In Conversation

Juan Geuer (1917, Soest, Netherlands - 2009, Ottawa, ON) Al Asnaam: The People Participating Seismometer, 1980 Installation Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program, Glen A. Bloom, the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation and OAG’s Art Rental and Sales Service, 1997

In Conversation

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

In the Alma Duncan Salon, Floor 3.

Guest curator Caroline Langill and media art scholar and curator Jean Gagnon will discuss Juan Geuer's work as a pioneer in the field of media art. Using historical examples, they will share their expertise in art, science and technology to situate Geuer as an artist whose work expanded the field. 

Caroline Seck Langill is a writer and curator whose academic scholarship and curatorial work looks at the intersections between art and science, as well as the related fields of new media art history, criticism and preservation. Her interests in non-canonical art histories, gender studies and Indigenous epistemologies have led her to writing and exhibition-making that could be considered post-disciplinary. With Lizzie Muller, she has been looking at questions of liveliness in art and artifacts. This ongoing research resulted in the exhibition Lively Objects: Enchantment and Disruption (2015) for the International Symposium on Electronic Art, in which undisciplined objects were woven through traditional displays and historical tableaux at the Museum of Vancouver. Caroline Seck Langill resides in Peterborough and works at OCAD University in Toronto, where she is an Associate Professor and Interim Vice-President, Academic and Provost.

Jean Gagnon (PhD) is an independent curator, critic, and art administrator. He recently served as advisor for corporate affairs and development to Antimodular inc., the studio of artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. He was the Director of preservation and access to collections at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montréal from 2010 to 2017. He was Executive Director of the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology from 1998 to 2008; before joining the Foundation he had been Associate Curator of Media Arts at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) from 1991 to 1998. He was the initiator and member of the management committee of the DOCAM Research Alliance (Documentation and Conservation of Media Arts Heritage) from 2005 to 2010. He co-directed a special issue of artpress 2 in France in the Spring of 2009 entitled Arts médiatiques, conservation et restauration. He has contributed to other art magazines such as Public, Art Journal, esse arts +opinions, ETC and Ciel variable. a contemporary photography art magazine for which he serves as member of the board of directors. He also sits on the board of directors of VTape in Toronto.

Photo: Juan Geuer (1917, Soest, Netherlands - 2009, Ottawa, ON), Al Asnaam: The People Participating Seismometer, 1980, Installation, Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program, Glen A. Bloom, the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation and OAG’s Art Rental and Sales Service, 1997

CARBON + LIGHT
JUAN GEUER’S LUMINOUS PRECISION

Exhibition on view from March 9 - August 18, 2019.


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