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"Pharmakon: Rodney LaTourelle and Michael Stecky"
2003-05-09 until 2003-05-31
Plug In, ICA
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present a new work by Winnipeg artists Rodney LaTourelle and Michael Stecky, Pharmakon.
Pharmakon (from the Greek for drug or poison) explores the relationship between the body, space, colour and sound. A collaborative project that references colour and sound healing technologies, the installation is an interactive environment intended to develop subjective associations.
Influenced by Austrian anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner and Wilhelm Reich’s orgone accumulator, the artists have devised a ‘healing’ experience for gallery visitors. Entering the chamber triggers a scan of the subject, while multilingual voices solicitously inquire, “How do you feel?” Following diagnosis, the subject passes into the inner chamber where Pharmakon provides a treatment of light and sound especially formulated for the participant.
About the artists:
Rodney LaTourelle is an artist, architect and writer preoccupied with colour, space and the human body. He has been selected to attend a residency this fall at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.
Michael Stecky is a video and sound artist experimenting with interactive technologies. Two recent videos by Stecky were featured at Toronto’s Images festival this year.
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Plug In ICA and the artists gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council New Media Arts Section, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, T.A. Metalworks, and DIN Projects.
installation for Neutral Ground, 2000
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada