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Addenda: Meredith Snider, Mélanie Myers, Tim I. Smith

Addenda: Meredith Snider, Mélanie Myers, Tim I. Smith
curated by Michael Davidge
Knot project space, powered by SAW Video
67 Nicholas Street, Arts Court, Main Level

January 25th, 2018 - March 3rd, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, January 27th, 5pm-7pm
Free Admission // Cash Bar

SAW Video Media Art Centre is thrilled to open its new exhibition venue, Knot project space, with a group show featuring works by Meredith Snider (Ottawa), Mélanie Myers (Hull) and Tim I. Smith (Ottawa). Curated by Michael Davidge, Addenda marks the end of the long term project Cultural Engineering (www.culturalengineering.ca) in which local media artists documented and responded both critically and artistically to the Arts Court Redevelopment Project as it continues to unfold.

"With nine quarterly issues of an online video magazine (www.culturalengineering.ca), and now this exhibition (Addenda), the Cultural Engineering project comes to a close, although the implementation of the Arts Court redevelopment will continue. The participating artists have eloquently borne witness to this historic infrastructural investment that has substantially transformed the downtown of Ottawa and given a significant boost to the stature of local arts organizations. Stationed as critical observers more so than cheerleaders of the undertaking, the two stalwarts of the project, Meredith Snider and Tim I. Smith, have contributed videos to each issue of the magazine since its launch in February 2015. A number of guest artists have also contributed videos, expanding the points of view and adding to the diverse range of topics addressed, including city planning, social justice, Indigenous issues, transgender rights, labour, and the conservation of built history, among others. With the exhibition, the first in SAW Video’s new Knot project space, the Cultural Engineering artists have been given an opportunity to go offline and make a physical intervention at Arts Court. Each artist in Addenda is contributing work that incorporates and transforms materials that have been salvaged during the demolition phase of the Arts Court renovation. In keeping with the structure of the previous online installments of the project, the exhibition includes new work by Snider and Smith, as well as work by guest artist, Mélanie Myers." - Michael Davidge

 

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