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ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
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Monday, August 17 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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Come to the grunt gallery for the opening of ARCTICNOISE by Geronimo Inutiq. ARCTICNOISE is a media installation that draws on archival film footage and sound materials sourced from the Isuma Archive at the National Gallery of Canada, as well as sound and film materials from the artist’s personal collection, on-site research obtained from a trip to Igloolik, and other ethnographic material. Curated by Britt Gallpen and Yasmin Nurming-Por.

This exhibition runs from August 5 to 22 and is presented in collaboration with Ethnographic Terminalia and the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA). We are excited to co-present an exhibition, panel, workshop and a performance for ARCTICNOISE.


ARCTICNOISE is a media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) that draws on archival film footage and sound materials sourced from the Isuma Archive at the National Gallery of Canada, as well as sound and film materials from the artist’s personal collection and other ethnographical material. Conceived as an Indigenous response to Glenn Gould’s celebrated composition “The Idea of the North”, Inutiq will appropriate Gould’s piece as a musical score, paired with new voices and imagery to produce a layered and multi-vocal work.

The project folds into Inutiq’s larger practice of his alter-ego, madeskimo, that draws on the use of instruments, and digital and analogue synthesizers, as well as the remixing and processing of samples from a large variety of sources— including traditional Inuit, Aboriginal, modern electronic and urban music—in order to create an experimental platform.

At its crux, ARCTICNOISE intends to initiate conversations between various communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and to provoke thoughtful exchange about the roles of Inuit orality and materiality in a post-colonial space within the context of new media artwork. New media, with its appropriative and collage-like nature, is employed as a specific strategy to foster a multi-vocal and multi-generational approach to these sensitive issues.

A curatorial essay written by Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen will be available at the exhibition. This essay will also be included in a forthcoming publication for ARCTICNOISE.


ARCTICNOISE: Related Programming –

Aug 15: WORKSHOP | Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art @VIVO:

Aug 15: PERFORMANCE | Geronimo Inutiq at FUSE/DISTURBANCE:



Britt Gallpen

Independent Curator
Britt Gallpen is a writer and curator based in Toronto, Canada. She is currently the co-curator of iNuit Blanche, an all-night, city-wide circumpolar art project scheduled for 2016. Her current research considers the shifting landscape of Canadian practice alongside the legacies of iconic Canadian makers. Recent curatorial projects include: Titigi (Toronto) and ARCTICNOISE (Vancouver). Her writing has appeared in Canadian Art, esse art + opinions... Read More →
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Yasmin Nurming-Por

Independent Curator


Monday August 17, 2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
grunt gallery 350 E 2nd Ave #116, Vancouver, BC V5T 4R8

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