BIO
EiM was founded in 2009 by Eric Powell and Matt Griffin, primarily as a vehicle to release their own experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. Quickly, however, it grew to be a curatorial project, and, since late 2009, EiM have been putting on art and performance events throughout North America.

In 2012, EiM are proud to expand again, and will be presenting gallery shows at its (semi-)permanent home at the EiM Gallery, located at 715 Richmond St. W. in Toronto, ON.
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EVENT

"White Noise Syndrome" @ Electricity is Magic Gallery


Dates:
Thu Jul 05, 2012 20:00 - Fri Jul 06, 2012

Location:
Toronto, Canada

White Noise Syndrome
Electricity is Magic Gallery


Karen Abel
Baccara Collaborative

Opening Reception
Thursday 5th July 2012
8pm - Midnight
Exhibition hours by appointment to July 22

White Noise Syndrome. Fungus, mistaken identities, bats, makeup, chrome. We at EiM are extremely excited to have three of our favourite artists transform our space alternatively into a cave and a playground for identity, space, and place. Karen Abel will be presenting her installation Hibernaculum, and Baccara (Maurene Cooper and Madeline Bailey) will be visiting us from Chicago to present a series of works that deal directly with the space and context of our uniquely home-y gallery.

Karen Abel is a Canadian artist and naturalist based in Toronto. She creates site-sensitive installation and public art works that consider, engage and accommodate 21st century urban ecology and biodiversity. Karen has received awards in support of contemporary ecological art projects including Ontario Arts Council grants for art gardens with the Ontario Science Centre and Walpole Island First Nation.
karenabel.ca

Baccara is the collaboration between Madeleine Bailey and Helen Maurene Cooper. Born out of the extended and often-hilarious confusion between their artistic identities, Baccara is a Chicago-based female duo that produces photographs, works on paper, performance and video embracing artifice and the absurd through childhood games and sexual parody. Bailey and Cooper both hold their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and have shown their work both independently and as part of Baccara at national and international venues. Most recently, Baccara participated in the Pecha Kucha event at Los Caminos Gallery in St. Louis, MO, and this summer the redheaded dragon will be on tour for a site-specific exhibition at Electricity is Magic Gallery (EiM) in Toronto, ON.
baccara-collaborative.com


EVENT

LATENT PLAYERS - JENAL DOLSON / MAX ALEXANDER


Dates:
Sat Jun 30, 2012 19:00 - Sat Jul 14, 2012

Location:
Toronto, Canada

Latent Players –
A Studio Béluga Pop-Up Exhibit


Featuring work by Jenal Dolson and Max Alexander
Saturday June 30th 2012 at 7pm
Laneway west of Ossington Ave. and Harbord St. Toronto, Ontario
Curated by and Alina Maizel, Anastasia Hare & Stephanie D’Amico

Latent Players is an art exhibit that takes place in a garage studio refashioned into a gallery space by Studio Béluga. Showcasing a selection of recent paintings by Jenal Dolson and a live audio performance by Max Alexander, the exhibit creates an exchange between art forms and pushes latent influences to the forefront.

Drawing from the immensity of nature, Dolson reduces landscapes into abstract forms, revealing shapes and characters that lie within. In her process she investigates the qualities of her material in various climatic conditions, creating tensions between sleek plasticity and arid cracking.

In a live audio performance on the opening night of the exhibit, Alexander will respond to Dolson’s paintings by combining pieces of his earlier digital audio works with the morphed sounds of music, voice and instrument recordings. The long ambient piece will transition into fixed form as it will be recorded to play in dialogue with Dolson’s paintings for the duration of the exhibit.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 30th at 7pm in the laneway west of the intersection of Ossington Ave. and Harbord St. to celebrate Jenal Dolson and Max Alexander’s practices, and the dynamism within their pairing.

Studio Béluga is a collectively run art space currently located in the heart of the Mile End neighborhood of Montreal, Québec. Established with the goal of facilitating artists and curators, and forming a self-pedagogical creative community, this non-profit organization strives to generate new opportunities and foster collaborations across disciplines through programming that includes thematic exhibitions, residencies, and public events. Latent Players is Studio Béluga’s inaugural Pop-Up, marking the beginning of its transition into a nomadic arts organization. The Board of Directors are: Jessa Alston-O’Connor, Stephanie D’Amico, Anastasia Hare, Adam Harvie, Natalia Lebedinskaia, Lucie Lederhendler, Alina Maizel and Sarah Wilkinson.


