The Upgrade! Vancouver

Wednesday, December 20th found us at the Western Front for a momentus occasion and a raucus art party attended by upwards of 125 people.

Began with a talk by artist in residence, Jillian McDonald, which was followed by a Holiday Party with a selection of music curated by Jesse Scott and Memelab that included DJ Emily Carr.

McDonald spoke about her new body of work, Horror Cycle, which concentrates on the manufacturing of fear as entertainment that the horror film genre accomplishes. Unlike contemporary horror films, this work offers no extreme violence, little gore, no character development, and zero plot. These are stripped away in order to highlight the protagonists and their dilemmas. McDonald’s previous work mined the field of celebrity worship and fan fiction. Her work is often performative and relational, and is meant to be stumbled upon in everyday situations. McDonald also showed a broad selection from Me and Billy Bob and discussed Snow Stories.

Curated by Kate Armstrong, The Upgrade! Vancouver is a forum for artists and curators working with new media and technologies to informally present their work, and is meant to foster dialogue and create opportunities for collaboration within the media art community.

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