Public drop-in sessions: June 20 – 5pm-7pm | June 22 – 12pm-3pm | June 27 – 5pm-7pm | June 29 – 12pm-3pm
Laura Taler in dialogue with Gunnar Iversen: June 27 - 7pm
About Expanded Practice
Knot Project Space is pleased to host Laura Taler as the first artist in its new residency initiative, Expanded Practice. This three-week intensive program is offered to SAW Video producing members to expand the scope of their projects beyond the screening environment and into installation/exhibition formats. The resident artist is provided with a fee, a materials budget, unlimited access to the project space and an array of audio-visual equipment for the duration of their residency, during which they are invited to experiment with the spatial orientation of the moving image, the distribution of sound, and other tactics for presentation and engagement. Through an emphasis on hands-on technological play, as well as frequent discussions with Knot Project Space’s curatorial staff, Expanded Practice creates a collaborative environment in which both the artist and art-space will mutually strategise around navigating the materiality of video, understood here as a medium that produces sites of physical, architectural encounter.
In order to sustain an open, tangential structure for experimentation, there is no final public exhibition attached to the Expanded Practice residency. Instead, the public is invited to visit the space during a series of drop-in sessions throughout the residency period (listed above) to view the work in an in-progress state. The artist and/or curatorial staff will be present at these sessions to contextualise the work and the trajectory of their spatial investigations.
Romanian-born Canadian artist Laura Taler began her career as a contemporary dance choreographer before turning her attention to filmmaking and visual art. Throughout her career Taler has explored the links between movement, memory, and history by using cinematic and choreographic devices to articulate how the body is able to carry the past without being oppressed by it. She has been a resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), Carleton Immersive Media Studio (Ottawa), and a fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Her work has been screened in festivals, exhibitions, and broadcast internationally. Awards include a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, the Best Experimental Documentary award from Hot Docs!, and Best of the Festival from New York’s Dance on Camera Festival. Publications include Tension/Spannung (Turia+Kant, 2010), Revisiting Ephemera (Blue Medium Press, 2011) and Embodied Fantasies (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013).