ARCHIVE 2004

Modern Fuel is currently reorganizing its website: this is a partial record of activities in 2004, which will be updated in the near future, along with information about activity in other years.

1. SPLIT SCREENING DEC 9 2004
2. CHRISTMAS PARTY DEC 16 2004
3. JULIE WITHROW: DAILY PAPERS - VISUAL DIARY OF A RADIO JUNKIE OCT 27 - NOV 27
4. U/CTRL MICRO-TOUR: Live laptop electronica by Andrew Duke + Naw + Akumu, November 24 2004
5. SHORING SUPPORT: MIDEO M. CRUZ PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION WORKSHOPS 4-9 NOV 2004
6. SHORING SUPPORT
: CHERYL L'HIRONDELLE WAYNOHTEW PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION WORKSHOPS 14-19 OCTOBER
7. PINK POETRY AMBULANCE READING 20 OCT 2004
8. ART AUCTION 23 OCT 2004
9. IN THE GALLERY: FARIBA SAMSAMI 25 AUGUST-2 OCTOBER

10. JAM-A-THON FUNDRAISER SEPTEMBER 14th 2004
11. TONE DEAF 3: EXPERIMENTAL SOUND FEST OCT 7-10 2004
12. PARKING ART IN PARKING LOTS: ADRIAN BLACKWELL
13. RE-INVENTING RADIO: THE LONG NIGHT OF RADIO ART 2004



SPLIT SCREENING
THURSDAY DECEMBER 9 2004, 8PM
FREE ADMISSION!

A public video screening of new student works including short documentaries and experimental works by Lena Ha, Bitsy Knox, John Murnaghan, Ayaz Kamani, Emilie Allen, Darryl Bank and Courtney Ross. This event is co-sponsored by Modern Fuel and the Queen's University Department of Art.

MODERN FUEL'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
THURSDAY DECEMBER 16 2004 9PM $15

Join us for festive celebrations with DJ Seez spinning, and our first-ever silent auction of 'gift' artworks offered and packaged by local artists! 25 gifts, with bidding starting at $25...



IN MODERN FUEL GALLERY
JULIE WITHROW: DAILY PAPERS - VISUAL DIARY OF A RADIO JUNKIE
WEDNESDAY 27 OCTOBER - SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2004
RECEPTION NOVEMBER 6, 7PM


Daily Papers is an exhibition presenting mixed media drawings by artist Julie Withrow, done daily in response to news and ideas aired on CBC Radio One. Presented as a series, these drawings are a record of events that occurred over the course of a year, from September 2003 until September 2004. With these drawings the artist considers how time affects the broadcasting of news and events. In Modern Fuel Gallery, the “daily papers” will be exhibited in 12 monthly groupings. Displayed as an archive of passing ideas, events and fads, these records reflect Withrow’s personal and intuitive response.

Commenting on the theme of presents/histories, Withrow explains: “Present becomes history within the life-span of the project and provides an opportunity to reflect on past events and the effects of time on our concerns.” With this progressive diary, Withrow dilutes the authority of the News to be the (unmediated) bearer of truth.

Born in Victoria, B.C. Julie Withrow has lived in Winnipeg and Toronto and now resides in rural Centreville, an area just outside of Kingston. Incorporating a variety of media Withrow’s art practice uses construction, painting, drawing, and college techniques in assorted combinations to evolve artworks with an ironic edge. Her methods rely on the collection of reference material from various media sources to define elements of her subject matter and approach. She has been exhibiting across Ontario since the late 1980’s.

 


U/CTRL MICRO-TOUR
Live laptop electronica by Andrew Duke + Naw + Akumu
November 24 2004, 8PM
Tickets $5 (students, artists, underemployed) and $8

Modern Fuel is pleased to host the Kingston stop of the U/CTRL 2004 micro-tour, taking electronic music out of the clubs and studios and into bars, cafés and gallery spaces across Ontario and Quebec, bringing new sounds to new listeners.

Andrew Duke, Naw and Akumu are accomplished independent electronic artists with multiple releases and remixes on labels around the world. Live, they produce customized sound environments for deep listening that incorporate a variety of techniques and improvisations. On the U/CTRL tour, they will perform live solo sets highlighting fresh material from new and upcoming releases.

