Translunar Formations is the very first exhibition in the world of geo-mapping augmented reality artwork to actual locations on the Moon.
Produced by Madi Piller, Artistic Director of PIX FILM Collective (Toronto) in collaboration with SystemKollectiv (Litto / Daniela Weiss and Jascha Ehrenreich) of The Artificial Museum (Vienna). The show breaks new ground technologically, for artists creating in augmented reality and for audiences to experience this work via AR portals to the Moon. Eleven Canadian artists were commissioned and guided by PIX FILM Collective to create work for Augmented Reality experience responding to the theme: Translunar Formations.
Conceptually, the show asks us to consider our responsibility to Earth's satellite, and our stewardship of the planet we are on, our only home. Canadian Artists were directed to consider the looming UN climate emergency deadline and its recommended actions to support and sustain the environment. As the various nations of Earth explore the Moon's potential for profit through resource extraction and tourism, new moral and legal concerns emerge regarding human presence in space, including satellites, space stations and the autonomy of the Moon itself. Issues of colonialism, exploitation, and our responsibility to the natural world are up for urgent reconsideration. This exhibition invites audiences to travel to the Moon, and contemplate our ancient, yet rapidly changing, relationship to Earth's beloved orbital companion.
Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker, animator and artist. Her animations have screened at festivals internationally, including the British Film Institute, N.Y. Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Carnegie Mellon and International Animation Festival Hiroshima, Japan, and in the AMPASEA archive.
Title: Cattail (Quenouille)
To commemorate marshlands destroyed by cities, the artist created a 3D digital cattail, using hand made psychedelic patterns.
Paloma Rendón Dawkins is a cartoonist and self-taught animator turned virtual-reality and video-game artist. Dawkin’s games are praised for being digital spaces that celebrate natural life and rhythms and the worlds she creates in her games are spaces that incite creative thinking and wonder.
Hard Drive Elysium (Disque dur Elysium)
Hard Drive Elysium is a strange and colourful garden where hard-drives of a bygone era go to rest and their knowledge is absorbed by the surrounding bio-digital flora. Data travels through tubes connecting a mycelial network of surveillance flowers. The scene evokes a distant future where plants triumph.
Originally from Edmonton, Brandon got his BFA from Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary. He founded Western Canada's largest animation festival (GIRAF). His involvement in the National Film Board's Hothouse program spurred a move to Montreal, Quebec, where he continues to practice animation.
highway/tumor (Autoroute et tumeur)
An unused highway is buried underground, flora and fauna grow on its surface. A larger, more alien form emerges, impregnating the world with its glossy digital essence. highway/tumor imagines a world where humanity has moved on from the drudgery of urban sprawl into a new realm of tropical alien.
Libby Hague, RCA, BFA (Hon.), is an artist whose curiosity informs her hybrid practice. Recent exhibitions include My Story of Sublimation, SNAP Gallery; Artist’s Book Biennale, Bibliotheca Alexandrina; On this Wondrous Sea, Karachi Biennale, Pakistan; International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland.
Title: Touch Me (Touche moi)
Five individuals, a girl, a boy, an alien, a baby and a dog are sent into space to find new worlds. They left their imperilled planets and landed on the moon. All refugees now, but ready to begin again, they bring a sense of the wonder of life on earth and find, not only a new world, but each other.
karen darricades is a community-engaged new media artist reflecting stories along a spectrum of mixed-media installations to mixed reality experiences. Her works explore power dynamics, cultural narratives, human costuming, sentience and non-human intelligence.
Ben McCarthy is an electronic musician and sound artist from Toronto, Canada. Taking found sound and audio documentary as his material, his compositions and installations raise questions about the social, technological and economic conditions that produce the listening subject.
Title: Nest Egg (L’Œuf et le nid)
Nest Egg looks at human technologies developed by observing the natural world (e.g. mosquitos and hypodermic needles) and how this practice is worth protecting and sharing with interplanetary lifeforms. It also warns that the human animal is a bloodsucking extractor of resources wherever it roams.
Sébastien Pitt is an independent digital artist supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and CALQ. He has exhibited at [SAT] and is an 0xSOCIETY™ Grantee. His practice encompasses interactive installation, audiovisual performance, prints, custom metaverse space, crypto-art and augmented reality.
Faire de l’espace (Making Space)
Faire de l’espace (Making space) is a digital megalith that substantiates coveted ore and rare earth elements found in our finite concrete world. The piece addresses the underlying technological shortages that our world faces in rendering the limitless content creation of an ever-growing metaverse.
Phoebe Parsons is a director and animator from the unceded indigenous land known as Vancouver, B.C. Since receiving a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University in 2010, she has been building a repertoire of experimental animations and films using techniques ranging from hand painted cel animations to 3d modelling.
Going Through Changes (Vivre les changements)
Whether we are living on Earth or in space the call for community and care reigns supreme. What decisions are we making to harmonize with each other and with nature? Can we be held accountable for our actions? What. Are. We. Doing?
Barry Doupé (b. 1982 Victoria, BC) is a Vancouver based artist working with computer animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious through writing exercises and automatic drawing. His characters are often thwarted, resulting in comic, violent and poetic spectacles.
Moon Crystal (Cristal de lune)
A crystaline Formation hovers above the moon's surface. Geometric fractals extend from the structure, symbolizing human exploration and the drive to understand the unknown.
Fratal patterns have a child-parent relationship, which parallels our view of the solar system as a familial configuration.
Gabriel Esteban Molina
Gabriel Esteban Molina is an artist from amiskwaciwaskahican (Edmonton). He has exhibited at Latitude 53 and the Art Gallery of Alberta, and internationally in Iceland, Italy, and the UK. His experimental lens-based practice explores how technology affects perception and interaction with the world.
Title: Full Moonlight Shrine (Sanctuaire au clair de pleine lune)
A shrine of moonlight is created from 3D scans and video. Both videos, Bijoux (2010) and Moonlight (2022) capture moonlight and were shot in Canada and Chile respectively. The two figures are my
Chilean mother and my Canadian fiance, and the work reflects on the important dualities in my life.
Freya Björg Olafson & Luke Nickel
Freya Björg Olafson is a Winnipeg-based intermedia artist who works with video, audio, animation, motion capture, XR, painting, and performance. Olafson’s work has been performed and exhibited internationally, and she received the 2020 Sobey Longlist award.
Luke Nickel is an audio visual artist, virtual roller coaster designer, and independent researcher with a PhD from Bath Spa University in the UK.
Passages Into A Weightless Medium
(Passages en apesanteur)
This artwork considers flags as symbols—both on earth and the moon—and documents transmissions between the artists over a year of research. 2D imagery, 3D models and AI-collaborative sound depict ghostly dualities: moon/earth, nature/industry, bodies/avatars, digital/real, sculpture/debris
Patrick Harrop is a multimedia and electronic artist, licensed architect and a professor of architecture at
Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada. He works in a variety of mediums, including installation, constructions, light, sound, video art and traditional
and hybrid drawing.
Title: Luna Luna
The lunar physiography occupies a place of geological and cultural reflection. We regard this seemingly generic and neutral topography as being inherently devoid of life, subsistence and tangible cultural artifacts. Yet this pockmarked ball of geological dust, is vibrantly inhabited by our historical and contemporary cultural imagination manifest in science, engineering, literature, song and mythology. Its seemingly empty troposphere is permeated by a vast tableau of immaterial content from data science to mythology. Luna luna is an ongoing research-creation investigation seeking a cartography of these phenomena.
Nick Fox-Gieg is an experimental animator in Toronto. His awards include a 2017 Engadget Alternate Realities grant, Eyebeam and Fulbright Fellowships, and the jury prize for Best Animated Short at SXSW 2010; his videos have also been shown at the OIAF, Rotterdam, and TIFF festivals, at the Centre Pompidou, and on CBC TV. His XR work includes projects for the Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge, NYT T Brand Studio, the University of Waterloo, Google Creative Lab, and Framestore; his art practice has been supported by grants from Bravo!FACT, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the arts councils of Ontario, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and West Virginia. Fox-Gieg holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Is a Vietnamese Canadian multimedia artist from Toronto. He works in computer animation as a storyboard, 3d layout and rigging artist. His short films received support from OAC, Canada Council and NFB and has screened worldwide at the New York, London, San Diego film festivals.
Project Curation and Direction in Toronto, Canada
Madi Piller @madipiller, @pixfilmgallery
SystemKollektiv (Litto and Jascha) in Vienna, Austria
Project Coordinator - Hope Peterson @hopepeterson_art
Technical Support Toronto -
Jeff Tran @jamuckers and Nick Fox-Gieg @n1ckfg
Technical Support Vienna - The System kollective: Litto/Daniela Weiss (Artistic Director) and Jascha Ehrenreich (Programmer)
Described Video Canada
This is a project co-presented by
PIX FILM Collective in partnership with
the Artificial Museum.
Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and The Petman Foundation.