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Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall

Curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow, you'll find three exhibition projects at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall.

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Curatorial Statement

It is well known that there will come a time in the vastly distant future, when the Sun –- the gigantic life-giving molten of hydrogen and helium – will die. Science fiction writers have long spectulated that the earth's primordial ocean might well escape this solar catastrophe as nebulae metamorphose into new life. Three artists – Director X, Floria Sigismondi and Philip Beesley – consider the elemental aspects of our cosmic existence.

Director X presents an arresting interpretation of the death of the Sun that is simultaneously scientifically informed and poetically inspired. A forty-five foot globe serves as an enormous three-dimensional screen for the projection of celestial images and sounds. Floria Sigismondi presents a performance of transcendence; a water-borne journey of liquid dreams whose fragility are at once intimate and universal. Philip Beesley evokes the protean ecologies of wonder that define the oceans of Earth through an immersive canopy of living textiles. Autonomous and connected, these works encourage reflection on the immensities, vulnerabilities and breathtakingly terrifying realities of the universe.

OBLIVION is about destruction and forgetting. It is about drowning in the pitch-blackness of pure and final absence. And it is about the possibilities of adaptation and unprecedented renewal.

— Janine Marchessault / Michael Prokopow

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Janine Marchessault is a Founder of York University's Future Cinema Lab which studies screen architectures in urban contexts. Her past projects included several large scale site specific art exhibitions including Being on Time (2001), The Leona Drive Project (2009); Museum for the End of the World (Nuit Blanche 2012); and Land/Slide; Possible Futures (2013) which was invited to the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. Her forthcoming book is Ecstatic Worlds: Media Utopias, Ecologies (MIT Press)

Michael Prokopow is a historian, curator and critic. His specializations include material culture, design history, contemporary art history and critcal theory. His curatorial works include The Leona Drive Project (2009) co-curated with Janine Marchessault, Meaning in Architecture: the Early Work of George Baird (2012), The Museum for the End of the World (Nuit Blanche 2012) also co-curated with Janine Marchessault. He is a faculty member at OCAD University. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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