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Exhibition Title: ARCTICNOISE

Artist: Geronimo Inutiq (aka Madeskimo)

Opening: August 17

Exhibition Dates: Aug 5 – Aug 22

CURATORS: Guest curated by Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen, produced in conjunction with International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA); Glenn Alteen and Tarah Hogue (grunt gallery); and Kate Hennessy and Trudi Lynn Smith (Ethnographic Terminalia)

grunt gallery, Ethnographic Terminalia and the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) are excited to present an exhibition, panel, workshop and a performance for ARCTICNOISE. The exhibition is located at grunt gallery and runs from August 5 to August 22, 2015 with an opening reception on Monday, August 17 (7–10pm).

ARCTICNOISE is a media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) that draws on archival film footage and sound materials sourced from the Isuma Archive at the National Gallery of Canada, as well as sound and film materials from the artist’s personal collection and other ethnographical material. Conceived as an Indigenous response to Glenn Gould’s celebrated composition “The Idea of the North”, Inutiq will appropriate Gould’s piece as a musical score, paired with new voices and imagery to produce a layered and multi-vocal work.

The project folds into Inutiq’s larger practice of his alter-ego, madeskimo, that draws on the use of instruments, and digital and analogue synthesizers, as well as the remixing and processing of samples from a large variety of sources— including traditional Inuit, Aboriginal, modern electronic and urban music—in order to create an experimental platform.

At its crux, ARCTICNOISE intends to initiate conversations between various communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and to provoke thoughtful exchange about the roles of Inuit orality and materiality in a post-colonial space within the context of new media artwork. New media, with its appropriative and collage-like nature, is employed as a specific strategy to foster a multi-vocal and multi-generational approach to these sensitive issues.

A curatorial essay written by Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen will be available at the exhibition.

ARCTICNOISE exhibition catalogue (print version available in our Gift Shop)

ISEA: Disruption

Ethnographic Terminalia

ISEA 2015 – Vancouver: Grunt Gallery Spotlight with Tarah Hogue from Jimmy Phung on Vimeo.

ISEA 2015 – Vancouver: Grunt Gallery Spotlight with Tarah Hogue

An interview with Tarah Hogue, curatorial resident at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver.

Review of ARCTICNOISE by Weiyi Chang in the November 2015 issue of Luma Quarterly.



Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art
Saturday August 15 (9:30 am to 5:30 pm)

at VIVO Media Arts | 2625 Kaslo Street, Kaslo St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3G9

Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen, with grunt gallery’s Curatorial Resident Tarah Hogue, are collaborating with the collective Ethnographic Terminalia to produce a workshop at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), which will be hosted by VIVO on Saturday, August 15th from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, open to the public for viewing.

Following the 2015 ISEA theme of Disruption as it relates to the archive and its expression in new media, “Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art,” will include presentations of electronic art works and theoretical frameworks that disrupt material, figurative, discursive, cultural, and political manifestations of the archive, broadly conceived. The workshop will result in a DIY publication of the proceedings that will be made available to the public in limited edition print and online formats.

Ethnographic Terminalia
ISEA: Disruption
Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art


Wednesday, August 19 (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm)

at NEC Native Education College | 285 E 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1H2

This event will include an artist talk by Geronimo Inutiq, a discussion of the curatorial process by Britt Gallpen and Yasmin Nurming-Por, and a presentation by Christine Lalonde, Associate Curator, Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada. These will be followed by responses from two local respondents (TBC).

Saturday, August 15th @ 8:00 pm

at the Vancouver Art Gallery | 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7 

Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE is a wildly popular event where art, music and performance collide. On August 15, 2015 FUSE will be the site of DISTURBANCE, guest curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy in connection with the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2015), one of the world’s most prestigious global festivals presenting work at the intersection of art and technology.

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Media Contact for the exhibition:

Karlene Harvey, grunt gallery | 604-875-9516 or,

Media Contact for ISEA programming:

Maria Fedorova |

Funding Acknowledgments:

ARCTICNOISE is co-presented by ISEA and grunt gallery. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the McLean Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. A very special thank you to VIVO Media Arts Centre and the Native Education College for hosting the panel and workshop for ARCTICNOISE.

Grunt gallery is grateful for the support of our Operating Funders: The City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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