Power 2: Heart Lake as seen through the eyes of Manley Natland
In the 1950s an American geologist named Manley Natland conceived of a plan to separate oil from sand through the use of underground nuclear explosions. Since then this controversial process motivated by obsession and greed has become one of the top, divisive issues in Canada concerning everyone from Barack Obama to Neil Young. Robyn Moody’s sculptural installation is made up of hundreds of spinning gears configured into the shape of Heart Lake. This is the second work in a series that provokes timely reflection on the human and environmental impact of oil sands exploitation in Alberta. The profile of Heart Lake was chosen not because of any environmental effect that has befallen it, but for its name. Heart as something that sustains life, and Heart as something vulnerable, whose destruction means the destruction of life.
This is a co-presentation of DHC/ART, Phi Centre and BIAN as part of the International Digital Arts Biennial.
About Robyn Moody:
Robyn Moody is based in Calgary, Alberta where he is a sessional instructor in the department of Media Arts and Digital Technology (MADT) at the Alberta College of Art and Design. In the past decade, Moody has shown his work regularly across Canada and in Europe. He was nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2010 and 2012.
About the International Digital Art Biennal (BIAN):
The International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) is a major exhibition featuring vernissages and special events, which takes you on an artistic journey dedicated to digital art, by bringing together Montréal's leading contemporary creation spaces.
This second edition, to be held from May 1 to June 19 2014, is dedicated to the theme of PHYSICAL/ITÉ. The works presented intensify the multisensory experience of the body, explore its hidden or forgotten potentiality and question the tension or harmony between perception and cognition to generate an intimate dialogue between fact and fiction.
The BIAN is part of the Montreal Digital Spring 2014, an initiative of the Regional conference of representatives (CRÉ) of Montréal.