Live: October 29, 7pm EDT
Friday, October 30, 7pm EDT
Sunday, November 1, 1pm EST
This project is part of Immaterial Architecture (online), a series of new projects for the screen-space commissioned by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and curated by Yan Wu.
“Online Video is not a dematerialized use. Stored in data centres, videos are transferred to our terminals (computers, smartphones, connected TVs, etc.) via networks (cables, optical fibre, modems, mobile network antennae, etc.): all these processes require electricity whose production consumes resources and usually involves CO2 emissions. Online video represents nearly 60% of world data traffic. In 2018, online viewing generated more than 300 MtCO2, i.e. as much greenhouse gas as Spain emits: 1% of global emissions.”
—The Shift Project, “Climate Crisis: The Unsustainable Use of Online Video,” July 2019
A real-time experimental choreography from our garages live to your kitchen. Doors, windows, passages form a set of rules for dancers and performers to move, press, dip and stretch through and against. Reassembling the cast and crew of his film French Exit (2018)—Megumi Kokuba, Charlton Diaz, Anni Spadafora, Iris Ng, Vanessa Magic, and Matt Smith—Oliver Husain invites viewers to join a public television style variety show, featuring multiple channels, digital glitches, vertical blinds, and virtual puppets.
About the Artist
Artist and filmmaker Oliver Husain is based in Toronto. Husain’s projects often begin with fragments of history, a rumour, a personal encounter or a distant memory. He uses a wide range of cinematic languages and visual pleasures—such as dance, puppetry, costume, special effects—to animate his research and fold the viewers into complex narrative set-ups.
We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council with additional project support from the Ontario Arts Council Culturally Diverse Projects grant.