Conversation with Bambitchell and Christopher Willes

Wednesday, January 17, 7:00–9:00 pm

Camouflage, a tactic ​of surveillance, can be defined as the use of material layers for concealment, either by making something hard to see (crypsis), or by disguising one thing as something else (mimesis). But in order to see camouflage one must be able to see oneself seeing, so to speak—to understand senses, which is to say feelings, as ways of thinking.

Bambitchell and Christopher Willes will lead a public discussion on the exhibition’s preoccupation with the aesthetics and materiality of surveillance, ​considering sound, colour, feelings, and frame.

The gallery will remain open between 5:00–7:00 pm for additional screenings of Bambitchell’s video, which is 28 minutes long.

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Bambitchell is the artistic collaboration between Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell. Working together since 2009, their works have been exhibited at festivals and galleries such as Articule (Montreal), The Images Festival (Toronto), and The Art Gallery of Windsor and included in a number of publications such as C Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the forthcoming Routledge publication Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture. The duo recently completed a residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany (2015–17) and have an upcoming fellowship at The MacDowell Colony.

Christopher Willes is a Toronto based artist working in the intersections of experimental music, performance, and visual art. His activities include concert performances, exhibitions, publications, curatorial projects, and he often collaborates with dance and theatre artists as a sound maker and dramaturge. He is an associate artist with the Toronto based collective Public Recordings, with whom he is currently developing a new staging of an orchestral work from 1970 by the American composer Pauline Oliveros, performed primarily by non-professional ​musicians. He studied music at the University of Toronto, and received an MFA in music/sound from Bard College (NY, USA).