EVENT

"Brazil" @ Electricity is Magic Gallery


Dates:
Thu May 24, 2012 19:00 - Thu May 24, 2012

Location:
Toronto, Canada

Brazil
Lee Blalock
Lauren Hall
Sean Smith / Department of Biological Flow

Opening Reception:
24 May 2012, 7pm - 11pm
EiM Gallery
715 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, ON

Gallery Hours:
Sun/Mon/Tues 12-5

www.electricityismagic.com

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Lee Blalock
Lee Blalock is an interdisciplinary artist working with ideas of self-similarity, repetition and post-humanism. For object and image based work, this idea is translated as replication. For sound work, it is expressed through the use of the loop and the chorus. Her sound practice also extends to a radio show, Brkn Concrete, which broadcasts every Monday at 10pm (CST) on NUMBERS.FM. Performance work is often generative, relying on repetitive behavior and actions. Drawing from training in both martial arts and dance, Lee's movement practice seeks to break convention and find new vocabulary for the 'future' body. Lee's work describes the 'amplified' human, destroying the existing framework of identity and replacing it with the re-engineered body. In all cases, the work is often binary, mechanical, even defensive. Lee recently received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is a part-time Instructor. Her studio is near the West Town neighborhood in Chicago where she has both an art and graphic design practice.
leeblalock.com

Lauren Hall
LAUREN HALL has exhibited her work nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery; CAFKA; YYZ Artists' Inc, Toronto; Modern Fuel, Kingston; Artspace, Peterborough; and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin. She is the recipient of emerging artist grants from Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Reviews of her work have appeared in Canadian Art Online, The Toronto Star, Magenta Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto.
www.lauren-hall.com

Sean Smith / Department of Biological Flow
The Department of Biological Flow is an ongoing experimental dialogue of research-creation between Sean Smith and Barbara Fornssler. Spanning performance, installation, text, image, poetry and motion capture, our consideration of biological flow attempts to develop processes that have just ceased to be fragile enough for one's imagination to take over and build upon the framework. Everything more or less falls apart, eventually. Sean was most recently the inaugural Artist/​Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Western Ontario's Department of Visual Arts, where he developed work concerning surveillance, identity and memory. He lives and works in Toronto.
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EVENT

"Or a Motel" at EiM Gallery


Dates:
Thu Apr 26, 2012 19:00 - Sun May 20, 2012

Location:
Toronto, Canada

“Or a Motel”
Juliana Pivato
Jeff Tutt
Sophia Brueckner
Luke Munn

“Or a Motel” : repeats, pauses, stalls, repeats, calls for attention, calls to attention, waits, baits, switches, repeats, asks, asks for slowness, asks for patience, asks for attention.

Julian Pivato
Juliana Pivato holds an MFA in Sculpture from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University (2003) and a BMus from McGill University (1998). She has had solo exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie) and Division Gallery (Montreal) and has been part of numerous group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Italy. From 2007–2009 she was the creator and host of Song from the Loop, a weekly experimental radio show on freeradiosaic.org in Chicago. Juliana lives and works in Toronto and is currently an instructor in the Department of Humanities at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
www.julianapivato.org

Jeff Tutt
Jeff Tutt is a 2011 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, he holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, and he was a finalist for western Canada in the 2003 RBC Painting Competition. Tutt's work explores the tropes of individual emotional expression amidst the absurdity of twenty-first century life. Drawing on everything from classical geometry to the Muppets, Jeff's paintings are at once comedic and contemplative. This reductive work, on the surface, is designed to be taken in at a glance but will benefit from sustained scrutiny – paradox is at the heart of Tutt's practice. Jeff Tutt can make a painting with one line.
www.jefftutt.com

Sophia Brueckner
When I worked in the tech world, I thought of an interface being a clean layer between the user and the technology being used. As an artist, I realized that this idea of an interface being a distinct boundary completely breaks down. In using technology to make art, I was surprised to discover to what extent technology conditioned my behavior and perceptions. By spending years mastering technology and repeatedly interfacing with it, I was unknowingly shaped by it. Currently in my artistic practice, I am writing software which involves repetitive interactions with the computer to both investigate and bring awareness to this power relationship. It is unclear if I am controlling the computer through the interface or if it is controlling me.

