Geoffrey Pugen

Bridge Kids

September 30 – November 6, 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

In the near future there are no adults, a tree house becomes a door to another dimension, and rocks release intuitive powers. Documentary, historiography and mythology collide and transform in a multi-format, multi-channel installation showing a virtual world of telepathic children and their attempt at reincarnation. A meditation and absurd collage of media, found footage, sci-fi cliché, and performance, Bridge Kids connects a research documentary on J.B. Rhine and the history of ESP/Parapsychology, with a science fiction drama portraying an adolescent’s technological reincarnation.

With theatrical absurdity, Geoffrey Pugen explores the relationship between performance and the artificial, the natural and the virtual, through altering and manipulating media. Working with video, film, and photography in the digital realm, Pugen renders situations that examine our perceptions of how history, documentation, and simulation intersect. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in places such as transmediale 05, Berlin; Scope New York Art Fair 09; Australia International Digital Art Awards, Melbourne (2004); Poland 12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07, Wroclaw; Signal and Noise Media Art Festival 09, Vancouver; Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto; and England Moves 08 Festival, Manchester. Pugen is represented by Angell Gallery in Toronto.

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