ANDREW DUKE (Halifax) Producer, DJ and remixer (Chicks on Speed, Pink Floyd) whose international releases have been praised in The Wire and Exclaim. His upcoming release is on Montreal’s PetiteSono Records.

NAW (Montreal) a.k.a. Neil Wiernik, founder of Montreal’s Phoniq collective and purveyor of Dub-tech rhythms, sounddesign and manipulation. He has been a force in the Canadian electronic, techno, experimental and ambient music scene for 10 years. He has just returned from Europe in support of his latest release, Green Nights Orange Days (Noise Factory Records).

AKUMU (Toronto) Ambient sounds and shadowy beats with digital video manipulations from Toronto’s Deane Hughes (Thrive/Alchemy). The latest Akumu CD, Fluxes (Spider Records) was composed in Central America and has been compared to Tim Hecker by Montreal’s Ici magazine and called “soundtrack to an imaginary David Cronenberg Movie” by Toronto’s eye weekly.

More information:
www.spiderrecords.com

 

SHORING SUPPORT: MIDEO M. CRUZ PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION WORKSHOPS NOVEMBER 4-9 2004

Developed in partnership with 7a*11d, Modern Fuel presents Shoring Support, a two part performance and installation workshop. The second installment of this event, to be developed by artist Mideo M.Cruz (Manila, Philippines) and two Queen’s University students, Jennifer Knietas and Julie Mensink, will take place over six days, with opportunity for public participation on November 6th, 7th and 9th.

Continuing with Modern Fuel’s tradition of supporting artistic mentorship and professional development, Cruz and the students have been invited to develop a performance/intervention and/or site-specific installation with a theme pertaining to Kingston’s waterfront. Possible avenues for creative exploration include political, activist and/or relational-based aspects of waterfront development, with performance/intervention to take place on-site (at the Centre, 21A Queen Street) or at an off-site location (TBA). This is a fantastic opportunity to critically engage with the creative process and hear what the artists have to say about the ideas as developed/developing in a concentrated timeframe.

Events schedule as follows:

Project preparation and development November 4-5
Performance and/or installation actualization* November 6-7
Saturday November 6
Sunday November 7

The public discussion forum
Modern Fuel Gallery – 21A Queen Street
7 PM Tuesday 9 November 2004
admission free – all are welcome
Opinions encouraged

For more information please call the gallery at 548-4883.

Mideo M. Cruz is an interdisciplinary artist who has been central to the revival of performance art in Manila, Philippines.  Initiating the Philippine based art collective UGAT Lahi in 1992, a multi media group known for its remarkable street art, Cruz has gone on to involvement in projects with the “new world disorder” group who mimic world commerce under globalization.  He is the recipient of the 2003 Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artist Award.  For more information on his projects visit: geocities.com/mideomcruz.

SHORING SUPPORT: CHERYL L'HIRONDELLE WAYNOHTEW PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION WORKSHOPS 14-19 OCTOBER

Modern Fuel is pleased to host artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle Waynohtew from Oct 14-19 as she engages with art students in the development and execution of a performance and/or installation with a theme pertaining to Kingston's waterfront. Developed in partnership with 7a*11d international performance art festival (Oct 20 - 31) this two part workshop / event will take place over six days, with opportunity for public participation on October 16, 17, and 19 2004.

Continuing with Modern Fuel's tradition of supporting mentorship and professional development, this workshop will focus on explorations into political, activist and/or relational-based aspects of waterfront development. This is a fantastic opportunity to critically engage with the creative process and the issues surfacing/subverting. Attend the discussion forum to hear what Cheryl and the students have to say about the ideas they develop in a concentrated timeframe. All are welcome, admission is free, opinions encouraged.

