1. In the Offing (2013)


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    “In the Offing” draws from a database of about 1,000,000 images of the horizon seen from the Oakville Galleries building in Gairloch Gardens, gathered over the past 3 years. (The word “offing” originally referred to the part of the sea near the horizon, where sailors searched for land, other ships, etc and where those at home sought the return of their loved ones.) The work presents a endless and never repeating voyage through this archive, viewed as though through a moving window into the larger image. the work zooms into the “offing”, pans along the horizon in closeup then zooms out to gives us the full context again in am endless loop. As we pass from the high-definition overview into the very low resolution digital zoom, we move from verisimilitude to grainy impression to abstraction and imagination, from one kind of “vision” to another. At the same time, we are offered a privileged view into the infinite changeability of the lake and sky, and the impossibility of knowing just what is “in the offing”.

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    • Schooling (2013) by David Rokeby and Michael Awad at Ripleys Aquarium of Canada


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      Schooling (2013) by David Rokeby and Michael Awad (aluminum, stainless steel, motors, custom electronics, computer and custom software) Schooling transforms this lobby space into a huge aquarium tank, with fish soaring over the heads of its visitors. The artists use the structure of a conventional mobile animated by a cascade of 62 motors to represent the complex, unpredictable movement of fish as they group and scatter. David Rokeby is a pioneering interactive artist whose recent work spans static and kinetic sculpture, interactive installation, video, and sound art. Michael Awad is an architect, visual artist, educator, and cofounder of the Toronto Media Arts Centre whose work explores the urban environment through design, sculpture and photography. Schooling was commissioned by Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Ltd. under the direction of art consultants Rina Greer and Catherine Williams as part of the City of Toronto's Percent for Public Art Programme.

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      • Hand-held (2012)


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        Hand-held is an installation I created as invited artist at Le Fresnoy studio national des arts contemporains in France in 2011 - 2. It consists of an apparently empty space which reveals itself as you explore with your hands. It is a three-dimensional field of images, occupying the space like an invisible sculpture, which appears on your skin as you encounter it. Images emerge blurry then slide into focus as your hand approaches. The visual content is comprosed of images of hands. They touch each other, or pass along objects in social, practical, financial and symbolic gestures. The space is haunted by specters of tactility and intimacy. It represents a kind of social network, like the ones around us, suspended in the air supported by wifi and smartphone signals, only present where it touches down at the sender and receiver. While this documentation shows only one person interacting, this installation works equally well with up to 10 people.

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        • Blowup: We are all Crew S.A.I. opening (2011)


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          There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew, says Marshall McLuhan. This is the opening event of a weekend of telepresent artworks, film, lectures and parties celebrating the centenary of the birth of communications and media guru, Marshall McLuhan. Due to the nature of telepresent works, the opening happened simultaneous with a live connection to InterAccess in Toronto, Canada. http://www.v2.nl/events/blowup-we-are-all-crew/

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          • David Rokeby, Very Nervous System


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            "Very Nervous System," 1988-1991. "(Perception is) The Master of Space," 1990. "Close Up Exploration," 1990. "Verbarrage," with Leslie-Ann Coles. 1990. "Informal Exploration," 1991. Toronto. Interview from ACM Siggraph '88 Catalog of Interactive Installations and Video.

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            • International Feel by David Rokeby (2011)


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              "International Feel" was David Rokeby re-installation of his earlier work "Body Language." It took place in the context of the Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0, a re-installation of the seminal 1986 telepresence exhibition "Strategic Arts Initiative" (SAI)). This telepresence event took place between Blowup: We Are All Crew at V2_ (Rotterdam) and InterAccess (Toronto), 2011. http://www.v2.nl/archive/works/international-feel/ http://www.v2.nl/archive/works/body-language

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              • Watch: Richmond and Spadina (single channel) excerpt


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                This is a variation on my work "Watch: Richmond and Spadina" which separates out the movement and stillness in an urban scene. In this case, instead of presenting the two processes side by side, I slowly alternate between the two in a single frame, and slow down the speed to 1/2 to give the piece a slower pace.

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                • Interview David Rokeby


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                  Artist: David Rokeby Exhibit Name: Gallery: Pari Nadimi Gallery Dates: September 22–December 22, 2011 Interviewed by: Michael Hansen Aired on ArtSync: 30 September 2011

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                  • Whirl (2011) (excerpt)


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                    Skaters, late in the day, late in the year, circling the rink at Toronto City Hall.

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                    • excerpt from Plot Against Time #4 (Atlantic Baroque)


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                      Based on footage of gannets diving for small fish off the coast of Newfoundland. This is the 4th in a series of works that explore patterns of movement over time.

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