through the Vanishing Point, Kaye and Rokeby aurally and visually reconstruct McLuhan’s presence. Working with his ideas about acoustic and visual space, the artists recreate the atmosphere of McLuhan’s legendary Monday night seminars. Kaye and Rokeby have adapted the exhibition for a site-specific installation at the Canadian Cultural Centre.

Lewis Kaye’s six-channel sound composition uses archival recordings of the seminars—audience murmurs, discussions as well as interviews—to evoke McLuhan and the history and aurality of the atmosphere at the “Coach House.” David Rokeby’s multi screen projection features images sourced from archival photographs and video recordings of McLuhan’s seminars, personal life, television appearances and public lectures.

Commissioned by the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of the Faculty of Information Coach House Institute, University of Toronto.

Canadian Cultural Centre 5 rue de Constantine 75007 Paris, France Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm Thursday, 10 am–7pm + 33 1 44 43 21 90 www.canada-culture.org

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