Events schedule:

Saturday October 16                                      
LOCATION: Block D (Ontario St. & Gore St.)
TIME: 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Sunday October 17                                        
LOCATION: Block D (Ontario St. & Gore St.)
TIME: 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Tuesday October 19
LOCATION: Modern Fuel - State of Flux space
TIME: 12:00pm to 4:30pm
                                   
For more information please call the gallery at 548-4883
 
The public discussion forum will take place at Modern Fuel Gallery, 7 PM Tuesday 19 October 2004. Admission free - all are welcome. Opinions encouraged!

Cheryl L’Hirondelle Waynohtew is an Alberta-born, Saskatchewan-based, Métis/Cree interdisciplinary artist. She is currently developing performative physical endurance interventions, producing net art projects (ndnnrkey.net) and is one half of the singing duo Nikamok.

 

WRITE THE NATION TOUR:
MINGUS TOURETTE'S PINK POETRY AMBULANCE
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 8PM AT MODERN FUEL

Modern Fuel is pleased to host the Kingston stop of Mingus Tourette's pink poetry ambulance on its WRITE THE NATION cross-country tour. A reading will be held on October 20, featuring Tourette and ambulance co-drivers Kate MacNeill, Tanis Rideout and Jordan Fry.

Modern Fuel invites Kingston region writers to contribute to the event: if you would like to read your work, please contact: pinkpoetry@modernfuel.org

ADMISSION BY DONATION: proceeds to the artists.

Adapted from the Write the Nation press release:

On October 1st, Mingus Tourette and a volatile band of poets and writers embark on a three-week, cross-country book tour in a fully functional 1986 Chevy C-30 One Ton Pink Ambulance. “Poetry is in a state of emergency in this country,” says Tourette.
...
In addition to a number of small town saloons and various centres of academic learning, the tour will be stopping in: Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal. The tour plans to hook up with local readers and other writers.

www.writethenation.com

 

MODERN FUEL ART AUCTION
SATURDAY OCT 23 2004, 7-10PM
PREVIEW THE WORK BETWEEN 13-23 OCTOBER, NOON-4:30PM

This year Modern Fuel hosts its 22nd annual art auction, a chance to take home fabulous original artwork by artists from the Kingston region. This is one of Modern Fuel's most important fundraising events of the year and is an opportunity to acquire great work at great prices. More than 50 works are offered for auction this year, in a huge variety of media.

Featured artists include: J.T. Winik, Shayne Dark, Simon Andrew, Don Maynard, Ian Hodkinson, Scott Wallis, Tim DeRose, Evelyn Rapin, and Rebecca Anweiler.

Jill Battson, spoken word and performance artist, will act as Auctioneer and Kingston-based artist Kyle Bishop will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The event promises to be an entertaining evening with fine art, delicious food and good company.

Tickets for the auction are priced at $10, and are now available from Modern Fuel.


FARIBA SAMSAMI
Wednesday 25 August to Saturday 2 October 2004
Reception Saturday 11 September 2004, 7 pm

Fariba Samsami exhibits a body of work that responds to political events and gendered social realities in Iran. Her work addresses the rapid rise and expansion of Islamic culture in the information age, in multicultural North American and Europe. In Samsami’s installations, human hair and chadors become signifiers of the female body as abject in Iranian culture.

Samsami’s uses veiling and the colour black as motifs to discuss the power structure that tyrannises women in Iran. In talking about her intent Samsami writes: “My work is critical of the social prohibition and restriction that results from convention or tradition which encourages women to be passive, voiceless and submissive.” Samsami’s work confronts the Historical paradigms of oppression that have slipped into the present and continue to impact women’s lives in Iran. The works in this exhibition both name and resist this oppression.

Fariba Samsami was born in Tehran, Iran. She is a Montréal-based artist whose work addresses and raises questions about women’s issues, responding to their lives in Iran. She received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the College of Decorative Arts (Tehran) in 1980, and a second BFA from Concordia University in 1993. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and Iran. The artist would like to thank the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for a 2003-2004 grant to support her production.

JAM-A-THON
Tuesday September 14 2004
Grad Club, 162 Barrie St, Kingston

This is our second Jam-A-Thon - an all-night music feast featuring an array of talent from the Kingston region. All the performing artists are donating their time and energy, with proceeds going towards Modern Fuel, particularly Tone Deaf 3 in October 2004.

