Obilivion

Curators: Janine Marchessault/Michael Prokopow
Exhibition: Oblivion

Curatorial statement

It is well known that there will come a time in the vastly distant future, when the Sun –the gigantic life-giving molten of hydrogen and helium – will die. Science fiction writers have long speculated that the earth’s primordial oceans might well escape this solar catastrophe as nebulae metamorphose into new life. Three artists – Director X, Floria Sigismondi and Philip Beesley – consider the elemental aspects of our cosmic existence.

Director X presents an arresting interpretation of the death of the Sun that is simultaneously scientifically informed and poetically inspired. A fourty-five foot globe serves as an enormous three-dimensional screen for the projection of celestial images and sounds. Floria Sigismondi presents a performance of transcendence; a water-borne journey of liquid dreams whose fragility are at once intimate and universal. Philip Beesley evokes the protean ecologies of wonder that define the oceans of Earth through an immersive canopy of living textiles. Autonomous and connected, these works encourage reflection on the immensities, vulnerabilities and breathtakingly terrifying realities of the universe.

OBLIVION is about destruction and forgetting. It is about drowning in the pitch-blackness of pure and final absence. And it is about the possibilities of adaptation and unprecedented renewal.

These three monumental projects will be located at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall.

Projects include Death of the Sun from Director X (Toronto, Canada), Pneuma from Floria Sigismondi (Los Angeles, USA) and Ocean from Phillip Beesley (Toronto, Canada).