Escape curated by J. J. Kegan McFadden

Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents Escape
Thursday, February 25 at 7PM
The Museum of Clear Ideas
290 McDermot Avenue, 5th Floor

There has always been more than one way to escape. The term itself carries with it several connotations: to flee, to transcend, to avoid. In our ever-evolving digital realm, to escape means something different altogether. When online, we escape through various quasi-anonymous discourses (blogs, games, chat rooms). The button located at the top left of the computer keyboard provides the user a means to get out of certain messy situations; to begin anew. Here, I am interested in an escape narrative, one informed by the medium, by the history of story telling, and the Hero’s Journey. This escape attempt is for us all.

Various metaphors for escape are alluded to in the fifteen videos collected here: disguise, travel, dance, sex, and meditation each become important elements on this ESCAPE route. Thus, the sequential ordering of the videos in ESCAPE is important. I have attempted not only to collect these titles within a specific trope, but also to shape them in order to tell a story. The plot, one might recognize, when discussing such a topic, is informed by archetypal stories.

Artist works being shown:
Lori Weidenhammer & Donnas Lewis, Sylvia Matas, Ho Tam, Hope Peterson, Tim Raffey, Leslie Supnet, Dominique Rey, Lisa Graves & Deborah Van Slet, Victoria Prince, Doug Melnyk, Anne Borden & Gail Mentlik, Jeremy Drummond, Divya Mehra, Collin Zipp, and Ken Gregory.

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~ by cineflyer on February 17, 2010.

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