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Kate Armstrong: Path

May 11 to June 9, 2012

PATH: A Generative Bookwork in 12 VolumesOpening Friday, May 11, 8pm.

Book available for purchase.

The month-long launch of this new edition of Path is accompanied by evening showings of Kate Armstrong and Michael Tippett’s Space Video in the front window of 15 East Pender.

Path is a 12 volume book with text generated by the physical movement of an anonymous individual living in the city of Montreal between 2005 – 2007. Each time this individual accessed the internet using public wi-fi over the course of this two year period they were tagged with a textual passage exploring themes of visual, personal, and spatial patterns as reflected in the lives of fictional characters. Accumulating over time these behavioral and technological points of contact come to form a pattern of language that both reveals and conceals a life lived in a city.

This exhibition launches a new edition of Path, which includes an audiobook version. The audiobook will be broadcast on UNIT/PITT Radio twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week during the duration of this show. Listening stations will be available during open hours (noon to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday).

You can also listen to the Path audiobook here:

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Space VideoPath will be accompanied by screenings of Kate Armstrong and Michael Tippett’s Space Video, nightly from 8 to 11 pm in our front window. (Space Video can also be viewed online, here.) Space Video addresses ideas of exploration in relation to inner and outer space. Having noticed that there are shared aesthetic qualities of video imagery that accompany disparate cultural and scientific phenomena including guided meditation, hypnosis, undersea and space exploration by NASA, motivational speaking, powerpoint backgrounds, science fiction, psychedelic drug culture, electronic music, popular spirituality, and computer effects, we have built a generative system that mixes an original non-linear narrative with YouTube videos on these subjects as they are uploaded in real time. These videos often attempt to portray what are ultimately non-visual spaces, producing images that are at once placeholders, images of the transcendental, trippy intergalactic stereotypes, and fields for persuasion.

Kate Armstrong is a Vancouver-based writer, artist and independent curator. Her interdisciplinary practice merges networked media, written forms and urban experiences.

Michael Tippett is a two-time Emmy nominee and entrepreneur recognized as an international expert on early stage business innovation and emerging media models.

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