The definition of good user interface design is uncannily similar to Foucault's concept of governmentality, which describes the way governments use techniques to produce citizens best suited to fulfill those governments' policies. Good interface design empowers the user to effortlessly accomplish some goal without drawing any attention to itself. While it is empowering the user to harness complex technologies to do useful tasks, it is at the same time guiding (even controlling) the user's behavior and thoughts. Ideally, the user does not think about the interface at all, only about accomplishing their goal successfully. Currently, this new form of governmentality is not the creation of a defined group, but it is emergent from the culture of the tech world. It emerges from many small decisions, often seemingly unimportant, by the many well-intentioned designers and engineers only trying to do their best with whatever feature for which they are responsible.

While I am able to view technology critically, I am not at all suggesting we should reject technology altogether. I remain passionate about engineering and design, and I still believe that technology has the potential to have a huge, positive impact on the world. The question becomes this: now that I have recognized the overwhelming power of technology to dictate our behavior, what will I do with this knowledge? How can I bring awareness to how we are conditioned by the technologies we use and its potential dangers? In the cases where I feel this is already happening in a negative way, is it possible for me to circumvent or subvert that through what I make? How do I apply this awareness to ethically design new technologies that give users a genuine sense of agency? And, finally, how can I encourage others to do the same?
www.sophiabruechner.com

Luke Munn
Luke Munn is an interdisciplinary artist based in Berlin with work focusing on the immaterial – sound, movement, memory, light and other media – using the body and code, objects and performances to activate relationships and responses. His projects have featured in the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Electrosmog Festival, Causey Contemporary Brooklyn, Q-O2 Brussels, and Laborsonor Berlin, with commissions from Aotearoa Digital Arts, Creative New Zealand and TERMINAL and performances in Paris, Dublin, Chicago, Berlin, Auckland, and New York.
www.lukemunn.com


OPPORTUNITY

Electricity is Magic Gallery - Call for Works


Deadline:
Wed Feb 29, 2012 16:00

Location:
Toronto, Canada

Electricity is Magic was founded in 2009 by Matt Griffin and Eric Powell as a label to release experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. To date, EiM have released 6 physical and digital records. Quickly, they expanded their scope to include curatorial and gallery projects, beginning with Vinosonic at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio in September 2009. Since then, EiM have partnered with artists and galleries throughout North America to create performative and time-based events in unconventional spaces and contexts.

In the spring of 2012, EiM are proud to be opening the doors to the Electricity is Magic Gallery, an apartment space at 715 Richmond St., in Toronto.

Our aim with the gallery space is to continue to present works that don’t necessarily fit comfortably within a traditional gallery context. Artists will be given the challenge of presenting work which engages with or reacts to the living space of the apartment. We are particularly interested in work which employs some aspect of technological mediation, but not necessarily as the impetus for the piece. We’re also interested in slow art, which not only requests, but often demands, and always reminds us of the pleasure in sustained viewing of a particular work.

Call for works:

As we plan our 2012 season, we invite submissions from individual artists, collectives, or curators to submit proposals for the EiM Gallery. Our space is non-traditional, and as such, we have some unique parameters for artists to contend with. Our presentation spaces are as follows:

- The Blue Wall. appx. 5m x 2.5m, appropriate for any wall-based works. These works should probably look good on blue.

- The Scrim. appx. .7m x 1m, hole in a wall between two rooms, covered with a scrim. This space will be used primarily for video works. The Scrim is viewable from both sides, a fact which should be considered when proposing works.

- The Dining Room. our dining room comes completely empty, and is appx. 4m x 3m. This space can be used for a large sculptural work, installations, performances, audio work, etc.

- The Backyard. we have a small, unkempt, mostly concrete-covered backyard, which, legend has it, has a pond hidden somewhere underneath the concrete and planks of wood. There is a large brick wall at the back of the yard, and four steps leading down from the house. This space is appropriate for installations, performances, sculptures, etc.

- The Basement. We have a large, poorly-lit, unfinished basement. This space is appropriate for installations, performances, sculptures, audio work, etc.

When applying, please include:

1) A description of the proposed piece(s), including proposed presentation space
2) Bio/C.V.
3) Appropriate links, including website, images, publications, etc.
4) If the work you are proposing a new piece, any appropriate diagrams, etc.
5) Dimensions, durations and technical requirements of the proposed piece.
6) If the work has been presented previously, please include details as to where and
when.

Submissions are ongoing. Please apply via email to submissions@electricityismagic.com.