Emily DiCarlo: Tenuous Systems

Images (left to right): Emily DiCarlo, Circular T: A Collection of Uncertainties, installation detail, 2020. HD video with stereo sound, binders, transmission reports. Photo: Alison Postma. Emily DiCarlo, The Propagation of Uncertainty, video still, 2020. Three-channel video installation and server racks.

Tenuous Systems
Emily DiCarlo

February 1 – April 14, 2024
Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1, 2024, 5:30 – 7:30pm (artist in attendance). Access is limited to the Laurier Avenue entrance.
Guided Tour and Artist Talk: Sunday, April 14, 2pm. Free admission. Presented in English.

Toronto-based artist Emily DiCarlo’s exhibition Tenuous Systems demonstrates through multi-channel video and sound installations the many ways in which clock time is variable, vulnerable, and far from absolute. Known officially as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is measured at the Greenwich meridian (0° longitude) in Greenwich, England, clock time purports to standardize time across borders, cultures, and economies. While we might describe time as stilling, skipping, dragging, marching or flowing, our lives are forever grinding against the 24-hour standard. And yet, the reality of time is far more slippery. Subject to human error, environmental catastrophe, and even shifts in consciousness, time is not static and changeless, but rather actively produced by governments, corporations, and even individuals. In this way, DiCarlo invites us to imagine time not as an abstracted, universal measurement indifferent to our existence, but as an embodied entity, endlessly woven into the fabric of our ordinary, everyday lives.

– Excerpt by Justine Kohleal

Images (left to right): Emily DiCarlo, Talking Clock Choir, 2022. Four-channel sound installation, PA speakers, modulated talking clock public service announcements every half hour. Photo: Alison Postma. Emily DiCarlo, Caesium Half-Life, video still, 2024. LED screen, video, sound, 37.75 x 31.25 inches.

Emily DiCarlo’s interdisciplinary practice considers site, temporality and collaboration as the foundational principles for meaning-making, connecting the infrastructure of time with the intimacy of duration. She writes about the sociopolitical implications of predominant time structures in contrast to alternative temporalities through feminist phenomenology, queer time theory and more-than-human ontologies.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

For additional information please contact: the City of Ottawa Public Art Program at publicartprogram@ottawa.ca

Accessibility: This is an accessible venue with a level entrance, accessible washrooms, unobstructed pathways within the interior, automatic doors at the entrance and accessible parking nearby.

Karsh-Masson Gallery
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Gallery Hours: Open daily 9am – 5pm, excluding holidays.