DARSHA HEWITT: ELECTROSTATIC BELL CHOIR :: Skol :: Festival Elektra

Sound installation
May 2 – June 1, 2013
Opening Friday May 3rd, 5:30 pm

Centre d’arts actuels, Skol
372 Ste-Catherine Ouest, espace 314

crédit image: Johnson Ngo

Darsha Hewitt’s artwork evolves out of experiments that explore the physics of electricity and look for ways to use it as raw material. Her hands-on practice is driven by her interest in demystifying the invisible systems embedded throughout domestic technology. Curiosity, discovery and wonderment are leading elements that inform her experimentation as she creates situations in which magical effect and familiarity can resonate.

At Skol the artist presents a sound installation that harnesses the kinetic potential of electrostatic charges emitted from Cathode Ray Tube televisions and uses it as a driving force to strike a series of electroscopic bells. This artwork was produced with the support of an International Work Stipend from The Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Hexagram Concordia.

Text by Greg J. Smith: Invisible Forces, Domestic Rhythms

Darsha Hewitt is a Canadian artist based in Montreal. She was recently awarded an International Stipend for Young Artists in Sound Art from the Federal State of Lower Saxony and Braunschweig HBK (DE) (2013). In 2011 Darsha received an International Work Stipend from The Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst in Oldenburg (DE). She has exhibited her artwork across Canada, in Mexico, Scandinavia and Europe – including presentations at: Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst (DE), Make Art Festival (FR), Piksel Festival (NO), La Periferia (MX), MUTEK (CA), Studio XX (CA) and Interaccess (CA). Darsha is currently an MFA candidate in Open Media at Concordia University and an Assistant Researcher at Hexagram: Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. She is also a member of Perte de Signal – one of Québec’s leading digital art collectives.

Alongside her artistic practice she is an independent technician, consultant and educator. She frequently works with international production studios, digital arts organizations, media labs and universities. She is an organizer of the Open Source Residency Program at Perte De Signal. She was the coordinator of L’oeuvre ouverte – the 2nd international PureData Convention (‘07) and a delegate at The Banff New Media Institute’s Grounding Open Source Hardware Conference – the first Open Source Hardware summit (’09). Most recently darsha.org has become an associate to Casper Electronics.

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