EMILY JAN, QUAGGA (2015)
PHILIPPE CARON LEFEBVRE Exotic Behaviour I (2014)
PHILIPPE CARON LEFEBVRE, Mechanism (Parade) (2013)
YOU MANIACS YOU BLEW IT UP!, presented by PDA Projects, curated by GILLIAN KING, MFA '16
YOU MANIACS YOU BLEW IT UP!
JULY 3 - AUGUST 1, 2015
PHILIPPE CARON LEFEBVRE
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY JULY 3rd, 5-8 PM
LIVE PERFORMANCE BY JESSE STEWART @ 6:00 pm
Jesse Stewart will perform a waterphone set on the opening night, of July 3rd, at 6pm.
This night will also be the release of the world’s first waterphone album, Xenophora, through Art Stew Records.
CURATED BY: GILLIAN KING
Humans’ impact on the environment can now be seen in almost every aspect of the natural world. Many scientists believe that the epoch of the Holocene, marked by the arrival of humans on earth 10 000 years ago, is now transitioning into a new era, coined, the Anthropocene. Defined by human impact on the environment, the Anthropocene has become akin to the forces of nature and is believed to have lasting and potentially devastating impacts on the planet. Canada, in particular, has fallen from being the 3rd most environmentally conscious country (out of 127 countries) in 2001 to the 24th in 2014 according to the Environmental Performance
Index. This marks a disturbing decline especially considering Canada’s high economic standing.
These affects within the Canadian landscape can be illustrated in some of their most extreme forms by the increase of cannabalism amongst polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba due to melting sea ice and depleted food sources, toxic algae blooms closing beaches and killing its inhabitants in Lake Erie, not to mention the change of acidity on the BC coast causing the near extinction of shellfish in that area.
‘You Maniacs You Blew It Up’ pulls from the 1968 science fiction film Planet of The Apes which depicts a distant, post-human dystopic world dominated by apes; key themes in this film include the ecological footprint of humans as well as conflict between humans and animals. While bringing levity to our seemingly dire and irreversible environmental situation, this exhibition raises questions as to how the ecological system will cope with the strains we are inflicting upon it and explores potential routes and speculations as to how the results of our actions will play out over time.