Puppets Forsaken and Erin Scott at the Alternator

Puppets Forsaken, The Noisebau, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to present two interactive exhibitions by BC artists: The Noisebau by Puppets Forsaken, and 9/3 by Erin Scott, on view from January 19 through March 2, 2024.

First established in 2019, Puppets Forsaken is a collaboration between David Gifford and Natali Leduc. Inspired by the “Intonarumori” of futurist Luigi Russolo, author of the manifesto Art of Noises, the duo built several acoustic noise generators. These machines contrast with our digital age and allude to the mechanical age. The machines produce sounds reminiscent of factories, gears, and machinery, which, according to Russolo’s theory, correspond to our everyday lives and resonate with our bodies more accurately than music.

While Puppets Forsaken enjoyed the process of building and performing with their noise machines, they felt that the audience was missing a big part of the experience since they could only listen and not play the instruments. For this reason, they decided to build The Noisebau: a series of interactive noise-making sculptures that the artists describe as an “… immersive architectural sound envelope.”

This exhibition is co-presented by Inner Fish Performance Co. and is a part of this year’s Living Things Festival, a Kelowna-based international performance festival.

Erin Scott, 9/3, video still, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

Erin Scott’s 9/3 is a feminist intervention, digital reimagining, and 21st-century meditation inspired by Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts which was presented at the New York Reuben Gallery in 1959. For Kaprow, the original showing of this work is considered an artistic failure. What is often misunderstood about the body of work is the exhaustive textual component which included diagrams, directions, poems, essays, random lists, transcribed conversations, and more. This textual body is much more substantial than what was presented as the 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, and lives on as archived documentation. It is this documentation that actively engages the thin line between art and life.

In 9/3, Erin Scott presents video poems and a series of interactive occurrences that inhabit the often invisible space between art and life. Utilizing language, images, and metaphor, the works are deeply personal and biographic, playing off elements found in documentaries, home movies, and social media content creation. Drawing inspiration from Scott’s video poems, viewers are encouraged to create their own poems on an overhead projector.

Both The Noisebau and 9/3 will be on view at the Alternator from January 19 to March 2, 2024.

About the Artists

Puppets Forsaken is a collaboration between Victoria B.C.-based artists David Gifford and Natali Leduc. Since 2019, the two have developed an audience in the regional “Noise” circuit, engaged their work in a theory symposium, performed for old growth trees that are no longer there, interloped in a Visual Art Performance and even entered a telekinesis competition.

Erin Scott is a poet and performer based in Kelowna B.C. Erin holds an MFA from UBC in performance and writing. Scott is a published author, and her performance work has been hosted on stages across Canada, including InspiraTO Festival, West Queens West Festival, and the Living Things Festival. Her research and artistic work focus on community art practice, humour, motherhood, and identity.

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The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of our creative community.

Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists and helped develop the talents of local artists by providing a network of collaboration and sharing. The Alternator fosters energetic, creative, critical discussion on art & culture. The Alternator believes in the greater positive potential of our creative community and values our role as a key contributor to the cultural life of Kelowna and beyond.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art respectfully acknowledges its presence on the unceded territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.

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