Jul 23 - Sep 18, 2010

Kunstkammer/Wunderkammer 10th InterAccess Emerging Artists Exhibition

Jo SiMalaya Alampo, Philippe Blanchard, Christina Kostoff, Donna Legault, and Laura Payne. Curated by InterAccess' 2010 Curatorial Intern Rosie Spooner

Kunst-und Wunderkammer, Kuriositäten-Kabinett, Raritäten-Kammer, Kunstkammer, Wunderkammer...

Originating in sixteenth and seventeenth Europe, the Wunderkammer - or cabinet of curiosities and wonders - displayed and exhibited newly discovered objects and works of art. They strove to generate curiosity and intellectual debate by presenting items whose categorical boundaries had yet to be clearly delineated. Although such an assembly of items may initially appear disjointed, the collection was imbued with a sense of cohesion and purpose, precisely because of the disparate nature of the pieces on display. To the viewer, the objects in the Wunderkammer would all appear unknown, undefined, and most importantly, new and exciting.

This concept is a fitting parallel to the mandate of InterAccess' annual Emerging Artists Exhibition, now in its tenth year, which aims to exhibit the work of recent graduates; artists who are situated at the beginning of their careers and thus developing their artistic practice and exploring creative mediums within the broad and varied field of media art. The works themselves embody the curiosity and wonder that inform the logic of the Wunderkammer. Through often simple mechanisms, each piece in the exhibition demands that the viewer engage with what lies beyond the work's initial appearance to find its sense of wonder.

Jo SiMalaya Alcampo's installation, Singing Plants Reconstruct Memory, incorporates plants, electronics, film/video and a soundtrack based around traditional Philippine chanting. The resulting interactive sculpture presents plants as silent witnesses and examines the deterioration of memory through trauma. In Cave Rave, Philippe Blanchard explores connections between technology and the human fascination with fire and energy by bestowing the most ubiquitous of screensavers with a new purpose. Christina Kostoff's kinetic installation, Daydream, engages the viewer's perceptive capacity and encourages them to consider their physical and mental environments. With Cymatic Imprints, Donna Legault presents a multi-sensory installation that allows the individual to see and explore the physical nature of sound. Moving away from her more traditional portraiture practice, Laura Payne presents Can You Tell Me?, a video sculpture that explores the format of portraiture and challenges its supposedly inherent capacity for authentic representation.

Although the focus of Kunstkammer/Wunderkammer is principally the work of these five emerging-artists, the show also maintains a broader purpose. It intends to act as a representation of the interests, concerns and approaches currently being explored among a larger group of young artists.

Past exhibition
May 5 - 6, 2023

Library Research Collective: Wayfinding and Fieldtrips―Risa Horowitz, Dave Kemp, Alex Kurina, and Pierre Tremblay

A collection of immersive video works, "Wayfinding and Fieldtrips", by the Library Research Collective, reimagining data from a 10km canoe trip of Black Creek through the Humber River.

Past exhibition
Apr 1 - May 4, 2023

IA 360° Showcase Exhibition

The inaugural exhibition of InterAcccess’s IA 360°, platforming a variety of artists exploring the full capabilities of the system. 

Past exhibition
Mar 27, 2023

IA 360°: Full Launch Programming

After five years in the making, InterAccess is proud to launch Toronto’s only artist accessible immersive 360° projection environment – IA 360°. The IA 360° transforms InterAccess’s gallery space, encouraging artists to leverage sensory intensity for critical thinking. In celebration, InterAccess has programmed events running from March to May 2023 to provide a broad selection of entry points for artists, from exhibition and performance opportunities to critical artist panels and roundtables.  


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