Dates: August 29 to October 3, 2009
Artists: William Brent (USA) and Ellen Moffat (Saskaton)
Curators: David Cecchetto and Ted Hiebert
Artists' talk and opening: August 28, 2998 at 7 p.m.
Eidola catalogue with audio CD is available for purchase at Open Space
Through a sound-based installation, what Alan Licht might call "sound art," Eidola confronted disciplinary biases that linger in the discursive history of the gallery tradition. Eidola brought together distinct disciplinary practitioners—one (William Brent) a musician who makes objects and the other (Ellen Moffat) a visual artist who makes sound; between the two, a cross-pollination occured as sounds emerged through object presences. A rupture to disciplines and their media came apart in an effort to locate a symbiotic whole.
William Brent's creative work encompasses experimental music performance projects and various non-musical undertakings, such as the compilation of conflated idioms presented at www.conflations.com. His electroacoustic performance projects combine human, robotic, and computer-realized sound, and are controlled by software written in the SuperCollider and Pd programming environments. In addition to traditional concert-based projects, William is also active in the areas of remote network music performance, and interactive sound installation. Current research areas are signal processing techniques for timbre identification, and the disconnect between gesture and sound in the performance of live computer-based music. www.williambrent.com
Ellen Moffat's practice spans visual and media art installation, artist residencies, writing, curating, teaching and arts administration. She is the former Projects Coordinator at Paved Art + New Media in Saskatoon, where she co-ordinated the SPASM II Public Art Festival. Moffat has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in public galleries, artist-run centres and off-site locations across Canada, including the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (2004), AKA Gallery, Saskatoon (2003), Museum London, London (2003), and Niagara Artists Centre, St Catherines (2003). Her public art projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally in Future Cities, Art Gallery of Hamilton (2004); Utopia Station, Venice Biennial (2003); SPASM Public Art Project, Saskatoon (2002). www.ellenmoffat.ca