TAIS Artist in Residence Program focuses on research & production in animation, and is designed to offer opportunities for artists to expand and develop their practices and create independent work. Residency Artists also present their work to the public through artist talks and workshops.
September 10 to December 2, 2018
TAIS is excited to welcome Daniel to the studio for 3 months. While at TAIS, Daniel will present a Masterclass, and will give an talk on his project in development and his artistic practice to date.
Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow works in video, film, print-making and drawing, but is best known for his use of antiquated technologies, his “registered projection” installations, and his narrative overhead projection performances. Barrow describes his performance method as a process of “creating and adapting comic narratives to manual forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors.”
Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA festival, and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Barrow is the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award as well as the recipient of the 2013 Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Prize.
Plans for the Residency
Project statement by Daniel Barrow:
“Over the last fifteen years, I have used obsolete technologies to present animated narratives by merging the methods and cultural histories of cartoons, comic books, shadow puppetry and magic lantern shows. I am best known for creating and adapting comic book narratives to “manual” forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on an overhead projector. I am currently creating a live, hour-long, experimental, animated narrative which illustrates the story of a teen who is obsessed with a nun whom he regards as a “flawless beauty”. The story, titled “The Reading Wand”, will be told in a series of narrative vignettes that combine: live animations from a vintage Amiga computer, manual animation from an overhead projector, a live monologue, and a 16 mm short film biography of Saint Dominic Savio. It is the 16 mm cut-out animation that I will create at TAIS.
The story takes place at a Catholic boarding school called Saint Dominic Savio. The 16 mm film I will create will be included in the story as an instructional film played in all the classrooms of the school, explaining what it means to be a virtuous teen. In this 3 minute “cut-out” animation, the patron Saint of teenagers, Saint Dominic, is presented to the teen students as a moral example. All of the details of Saint Dominic’s biography are true, but the school, its students, and faculty are all fictitious. My 16 mm cut-out animation will dramatize portions of Saint Dominic’s biography, which was written by his mentor Saint John Basco in 1857.
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TAIS residency programming is presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.