Art, Technology and the Forest

May 19, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Twentieth century photography has made an important contribution to constructing the idea of the forest as natural heritage, promoting the beauty of national parks and forest landscapes. However, contemporary artists, drawing on this legacy, and working with new photo-based technologies, are bringing a critical lens to this history of representation.

Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest features contemporary photo and video-based work by artists working in British Columbia who are using technology to consider the idea of the forest as a social and cultural artefact. The exhibition explores how photographic technologies have mediated and shaped our relationship to forests and forest ecologies; and how computer generated imaging and 3D technologies are suggesting the need for a new approach to our relationship with the trees.

Featuring artists Mike Mclean, Trudi Lynn Smith, Ayumi Goto, Dan Siney, Leila Sujir,  Ian Wallace, Sandra Semchuk, Carol Sawyer and Kelly Richardson.

*Please note that we will be previewing Kelly Richardson’s The Erudition starting from April 20 in the Founders Gallery.

Kelly Richardson, The Erudition (2010), Installation view: NGCA (UK), 3 screen, 48′ x 9′, HD video with sound, 20 minute loop. Courtesy of the artist and Birch Contemporary, Photo credit: Colin Davison.


Upcoming in March! See Leila Sujir as part of FotoFest:

FotoFest announces the release of a new hardcover book. INDIA/Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art is published in conjunction with the FotoFest 2018 Biennial in Houston, Texas, March 10–April 22, 2018.


At Concordia University, Montreal:

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Elastic Spaces: Stereoscopy, 3D video, AR and VR: