While Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace may be closed for touring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still peruse their Koffler.Digital virtual exhibition, There are Times and Places, launched in 2019, to get your art fix.
The Koffler.Digital exhibition features commissioned works by multidisciplinary artists, asinnajaq, Dayna Danger, Coco Guzman, Mani Mazinani and Wuulhu, and essayist Emma Steen, each exploring ways in which the Internet functions (and, sometimes, fails) as an alternative, digitally constructed space for forming community, expanding identity, and knowledge sharing.
A screenshot quote from “Bounded” by Mani Mazinani, featured on Koffler.Digital’s There are Times Bounded. (Source).
There are Times and Places investigates how we interact socially and intellectually in the digital world, where we find community, and what kind of meaning these virtual sites offers each of us, particularly relevant as we experience the social distancing required to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A screenshot of Coco Guzmán’s “What is that?” project from Koffler.Digital’s There are Times and Places. (Source)
“The uncertainty that shrouded the rise of the Internet-age in the mid 1990s feels eerily familiar in this unpredictable moment in time,’ Letticia Cosbert Miller, Director of Koffler.Digital, articulates. “The effects COVID-19 will have on culture, commerce, technology and social interaction may prompt us, once again, to consult Metis Cree Canadian film director and writer Loretta Todd who posed the question that inspired There are Times and Places: ‘What ideology will have agency in cyberspace?’ More directly, how will we use the Internet – in this moment and beyond – to form community, expand identities, share knowledge and care for one another?”
KOFFLER.DIGITAL is a program of the Koffler Centre of the Arts that provides a virtual space where artists working in the field of New Media/New Genres are able to create, experiment and develop new work; and where conversation and dialogue between artists, activists and creatives is encouraged and documented.
There are Times and Places provides an exploratory virtual space to ponder these questions–and even offers a little diversion while staying at home.