There are Times and Places
A digital exhibition featuring original, commissioned artworks by asinnajaq, Dayna Danger, Coco Guzman, Mani Mazinani and Wuulhu
Only on Koffler.Digital: https://koffler.digital/times-and-places/
There are Times and Places is a virtual project produced and presented by Koffler.Digital, a free online platform and program of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. The project features four original artworks by artists asinnajaq, Dayna Danger, Coco Guzman, Mani Mazinani and Wuulhu, each exploring ways in which the Internet functions (and, sometimes, fails) as an alternative, digitally constructed space for forming community, expanding identity, and knowledge sharing.
There are Times and Places is inspired and informed by recent scholarship that reconsiders traditional ways of viewing and engaging on the Internet. The uncertainty that shrouded the rise of the Internet-age in the mid 1990s, namely the concern surrounding the platform’s anticipated effect on culture, commerce, technology and the various ways societies functioned prompted Metis Cree Canadian film director and writer Loretta Todd to ask “What ideology will have agency in cyberspace?” Two decades later, even as the Internet has become accessible to enormously diverse communities and increasingly representative of those previously denied visible, self-determined communal spaces, it is still unclear what meaning we are able to locate on the web amid ever more present polarities and polemics.
Bringing together artists who examine their own relationship to place, identity and the spaces where these notions intersect, There are Times and Places investigates how we interact socially and intellectually in digitally constructed realities – whether through meme culture, sensory experiences or imagined mythologies – and asks us, what kind of meaning are we able to locate in these sites?
Curatorial & Artistic Direction
Letticia Cosbert Miller, Director, Koffler.Digital
Interactive Design & Development
Helios Design Labs
Programming & Code
There are Times and Places is generously supported by TD through The Ready Commitment and produced by the Koffler Centre of the Arts.
KOFFLER.DIGITAL is a program of the Koffler Centre of the Arts that provides a virtual space where artists working in the field of New Media/New Genres are able to create, experiment and develop new work; and where conversation and dialogue between artists, activists and creatives is encouraged and documented. Koffler.Digital is committed to the intersection of social justice and artistic practice that is central to the mandate of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. We collaborate with artists, authors and individuals whose work engages issues affecting marginalized communities; who explore injustice and who look to spur constructive change and dialogue in regard to the current socio-political climate.
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