Eastern Bloc


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Eastern Bloc is an exhibition and arts production centre dedicated to New Media and interdisciplinary art. The vision at Eastern Bloc is to explore and push the creative boundaries in digital and electronic arts, audio/video installation, multimedia performance and other emerging practices.

Eastern Bloc est un centre de production et d’exposition voué à la promotion des nouveaux médias et des arts interdisciplinaires, soutenant particulièrement l’exploitation créatrice dans les domaines des arts numériques, électroniques et audio/visuels, de la performance multi-médias et autres pratiques émergentes.

Spring 2014 Residency
JORDAN LOEPPKY-KOLESNIK

5 May – 15 June 2014 
Presentation of Work: 20 - 22 June, 12pm - 5pm 
Vernissage: 19 June, 6pm - 9pm 

BREEZY PLAZA 

The work of Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik exists in a sculptural sphere carrying with it the influences of a digital means of production. In Breezy Plaza, produced in residency at Eastern Bloc, Loeppky-Kolesnik creates an installation that is cinematic and narrative, sculptural and site-specific. The artist has created a collection of tableaux that relate to one another and to an online platform, breezyplaza.biz, designed specifically as the virtual avatar of the physical installation. Loeppky-Kolesnik’s installation creates a place that is not a gallery; rather a place that emulates a myriad of spaces, familiar to the world of commerce and industry: a showroom, a trade fair, an office hallway, a photography studio, a mailroom, a shopping mall, a waiting room. Breezy Plaza, seeks to create an experience and situation that impresses upon the viewer the emotional qualities of these spaces, and of the objects therein. 

The work explores contemporary material culture through the use of physical objects (that are either handcrafted or manufactured objects that have been modified), stock/found images (used to create print works in the installation) and stock video footage (found on the project’s website). Breezy Plaza explores the physical and virtual journeys of material goods, the traces of consumer culture, from the online experience of purchasing through sites such as Amazon and eBay, to the shipping and receiving of goods. This work revels in the camp and characteristics of the warehouse, of the consumer products manufactured within, and the interior design of consumer spaces. 

The name Breezy Plaza is inspired by the language of marketing, and the concept of the public plaza, a space formerly of the people, a place for meeting and social change. The suburbanization of the North American landscape in the 20th century led to this role being taken over by the shopping centre, and the subsequent privatization of the plaza. This work takes inspiration from these spaces for mass consumer culture, creating its own narrative that illustrates poetic traces of experience within them. 

Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik is a visual artist living in Montréal and graduate of the Concordia University Studio Art program in 2011. By using materials and creating images, he is interested in creating situations that challenge our view of materiality and playfully engage with contemporary culture. He considers the viewer’s relation to his work and his method of creating it, often working through other processes such as screenwriting, collecting images, or dialogue to arrive at an artwork. Imagining the art viewer as something else, such as a retail customer, researcher, or passerby gives Loeppky-Kolesnik a completely different lens through which to consider an installation. He works with narrative (present or implied), use appropriation, and creates systems of symbols. Artificiality and representation are ongoing questions in his work. 

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Sight & Sound 6 Conference | May 24, 2014

Towards a Bright Future or Distorted Present: Smokescreen Ethics of the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex

Alejo Duque

Alexandre Castonguay

Dominic Gagnon

Valérie Lamontagne

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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Sight & Sound 6 Conference | May 24, 2014

Stephen Rennicks - Science Fiction and Early Techno

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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Sight & Sound 6 Conference | May 23, 2014

Biological Systems as Generative Models for the Future

Alessandro Delfanti

Eric Lewis

Erin Gee

Leslie Garcia

Sofian Audry

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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Sight & Sound 6 Conference | May 22, 2014

Whose Fictions? Upturning the Male Dystopian Narrative

Adrienne Maree Brown

Erandy Vergara

Skawennati

Transnoise

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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Sight & Sound 6 Conference | May 21, 2014

Beth Coleman - “La Trahison des Images”: Science Fictions and Bodies Without Organs in the Event Horizon of Ubiquitous Mediation

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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Sight & Sound 6 Installations | École des médias UQAM | May 20, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Astrovandalistas - La Sonora Telemàtica

Bradford Kessler - Videos: Saving the Planet / Primum Mobile Network / Accident Study (Hylomorphic Birth)

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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Sight & Sound 6 Installations | Galerie CDEx | May 20, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Leslie Garcia - Pulsu(m) Plantae V.2

Arcàngel Constantini - Field of Grooves (Campo de Surcos) 

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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Sight & Sound 6 Installations | May 20, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Ally Mobbs - Turntablism for the Hard of Hearing: Harmonic Motion 

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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Sight & Sound 6 Installations | May 20, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Darsha Hewitt - Feedback Babies 

Photos: Guzzo Desforges

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