Kate Craig: Residency

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. IX, no. 2, p. 7, November/December 1997:

Kate Craig is one of Vancouver’s most prominent video artists. Founder of the Western Front Video Program, she has been working with the media of sound and video since the early seventies. Over the years she has developed a large body of work – both solo, and in collaboration with a diverse group of local and international artists. In January 1998, the Vancouver Art Gallery will be exhibiting an extensive survey of her work from the past 25 years.

In preparation for this show, Kate’s residency at the Western Front will focus on the restoration of her early video works, and the creation of an extensive multi-channel sound environment designed to complement this exhibition.

Nine video/sound works will be restored and remastered, including Delicate Issue (1979), Ma (1986), and Mary Lou (1989).

The new audio work (a sound environment) will attempt to overcome the difficulties of presenting video and sound works in an architectural space that is designed to exhibit silent objects. Typically, galleries are not designed with sound in mind. They are often full of echoes and air-conditioning noise. The audio work will attempt to manipulate this architecture in a way that enhances the collected installations. The piece will refer to the “retrospective” by drawing from the soundtracks of some of the video works. The sounds will be distributed to the extremities and the central rotunda of the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery.