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Breaking through the screen

April 10th, 2017

Image courtesy of the artist.

As Massive Party gets closer and closer (tickets are 70% sold; hurry and get yours now!), we’re getting more and more excited to see what three incredible Toronto artists have in store. We’ve already talked to Jon Sasaki and Harley Valentine about their respective projects for Machine Age Massive – taking place on April 27. Let’s find out more about the third artist, tasked with exploring the Digital Age theme in Walker Court.

Trudy Elmore is an artist who draws on classical art history, but channels that form through digital illustration and animation. Her work often looks at how humans interact with technology and the connections between technology and religion. Party-goers will be immersed in Trudy’s projected animations in Walker Court—you might already be addicted to screens, now get ready to be addicted to Trudy Elmore’s work.

Read on, and watch the video below, to learn more about Trudy’s installation for Machine Age Massive.

Trudy Elmore

AGO: Have you ever participated in Massive Party before? What do you like about creating installations for big events like this?

Trudy: This is my first ever Massive Party, I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity.  As a digital artist, my work is often confined to a computer screen. With the luxury of a space like Walker Court, the work can drastically increase in scale, lending it an entirely different affect and viewing environment for an entirely different experience.

AGO: Can you describe your project for Massive Party?

Trudy: I am representing the Digital Age by drawing on the influence of Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. Using motion capture technology and 3D software I have created an immersive environment with experimental animations. The animations are projected on a number of large screens. In the animations I explore the circus of humanity, the sensationalism and the monotony that is our online and digital lives.

AGO: What did you want to convey about the Digital Age in your project?

Image courtesy of the artist.

Trudy: As they say, “The medium is the message,” and today the medium is deeply digital. Personally, I am most interested in the ways our physicality, the way we see, and the nature of our lived experience are changing in the digital age. With the proliferation of advanced personal communications, we have witnessed the extreme multiplication of images and platforms on which we can view, hear and interact with content. Amongst this proliferation, our focus is channelled across several screens at a time, fracturing our gaze. The constant stimuli of the digital then addicts us to the immediate rewards of instantaneous communication and dulling our long-term rewards system.

AGO: What kind of thoughts, mood or feelings do you want to impart onto Massive Party attendees?

Trudy: While there’s much to be weary of in this drastically different realm, I think there are sublime qualities as well. Hopefully the work can capture both, while providing the viewer a brief reverie into our new way of being.

On April 27, Machine Age Massive – the year’s hottest art party that supports the AGO’s ongoing programs – will turn the Art Gallery of Ontario into three artistic zones: Industrial, Digital, and Space, where attendees can snack on hors d’oeuvres, dance to tunes from the DJ and surround themselves with contemporary installations and performances (all included in the ticket price, a portion of which is tax-deductible). Don’t be disappointed, tickets are already 70% sold out and have sold out for the past seven years – purchase yours today!

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