Please join us at Cineworks on 28th February for the next edition of the Text To Speech reading salon series. We will be reading and discussing an excerpt from Toril Johannessen’s "The Invention and Conclusion of the Eye" 2018, published by Vancouver-based publication, Fillip in collaboration with Plug In Editions.
This text is a manuscript for an audio play performed at Stages: Drawing the Curtain, curated by Jenifer Papararo, Plug In, ICA, Winnipeg, 2017. For STAGES, Johannessen presented a multi-channel audio drama, The Invention and Retreat of the Eye, which takes a sci-fi look at the future of human vision. Her story is told through a single protagonist who depicts visions as a historical construct further developed through technology, and posits a future where the way we see becomes closer to the original definition of vision as describing the formation of mental images.
Toril Johannessen (b.1978, Norway) is an artist currently living in Tromsø, Norway. Johannessen’s artwork and process borders on the scientific in her research into natural phenomenon, from the collection of the crytallized Icelandic Spar to researching the possibility of auroras forming near the equator. The artist focuses her research on perception, often building disorienting installations.
Text To Speech is a joint initiative of Western Front, Cineworks and VIVO Media Arts. Focused on writing about media, media art and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world, Text to Speech gatherings aim to build stronger community ties and knowledge in our field. In this reading group, participants will be provided with copies of the reading, and we will facilitate a group reading, discussion, and analysis of this text. Prior knowledge of the work is encouraged but not required, as the session will involve some form of introduction, and some portion of close reading (out loud).
In early March, Cineworks will launch a programming partnership with Fillip. We will screen Toril Johannessen’s film, “Reclaiming Vision” as part of the inaugural event in this series, taking place on Sunday March, 3rd, at the Pacific Cinematheque. Ticket holders will receive a free publication of "The Invention and Conclusion of the Eye." For more information and to reserve a ticket please email:firstname.lastname@example.org