Aaron Carpenter: Ffinnigans Wwake
presented on the Bonnis Media CoreVision
dual outdoor screens located at the intersection of Robson and Granville Streets
May 15 — 24, 2009
every 3 minutes for 10 days
This is an Artspeak OFFSITE project co-presented with Other Sights for Artists’ Projects.
Viewing and drinks, Friday, May 15, 6-8pm at the Lennox Pub (800 Granville Street).
As an OFFSITE extension of the Literally exhibition currently installed at Artspeak, Aaron Carpenter’s new video, Ffinnigans Wwake, will be shown on the outdoor screens at Robson and Granville Streets. In consort with his drawings for the exhibition, Carpenter has taken James Joyce’s text and rendered it as a dramatic text crawl akin to the one at the opening of the Star Wars films. Intrigued (and perplexed) by Finnegans Wake’s multi-lingual puns, fractured dream narratives, and language experiments, Carpenter’s work conflates Joyce’s impenetrable opus with the disparately populist genre that is science fiction. Taking this notoriously difficult and experimental work of literature to filmic proportions, specifically referencing science fiction films, Carpenter sets up an interesting parallel; Joyce’s work is meant to recreate the experience of sleep and dreams, and science fiction (as both a literary and cinematic genre) is a fantasy based on speculative scientific discoveries and parallel universes.
Artspeak gratefully acknowledges the support from The Canada Council for the Arts, the province of BC through the BC Arts Council and the Gaming Commission, the City of Vancouver, and our donors.