Vancouver-based artist Dan Starling’s will undertake a residency toward the development of a new video work that investigates ideas of democracy through the Chorus, a character in Ancient Greek drama of ‘the people’ that has been largely lost from contemporary popular forms of media. Starling’s work reconsiders the formal conventions of narratives, genres and aesthetics through deep research into social and political histories as well as contemporary society and popular beliefs. In 2013 he completed The Kidnapper’s Opera, a feature- length video work based on the kidnapping of Canadian billionaire Jimmie Pattison’s daughter. He studied at Emily Carr University (BFA 2005) and Staedelschule, Frankfurt (Meisterschueler 2011). His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in Looking Back at You: Masks by Artists, Confederation Centre of the Arts, P.E.I.