Digital Carnival Curator: Wynne Palmer
Wynne Palmer is a Vancouver-based integrated media artist, independant curator, arts administrator and educator. Her personal practice focuses on the threshhold where the natural and technological worlds converge, bringing into question issues of identity, concepts of location and the philosophy of language within a collective consciousness. She holds a BFA (Graphic Design + Photography) from University of Alberta, BFA Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and diplomas and certificates in communication design and business administration.
Wynne is currently a Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO) co-founder and member and VIVO Media Arts Centre instructor. She is an artist in residency with the Vancouver Park Board from 2013 – 2016, through the Fieldhouse Artists in Residency Programme.
Water is an element that is quickly becoming an ongoing concern for individuals and communities worldwide. This precious and life-sustaining resource is playing a larger role in our relationship with our sense of personal and community identity, our ideas of commodity and our overall global footprint.
Artworks selected for this year’s Digital Carnival represent a cross section of our relationship with water, from the intimate and personal to issues of local and global awareness. Artists Sammy Chien, Zandi Dandizette and Nico Jing ‘go big’ with immersive integrated media works engaging audience interpretations of body, identity, presence, perception and connectedness. Anchi Lin and George Ho use metaphor in their performance and installation pieces tackling ideas of interior/exterior and cycles, while artist Alanna Ho uses sound and science for more of a corporeal interpretation. Artists Isabelle Hayeur, Glen Andersen and Marina Szijarto advocate ecological awareness and activism through video and community engagement projects, while Minah Lee and Ziggy present a playful, digital poetry computer game. Finally, with the inclusion of Cinevolution’s film animation workshop, symbolic interpretations of water are presented using celluloid scratch animation techniques.
Water is the most important aspect of all life! It is a component of ritual, cycles, migration and interconnection. This exhibition explores our current relationship with water and aims to foster a more mindful and meaningful relationship through reflection, introspection, advocacy and activism to prioritize its importance for future generations.