What Flies Above: Erika Lincoln and Reva Stone

Gallery 1C03

3D printed models of Global Hawk drones connected together in a circular fashion and names of countries and names of their drones on a blue sky background.

Left: Erika Lincoln, LookingIN-NGGH (detail), 3D polycarbonate print. Right: Reva Stone, Alphabet (detail), 2017, video still from digital installation. Photos courtesy of the artists.

January 11 - February 17, 2018

Exhibit reception: Thursday, January 11, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Gallery 1C03

Artist talks: Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (3rd floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg)
ASL can be provided for this event with two weeks notice by contacting the Gallery's Director/Curator.
Gallery 1C03 will be open on January 18 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Publication: What Flies Above single pages [pdf 66 MB]

From January 11 – February 17, 2018, Gallery 1C03 will present What Flies Above, a two-person exhibition of new digital and sculptural installations by Winnipeg artists Reva Stone and Erika Lincoln that explores socio-political implications of our interactions with unmanned aerial vehicles (often referred to as UAVs or drones).

For two years and independently of one another, Lincoln and Stone have researched UAVs in their artistic practices. Stone’s digital works investigate how UAVs are represented in popular culture and reflect the often-unconscious stories we tell ourselves about them, including our social and cultural hopes and fears. What Flies Above will include her text-based animated projection Alphabet and an interactive computer-programmed installation titled Console. Lincoln’s interests include the trickle-down effect of mass surveillance and cybernetic technologies into consumer goods. She incorporates 3D printing to make real and imagined connections between military and recreational applications of UAVs through works such as LookingIN and LookingOUT and NGGHBelugaDrone.

Erika Lincoln is a Canadian artist whose practice is centred around the nature of systems; how they hold knowledge, transmit ideas, and control behaviour. She works primarily in sculpture and includes drawing, sound, video, and kinetics as part of her approach. Over the past 17 years she has exhibited in galleries, media art festivals, and museums in North America, Europe, and Australia. She is a multi-year grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council and she has participated in residencies at the Banff New Media Institute in Canada (2005, 2009), Medialab Prado in Spain (2009/10), and as Artist in Residence with City of Winnipeg's Planning Department (2014/15). Exhibition highlights include Stealing from the Real at Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Boston, USA (2015), Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts at the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin, Germany (2014), Machines – The Shapes of Movement at Manifestation Internationale d’Art de Québec in Québec, Canada (2012) and The Singing Condition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2011).

Reva Stone’s art examines the mediation between our bodies and the technologies that alter how we interact with the world. She engages with various forms of digital technologies to initiate discourses about how biotechnological and robotic practices impact the very nature of being human. Her work has included pieces such as Imaginal Expression, an endlessly mutating responsive 3D environment, Carnevale 3.0, an autonomous robot that reflects on the nature of human consciousness, and Portal, which combines custom software, media, robotics and mobile phone technology to create a work that appears to be sentient. Currently, Stone is investigating ideologies driving the development of unmanned aerial vehicles.  She examines contradictory views that portray remote killing either as efficient or as cowardly; the mix of intimacy and distance involved in remote killing; the relationship between today’s UAVs and the nuclear bomb; the changing nature of war itself, and the ethical questions that occur in targeted killing. She has received many awards, including the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Award from the University of Manitoba, the 2015 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and an honorable mention from Life 5.0, Art & Artificial Life International Competition, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain. She has exhibited widely in Canada, the US and Europe, has presented at symposia and has been published in journals such as Second Nature: the International Journal of Creative Media.

An illustrated pdf publication related to this exhibition, featuring a contextual essay by Emily Doucet, will be available on Gallery 1C03's website by mid-February.

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial support of the Manitoba Arts Council for this project.

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Gallery 1C03 is wheelchair accessible.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
Phone: 204.786.9253