FRAME SPACE Video Art Exhibition Wed Dec 13th at 5pm Young Building Y111 & Y117

FRAME SPACE A Camosun College Visual Arts Film and Video Art Exhibition Opening Wednesday December 13th at 5pm (Young Building Y111 & Y117)

Announcing the limited screening of 21 Video Art works and Short Films, created by 21 second year Visual Arts Students from the Fall 2017 Art 268, Video and Film Art class, for a 24hr period.

FRAME SPACE is a collection of explorations into the experience of moving images. Historically the Visual Arts Department has presented compilations of student Film / Video works in a ‘traditional’ theatre-based environment wherein viewers remained seated as student films were projected for their delight. This year, our students have created a variety of works that both fit into, and/or fracture what might be termed as normalized expectations of moving images. By presenting their works in a variety of arrangements from projection to monitor-based, the way one sees these works becomes as considered as the work itself. By choosing to exhibit these works in open exhibition spaces, viewers are freed from their seats and left to experience the works on their own terms, at their own pace and without a linear beginning or end. The frame in this instance becomes not just that of the image ratio (4:3, widescreen, etc.) but also the form of each project, and what it suggests or leaves for consideration, intellectually and emotionally; as viewers are invited to contemplate FRAME SPACE.

 

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SMOKEY GOODNESS On Lansdowne Campus

Raku is a Japanese word that can be translated as enjoyment, happiness, or comfort. In 1580, the potter Chijiro is thought to be the first to produce this form of ware. The Raku family continues making their pottery in Chijiro’s tradition; the current master is Raku Kichizaemon XV.

Raku Pottery is created with a specific ceramic firing process that uses both fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. The piece is first bisque fired, and then it is glazed and undergoes a raku firing process. The firing process requires a special raku kiln that is fueled by propane and reaches temperatures of about 1,850°F (about 982°C).

In order to complete the firing process, the pottery must remain in the kiln for approximately 30 minutes. It is then removed from the kiln using specially designed raku tongs. While the raku pottery piece is still hot and glowing, it is placed inside a metal can full of combustible materials. The heat emitted from the pottery causes these materials to catch on fire.

After the materials inside the metal can catch on fire, a lid is placed over the can and the pottery is sealed inside. The piece is capable of withstanding these high temperatures and the fire within the can because it is made from a special type of clay that is capable of withstanding thermal shock. Traditional pottery clays, on the other hand, would crack from the drastic temperature changes.

As the fire consumes the oxygen within the can, it also draws the oxygen out of the pottery and its glaze. This process is called post fire reduction It this stage that creates the unique look of raku pottery. The resulting patterns and colours are unpredictable, as they are created through the natural process of oxygen removal.