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December 5th, 2016

Ready to be amazed?  The AGO is using new, state-of-the-art technology designed to show great art in a new light.

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Francis Alÿs In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi ‘REEL-UNREEL’ 2011 Kabul, Afghanistan Single-channel video projection 19:28 min, colour, sound Collection Art Gallery of Ontario Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London, 2013. 2013/96 © 2016 Francis Alÿs. Photo: Arash Boostani

When the AGO decided to host Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs’ solo exhibition, A Story of Negotiation, we knew our decade-old audio/visual technology wouldn’t do his acclaimed video works justice. So, we turned to Panasonic Canada for expertise and the latest state-of-the-art visual projection and display equipment.

According to AGO Media Technician Patric Colosimo, there’s been a huge leap in high definition video over the past few years. He jumped at the chance to work with Panasonic’s visual solutions team to secure top-of-the-line projectors to showcase Alÿs’ works. “Working with this equipment has made the installation of the exhibition at the AGO go much more smoothly,” he says.

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Francis Alÿs In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi ‘REEL-UNREEL’ 2011 Kabul, Afghanistan Single-channel video projection 19:28 min, colour, sound Collection Art Gallery of Ontario Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London, 2013. 2013/96 © 2016 Francis Alÿs. Photo: Arash Boostani

One of the major show-stoppers will be the presentation of REEL-UNREEL (2011), a film that’s now part of the AGO’s collection thanks to a generous gift from the artist himself. The sheer size of the moving image will capture your imagination and transport you to the streets of Kabul, where Alÿs filmed children playing with film reels. The film will be projected using a DZ21 large venue projector normally used for big concerts or amusement parks, making this the first use of its kind in Canada. To get an idea of scale, the average light bulb puts out 800 lumens (a unit of light measurement) – this projector uses 20,000 lumens!

You can check it out for yourself. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, curator Cuauhtémoc Medina will give a free talk and a Q&A with Francis Alÿs tomorrow (Wednesday, December 7), and afterward you can get a sneak peek of the exhibition. Tickets for the talk, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the AGO’s Baillie Court, can be reserved online.

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Negotiation officially opens on December 8 and runs to April 2. The exhibition is included in the price of General Admission and is free for AGO members.

With Francis Alÿs’ poignant works and the powerful Panasonic projection, be prepared for a moving experience!

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