Jane Tingley Plant (iPod) Installation

Gallery 1C03


Jane Tingley, Plant (iPod) Installation (detail), 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

October 18 – November 17, 2012

Opening reception at Gallery 1C03: Thursday, October 18, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Artist talk: Friday, October 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2M70 (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall), University of Winnipeg

Gallery 1C03 at The University of Winnipeg is proud to present Plant (iPod) Installation, an interactive sculptural sound piece created by artist Jane Tingley. We are especially pleased to host this exhibition in conjunction with send+receive: a festival of sound v.14.

Plant (iPod) Installation explores the poetics involved in subverting the traditional hierarchy which positions plant life below human life and evokes the possibility of developing technologies that are nature-centric rather than human-centric. Tingley’s work also considers the active relationship between objects in the space of the gallery and the body of the viewer. As visitors engage with the tree-like plant sculptures of Plant (iPod) Installation, they will activate the sound system embedded in the objects which will trigger breathing sounds and narratives that are “played to the plants”. A combination of noise files convolved with sound files of breathing results in a techno-natural aural experience, while the narratives are drawn from diverse cultures and highlight the importance of the oral tradition with stories about learning from the environment. Through Plant (iPod) Installation, Tingley successfully brings elements of technology and nature together for a thought-provoking dialogue.

Jane Tingley is a Winnipeg-born artist living and working in Montréal. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba School of Art in 1999 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in 2006. Tingley uses new media, sculpture, and installation to explore ideas involving identity and contemporary experience. She is a founding member of the Modern Nomads, and has been exhibiting her works and participating in artist residencies across Canada and internationally. Her most recent activity includes residencies at the Museum Quartier in Vienna and at CAMAC in Marnay-sur-Seine in France; Roboexotica and Elektra festivals in Vienna and Montreal; and exhibitions at the Kunstlerhause in Vienna and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. She has received support for her work from a number of funding agencies, including the Manitoba Arts Council, le Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition to exhibiting Plant (iPod) Installation at Gallery 1C03, Tingley’s work will be included in TECHNOSENSUAL “where fashion meets technology” at the Museums Quartier in Vienna.

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The University of Winnipeg for this project.

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