TAIS’ 2018 Canadian Artist in Residence: ARTIST TALK (Dec 6th 2018)
TAIS artist in residence Daniel Barrow will conclude his 2018 residency with a presentation of his most recent live animations, alongside a retrospective of his past performances and videos. Daniel uses obsolete technologies to present pictorial narratives by merging the methods and cultural histories of cinema, comics, animation, and magic lantern shows. He is best known for creating and adapting comic book narratives to “manual” forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors.
This presentation work, co-presented with Vtape, expands upon Daniel’s dualistic, universal themes: good vs. evil, shame vs. pride, experience vs. innocence, and awareness of the present moment vs. an increasingly dark, and rapidly advancing future.
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Vtape
FREE ENTRY (Seating Capacity limited to 60, first come first served) 4th floor, The Commons
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
TAIS looks forward to welcoming the artist to the studio for 3 months, starting in September 2018. While at TAIS, Daniel will present a Masterclass, and will give an talk on his project in development and his artistic practice to date. Stay tuned for announcements regarding dates for all public programming related to Daniel’s 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 Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts