Interactive & Installation Projects
The following projects took place during the 2012 Yukon Riverside Arts Festival. Stay tuned to find out about next year's Interactive & Installations projects.
Home with SARAH MOORE: phone home is a telephone conversation between two strangers. With a map
and their memories, they recreate their childhood bedrooms within Dawson's
streets. There are rose-covered sheets on single beds at street corners and
tables covered with lego at intersections. Views from past windows are seen in
a storefront, and your stories from another place and time are situated
alongside riverbeds and leaning buildings. Two rooms and their inhabitants
connect to create a new landscape in an old city. Phone home is a chance to
remember and re-imagine familiar spaces in an unfamiliar context and to see
versions of home surfacing in unlikely places.
Set, Draw! Drawing Scavenger Hunt with JANITA WIERSMA & JAMIE ASHFORTH: Discover and draw the George
Black ferry, Moosehide slide, a raven, and more! This project is a scavenger
hunt in which the collected items are drawings done fast and furiously by
participants of places and things in Dawson City. All ages and drawing abilities welcome! Maps of the town will be provided.
Daily News Open Studio with SONJA AHLERS: Catch a rare opportunity to see an artist at work.
Sonja Ahlers demonstrates her artistic process using digital design and
old-fashioned cut-and-paste to create engaging artist books.
Studio with MARGAUX WILLIAMSON: As a painter and a filmmaker, Margaux Williamson uses intuitive and
conceptual approaches with her art to see if there is anything surprising or
meaningful to be found in the space between her resources, interests and
observations. While in Dawson City, Margaux will present some of her process
work while also asking question from willing participants. She’ll be asking
about people’s wildest hopes and fears and confusions, and about people’s
MESHELL MELVIN: "It has become an integral part of my art practice, to
journey with my embroidery machine out of the studio and into the community,
continuing the course of public portraiture that began as a demonstration so
long ago. The portraits are all embroidered contour lines, each stitched with
the same coloured thread on an 8” square piece of canvas, providing a
continuity to the collection and speaking to the very deep human truth - that
we are all connected."
& Crackerjack Radio with ZACHARY GOUGH: Tune into 106.9 CFYT at 1.30 pm on Sunday, August
19th for the live radio broadcast of the championship game of the Discovery
Days Fastball tournament. Or better yet, come down to the ball field with your
hand crank transistor and crackerjack to join Zachary Gough in calling the play
Katamari Draw with LIANNE ZANNIER: This is a drawing game based on the video game of the same name. When the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all the stars in the sky, he orders you, to put the twinkle back in the heavens above. The only way you can do that is by rolling everything on Earth into clumps so that he can replace what's missing in space. In five levels: easy to very difficult. you must draw everything into a giant ball and that "everything" begins with simple everyday objects such as pizza, paperclips, space suits, octopuses, and moves on to more complex things such as air guitar, atoms colliding, temper tantrums and more. Drop by the drawing stations at the interactive art tent, the Dawson Daily News, or tune in to cfyt 106.9 FM from home on Saturday, Aug 18th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM to participate in this interactive drawing project live from Sackville, NB.
It's All About Relationships By ADONIKA JAYNE & MELISSA MCMASTER: The artists will construct a10 x10 wall installation
resembling the form of a patchwork quilt. The elements that will go into
creating it will be collected from a variety of places, similarly to the people
of this town. Each artist will carefully choose objects that hold a personal
sense of connection to the town. Without the awareness of the other artist’s
choices, the installation will be assembled separately on either side of the
structure. In this way an individualistic pattern will emerge as to each
creators sensibilities and interpretation of the feeling of Dawson City.
by the River by
SCOTT PRICE: Scott’s participation at river fest started with smaller
assemblage sculpture in the interactive format. More recently, Scott has been working in direct reaction and
interaction to the environment of the Yukon River waterfront and dyke. He has
scuffed out path like stairs from the 'site' down to the river, balanced
'standing' stones, and has built structures from found material along the
riverfront. Scott also writes, draws, and sculpts with sand, braids grasses,
and makes nests. These pieces are either bold and in your face or tucked away
and may only be seen by the patient eye. Scott continues this practice along
the Riverfront on Front St.
by REBEKAH MILLER: Rebekah will be installing screen-printed wings along the 9th
avenue trail. The wings of the bird are fragile but they are also symbols of
power and freedom. Rebekah expresses what she describes as her own naive
impulse to resurrect these birds and pay tribute to them by “mending” their
wings. She uses materials that are in themselves in disrepair. Their threads
hang loose and their edges are torn. This transmits the idea that this piece is
not about either the success or failure of recreation but the gesture in trying
to do so.
Pursuit of the 1st Hole by JOSEPH TISIGA is a processed based installation piece presented by
the Indian Brand Corporation and CEO, The Honourable Grey Owl. Intended as the
“ground breaking” of a larger body of work in which IBC will create an 18 hole
mini golf course, elements of which will develop as interactive sculpture and
other elements will exist “virtually” as paintings, drawings, film,
photographs, etc.... IBC cordially invites public consultation and involvement
in this ambitiously ambivalent lunge at the 1st hole.