Dec 4 - 19, 2009
7-10PM

Beta: Well Then, Once More

Frank Tsonis

InterAccess is pleased to announce well then, once more, a mutlimedia video installation by Frank Tsonis and our third beta exhibition this fall.

Please join us for the opening reception on December 4th, at 7pm.

beta provides InterAccess members an opportunity to exhibit and test work that is new or even still in development. By showcasing projects of IA members, InterAccess intends to strengthen the connection between the production and exhibition of new media work.

The beta programme launched in 2007 with beta in Beta, an exhibition of work by Malka Greene, Dave Kemp, Mark Andre Pennock, and Niknaz Tavakolian. Based on the success of that pilot project, InterAccess is making beta a regular part of its exhibition schedule. Since the inauguration of beta, both Greene and Kemp have joined the InterAccess Board and now participate in the beta jury process

About the Exhibition:

This interactive audio-visual installation is an attempt to explore the nature of nihilism according to Friedrich Nietzsche.

Nietzsche never formulated a precise definition for nihilism, he viewed the concept as multifaceted. His infamous "death of God" as the situation of nihilism generally signifies the lost meaning in the world and confronting these implications.

"Art and nothing but art. Art is the great rendering-possible of life, the great guide to life, the great stimulus to life." For Nietzsche, "art" is the ability to create and valuate in order to mask the paralyzing truth of a world without God. Art as the creative process is required to reinvigorate a humanity grown weary beneath the weight of a meaningless existence. Thus nihilism must be a transitional stage, as a people unable to overcome nihilism will perish.

With this in mind, my intention is to investigate the nature of nihilism and how the "death of God" is both liberating and paralyzing. Making this installation interactive whereby participants use their body to progress the unfolding of the work, I intend for each participant to interpret and explore their role within their thinking about the world.

Bio:

Frank Tsonis is an interactive/media artist/researcher currently living in Toronto. He is a graduate of Concordia University's Computation Arts (BFA) program. In the past, he has worked as a researcher for Jason Lewis at OBX Labs and has conducted technical support for various Toronto based artists. He has taught several workshops at InterAccess during the last 3 years. Frank currently works as Digital Media Technician at York University.

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