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Good news! The fine folks at the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation awarded me and Marina Roy this year's VIVA Awards at a ceremony at the Vancouver Art Gallery on May 12. At the same ceremony the Audain Prize for lifetime achievement was awarded to Robert Davidson, who summed up all of the artists' feelings of honour and gratitude with the phrase "My mind is warm."

In other news, Data Flow 2: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design, a lush new compendium from Gestalten, includes Fair-weather forces: level and Prayers.



I recently participated in Heritage Vancouver's inaugural Long Table Social, which brought together people from various fields in the beautiful 1907 Page Building, currently being restored. Hosted by actor MacKenzie Grey, there was a program of films shot around and about Vancouver by the Celluloid Social Club, music by Kick Evrything, and Brendan Tang and I did presentations about our work.
Here's a review from the Vancouver Observer.



A reading suggestion, just out from MIT Press: Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook, Rethinking Curating: Art after New Media. I think this book by the founders of CRUMB (Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss) will prove to be a go-to resource for curators and thinkers dealing with interactive technology-based work.



Happy new year!

I'm just back from the opening and related symposium for Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario. Curators Jan Allen and Sarah E.K. Smith brought together a judicious selection of recent work focused on issues around surveillance (the artists are Brenda Goldstein, Antonia Hirsch, David Kemp, Tran T. Kim-Trang, Germaine Koh and Ian Verchere, Arnold Koroshegyi, Ruthann Lee, Michael Lewis, Jill Magid, Walid Ra’ad; Kathleen Ritter, David Rokeby, Tom Sherman, Cheryl Sourkes and John Watt). The symposium Sorting Daemons, presented in conjunction with the Queen's University Sociology Department's Centre for Surveillance Studies, was a richly thought-provoking dive into issues of self-surveillance, cultures of control, and such.



Welcome to my new website!
It was designed by Julia Feyrer with a database and coding by Matthew Brown.

Please have a look around, and use the contact form on the _INFO page to let me know what you think.

Cheers, Germaine Koh