Tickets are $7 in advance (available from Modern Fuel Gallery or ZAP Records at 340 Princess St) or $10 at the door.


TONE DEAF 3
October 7-10 2004
Modern Fuel Gallery and Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Modern Fuel's annual festival of experimental sound is running for four nights this year, curated by Matt Rogalsky. The first three nights, presented at Modern Fuel Gallery, include Sandra Marshall, Darren Copeland, Irfaan Manji, Anna Friz, Those patiently awaiting the shimmery curtains, and Susanna Hood/Nilan Perera. The final night, at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, will feature Kingston's own Live Electroacoustic Research Kitchen, and sound and film presented by legendary New York-based composer Phill Niblock.

Full details of the festival, including performance schedule and performer bios, can be found on the Tone Deaf website.

 

PARKING ART IN PARKING LOTS
ADRIAN BLACKWELL: CAR COLLECTIVE
3-5 September 2004
RioCan Centre Parking Lot and other parking lot venues TBA

Modern Fuel is partnering with the Union Gallery to present temporary artworks in/around/about parking lots in Kingston, Ontario. Three artists have been invited to develop artworks at local shopping-mall parking lots. In reaction, three local emerging artists will develop works to be presented following their artist-counterparts. This project was developed by Julie Fiala, Modern Fuel’s Program Director, and made possible with the help of Jocelyn Purdie, the Union Gallery’s Managing Director and Project Coordinator Jill Battson, through the support of the City of Kingston’s Healthy Community Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Kingston businesses.

Over Labour Day weekend, Parking Art will present Car Collective - a sculpture by Adrian Blackwell, designed with Jane Hutton and Phil Goodfellow, that asks and challenges car owners to temporarily sacrifice the private space of their car for use as a public space. Four cars are used as the foundation columns for a connecting canopy, making it impossible to drive the cars away. The cars operate as either inhabitable structure at the edges of the tent, if the tent is open, or vestibules to the interior, if the tent is closed. The structure will be erected in different mall parking lots in Kingston over a three day span.

By immobilizing and opening the car, the effects of separation and hierarchy that cars produce in everyday use are reversed: the secure and private enclosures cars create is violated, allowing strangers to hang out inside while the strict social meaning invested in terms like driver’s seat, and front seat are undermined as the front and back seats become places of passage.

Car Collective will be used as a public meeting space in mall parking lots for discussions about how to transform the city in progressive ways. At times the space will be inhabited only by the artists with advertisements for events scheduled during the weekend; at other times different activist groups will use the space for various functions.

Car Collective will appear at various times (TBA) at RioCan on Friday night 3 September, at Kingston Centre on Saturday 4 September, and at a downtown public lot on Sunday 5 September 2004.


RE-INVENTING RADIO: THE LONG NIGHT OF RADIO ART 2004
3 September 2004
Web streaming from 1:30pm to midnight
Live in Modern Fuel Gallery from 10pm-midnight

Modern Fuel ARC will be participating in "The Long Night of Radio Art", presented by Kunstradio Austria as part of Ars Electronica 2004. Taking various audio and video streams from around the world, this event will combine and redistribute them, streaming from 1:30pm to midnight (Eastern time Namerica) on Friday, 3 September. Modern Fuel will be participating from 10:00pm until midnight. Local artist and board member Matt Rogalsky will be performing for the event, streaming his contribution to the mix. You are invited to join us at the gallery to listen and take advantage of our new high speed internet connection, or to tune in at your own home.

Links to the webcast and more information on this event can be found here.
 
Abbreviated from the Kunstradio website:

The Long Night of Radio Art 2004 stands in a long tradition of  "Nights of Live Radio Art". which started 15 years ago as a coproduction of Kunstradio and the Ars Electronica Festival 1989.

In 2004, the Long Night of Radio Art will be the very first occasion on which Österreich 1, the cultural channel of the ORF, and members of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) will broadcast LIVE for over 10 hours in the new 5.1 format. Re-Inventing Radio - the Long Night of Radio Art will definitely also be the very first 5.1 Live Project produced collaboratively by artists working in a network of geographically remote nodes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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