Curated by Graham Smith
The story of Pandora is one of curiosity and risk, of choice and unforeseen consequences. The Pandora’s Box exhibition uses this familiar tale to explore some of its obvious parallels to our contemporary encounter with technology.
Using a high-speed broadband Internet link, gallery visitors at InterAccess transport themselves into a remote installation – 10,000 kilometres away at the Royal College of Art in Stockholm – and observe it through the video eye of a small robot. They direct the robot and drive it through the piece, exploring the ways in which virtual presence transforms scale and perspective.
To fully explore the space of the remote locale, the robot-operator must open the box and cross the threshold into each artist’s world. These small-scale environments – designed by six of Canada and Sweden’s most talented and accomplished artists working in electronic art – are autonomous worlds, their contents unknown until they are entered.
The interface design of Pandora’s Box not only provides access to a far-away place — it also draws attention to the way in which interactive artwork routinely subverts the notion that the experience of art is a private affair. By highlighting the collective experience of interactivity, Pandora’s Box transforms what is conventionally seen as a mute space for viewing into a conceptually articulate social environment.
Exhibition design by Amanda Ramos.
Click here to view an archive of the original Pandora's Box exhibition website.
Pandora’s Box is part of the InterAccess and Fylkingen Canada-Sweden Electronic Art Exchange.
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.
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.
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.