November 17-20, 2011
Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Smack, electronic-based interactive installation, 2011
by Megan Matichuk and Gabrielle Burke

Finely produced, thin porcelain forms are hung from the ceiling with a multitude of thin clear cables cascading from the body. As the viewer engages with the tentacles, the bodies glow as the sensors are activated. Smack is an electronic-based interactive space using traditional and new media. This installation relies on the relation between viewer and object; and traverses the chasm between traditional and contemporary media. Using technology and form as tools, the installation critiques the advantages and disadvantages of these typical binaries as well as the integral dependent relationship between human and animal.

A Smack is a cloud or bloom of jellyfish. Inspired by the way in which these organisms interact with these people and objects, Smack enables a physical relationship between object and subject.

Megan Matichuk is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist with a BFAA in Visual Communications from Medicine Hat, Alberta and a BFA in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Her work predominately explores the relationship between traditional and new material through digital and electronic-based installations. She works to expose the underlying structure of gender roles, intersexuality, and animal-human dependency and exploitation. Her works have been seen in a multitude of exhibitions, as she continues to manifest her developing vision of sculpture, design, interactive installation and digital electronics.

Gabrielle Burke is a Visual Arts student at the Emily Carr University: after being invited to study in 2006. As a ceramic artist she is interested in the way people interact with ceramics, and the visceral draw of ceramic objects. They are a universal language; a bowl in Canada, is mechanically the same and evokes the same uses everywhere in the world. There may be specific traditions within each culture, but the basic minimal function is the same: to contain. Gabrielle is interested in the way objects and people relate to one another, specifically the binaries and relationships that occur within diurnal experiences and rhythms. My work crosses boundaries from traditional art practise, artisan crafts, and contemporary design.

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