Vertical Gallery: Translation

Vertical gallery competition winners for 2015 Laura Rechwan, Nathaniel Churchill, and
Tai Dunkley-Whelon with a collaborative installation (video) installed at Open Space, 510 Fort Street

Vertical Gallery: Translation

PROJECT SPACE: March 13 – 28, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: March 13, 2015, 7pm
ARTISTS: Laura Rechwan, Nathaniel Churchill, Tai Dunkley-Whelon

The Open Space Vertical Gallery project space presents Translation, an experimental immersive video installation by emerging artists Laura Rechwan,Nathaniel Churchill, Tai Dunkley-Whelon 

To make a sound is to alter your environment.

Translation explores ideas of macro-micro and locale can be expressed through sound and video projection. How does the impact of our voices affect the space around us, as well as the consciousness of the viewer?

The parallel dynamics between the fluidity of sound and water are traversed through a phonic five-hour group journey along the coastline of Victoria, followed by experimental instrument and vocal recordings.

Artists’ biographies:

Our collective formed around a shared interest in artistic and metaphysical concepts. We have developed a working process that engages how we affect our environment and explore the landscape of our emotional psyches through collective experience and shared memory. We use an interdisciplinary approach to experiment with a vast range of media.

Nathaniel Churchill is exploring a variety of mediums, interweaving influences of dance, performance, music, rhythm, and movement into his work. With a primary focus on process, repetition of movement and the energies, connections, and experiences it brings forth.

Tai Dunkley-Whelon’s explorations in animation, video/sound, painting, ceramics and installation are process based and examine many different characters. Observed and personal interactions act as starting points for investigation into states of mind.

Laura Rechwan’s fascination with human connection and shared experience are often her inspirations. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working with concepts combining physical reality with tangible surrounding energies, most often executing these concepts through immersive.

How are things Looking?

Kyath Battie photography and film/video artist, 2013 artist in residence, Visual Arts Camosun Collegekyath2kayth3

Kyath Battie names her residency project “LOOKOUT”

What is she looking at? What is in her camera’s frame? kyath4

From a specific stationary viewpoint on Mount Pkols Battie frames and films the “Lookout” platform on Mount Pkols and documents random observers as they arrive to consume the view. It is a puzzle this spatial layout, Battie’s distant orientation relative to the observer and the perceived projection in pictures/thoughts of the viewed vista.

Lookout Experiment #12 by Kyath Battie

As viewers and consumers of the film clips we never see the vista. The random viewers could be simply facing a blank wall for all we know. They are like the tiny tormented figures trapped in a Hieronymus Bosch painting or like the penned in passengers on the deck of a cruise ship. The long take, mirrored composition and point of view in Lookout Experiment #12  –Battie conceals herself and the camera by a particular compelling arbutus tree ringed by human ashes– emphasizes an inescapable constant lookout and contrasts this with the careless actions of the wanderers in search of a quickie nature epiphany.

Mix Tape and Image Experiment by Kyath Battie


In Mix Tape and Image Experiment Battie ads a soundtrack to the cinematic image. Made from found commercial cassette tapes, mostly 80’s pop, Battie cuts out the drama with scissors and re-assembles the sounds now as calm aural fragments as curious as her camera.

Kyath Battie will present a screening and artist talk of her completed Lookout project the fall of 2013 at Visual Arts, Camosun Collage

artist in residence program

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