Kyle Whitehead (Calgary)
May 16, 2014 @ 8pm in the Event Space
Circles of Confusion is a generative image and sound based expanded cinema performance composed of Super 8 film-loop projections coupled with mirrored-pairs of optically-controlled sinewave oscillators. Similar to a Theremin, these handmade analog synthesizers are controlled by light dependent sensors that modulate audible pitch and volume, so as film-loops are mixed live sound is simultaneously generated in real-time by the projected images. The reactionary nature of the relationship between image and sound in this work becomes self-evident to the viewer within moments as the soundscape shifts dramatically from slow, rumbling drones when projected images are darkest, to higher-pitched vibrations when they are brightest. These generative and reciprocating conditions of Circles of Confusion create a hyper-awareness of the boundaries that exist between two distinct processes of sensory perception and blur the conventional divisions between them by suggesting that they are at once complementary and transmutable.
Kyle Whitehead is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with small-format cinema, experimental sound and electronics. He prefers a careful and considered approach to image making; which should not be confused with best practices, as his work is more about embracing the potential of an indeterminate process. What he wants is the definitive by chance – leveraging lo-fi or DIY technologies often with unusual or startling effect. His work has recently been presented at Antimatter (Victoria, BC), Soundasaurus (Calgary, AB), M:ST 6 (Calgary, AB), Smiths Row Gallery (Bury St. Edmunds, UK), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton, NB), Eastern Edge (St. Johns, NL), Latitude 53 (Edmonton, AB) and Struts Gallery (Sackville, NB). Kyle is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design and currently resides in Calgary where he spends most of his time in the dark.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 6 pm; Saturdays Noon – 4pm
PAVED Arts acknowledges the support of our members, volunteers and partners, and of our principal funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, SaskLotteries, the City of Saskatoon and the National Film Board of Canada.
Free admission to the public with barrier-free accessibility.